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Symmetry Sentience

Wednesday 1 – Friday 10 June 2016

In 2016 AA Athens Visiting School continues to examine the philosophy of phenomenology as a starting point in the architectural design. Structures of consciousness experienced from the first-person point of view will be coupled with the study shapes in action. The experience around an architectural object will act as the central point of ambience for the user’s space. Assessing the way by which natural formations are created and exist as active players in shaping their environment will be achieved via digital simulation. Forms and structures will be created with an aim to alter the feeling of their surrounding by being put into motion. A series of morphologies will be designed, informed by biomimetic form-finding methods through a bottom-up approach via various coding techniques. A 1:1 scale structure will be put together, enabling experience of built space and of building materials in their sensory aspects as a result of a series of initial testing models. These proposals will be applied through the combination of different software including among other Processing and Rhino Grasshopper.
For more information visit the programme’s site

Prominent Features of the workshop/skills developed
• Participants become part of an active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio (4:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates.
• The toolset of AA Athens includes but is not limited to Processing and Grasshopper for Rhinoceros, as well as design analysis software.
• Participants gain access to digital fabrication tools such as 3d-printing.
• Design seminars and lecture series support the key objectives of the programme, disseminating fundamental computational techniques, relevant critical thinking, and design methodologies including biomimetics, natural systems, and interaction.


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 27 May 2016
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 £600 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced by £60.

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:

A limited amount of discounts are available if you are planning to apply as a group, or if you are applying for both the Athens and Istanbul VS. A limited amount of scholarships with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation is also available for young architects in Greece. Please contact the VS Director Alexandros Kallegias on for more details.

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 Undergrad and Graduate architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino 5.

Students should be aware that visas are required for Visiting Schools held both in the UK and abroad and it is the student's responsibility to investigate what is required via the relevant embassies in their country.

11Α Evelpidon Street (Pedion Areos), Athens, 113 62, Greece

Programme Head
Alexandros Kallegias is an architect currently teaching at the Architectural Association (AA) (2011-current), and University of Liverpool (2013-2015). He is the Programme Head of AA Greece Visiting School, AA Athens Visiting School, and AA Summer DLAB. He is a Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects (2011-current), acting as the BIM Coordinator of Riyadh KAFD Metro Station. He received his MArch degrees from University of Patras in 2000 (High Honors), and AA Design Research LAB (DRL) in 2011. He is a registered architect in the UK and Greece.

Athens Coordinator
Evangelos Kanellopoulos born in Athens, completed his studies in Architecture in Polytechnic of Turin where he obtained his doctorate in 1985. In Italy, in collaboration with Polytechnic of Milan and Turin he established urban studies while he designed retail stores. He worked as worksite engineer for Gunite Hellas, Sigalas S.A. and Tehnako S.A. He collaborated with Travasaros’ Architects and Karadavanis’ Architects. In 1993, he founded his own architectural practice which was engaged with hotels, retail, industrial, residential, exhibition design. In 2012, having taught for 25 years in AKTO, he became Head of Interior Architecture and Design.

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Programme Head
Alexandros Kallegias

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

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