Seoul Hanover Trust Building Grid, New York. Original photographs by Ezra Stoller


Emerging Corporate Territories

Monday 10 – Friday 21 August 2015

Seoul, South Korea

As Song-do – literally the new-city – grows into its infancy we continue our investigation into the realm of corporate architecture.

After dedicating a year to its master-plan and another studying the facade as an intrinsic medium of communication of corporate identity, this year we finally step behind the sliding doors to bear witness of the world inside.

From the grand halls of the lobbies to the prairies of the office space, we will construct our proposals looking out to the edge from the deep space of the corporate conscience.

Once a desk-machine, today the white collar man is regarded as a social-one, and much more of his life is to be found behind the hermetic expanses of glass. Stepping in his dark polished shoes, we will quest to frame that thin edge that encloses corporate space, capturing on our way out nuances of the life within.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed:

• Teaching team: The teaching staff comprises of working architects and past graduates of the AA, based both in Korea and internationally. The high tutor to student ratio allows the opportunity for students to directly engage with persons from all over the world whom have worked for some of the largest and most sought after architectural practices.

• Theoretical understanding: Not a technical workshop, but a unique and rare visiting school experience, where the school operates as the AA undergraduate unit system pushing students to develop thesis, self assess, critique and reflect work. All done with the aid of ex AA graduates, theoreticians, architects and architectural historians.

• Software exposure: Students will be will be able to develop and supplement their CAD and 3D skillset with workshops and regular exposure to Rhinoceros, grasshopper, and presentation tools with the help of a CAD technician with many years of experience In the industry.

• Lecture series: Lectures are presented throughout the duration of the workshop. The lecture series explores a wide array of architectural and cultural topics, which are delivered by architects, designer’s economists and CEO’s. This aims to embolden the students’ work with an architectural knowledge of the corporate domain both from an architectural standpoint as well as from an alternative and economic perspective (the corporate client).

• Cultural events: Visits to the site as well as guided tours of the site and talks by the Posco E&C and Gale International. Located in Seoul; the visiting school is within a booming economic hub with a lot of local attractions and numerous exhibitions and galleries, and a vibrant nightlife voted to be the best in the world. A truly 24 hour cosmopolitan vibe.

• Professional and Global Awareness: The topical agenda of the workshop enables students to stretch out of the strict domain of architectural design and also think as economists, real estate developers and financiers. The workshop provides a refreshing insight and understanding into how the cities we live in are driven. To become more conscious, aware and in tune.


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: 5 August 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.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. If you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at:

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. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later) and any equivalent 3D modeling software.

Programme Director/s

Hussam Dakkak is an architect based in London, who received his Diploma in Architecture from the AA in 2012. Hussam is currently practicing in London working on projects within London, Seoul and Jeddah. Hussam is also programme director of the Jeddah Visiting School.

Jin Kim is an architect based in London who studied at the AA and received his Diploma in 2011. Jin previously worked at Serie architects in London and currently works as a researcher in Space Group. His interests lie on typology and space organization in the city and a building scale.

Beom Kwan Kim is an architect based in London and Korea who studied at the AA and received his Diploma in 2012 with Honours. Kwan previously worked at Serie architects in London and, was a visiting critic at several universities in London.

Costantino di Sambuy is an architect and photographer from Milan. He currently lives and works in Seoul at Bcho Architects. He has earned a BA and a Diploma in Architecture at the AA. His graduation thesis on Los Angeles has been nominated for the AA Diploma Honours and the RIBA Dissertation Medal 2013.


Programme Directors
Hussam Dakkak
Costantino di Sambuy
Jin Kim
Beom Kwan Kim

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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