Rio De Janeiro


Saturday 10 – Sunday 18 January 2015

The Sambadromo is a 700m-long, 13m-wide purpose-built linear stadium designed by Oscar Niemeyer and constructed specifically to host the annual parade of Samba Schools during the Carnival festival. For the remaining 361 days of the year it stands empty and desolate as a massive dividing wall within its degraded urban context. Renovated in 2012 and now the future site for the 2016 Olympic marathon finish line and archery events, as well as the impromptu campground for Argentinian football fans at the World Cup final, the Sambadromo is receiving renewed international attention, but it drastically needs to accommodate new types of programme and improve its connection with its surrounding context. AAVS Rio de Janeiro will explore ways to intervene within and transform the Sambadromo. The workshop will teach and use advanced digital design and fabrication to generate iterative transformations in the creation of new micro-infrastructures.

Computational and fabrication skills 
The workshop will teach advanced computational design skills. A series of physical models will be built using digital fabrication techniques, such as laser-cutting and rapid-prototyping, that will be taught during the workshop. No previous digital or fabrication experience is needed.


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.

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 January 6th, 2015.
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.

Centro Carioca de Design
Praça Tiradentes, 48
Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20060-070


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.

Directors bios
Franklin Lee and Anne Save de Beaurecueil are directors of SUBdV (, using a mixture of high and low design technologies to generate socially and environmentally responsive geometries for architecture 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.

Teaching team

The teaching team will be led by tutors Marc Fornes of theverymany ( and Benjamin Ball of Ball-Nogues Studio (

Marc Fornes is a recognized figure in the development of computational protocols applied to the field of design and fabrication. He has designed and built an extensive body of experimental, highly organic, large scale and self-supported structures. His extensive body of research on ways to describe complex curvilinear surfaces into a series of flat elements has defined a field of Computational Skinning for architecture. His prototypical work has been acquired as part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou, and the FRAC Centre, and has been exhibited at the Guggenheim and Miami Art Basel. He has taught at Columbia University, Princeton and Harvard.

Benjamin Ball has worked for Gehry Partners, and as a set and production designer for films (including the Matrix series) as well as music videos and commercials with directors Mark Romanek and Tony Scott. His experience ranges from work on the Disney Concert Hall and small residential commissions for boutique firms to complex medical structures and event design. In collaboration with Gaston Nogues, Ball is exploring the intersection of architecture, art and product design through physical modeling and the use of digital and more traditional forms of production. Their work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum; PS1; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Venice Biennale. They have taught at SCI-Arc, U.S.C. and U.C.L.A.

CENTRO CARIOCA DE DESIGN, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (U.F.R.J.) and Pimpolhos of Grande Rio School of Samba.


Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

Online application

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

Programme site


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