AAVSDXB 5.0 – Additive Stereotomies

Friday 29 March – Saturday 6 April 2019

AAVSDXB (AA Visiting School Dubai) continues to push the boundaries of innovative technologies in the search for novel tectonics within the context of the Middle East. Announced in 2016, ‘The 3D Printing Challenge’ mandates 2% of new construction to be comprised of 3D Printed elements; this percentage will grow to 25% by 2030, anchoring Dubai as the ‘3D Printing Hub of the World’. The fifth edition of the workshop will advance the findings of the previous one, exploring Additive Manufacturing as means to seed exciting, sustainable architectures of the future. The team will work across various scales, envisioning, prototyping and building an installation composed of structurally optimized 3D Printed elements. The group will examine generating, testing and constructing components of the spatial construction in light of the principles of Stereotomy, to enable the assembly of the installation without the use of any adhesives. Stereotomy (Greek: στερεός (stereós) "solid" and τομή (tomē) "cut ") is the art and science of cutting three-dimensional solids into particular shapes. Typically this involves materials such as stone or wood which is cut to be assembled into complex structures (wall, vault, arch, etc.) Within this workshop, participants will generate forms that will be then be digitally cut into interlocking digital objects which can be 3D printed and assembled into physical structures. As an incentive to begin the research and development of new forms of construction encountered in the near future, AAVSDXB will empower its participants with the generative design tools, prototyping skills and presentation techniques to prepare them for the complexity, resourcefulness and infinite beauty of architectural forms to come.


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: 8 March 2019



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.


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.


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Riyad Joucka

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Christopher Pierce

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