São Paulo

São Paulo

Hyper Threads Brazil

Monday 4 – Wednesday 13 July 2016

The Architectural Association São Paulo School intends to explore Computer Aided Design (CAD) as a means to enable architectural creativity whilst still responding to complex spatial and material performance constraints. The workshop will focus on the relations between contemporary design techniques, creative expression, software technology and its manifestation using Robotic Fabrication. It also seeks to use production-proven design methods and software platforms in a judicious mix with innovative research.

We aim to continue both the exploration and streamlining of the multi-stage process of concept to physical manifestation and the agenda of exploring physics-based design methods, integration of form and structure, computational methods of optimisation for Robotic Fabrication and adaptation to local means, methods and craft.

Led by main Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (D.R.L.) tutors Shajay Bhooshan and Vishu |Bhooshan of Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design ( co|de) group in London, the workshop aims to design-build a sizeable prototype as part of the primary objective: ‘learning-by-doing’. The participants will be exposed to the same design tools, techniques and analysis methods as the ones used to design and build the prototype.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed:
-The teaching team will include tutors from the Architectural Association as well as a local team of Brazilian computational tutors assistants.
-Computational skills that will be taught include coding and parametric design. No previous experience is needed.
-Fabrication will focus on the use of robotic arms, 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  visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk 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 1 July 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 £615 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 tutors
Shajay Bhooshan is an Associate at Zaha Hadid Archtiects where he heads the research activities of the Computation and Design (CoDe) group. He also works as a studio master at the AA DRL Master’s program. He pursues his research in structure and fabrication aware architectural geometry as a Research Fellow at the Block Research Group , ETH Zurich and as a MPhil candidate at the University of Bath, UK. Previously he worked at Populous, London and completed his Master’s Degree AA School of Architecture, London in 2006.  

His current interests & responsibilities include developing design-research and maintaining computational platforms for the same at ZHA. He has taught and presented work at various professional conferences events and institutions including simAud ’15 and ‘14 and ‘10 ,Ingenio ’13, Tensinet Istanbul '13, ICFF Bath ‘12 , Designers Gallery AU ’11, Design computation symposium AU ‘10 , Siggraph ‘08, ETH Zurich, Yale University and University of Applied Arts Vienna , CITA Copenhagen, IAAC Barcelona, Innsbruck University etc.

Vishu Bhooshan currently works as a designer at Zaha Hadid Architects as part of the Computation and Design ( co|de) group at London. He is also the Director of the AA Visiting School, India which is annual digital, fabrication and computation workshop.
He completed his bachelor degree from Pune, India (2010) and completed 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 interests include design research and development computational design tools for the same. He has taught and presented work at various workshops, professional conferences and symposiums including ACADIA 2014 ( Los Angeles, USA) , AAVS Global Summit 2016 ( London, UK), International Symposium on Architecture & Urban Design ( ISTAU 2015, Trivandrum , India).



Programme Directors
Anne Save de Beaurecueil
Franklin Lee

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

Online application

Programme site


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