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Delhi New Delhi's Unbreathable Air, Rajat Gupta

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Friday 14 – Sunday 23 December 2018

Air Pollution in the past was perceived primarily as a local phenomenon which has now increasingly become a regional, hemispheric, and even global phenomenon. More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed the World Health Organization (WHO) limits. While all regions of the world are affected, populations in low-income cities are the most impacted. New Delhi is one of the most polluted cities on Earth right now !

AAVS Delhi would investigate how we could resolve this global problem within an infrastructure and create innovative solutions to combat climate change. AAVS Delhi would operate as a laboratory of technologically - driven architectural investigation.

The workshop will explore innovative ways of pollutant capturing, lightweight, composite structures using digital technologies. The team will investigate the design process in an iterative environment. Within this iteration of the workshop we will attempt the design and prototyping of a scaled installation having a strong socio-technological impact which would be the result of groups working together as a collaborative team.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

Areas covered in the Visiting School

  • Understanding Air Pollution and ways of capturing it.
  • Introduction to computational tools like Rhino, Grasshopper, and its various other plugins for digital simulations used to deliver dynamic digital forms into physical geometry
  • Materials Systems, Prototyping and Fabrication techniques.
  • Exploring Façade Systems and how they play an important role in capturing Air Pollution.
  • Practically hands on building scaled models and prototypes to understand material behaviour and fabrication potentials & limitations.


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: 14 December 2018

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.


Sushant School of Art and Architecture
Sector 55, Golf Course Road, Gurugram, Haryana 122003


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £600 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 current architecture, interior, engineering, design, entrepreneurs, façade consultants, phd candidates and design professionals.

Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later). This is not a must. Software tutorials will be introduced at the beginning of the workshop.


Tejas Sidnal is an Architect | Biomimetic Designer | Researcher | Maker | Educator | Traveller from Mumbai, India. He earned his B.Arch degree from the University of Mumbai in 2011. Having a strong inclination towards Biomimicry he has been researching over this field from the past 5 years. He has presented his work and taught nationally and internationally including US, UK, China, Malaysia & India. 

His passion lies in exploring sustainable innovative strategies for designing (specifically biomimicry). B R E A T H E and BioMorph are two international visiting school which he directs and runs in India. He has completed his masters from AA School of Architecture, London as a Tata Scholar and has now set up a platform for research in Mumbai to experiment challenging work at the intersection of Technology - People - Nature.


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Tejas Sidnal

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.