Jordan The Wadi Rum Desert Landscape, Jordan. Photo Credit: Kais Al-Rawi

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MARS 2.0

Sunday 24 June – Tuesday 3 July 2018

Wadi Rum Desert, on the southern edge of Jordan, bears a remarkable resemblance to the ecology of Mars. The desert served as a set for Ridley Scott’s recent film ‘The Martian’ starring Matt Damon, where minimal edits were needed to the landscape to represent Mars.

As the AA’s second design-research programme in Jordan focusing on Mars, participants will research the natural ecology of the Red Planet and speculate on the design of future interventions that couple cutting-edge technology with research into natural morphologies and phenomena on Mars.  Algorithmic and computational design methods will unveil material, spatial to urban potential in design.

The ten-day programme will bring together a network of distinguished international faculty, experts and guests to offer design-research units, specialist software tutorials and a series of lectures and talks. The programme will be primarily based in Amman, and will include an exclusive visit to the UNESCO world-heritage sites of the Wadi Rum desert and Petra.

For more information and inquiries in regards to this programme, contact

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

- Computational design methodologies
- Exclusive visit to UNESCO world heritage sites of the Wadi Rum Desert and Petra
- International team including emerging designers and educators
- A series of lectures from world-renowned guests (past speakers included Ross Lovegrove, Ben Aranda, Mark Foster Gage, Julia Koerner among others)
- Specialist seminars in cutting edge technical software (including: Rhino Python Scripting, Grasshopper,   Processing, Autodesk Maya)
- Access to digital fabrication facilities
- Public Exhibition

Participants will receive a certificate from the AA upon completion of the programme.


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: 22 June 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.

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 Jordan Visiting School requires a fee of £895.

The fees includes access to core workshop events:
- Design studio units
- Specialist software seminars
- Lecture series and guest programme

The fees also include:
- Private bus transportation to the Wadi Rum Desert and Petra
- Two days accommodation
- Site visits and access fees

The AAVS in Jordan is largely attended by international participants, Discounted and Shared Hotel Accommodation in Amman is available at Antika Hotel (walking distance to Venue) for a total inclusive rate of 225GBP for a shared twin room with another participant, including breakfast, wifi and all taxes from June 23rd to July 4th. Contact for details and reservations

Fees do not include flights.

We accept a diverse range of participants with interest and expertise in Architecture, Engineering, Art and Design disciplines. The programme is open to students at undergraduate and graduate levels, PhD candidates and young professionals alike.

Programme Head

Kais Al-Rawi is a registered architect and graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto. He holds a Masters Degree from the Architectural Association (AA) in London.

Kais initiated the Jordan Visiting School in Jordan in 2014 and he has since then led the programme with a focus on cutting-edge technologies coupled with research into distinct ecologies of Jordan.

Kais is based in Los Angeles and he is an Associate at the Los Angeles office of Walter P Moore & Associates. He works at the intersection between Architecture and Engineering within a Facades & Complex Structures practice delivering key projects within the Aviation, Sports, Tall Building & Cultural sectors.


Programme Head
Kais Al-Rawi

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 Certificate), 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.