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AAVSDXB 5.0 - Additive Sterotomies

Friday 29 March – Saturday 6 April 2019

AAVS DXB (AA Visiting School Dubai) continues to explore boundaries of innovative technologies in the search for novel tectonics, contextual to the Middle East. 

Made effective in late 2019, ‘The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy’ mandates that 2% of new construction to be comprised of 3D Printed elements, to drive innovations in new materials, carbon neutral construction, and design automation. 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 constructions.The groups will examine generating, testing and constructing components of the scaled constructions in light of the principles of ‘Stereotomy’ -the art and science of cutting 3D solids into particular shapes, to enable the assembly of structurally stable structures. 

Throughout an experimental design process, AAVSDXB will arm participants with the core skills in generative design, digital manufacturing, and visualization. The workshop will elucidate the future of high-performance environments and form-making, and will conclude with project presentations and an exhibition of outcomes.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Access to 2 Innovation hubs in Dubai Design District (DIDI Studio, In5 Design Fablab)
  • Expert Tutors in advanced computational design.
  • Introduction to Algorithmic design and methods
  • Access to In5 Fablab 3D printers, CNC machines, Laser Cutters
  • Exhibition in Dubai Design District and the opportunity to network with interested entities in the region
  • Expert Tutors in advanced computational design.
  • Introduction to Algorithmic design and methods
  • Access to In5 Fablab 3D printers, CNC machines, Laser Cutters
  • Exhibition in Dubai Design District and the opportunity to network with interested entities in the region


1) You can make an online 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: 25 March 2019


In5 Design Prototyping Lab, Hai d3, Dubai Design District


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £760 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, Entrepreneur and Researcher, based in Dubai. He is the Lead Architect and founder of MEAN* ‘Middle East Architectural Network’; an Innovative Architecture Practice, and the synergistic counterpart to MEAL* ‘Middle East Architecture Lab’; An Experimental Design Repository. The two symbiotic organizations are aimed at amalgamating material research with computational design solutions. He has gained professional experience in the Middle East and Asia as well as North America.
Riyad worked in New York and Hong Kong from 2012- 2017 at the intersection of academia and practice, on complex structures, facades and building technologies, with a focused interest in design that is at the nexus of technology, material research, and computation. Riyad earned his Master of Architecture (MArch, Distinction) at the Emergent Technologies & Design program at the AA School of Architecture in London. 


Programme Head
Riyad Joucka

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.