Alessi AirSpace

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Alessi AirSpace

'Design at 30,000 Feet'

Monday 25 June – Tuesday 17 July 2018

The Alessi AirSpace project is a new learning platform focusing on ‘Design at 30,000ft’ organised in collaboration with Alessi and Delta Airlines. The studio brief focuses on developing innovative directions for airline travel products using advanced computational design and 3D prototyping. 

Although these projects begin as architectural investigations of airline and Alessi typologies, they will be informed by contemporary discourse on computational generative processes and manufacture of forms. Making full use of advanced technologies, we will explore the behaviour of form, material and scale in an airspace environment and generate knowledge applicable to such spaces.

The aim of the workshop is to develop airline travel products which redefine our notion of physical space by warping, pulling and pushing the boundaries of objects until they arrive at and constitute both new and unfamiliar territories of design. All objects will be then tested through 3D prototype models showing transformational digital design and emerging additive manufacturing. A selection of 3D prototype models will be further developed for exhibition purposes.

This programme brings together internationally acclaimed architects such as Patrik Schumacher AA, Zaha Hadid Architects, Tom Kovac RMIT and Carlo Gasparini, Design Manager for Alessi.


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: 24 June 2018

Architectural Association School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1900 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. A non-refundable deposit of £350 is required when registering with the online form - with the remaining balance due to be paid by the deadline of the 15th June 2018. 

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.

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.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.

Programme Heads
Patrik Schumacher & Tom Kovac

Tom Kovac is a Professor of Architecture at RMIT University, Visiting Professor at IoA Die Angewandte Urban Strategies. He has lectured and exhibited in Europe, Japan and the United States. Since 2010 Kovac has directed the Alessi Mutants program with Reiner Zettl at Urban Strategies IoA Die Angewandte, Vienna. Most recently Kovac has participated in the Venice International Architecture Biennale exhibitions, The Milan Triennale, Beijing Architecture Biennial, ZKM Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe), Mori Museum, Tokyo, The London Biennale and Ars Electronica Linz Austria. Kovac was the Architecture Director of the 2012 European Capital of Culture and Curator of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale Slovenian Pavilion.

Most recently he was appointed Artistic Director for the Malaysia Biennial 2017. Kovac’s project work is included in the collections of the FRAC Centre Orleans, The American Library of Congress Washington, The Alessi Museum Italy and The Centre Pompidou, Paris France.


Programme Heads
Patrik Schumacher
Tom Kovac

Programme Coordinator
Dorotea Petrucci

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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