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L.A. Experiential

Poetic Kinetics

Thursday 21 – Saturday 30 July 2016

Los Angeles is the world’s entertainment capital. Music festivals year round provide a constant testing ground for creators and innovators to premiere installations.

Los Angeles Visiting School will integrate technology, engineering and architecture replicating the iterative pace environment at which architecture and entertainment work together to create unique experiences.

Informed by the fast-paced entertainment industry, the AAVS will ask students to design a kinetic structure for a festival of their choosing. Poetic Kinetics will share their expertise in generating large scale kinetic structures from design to build to delivery.

The Visiting School will be divided in two stages. The design stage and the construction stage. In the second stage the students will participate in the construction of the design selected by a jury.

Students will be presented with typical variables of the festival industry: client needs, atmospheric and budget constraints. They will become familiar with their digital models as they modify them according to client desires and venue logistics. Students will learn the importance of problem-solving and how that goes hand-in-hand with innovation to achieve the desired and inspired result.


Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
-Creativity: students will stretch their design ability to create unique experiences merging architecture and entertainment.
-Design according to different parameters.
-Kinetic Designs.
-Problem solving: use of iterative design and production method.
-Construction of transportable structures.
-Execution into building.
-Material testing under different situations and use of unusual materials in the construction process.


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 20 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.


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 students/professionals from the architecture, design, engineering, film and music industries and artists with an interest in the construction of dreams.
Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later)

Visas for students wishing to apply for Visiting Schools in the USA
Applicants who already have permission to study in the USA can apply immediately online via the Visiting School AA website.
Students who do not have the required USA permission/visa should contact the Visiting School Coordinator at: visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk
Please note this is a short recreational course, which is not for credit towards a degree or academic qualification. 

Poetic Kinetics
618 A Moulton Ave
Los Angeles, CA  90031

Programme Director
Eulalia Moran is a graduate of The Architectural Association School of Architecture. She founded Rosae Architecture in 2014. Previously, she worked for Foster and Partners where she had the opportunity to be involved in office, residential and airport projects in numerous countries such as Taiwan, Portugal and Kuwait.

Los Angeles Coordinator/tutor
Devin Gharakhanian is an L.A. based architect. Although architecturally-trained, he prefers to get involved in new interdisciplinary situations, operating in the spaces between fact, fiction, and future. Currently juggling roles as a creative director, environmental designer, and visual strategist, he designs atmospheres that trigger experiences in different ways - Performative Architecture.


Programme Director
Eulalia Moran

Los Angeles Coordinator
Devin Gharakhanian

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

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Visiting School Prospectus


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.