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

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Rio De Janeiro


Friday 1 – Saturday 9 September 2017

Museu De Amanhã (MAA) Laboratório de Atividades do Amanhã (LAA) and INSTITUTO TECGRAF at the
Pontifícia Universidade Católica Rio de Janeiro (PUC RIO)

The Rio 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 robot arms at the INSTITUTO TECGRAF Pontifícia Universidade Católica Rio de Janeiro (PUC RIO), to invent new modes of designing and creating architecture. Specific to the Brazilian context, the workshop will combine the sophisticated fluid movement of the 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. Students will work within Santiago Calagrava’s epic Museu De Amanhã(MAA) (the Musuem of Tomorrow) using the digital fabrication facilities of the Laboratório de Atividades do Amanhã (LAA) to propose new public-space interventions for the grounds of the scenic pier of the MAA. 

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 CNC, laser cutters and 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 the MAA.

Prominent Features of the workshop

The Teaching Team
The teaching team team will include Vishu Bhooshan – CODE  Zaha Hadid Architects ( ) and Alicia Nahmad – AA Design Research Laboratory (, along with Brazilian assistant-tutors from the INSTITUTO TECGRAF of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica Rio de Janeiro, as well as architects from SUBdV architecture. (


 MUSEU DE AMANHÃ_ Laboratório de Atividades do Amanhã (LAA) and Pontifícia Universidade Católica Rio de Janeiro

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 CNC, laser cutter and robot arm, and 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 29 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).


Museu De Amanhã (MAA) Laboratório de Atividades do Amanhã (LAA) and
Pontifícia Universidade Católica Rio de Janeiro (PUC RIO)


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.


Vishu | Bhooshan
Vishu Bhooshan currently works as a Senior Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects as part of the Computation and Design Research (ZH CODE) group at London. He completed his bachelor degree from Pune, India (2010) and his Master’s degree at the Architectural Association, Design Research Lab (2013). He previously worked as an Architect in India at B.S Bhooshan & Associates, Mysore & Mind Space Architects, Bangalore.

His current research focuses on data driven design processes including the gathering and visualization of 3D Urban City data. He has also worked on 3D printing, topology optimisation and using statistical learning  to predict structural and material optimization results at an early design stage.

He has taught and presented/published work at various workshops, professional conferences and symposiums including ACADIA ’14, simAUD  ’15 ’17, IASS  ’16, AAG  ’16, eCAADe RIS  ’17, AAVS Global Summit  ’15, Hyper Threads AA Visiting School  ‘13 - 17’ and at various institutes in India including Anthropology Survey of India Mysore, College of Engineering Trivandrum, Indian Institute of Architects, Mysore.

Alicia | Nahmad
Alicia is an architect who explores design through the integration of materials and technology in relation to context specific environments. Her professional and research work has focused on exploring the relationship between architecture, technology and fabrication by implementing computational techniques on large scale design projects. She is a Ph.D. research fellow at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University where she explores the synergy between designers, materials and digital design and fabrication methods. She is also a course tutor at the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory Master’s program.

Currently, she is an Artist-in-Residence at Autodesk Pier 9 where she is exploring novel collaborative design processes between robots, machines, designers and materials. Previously she worked as an architect as part of the parametric team at Populous and at Zaha Hadid Architects, London and completed her Master’s degree at the AA school of Architecture, London in 2010. 

 She has taught international design-build seminars and workshops at various universities, including Belas Artes (Sao Paulo), KADK (Copenhagen), BMS College of engineering (India), Hunan University (China), Tec de Monterrey (Mexico) with Hyperthreads and the Architectural Association Visiting School. Her work and collaborations have been exhibited and presented at various events, including AAE, IJAC, TxA Emerging design + Technology, IASS – SLTE 2014, ACADIA 2014 & 2012, the London Festival of Architecture 2010, Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece and the BFI, as well as having been published in various web-based media.

Verônica Natividade holds a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from FAU / UFRJ (2002) and a Master's degree in Architecture Design from FAU / USP (2010), with complementary training in parametric architecture and digital fabrication at IAAC/ Barcelona (2012). She has professional experience in architecture and urban planning projects. Since 2010, she is a professor at DAU / PUC-Rio, where she teaches generative parametric systems and digital manufacturing. She has recently been a visiting professor at the School of Arts of the University of Düsseldorf (2016-2017). Some recent projects include the construction of the cobogo bricks for the Portuguese Consulate's façade in Rio de Janeiro with students, a generative art installation at Babycastles Art Gallery in New York and the design of a resort in Vietnam in collaboration with Fraken Architekten in Frankfurt.


Programme Heads
Anne Save de Beaurecueil
Franklin Lee

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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