Dead Sea and Amman, Jordan, Middle East Crystalline Formations alongside the shores of the Dead Sea. Photo credit: Julia Koerner

Dead Sea and Amman, Jordan, Middle East

Cyrstalline Formations

The Dead Sea is a hyper-saline lake which exists at 427 meters below sea level and features a one-of-a-kind extreme ecological condition. It is the lowest point on earth and exhibits a diverse platform for research into the Ecomorphology of crystalline formations.

In 2015, the AA in Jordan continues in its third-cycle to build up on research into naturally occurring phenomena in the region, and how these phenomena can inform design methodologies which re-think existing practices. The programme will focus on crystalline formations and their potential development at a variety of architectural and urban scales through the use of cutting-edge computational design technology.

The programme will bring together a network of distinguished faculty and guests to offer design-research units, specialist tooling seminars and a guest-lecture series; which are based in Amman with exclusive visits to the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea.

For more information and inquiries in regards to this programme, contact jordan@aaschool.ac.uk

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

-Professional awareness of computational design methodologies
-Exclusive Site Visit to the Dead Sea
-International team consisting of emerging designers and educators
-Lecture Series including world renown guests
-Specialist seminars in cutting edge technical software (Including: Rhino Python Scripting, Grasshopper, Processing, Autodesk Maya)
-Access to advanced digital fabrication facilities
-Public Exhibition of Workshop Outcomes

Participants will receive a certificate from the AA upon completion of the programme.

Applications

1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk for instructions to pay by bank transfer.

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 June 15th 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.

Fees

AA Visiting School Jordan requires a fee of £845.

The fees includes access to core workshop events:
-design studio units
-specialist software seminars
-lecture series and guest programme

The fees also include:
-private bus transportation to the Dead Sea
-two days accommodation
-site visits and access fees

Accommodation
Shared Hotel Accommodation will be arranged in Amman for international participants at a discounted rate. Accommodation in the Dead Sea is included in programme fees.

Fees do not include flights. 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.

Eligibility

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. 

Contacts

Kais Al-Rawi

Kais Al-Rawi is a registered architect (JEA). Born in Amman, Jordan. He holds a Masters Degree in Emergent Technologies & Design from the Architectural Association in London, and is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto.

He is currently based in Los Angeles, California and has recently joined Walter P Moore & Associates' Building Enclosure Practice. Prior to that he has been working with award-winning practices including Synthesis Design + Architecture. Kais specializes in generative design methodologies involving computation, investigating the potential they hold within Architecture and Urbanism.

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782
visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


Links & Downloads



Programme site


http://jordan.aaschool.ac.uk



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