Milan Transdisciplinary approach of combining knowledge, models and tools from Architecture and Fashion disciplines resulting in a ‘cyborgian hybrid’.

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Resilient SKIN-code

Monday 7 – Friday 18 October 2019

The ‘Resilient SKIN-code’ Visiting School will explore the relationship between architecture and fashion design, by inviting students to create a wearable structure that is also a form of shelter. During the past two decades, both fashion and architecture have drawn influence from one another in a way that has led to a creative new area of cross-disciplinary research and development. As a response, we will collaboratively create a piece of fashion-architecture that is site-specific to the city of Milan – a location famed around the world for its creativity, style and influence.  Ergonomic scale will also be a focus, and we will look at incorporating a small-scale structure, such as a pavilion, into the final project. Sustainability and environmental issues will also be key concerns in the design process. Students will use advanced computational skills, fabrication tools and the latest theoretical thinking, guided by academics and professionals from the architectural and fashion worlds. This will enable us to meaningfully contribute to the ongoing discussion about the place where architecture and fashion meet.

Students will be exposed to new advanced computational skills, fabrication tools, form finding, as well as craftsmanship techniques and current theoretical thinking, guided by professionals from the academic world and practitioners from the Architectural world and the Fashion world.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • The course will act as a testing laboratory, ideas sharing and mutual learning processes in a collaborative manner.
  • The end result of this workshop is aspiring to be a one-to-one scale architectural fabric construct or/ and in transition to a wearable structure, which will aspire for users’ interaction.
  • Students will aim to create a range of material cartographies, installations and objects with architectural qualities borrowed and hybridized by the material and organizational logics and properties of the fashion world.
  • The design process will include geometrical explorations, as well as assembly methods and modular systems emerging from both Fashion and architecture.
  • Students will be introduced to Rhinoceros 3D + Grasshopper focusing on modelling and parametric design
  • Digital Fabrication technologies will be introduced, specifically 3D printing and Robotics, to be integrated within the overall workflow to translate information from the digital environment into the physical realm.
  • Students will be presented with hand craft techniques such as folding, weaving, printing and wrapping to be combined with high resolution digital products.
  • Supporting the sustainable praxis, the workshop will include fashion/ textile factories visits around the city, in the search of local ready-made materials to be incorporated in the digitally fabricated modular system of the final construct
  • While exploring materiality, digitally and  physically, participants will aim for efficient methods of using the material, developing a packaging strategy for waste avoidance,
  • A series of lectures will follow the workshop, presenting  topics of  parametric design in architectural practices, Parametric pavilions, Digital fabrication tools, Textile Design and Material research, Digital Fashion design and Theoretical concepts of the Aesthetics of Sustainability.


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. 

The deadline for applications is: 4 October 2019

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.


Politecnico di Milano, sede Bovisa
Via Durando 38/A
20158 Milan


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £750 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. 

Early bird places at a rate of £700 are available when booking before 10 August 2019. Please contact the Visiting School Office for a concession code:

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 architecture, fashion, textile design and design students of all fields, PHD candidates and young professionals.

No previous software knowledge or craft techniques are required.


Anat Stern holds an MA degree of the AADRL and currently is an Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects, focusing on design research and constructability, where she is involved in international projects at all scales. Her Academic work includes teaching at the AA and at the University of Westminster, as well as lecturing across Israel and Europe - in London MET, in University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, in Listaháskóli Íslands, Iceland University of the Art and in Brussels at the CIVA Centre of Culture and Architecture. Furthermore, Anat is an invited crit for final students’ reviews at the AA, The Bartlett UCL, London MET, RCA, University of Westminster, University of Greenwich, and in numerous universities across Israel.

Ilaria Di Carlo is a Milan Polytechnic graduate (Hons) with an AAMa in Landscape Urbanism and a PHD in Environmental Engineering.
Prior to funding her international practice Ilaria Di Carlo Architects, a multidisciplinary, award winning, design research based company, she worked for different international offices and was an Associate at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, London. She has been lecturing and teaching worldwide in many international universities among which the Architectural Association, the university of Westminster, the Bartlett, the Polytechnic of Milan and the University of Trento and regularly participates as speaker at international symposiums. From 2009 to 2013 she was appointed UCL Teaching Fellow in the MA in Urban Design at the Bartlett UCL, London. She currently holds the position of History and Theory Tutor for the B-Pro RC18 master course at the same institution.

Francesca Silvi is an architect and computational designer based in London. Her research focuses on computational design on the architectural scale, interior design and fashion design, combining digital experimentation with advanced fabrication techniques. She currently works as Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects on projects at different scales and stages across different countries in Asia. She also teaches at the Media Studies Course DataScape at the Architectural Association, dealing with big data and digital simulations.

Mattia Santi is an architect and computational designer based in London. His research involves digital design, material behaviour and robotic fabrication, applied on projects at various scale from the architectural scale to product design and fashion design. He currently works as Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects on projects from concept stage to construction in Europe, America and Asia. He also teaches at the Media Studies Course DataScape at the Architectural Association, focusing on big data and computational design.

Arantza Vilas is a textile artist and designer, graduated in Fine Art in Seville (Spain) in the specialism of printmaking. Interested in developing her ideas in textiles she obtained her MA in Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London) in 2002. She established Pinaki Studios three years later after being commissioned to produce textiles for the costumes of the film version of The Phantom of the Opera (Joel Schumaher, 2003).


Programme Heads
Anat Stern
Ilaria Di Carlo

Programme Tutors
Francesca Silvi
Mattia Santi
Arantza Vilas

Head of Visiting School

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.