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Monday 15 – Wednesday 24 June 2015

AA Istanbul Visiting School begins an exciting collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University in 2015. Continuing its expertise on generative design methodologies and large-scale prototyping techniques, the programme will investigate patterns of emergence, differentiation and complexity in natural formation processes which will be transformed to digital simulation platforms for design purposes. In contemporary architectural processes, a significant diversion from linear parametric tools towards generative design simulations is taking place. The design and analysis processes will reflect this shift by focusing on simulations, whereby attention will be kept on the process of design generation as opposed to the final form itself. The design agenda of the programme will revolve around the design and fabrication of a one-to-one scale pavilion.

The programme will be formulated as a two-phase process:

Stage 1: Participants will gain an understanding of formation processes in nature, coupled with core concepts related to complexity. During this stage, basic and advanced tutorials on generative design algorithms and analysis tools will be provided. Building on its core methodology from its previous versions, AA Istanbul VS will perform as a team-based workshop promoting collaboration and research. Participants will be introduced to advanced fabrication techniques.

Stage 2: Participants will propose design interventions based on the skills and knowledge gained during the first stage. Study models of various scales will be produced, finally followed by the fabrication and assembly of a full scale working prototype which unifies the design goals of the programme. 

The design agendas of AA Athens and AA Istanbul Visiting Schools will directly create feedback on one another, allowing participation in either one or both Programmes.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

• Participants will be part of an active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio (4:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates.

• The toolset of AA Istanbul includes but is not limited to Rhinoceros, Processing, and Grasshopper, as well as analysis software.

• Participants will have access to digital fabrication tools such as 3-axis CNC router, laser-cutter, and 3d-printer.

• Design seminars and lecture series will support the key objectives of the programme, disseminating fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies.


1) Any further applicants need to contact the Programme Director - Elif Erdine with a personal statement - 

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is NOT required.

The deadline for applications is 12 June 2015.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop. 


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino 5. 


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £600 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced by £60.

The AA Visiting School fee includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. Should you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at:

Discount options are available if you meet the following requirements:  
- You are planning to apply as a group (20% discount for groups of 3-6 or 25% discount for groups of 7-9)
- You are applying for both the Athens and Istanbul VS (34% discount)
- You're an AA student (50% discount)

Please contact the VS Director Elif Erdine on for more details.

There are a limitied numbers of group discounts available.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.


Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santralı,Kazım Karabekir Cad. No: 2/13, 34060 Eyüp, İstanbul, TURKEY


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Directors Bio

Elif Erdine is an architect and researcher. Currently, she is a PhD in Architectural Design Candidate at the Architectural Association (AA), researching on "Generative Processes in Tower Design: Algorithms for the Integration of Tower Subsystems", under the advisory of George Jeronimidis, Michael Weinstock, and Patrik Schumacher. She is the Programme Director of AA Summer DLAB Visiting School and AA Istanbul Visiting School, and she is currently teaching at the University of Liverpool. She has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects from 2006 till 2010. She received her B.Arch. degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2003 (High Honors), and M.Arch. degree from the AA Design Research Lab (AA DRL) in 2006 (Project Distinction).


Programme Director: 
Elif Erdine

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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