Houston "Galveston Island", picture by Victoria Goldstein

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Interscaless Border City

Monday 11 – Friday 22 August 2014

Site: Galveston Island

Workshop location: Houston, Texas

11 - 22 August 2014


‘Interscaless’ studies the intersection of computational tools and material systems across scales to explore innovative relations between the city, architecture, through public space. This year we will go to the beaches of Galveston and work on a leisure scape tied to coastal infrastructural bridges and piers. Intrigued by the unusual history of the city, existing infrastructure built to access the island.  Our canvas is the ultimate public space, the beach... by exposing the students to a collaborative team based design structure, the studio addresses scale as a specific architectural device to bring together innovative ideas across the design spectrum applied to generative methodologies.

From urban design strategies to discrete interventions, the group explores the immensity of the Golf of Mexico that feeds into the Houston Ship Channel. Wild hurricanes and turbulent history have shaken Galveston in the past couple of centuries. Climate controlled interior environments and endless miles of beaches will serve as a platform to develop an intersection between infrastructure, city, nature and public space.



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  visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk 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 although you may send one to victoriagol@uh.edu

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.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Students that have attended a Tex FAB workshop can get a discounted fee.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but on-campus 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 and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR9 or later)


Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
University of Houston
122 College of Architecture Bldg.
Houston, TX 77204-4000


Programme Directors
Victoria Goldstein

Houston Coordinator
Alfonso Hernandez

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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