Seoul Social Algorithm 2016, Yonsei University.


Social Algorithms 5.0

Sunday 16 – Tuesday 25 July 2017

The AA Visiting School Seoul is in the 5th year of the theme Social Algorithms. The course under this topic is to investigate urban issues from social and algorithmic point of view in order to open up an interesting discussion, exchange ideas, knowledge and methodology between different design approaches. The course offers a great opportunity for those who are interested in the topic of urban, city, architecture and design research who want to be involved in the discussion of experimental design thinking, innovative way of collaboration between design researches. 

As the course being held in the central area of Seoul – one of the most active megacities in the world – we will be looking at Seoul closely to be our test bed during the 9 days. Seoul, though one of the largest cities in the world, is at the same time modern and historical. This comes as a product of overlap between the tradition and rapid urban development in the 2nd half of 20th century. This interesting mixture and contrast is what gives this city its unique characteristics. As consequence, although technologically developed and highly urbanised, Seoul’s urban fabric and life-style heavily rely on human scale – call it the software of the urban – as its main shaping force. It is very interesting to examine how the software – human, community & social aspects of everyday life, rather than hardware of the city – built environment itself, drives the evolution of Seoul to such high degree.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
The teaching team is highly experienced and professional. 3 or more units will be running in parallel. Participants will be introduced with variety of design methods and tools in order to discuss certain urban, architectural or design issues. During the 9 days course, students will be exposed by series of intensive design and technical tutorials as well as theoretical lectures by tutors, directors & guest lecturers.
Technically following computational tools will be used selectively: Rhino, Maya, Grasshopper, Processing, ZBrush, Adobe Suite (for image and video editing), CAD etc. More tools might be introduced according to what is needed by each specific research agenda. Participants are required to bring their own laptops.


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 14 July 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.

Yonsei University 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749, Republic of Korea.


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. 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: Autodesk Maya, Grasshopper, Rhino, Processing, ZBrush, Adobe Suite.

Yonsei University Architectural Engineering
YARD (Yonsei Architecture Research & Design)

Jooeun Sung is a chartered architect and an assistant professor at Yonsei University, Korea, who interprets architectural design in the context of urban dynamics and investigates how design and its process respond to the live cities. She looks at and engages with elements of the city we live in, and fabricates physical and social relationship within.

Soomeen Hahm is the founder of the SoomeenHahm Design, an architectural designer and researcher based in London teaching in various universities and research programs. She specialises in coding, digital simulations and 3D modelling in various software platforms. She has taught and lectured at numerous institutions in UK and internationally, teaching studios, workshops and short courses focusing on computational design. She tries to tackle the issue of algorithmic design paradigm in architecture across multiple scales, through collaboration and exchange of knowledge with other experts from the field. She is currently teaching at the Bartlett UCL and the Architectural Association while running her own practice.


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Jooeun Sung
Soomeen Hahm

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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