Dead Sea and Amman, Jordan, Middle East Crystalline Formations alongside the shores of the Dead Sea. Photo credit: Asma H. Malkawi

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Dead Sea and Amman, Jordan, Middle East

Cyrstalline Formations

Thursday 23 July – Sunday 2 August 2015

The Dead Sea is a hyper-saline lake which exists at 427 metres 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

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.

1- Bait El Balad
9 Muath Bin Jabal St
Jabal Amman, Amman, Jordan

2- Kharabeesh Creative Spaces
1st Circle, Amman, Jordan


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 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 18 July 2015.
The official deadline is July 13th. Applications after the deadline will be reviewed and accepted at the Programme Directors discretion by email via

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.


AA Visiting School Jordan requires a fee of £845 which 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:

The fee also includes access to core workshop events:
-Design studio units
-Specialist software seminars
-A lecture series and guest programme

The fees also include:
-Private bus transportation to the Dead Sea
-Two days accommodation
-Site visits and access fees


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.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. 
Basic knowledge of 3D Modeling is required. Knowledge of specific software including Rhino, Grasshopper and others is not required, and will be taught and developed in seminars throughout the programme

Programme Director

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 is part of Walter P Moore' and Associates, Facades & Complex Structures discipline. Kais operates at the intersection of Architecture and Engineering in Design, specializing in generative design methodologies involving computation.


Programme Director
Kais Al-Rawi

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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