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AAVSDXB 4.0 - Additive Constructions

Friday 5 – Monday 15 January 2018

AAVSDXB 4.0 - Additive Constructions

In its fourth iteration, AA Visiting School Dubai continues its operation as a laboratory of explorative design, powered by emergent technologies. This year the workshop draws inspiration from Expo 2020 Dubai and its surrounding areas.

Following the inauguration of the government-initiated project, 'Office of the Future' - the world's first fully functional 3D-printed building - it is estimated that some 25 per cent of Dubai's buildings will be 3D printed by 2030. This building symbolizes an attempt to solving issues around rapid-growth construction in order to create a more sustainable, safer and more efficient development.

AAVSDXB 4.0 takes on the responsibility of critically evaluating the use of the technology and exploring the formal and pragmatic potentials associated within the context of Dubai. Exploring additive manufacturing as a solution for overcoming the many challenges involved with eco-friendly and free-form architecture, participants will contribute to what will be the forth industrial revolution and the changing face of architecture. 

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

-Full access to 2 of the most cutting edge spaces in Dubai Design District (Re: Urban , In5 Design Fablab)
-Expert Tutors in advanced computational design.
-Introduction to Algorithmic design and methods
-Full access to Re:Urban co- Working
-Access to In5 Fablab 3D printers, CNC machines, Laser Cutters to produce 1:20 scale models
-Exhibition in Dubai Design District and the opportunity to network with interested entities in the region.


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: 4 January 2018

Dubai Design District


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £890 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.

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.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements:
Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR8 or later), Grashopper3D, Python, CAM Software TBA.

Programme Head

Riyad Joucka Is an Architect and Researcher, currently based in New York City. He worked in Hong Kong from 2012- 2014 at the intersection of academia and practice, pursuing research that focused on simplifying the nonlinear logistics of complex building construction. He is particularly interested in design that is at the junction of technology, material research, and computation. Riyad earned his Master of Architecture at the Emergent Technologies & Design program at the AA School of Architecture (London, UK) graduated with distinction.


Re:Urban Co-Working Space
In5 Design Fablab
Barjeel Art Foundation
Dubai Design District


Programme Head
Riyad Joucka

Dubai Coordinator
Maryam Altaf

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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