Seoul Building in Meetpacking District, NYC / Photo Credit Gregory Aiello. A building under construction in Meetpacking neighbourhood of Manhattan.

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Emerging Corporate Territories: Trade of Shades

Monday 11 – Thursday 21 August 2014

The Emerging Corporate Territories returns to Songdo, the newly finished corporate hub of South Korea, the wannabe Singapore-Hong-Kong international node of the booming economic future of North East Asia. Smart, Leed certified and directly plugged in into an airport, equipped with one Central Park and one Venice Canal, Songdo is the latest venture in the corporate real-estate bonanza.

So new and so fast with so much glass, and so few people walking down its streets. This sleek ghost town is not only waiting for its people but also itching to have its first architectural reading. So join us as we depart from the scale of the master-plan and delve specifically into these shimmering buildings, to understand each node of this wired operational network through its own face and skin.

Taking as a given the dominant form of the typical plan, the deus ex machina of architectural solutions, we will challenge this in-discriminant sprawl of towers strictly vertically. Each student will propose a full bleed curtain-wall facade system, which will speak of feeders such as economic and technologic drivers as well as corporate aesthetics and architectural fetishes.

What story will your facade want to project?

Ps. Invisible towers are forbidden.

Prominent Features of the workshop

  • 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 CEO of Gale International Realty. 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.

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 young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later), or any CAD software knowledge is preferred.


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

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