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Aarhus Work from previous years, highlighting the emphasis on complex geometry and digital fabrication, where we have implemented advanced robotic manufacturing.

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Rethinking Patterns: Exploring Heterogenic Structures

Wednesday 2 – Friday 11 August 2017

The Aarhus Visiting School is entering its third year in Denmark. The workshop focuses on how geometry can be manipulated at the local and global scale to control light and generate patterns. These investigations are driven through the use of computational tools and digital fabrication at various scales. 

The research will expand on previous agendas in integrating robotic and CNC tools as part of the design and fabrication process in architecture. The Aarhus Visiting School operates in collaboration with the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, and will use their state-of- the-art fabrication facility. The workshop will be divided into two research agendas which include ‘Mesh Morphologies’ and ‘Robotic Crafting’.
‘Mesh Morphologies’ focuses on teaching students how to control and manipulate geometry at both the local and global scale based on environmental and material inputs, where a digital fabrication pipeline enables a constant feedback between physical and digital models. This unit favours all levels off grasshopper knowledge, but if you are a beginner this is the unit to choose.
'Robotic Crafting' will engage traditional construction techniques and tectonics systems, reinterpreting them for a digital design and fabrication paradigm. We will develop and implement fabrication processes that integrate material properties and potential feedback systems, and make use of the ABB IRB 6620 and 120 robots available. This unit assumes that you have an intermediate to advanced level of grasshopper knowledge, as we will emphasise individual process and data design.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
- Novel modelling and parametric techniques based on local ecological factors.
- Introduction to new fabrication techniques that are becoming prevalent in the field of design & architecture.
- Discussions on new architectural processes and theories.
- Applying theories that are highly applicable in contemporary praxis through computation.
- Students will gain new knowledge from leading researchers and theorists through the lecture series as a part of the workshop.


1) You can submit an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are a student you will have to apply for a student discount code by providing us with a valid student ID. 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. The deadline for applications is: 1 August 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.

Arkitektskolen Aarhus, Nørreport 20, 8000 Aarhus C


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per student, £995 per professional participants, 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.

If you are a student please send your univeristy ID number to to gain access to a concession code which you can use on our online application form to reduce your course fees.

Limited Early Bird Concession: Students will receive £150 off course fees at only £545 including membership and professional participants will also receive £150 off course fees at £845 including membership. Offer runs till the end of March!

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and professionals.
Software Requirements:
Adobe Creative Suite, newest version of Rhino and grasshopper. The workshop will not supply you with this software, but can be found here:
Rhino website []
Grasshopper website []

Ali Farzaneh is a PhD Candidate at the Architectural Association. He has worked at Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna and SOM in Washington DC and has taught architectural design at the University of Oklahoma and the AA Visiting School in Alexandria, Egypt.
Jens Pedersen is graduate from the Aarhus School of Architecture and holds a Master’s Degree from the Emergent Technologies & Design Programme at the Architectural Association. Jens has worked at the computational design group P.Art at AKTII and has been teaching computational design at a variety of intuitions.

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Christopher Pierce

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.