Rio De Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro

Rio to Tokyo Interactive

Thursday 17 – Saturday 26 March 2016

The Olympics have always been a celebration of the power of the human body in motion. Since their beginning, the games have evolved relatively little in terms of incorporating technologies that have transformed our movements through the time and space of contemporary digital environments. This year the Rio de Janeiro Visiting School 2016 will inhabit the in-between, transitory  ‘passing of the baton’ between host cities, as Rio de Janeiro hands over the torch to Tokyo, the epicentre of technological artistic innovation. Led by Japanese interactive digital-architect Seiichi Saito of Rhizomatiks, who has created a series of digitally immersive projects, such as the computationally enhanced interactive treadmill play-scape of the Gatorade Run – Fun Race Machine, and the interactive digitally augmented dance choreography of the Nosaj Thing "Eclipse/Blue" performance, the 10-day intensive workshop will develop a series of interactive physical and virtual interface spaces for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic sites. Students will learn to use coding and interactive digital design to create a post-robotic morphing between the sensuality of the body and euphoric computational innovation, between Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
- The teaching team will include Seiichi Saito and several members of Rhizomatiks (, as well as a local team of Brazilian architects and computational tutors.  Rhizomatiks produces interactive projects with their work crossing the boundaries between design, art and entertainment.  Their projects use motion capture, kinect controllers and sensors to track dance movements in order to recreate human forms and movements as 3-D representations in real time. Seiichi Saito studied architectural design at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and worked in advertising starting in 2000 before returning to Japan and joining Rhizomatiks.  He focuses his work on three-dimensional interactive commercial art work, based on architectural concepts. Besides being the director of the Rhizomatics, he also lectures part time at the Tokyo University of Science.
-Computational skills that will be taught include interactive design platforms as well as parametric design softwares.
-Fabrication will focus on the use of laser cutters, 3d printers and CNC milling.


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 10 March 2016.

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.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.
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. Students bring own laptop, no prior experience with the softwares is needed as all will be taught from beginning level.

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.

Students should be aware that vaccinations are required for countries some Visiting Schools are held in.  It is the applicants’ responsibility to investigate the requirements. 

Programme Directors
Franklin Lee and Anne Save de Beaurecueil have been directors of the AA Visiting Schools São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro since 2010 and have run a series of workshops that bring leading architects from around the world to rethink the Brazilian urban landscape through combining cutting-edge technology and critical theoretical exploration with local culture, material and labor sources.  The are also design directors of SUBdV Architecture, using a mixture of high and low design technologies to generate socially and environmentally responsive geometries for architecture, furniture and urban design projects. They were AA Diploma Unit 2 Masters from 2005 to 2010 and taught at the Pratt Institute and Columbia University in New York, from where they both also received Master’s degrees. They have published, exhibited and lectured about their work worldwide.


Programme Director
Franklin Lee
Anne Save de Beaurecueil

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

ff.0 Online application

To receive a pdf application form if you do not wish to submit the online application and payment, please e-mail

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