Melbourne Tensegrity system study model from the AAVS Melbourne 2016, Jeff Turko.

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Design Methods 2.0

Monday 3 – Friday 14 July 2017

The AAVS/Melbourne is a 12 day program focusing on architectural design innovation and methods. Designing and testing through making is a key aspect of the VS which will be supported by digital fabrication and workshops facilities. In parallel, the program offers lectures and seminars that support a larger discussion on design methodologies, tools and innovation. 

The AAVS Melbourne will focus on the exploration of architectural constructions, formations and spatial transformations. We will explore these issues within the City of Melbourne examining the performative possibilities of varied material formations, spatial and temporal manifestations.
Individual design Units run by former and current AA tutors will expand on the theme of the program into more focused design research aims. The VS will be hosted at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
• Experienced AA teachers and former students
• Award winning Architects
• AA School Unit System
• Public lecture series
• Design skill building
• Computational skills and intensive classes
• Digital fabrication facility


1) All application is processed by the University of Melbourne, see Fees section below.
2) Once you complete enrolment with the University of Melbourne, you are registered to the programme and will receive an email from the programme coordinator. If the subject is over quota, we will inform you of outcome in June.
3) The deadline for applications is 29th June 2017. The closing date for CAP or cross-institution program is 16th June 2017. For non-University of Melbourne students, we encourage you to apply early and contact the programme coordinator for information.
4) 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.

Melbourne School of Design,
The University of Melbourne
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Bldg 133 Masson Road, VIC 3010


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £860 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. This fee is not inclusive of registration costs and additional fees related to assessed credits from the host institution, The University of Melbourne.
1) For University of Melbourne students, please enroll directly via the university portal.
2) For Non-Australian University enrolled students contact the AAVS Melbourne director via for further information regarding this (CAP) community access program and how you may choose to study in either assessed or non-assessed mode.
For non-Australian University enrolled students:
For Australian University enrolled student (but not University of Melbourne student):
3) Enrolment for University of Melbourne, Non-University of Melbourne, and Non-Australian University enrolled applicants will need the following subject codes to complete the application:
· ABPL30063 _ AA Visiting School Undergraduate
· ABPL90386 _ AA Visiting School Post Graduate
4) Once you have enrolled and accepted you will need to complete 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.
5) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme.
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.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later) and Grasshopper plug-in.

Jeffrey P Turko is a member of the OCEAN Design and Research Association and is the founder of the design practice NEKTON Studio. Jeffrey has taught in the AA Diploma School as a unit Master of Diploma Unit 12. In 2011 he established the AA Visiting School in Sydney Australia. Currently he is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Brighton.,


Programme Head
Jeffrey Turko

Melbourne Coordinator
Paul Loh

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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