Tradition + Identity

Sunday 23 August – Saturday 5 September 2015

Tehran, Iran

There is no doubt that local materials and craft contribute a great deal to any regions vernacular. However with current potentials in advanced computing and manufacturing we are presented with an opportunity to work towards a new identity.

Looking at new technologies and materials in relations to traditional forms, We will use new and scientific methodologies to augment and challenge traditional means of designing and making. Extensive material testing combined with new digital tools will allow us to create a new identity and vernacular for the Iran. We will be looking at a hybrid of new and old in order to refer to but not remain in the past.

The aim will be to update traditional material and craft to be able to respond to current demands on architecture and 21st century living.

As with previous years, there will be lunchtime lectures by tutors and guests and a public exhibition of the works.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed: Digital tools, Fabrication Material System investigation, Collaboration Theory Lectures and public events


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 visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk 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 required.

The deadline for applications is 7 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.

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).

Programme Director

Omid Kamvari BA(Hons), AADipl, AAMsc, PgDip, ARB, RIBA completed his Architectural degree at the University of Greenwich before moving to the AA to complete his Diploma and Masters degree in Emergent Technologies & Design course. He then worked at Foster + Partners.

During this time he worked on numerous projects including a retail park in Bratislava; mixed-used development in Santa Guilia, Italy; commercial offices in Morocco; and hotel developments in Rimini and also Libya. 

Prior to this he spent a year working at Allies & Morrison where he was part of the Olympic Masterplaning team for the 2012 Olympics. After leaving Foster's he joined Hamilton’s where he worked on advanced modelling processes and their incorporation into the design structure, becoming the group leader for Hamilton’s advanced modelling Unit. He has also worked for Make Architects on numerous projects ranging from residential to conservation centres and also Skidmore Ownings and Merril (SOM). In 2011 he established Kamvari Architects, a Architectural firm based in London and Tehran, working on issues relating to performance-orientated design.

His work has been published and exhibited widely. He has been involved in teaching at different levels at the AA since 2007; currently he is the course director for the Tehran and Muscat visiting schools.


Programme Director
Omid Kamvari

Tehran Coordinator Maryam Mivehchi

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

Online application

To receive a pdf application form if you do not wish to submit the online application and payment, please e-mail visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk

Programme site



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