Singapore Transience of the skyline. Edward Li

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Monday 31 August – Saturday 5 September 2015

In a fast-paced and ever expanding city, looking at time as measure and inspiration will be this year's challenge. The workshop will investigate novel techniques of design for a crucial architectural and urban condition: time.

From its adventurous departure to today's worldwide architectural stardom, we will investigate the transformation and prospects of the city-state's curated architectural image. Defining methods and artefacts to represent the past and future of a city that never stops changing, the workshop will immerse itself into the existing condition of Singapore.

Through its short history, Singapore has been self reflective and expert in displaying its status and ambition through the built form. The city that constantly monitors itself possesses a wealth of historical and real time database and maps that will feed the workshop. This will be the prefect ground for mapping development over time, looking at contemporary conditions informed by what it was and what it can be.

Participants will develop drawings that depict the dynamic, the evolutive nature of the urban fabric in an attempt to question our perception of the city. We will synthesize time into multi-layered representations. Challenging the static nature of the medium we will find ways to illustrate mutations, shifts and transformation as time based associations. The studio based workshop will concentrate on the development of mapping techniques, inventing drawings that collapse the 3rd and 4th dimensions into 2D.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

• Led by AA unit Masters and supported by an all AA alumni high-profile teaching team
• Facilities include computers and printers as well as access to digital lab (laser-cutting, 3d printing and CNC)
• Learning from Singapore’s architectural experimentations as social evolution simultaneously translated into urban and built from
• Site visits to local landmarks with the architects
• Lectures by influential local architects
• Challenge the static nature of drawing
• Learning new drawing techniques
• Learning digital tools
• Experiencing digital model-making tools to produce a novel form of drawing
• Exposure to AA student portfolio and deep insight into the school’s working methodology

Singapore Polytechnic


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 17 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.

The AA Visiting School fee includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. Should 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 are advised 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 and all interested in a studio-based design experience.

Director(s) Bio

Nathalie Rozencwajg studied and has been teaching at the AA since 2004. She is cofounder of RARE architects, based in Paris and London. The office emphasises work at different scales integrating research, design and experiment. Lecturing worldwide, Nathalie has been commended as leading emerging women in architecture by the AJ award.

Michel da Costa Gonçalves studied in Spain and France, and later graduated
from the AA Emergent Technologies & Design programme. Cofounder of award wining office RARE architects, Michel is a former project architect for Shigeru Ban. Alongside teaching at the AA he has previously taught at the ENSAPL and is coordinated a number of workshops worldwide.


Singapore Polytechnic 



Programme Directors
Nathalie Rozencwajg
Michel da Costa Gonçalves

Singapore Coordinator
Kelly Lee

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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The AA has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:

The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that we are making commendable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Educational Oversight.