Stuttgart Steel Fibre Reinforced Ultra-High Performance Concrete Lattice by Melika Aljukic (AA Stuttgart VS 2016)


Mixed Matters–Concrete

Monday 24 July – Wednesday 2 August 2017

The aim of the Mixed Matters-Concrete Visiting School is to explore contemporary practices of material design, moving away from explorations of single, isotropic or composite materials and towards a new field of investigation dealing with material mixtures and grading. In our pursuit of instigating a new alchemy for the 21st century, these new types of mixes will allow us to question tired ideas of tectonics, messy building processes, energy, resource and material wastage and the minimal aesthetics of sharp boundaries and uniformity. 

For the second cycle of this exploration we will be based at the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) and the office of str.ucture GmbH Engineering in Stuttgart, where we will attempt to stretch the possibilities of what can be mixed with concrete. We will be utilizing the concrete spraying robot at ILEK and effectively building individual small scale prototypes in graded concrete. Intensive digital material simulations will be made alongside physical prototyping and towards building constructs that have finally caught up with the latest material developments.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
• Teaching team consisting of AA diploma tutors and ILEK and str.ucture engineers.
• Access to the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK)/ Materials Testing Institute/ Concrete Spraying Robotic facilities at the University of Stuttgart and to the office of str.ucture GmbH Structural Design Engineering.
• Computational skills tuition on Grasshopper, RhinoMembrane, Sofistik and Karamba.
• Lectures series by academics and practitioners in architecture and engineering.
• Fabrication of small scales functionally graded concrete prototypes.


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 10 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.


The AA Visiting School requires a student fee of £595 and a young professional fee of £895 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

If you are a student, please e-mail the programme director Kostas Grigoriadis at with proof of your student id and they will give you the necessary discount code. Please do not pay the membership fee separately if you are a student.

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: Rhino (SR7 or later) and Grasshopper. Sofistik will be provided free of charge.

• Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design, Pfaffenwaldring 7, 70569 Stuttgart
• str.ucture GmbH Lightweight Design, Lindenspürstraße 32, 70176 Stuttgart

Programme Head
Kostas Grigoriadis holds a Master in Architecture and Urbanism degree from the Architectural Association’s Design Research Laboratory. He has been a Diploma Unit Master at the AA since 2011 and an External Examiner in Architecture at the University of East London since August 2015. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Architecture by Project at the Royal College of Art in London that focuses on multi-material design methodologies. He has previously worked at Foster and Partners in London and held a Visiting Lecturer position at the RCA from 2012 to 2015.

Local Heads
Dr. Michael Herrmann studied civil engineering at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Calgary. Between 2007 and 2009, he was structural engineer at Werner Sobek Stuttgart and from 2009 until 2015 he has been engaged as a research associate at ILEK in the University of Stuttgart. His work focuses on functionally graded concrete and energy efficient construction. In 2012 he co-founded str.ucture GmbH, an engineering company committed to the development of innovative lightweight solutions.

Prof. Dr. Werner Sobek is an architect and consulting engineer and heads the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design. From 2008 to 2014 he was Mies van der Rohe Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and guest lecturer at numerous universities in Germany, Singapore and the US (Harvard) among others. In 1992, he founded the Werner Sobek Group, with offices in Stuttgart, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Moscow, New York, and Sao Paulo, offering premium consultancy services for architecture, structures, facades and sustainability.

Daniel Schmeer studied civil engineering at the University of Stuttgart. Between 2011 and 2012 he was project engineer at AJG-Ingenieure in Munich. He graduated from the University of Stuttgart with a Master degree in 2015 and became a research assistant at ILEK. His work focuses on concrete lightweight structures and the automated production of concrete components.

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Programme Head
Kostas Grigoriadis

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

Online application

Programme site



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