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Jordan Coral Reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea.

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Forthcoming dates for this school to be announced.


Hyperbolic Reefs

Saturday 16 – Monday 25 July 2016

At Jordan’s southern-most tip, the Gulf of Aqaba encapsulates a vast biodiversity of marine life including coral reefs and benthic organisms and habitats; many of which are endemic to the area.

As part of our programme agenda on ‘Natural Extremities’ we continue to build-up on design-research into unique ecological phenomena in the region. In July 2016, the focus will be on distinct marine topologies and morphologies found in the Gulf of Aqaba; and their transfiguration into outcomes within architecture and design with a particular focus on computational design methods. 

The ten-day programme will bring together a network of distinguished international faculty and guests to offer design-research units, specialist software tutorials and a guest-lecture series; the programme will be primarily based in Amman, and will include an exclusive visit to Aqaba were participants will study and document various marine habitats via snorkeling, photography and 3D-scanning.

For more information and inquiries in regards to this programme, contact Jordan@aaschool.ac.uk

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

-Professional awareness of computational design methodologies
-Exclusive Visit to Aqaba / Red Sea – including snorkeling.
-International team consisting of emerging designers and educators
-Lecture Series including world-renowned guests (In the past included Ross Lovegrove, Ben Aranda, Julia Koerner among others)
-Specialist seminars in cutting edge technical software (Including: Rhino Python Scripting, Grasshopper, Processing, Autodesk Maya)
-Access to digital fabrication facilities
-Public Exhibition of Workshop Outcomes

Participants will receive a certificate from the AA upon completion of the programme.


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 not required.
The deadline for applications is 14 July 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.


AA Visiting School Jordan requires a fee of £895.

The fees includes access to core workshop events:
-design studio units
-specialist software seminars
-lecture series and guest programme

The fees also include:
-private bus transportation to the Aqaba
-two days accommodation
-site visits and access fees

Discounted rates for group shared hotel accommodation in Amman will be arranged for participants joining from abroad.

Fees do not include flights. Participants 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.

We accept a diverse range of participants with interest and expertise in Architecture, Engineering, Art and Design disciplines. The programme is open to students at undergraduate and graduate levels, PhD candidates and young professionals alike.

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.

Programme Director
Kais Al-Rawi directs and teaches the AA Visiting School in Jordan. He is a registered architect (JEA). Born in Amman, Jordan. He holds a Masters Degree in Emergent Technologies & Design from the Architectural Association in London, and is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto.

He is based in Los Angeles, an Associate at the Los Angeles office of Walter P Moore & Associates. He works at the intersection of Architecture and Engineering on projects primarily within the Aviation, Sports and Tall Buildings sectors.

Workshop Contact email - jordan@aaschool.ac.uk


Programme Director
Kais Al-Rawi

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.