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Extraterrestrial Interventions

Saturday 1 – Monday 10 July 2017

The Jordan Visiting School is currently fully subscribed and is accepting waitlist applications.

Contact for further information.

Amman, Wadi Rum Desert and Petra

The Wadi Rum Desert, located at the southern edge of Jordan encapsulates the utmost outstanding resemblance of an ecology on Earth to Planet Mars.

Throughout the design-research workshop, participants will investigate design concepts for potential interventions within the Martian landscape, speculating on design that derives from research into the natural ecology of Mars; further aided by a research visit to Wadi Rum – to serve as a proving ground. The programme will focus on utilizing algorithmic and computational design methods, unveiling novel potentials in design at an array of different scales from the material, architectural to the urban.

The ten-day programme will bring together a network of distinguished international faculty and guests to offer design-research units, specialist software tutorials and a guest-lecture series; the programme will be primarily based in Amman, and will include an exclusive visit to the UNESCO protected world-heritage sites of the Wadi Rum desert and the rose-red city of Petra.

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 Visit to UNESCO world heritage site of the Wadi Rum Desert and Petra
-International team consisting of emerging designers and educators
-Lecture Series including world-renowned guests (In the past included Ross Lovegrove, Ben Aranda, Mark Foster Gage, Julia Koerner among others)
-Specialist seminars in cutting edge technical software (Including: Rhino Python Scripting, Grasshopper, Processing, Autodesk Maya)
-Access to digital fabrication facilities
-Public Exhibition of Workshop Outcomes

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


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. 

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 £895.

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 Wadi Rum Desert and Petra
-Two days accommodation
-Site visits and access fees

The AAVS in Jordan is largely attended by international participants, therefore shared Hotel Accommodation in Amman will be arranged at a discounted rate for participants joining from abroad.

Fees do not include flights. Participants 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.

We accept a diverse range of participants with interest and expertise in Architecture, Engineering, Art and Design disciplines. The programme is open to students at undergraduate and graduate levels, PhD candidates and young professionals alike.

Students should be aware that visas are required for Visiting Schools held both in the UK and abroad and it is the student's responsibility to investigate what is required via the relevant embassies in their country.

Programme Head
Kais Al-Rawi runs and teaches the AA Visiting School in Jordan. He 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 based in Los Angeles, an Associate at the Los Angeles office of Walter P Moore & Associates. He works at the intersection of Architecture and Engineering on projects primarily within the Aviation, Sports and Tall Buildings sectors.


Programme Head
Kais Al-Rawi

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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