Petra Wadi Rum

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Eroded Morphologies

Saturday 14 – Tuesday 24 June 2014

Amman – Wadi Rum – Petra, Jordan

AA Jordan is currently fully subscribed, a wait list is currently active. Register on the wait list via by June 4th. All wait list applicants will be notified by June 7th if spaces become available.

The Jordanian desert ecology is a distinct unaltered antiquity, a magnificent heterogeneous landscape that is emergent of fluid erosion processes which have occurred over fifty million years. The biodiversity of the desert reveals a vast platform for research into natural artifacts. Participants will investigate natural phenomena which include sand dunes, rock strata, rock bridges, canyon, gorge and mountain formations. During the course of the workshop, participants will visit, examine and inhabit two UNESCO world heritage sites: Wadi Rum and Petra; the later named as one of the worlds seven wonders.

Throughout the design-research workshop, participants will investigate the morphology of the desert and its underlying principles and processes within a computational context; working towards the development of algorithmically generated topologies. Participants will choose from a number of studios/units, to design interventions at different scales from the material, architectural to the urban. The ambition is to reconsider traditional design methodologies which are often limited to morphological abstraction; overlooking the inherent potentials within natural systems. The workshop will conclude with a public exhibition of participants outcomes.

Prominent Features of the workshop

  • Professional awareness of computational design methodologies
  • Exclusive Site Visits to UNESCO world heritage sites
  • International team consisting of emerging designers and educators
  • Specialist seminars in cutting edge technical software (Including: Rhino Python Scripting, Grasshopper, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Autodesk Maya)
  • Access to advanced digital fabrication facilities
  • Public Exhibition of Workshop Outcomes


AA Jordan is currently fully subscribed, a wait list is currently active. Register on the wait list via by June 4th. All wait list applicants will be notified by June 7th if spaces become available.

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 1 June 2014

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.

For any inquiries specific to this visiting school, contact


The AA Visiting school Jordan requires a fee of £845. This includes:
-Access to Visiting School: core studio units, specialist seminars, and guest lecture series.
-Site Entrance Fees: Petra and Wadi Rum 
-Private Bus Transportation from Amman to Petra, Wadi Rum and return. 
-Shared Accommodation in Wadi Rum Desert - Serviced Camp (2 days) including partial meals
-Entitlement to a certificate from the AA upon completion of the visiting school
International Particpants requiring hotel accommodation in Amman are offered a discounted rate of £250 for 8 nights, sharing double or triple rooms, including breakfast. Private Rooms are also available upon request. 

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.

Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino 5.0 and Maya 2014. Trial / Educational Versions are available online for the duration of the workshop.


Programme Director
Kais Al-Rawi

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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