Vienna Hyper Agency, tutor: Igor Pantic, AAVS Seoul Winter 2015

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Design Tropisms

Saturday 9 – Sunday 17 September 2017

With growing interest in algorithmic design, and increasing sophistication of generative design strategies applied in the field of architecture, the question of authorship is becoming an inseparable part of the discussion. While writing custom software tools for CAD software is becoming more and more common within the industry, it is however mostly used as a problem solving device at certain phases of the project. Our interests lie in the use of algorithms as an integral part of the design process. 

The summer school workshop will conduct a research into rule-based design systems, which examine modes of interaction between the designer (human) and the logical constraints of algorithms (machines) in the process of design, creating virtual design ecologies, which challenge the conventional notion of authorship. A set of programmed behaviors and rules form Computational Design Engines, which are used to design and digitally grow series of architectural systems. With this in mind, we are creating a loop system between the input parameters (design decisions and environmental conditions), computational systems and ‘built’ space – a recursive process which results in architectural/computational tropism.

The city of Vienna with its rich historic heritage and dynamic contemporary architectural design landscape will be used as an extended urban laboratory to research and experiment with digital design applications. The goal is to engineer specific design scenarios using digital technologies, digital design pedagogy and fullscale digital fabrication strategies. The formation process is not following predetermined design patterns, but is building up an intelligence of its own and is capable of evaluating situations and making decisions that deal with its surroundings and its current evolutionary state. Special interest will be devoted towards developing and researching a true digital design process and pedagogy, resulting from the negotiation between the designer and algorithms, and subsequently leading to unexpected geometrical and spatial outcomes. 


The workshop is planned as an intensive 9 day studio-based course. During the workshop, we will be using multiple platforms for computational/algorithmic design – with focus on scripting in Processing/JAVA and Python, introduction to 3D modeling techniques in Maya and Rhino/Grasshopper/Karamba as well as robotic construction. The goal is to introduce students to techniques and methodologies of algorithmic design and procedural modeling, through the use and customization of pre-made scripts and enable them for further individual work. During the first stage of the workshop, students will be introduced to the mentioned tools through series of intensive 'tooling-up' sessions, as the basis for the investigation of generative design concepts and methodologies. In parallel to this, students will be developing initial concepts of project specific design engines and computational ecologies, their input parameters (environmental inputs, user input etc.) and possible design outcomes. These concepts will be further developed in the second stage of the workshop, responding to studio brief, producing the results in form of videos of simulations, series of renders and robotic construction for a full scale artifact.

Prominent Features of the workshop

- The course will be taught by tutors from the leading design research programs from the AA, the University of Applied Arts Vienna “Die Angewandte”, and other professionals from the field of architecture and computational design.

- During the workshop, series of evening lectures will be held by tutors and invited lecturers alongside studio-based design tutorials, reviews & seminars.

- Students will gain knowledge and understanding of algorithmic design strategies, and their application in the field of design.

- In addition to hands-on tutorials in computational tools, the school will also focus on the discussion on history of computation in architecture, computational design theories and general application of digital tools in the industry of architecture.


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: 7 September 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.

University of Applied Arts Vienna “Die Angewandte”.


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 or Angewandte take 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. Students should have the following software installed on their laptops: Processing, Autodesk Maya,, Rhino+Grasshopper, Adobe Creative Suite (more details to be added) - any previous knowledge with listed software is welcomed, but not required.

Igor Pantic – is an architect and researcher, currently working as a lead designer for Zaha Hadid Architects in London. He received a Master's Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Design Research Laboratory (AADRL) at the Architectural Association in London. Currently, he is a visiting lecturer at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, where he is a studio tutor at the Graduate Architectural Design program. Previously, Igor has taught computational courses at the Architectural Association, and number of algorithmic design workshops in UK and internationally.

Christoph Klemmt - received the AA Diploma from the Architectural Association in 2004 and has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects. He co-founded his own studio Orproject that has exhibited widely, at Palais De Tokyo in Paris, the China National Museum in Beijing and at the Biennale in Venice. Christoph is Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati and pursuing a doctorate at the Angewandte in Vienna.


Programme Heads
Igor Pantic
Christoph Klemmt

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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