Seoul Image 1: Social Algorithm 5.0, 2017


Social Algorithms 6.0

Dates August 2018 (TBC)

The AA Visiting School Seoul is in the 6th 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 is 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 10 days. 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.
Considering the rapid inclination of the amount of data we are generating each year, we are also interested in the issue of dealing with big data, how to quantify and analyze data into meaningful information through mapping and visualization. The school is conducted by units which has their own distinct design methodologies – social and computational– in order to boost the discussion between these two contemporary and immediate issues that are not yet being well discussed together.

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. Previous knowledge is not required but encouraged. 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 15 July 2018.
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 (previous knowledge is not required but encouraged): Autodesk Maya, Grasshopper, Rhino, Processing, ZBrush, Adobe Suite

Jooeun Sung is a chartered architect and an associate 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 Ltd (SD), an architectural designer, researcher and educator based in London and teaching at the Architectural Association and the Bartlett UCL. Her research tries to tackle issues associated with the computational paradigm in architecture across multiple scales and through education, research and practice.

Yonsei University Architectural Engineering
YARD (Yonsei Architecture Research & Design)
CS2 (Center for Sustainable Culture and Service, Yonsei University)
SoomeenHahm Design Ltd


Programme Heads
Jooeun Sung
Soomeen Hahm

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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