Rio De Janeiro 2016 AA Visiting School HYPER|THREADS São Paulo worksop with Zaha Hadid Architect’s CO|DE

Rio De Janeiro


Friday 1 – Saturday 9 September 2017

This workshop will build on the explorations of the 2016 AA Visiting School HYPER|THREADS São Paulo robot workshop, taught by members of Zaha Hadid Architect’s CO|DE, using Yaskawa robot arms to invent new modes of designing and creating architecture. Specific to the Brazilian context, the workshop will combine the sophisticated fluid movement of the seven-axis robot arm with simple low-tech local construction methodologies and materials to produce a critical and original contribution to the global discussion on the incorporation of robotic technologies for design. A prototype is by definition an experimental invention, thus students will learn how to use computation and digital fabrication to generate novel complex forms, rather than use computational tools merely to represent what they already know.
Students will first learn advanced digital modelling, scripting and parametric computational design before deriving their own set of computationally generated architectural iterations for a programme brief. They will then work with digital fabrication using robotic arms to achieve full three-dimensional control of material in conjunction with 3D printers. Individuals will produce their own series of computational interventions and small prototypes and, as a group produce a large 1:1 installation for a public exhibition in Parque Lage. Results from last year’s robot workshop can be viewed here:

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
Teaching team:
The teaching team will consist of members of Zaha Hadid Architect’s CO|DE , who are also tutors at the AA Digital Research Laboratory, along with Brazilian assistant-tutors from Brazilian universities.
Facilities: Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage
Using robots donated by Yaskawa Motoman Robotics.
Computational skills:
Students will learn advance digital modelling tools such as maya and rhino, as well as scripting and parametric skills in rhino grasshopper and C++. No previous experience is needed, all software and fabrication techniques will be taught from zero.
Fabrication: Students will learn how to program and prepare files to be cut, milled and shaped by the robot arm, and other digital fabrication processes like 3d printers.


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 15 August 2017.
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 professionals. We also accept students of different backgrounds such as engineering, visual arts, fashion, product and graphic design. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later).

Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage
Rio de Janeiro

Franklin Lee and Anne Save de Beaurecueil have been Programme Heads 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 Heads
Anne Save de Beaurecueil
Franklin Lee

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads


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