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San Francisco

Space Program

Friday 24 March – Friday 7 April 2017

Space Program is a research and design studio that explores how space is made for living and working today. This year we will be based in the San Francisco, which pioneered the info-society and is the hotbed for disruptive ideas. We will focus on the workspace and its transformation from cubicle to bean bag, from white collar to t-shirt, from a professional to a personalised environment. Today your personality is part of your job, which has changed the nature of the workspace.

The program will focus on how the design of the workspace can change the basis for our human relationships by designing our own architectural response. Together we will do a critical reading of the history and current condition of the workspace in order to gain a deeper understanding of its limitations and opportunities for how we work, both together and apart. We aim to acquire new perspectives through interdisciplinary discussions, and through writing, drawings and images, we will design models that become manuals for how to understand space.
Space Program San Francisco is made up of two distinct parts, a two-week workshop and a conference. All workshop participants will also be invited to take part in the conference, where invited guests from variety of fields will share their views on the workspace. The conference gives an opportunity to discuss the ideas and design developed during the workshop with a broad range of expert professionals and academics.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
Participants of Space Program will:
• Conduct research on emerging workspace typologies
• Field studies in the San Francisco Bay Area
• Develop spatial models through writing, drawings and images
• Design a spatial response in 3D
• Participate in interdisciplinary discussions
• Produce a final exhibition
• Present and discuss their personal projects
• Participate in the Conference


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.
The deadline for applications is:
Early registration deadline: 9 December 2016
Late registration deadline: 10 March 2017

Visas for students wishing to apply for Visiting Schools in the USA
Applicants who already have permission to study in the USA can apply immediately online via the Visiting School AA website.
Students who do not have the required USA permission/visa should contact the Visiting School Coordinator at:
Please note this is a short recreational course, which is not for credit towards a degree or academic qualification.

San Francisco


Early registration: £745 per participant
Late registration: £895 per participant
Both fees above include a £60 Visiting School membership fee.
Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops. 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 professionals and students in the fields of architecture, design and technology.

Hesselbrand is an architecture practice based in London and Oslo founded by Martin Brandsdal, Magnus Casselbrant and Jesper Henriksson. The work is focused on architecture that speaks to the present, and intervenes with patterns of daily life. Recent projects includes Prime, intergenerational housing for London, Three Found Models at the Revue Gallery in Soho and Home Economics at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Daniel Chen is a strategist at Frog. His passions lie at the intersection of technology, architecture and cities. He received his MBA from Stanford GSB and his undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard University.


Programme Heads
Jesper Henriksson
Magnus Casselbrant
Martin Brandsdal

San Francisco Coordinator
Daniel Chen, Frog Design

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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