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Jordan Petra, Jordan


MARS 3.0

Sunday 5 – Monday 13 July 2020

The 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 vMars.

As the AA’s fourth 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 nine-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.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

- Computational design methodologies
- Research into technology, nature and architecture from its smallest scale of wearables, to spaces, and urban habitats.
- 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)
- Hands-on seminars by specialists in cutting edge technical software (including: Rhino Python Scripting, Grasshopper, Processing, Autodesk Maya)
- Access to digital fabrication facilities


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the right-hand column of this webpage. If you are not able to make an online application, please contact the Visiting School Office for instructions to pay by bank transfer or by telephone.

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered onto the programme. Please note that a deposit payment holds your place on the course but does not confirm it. 

The deadline for applications is: 1 June 2020.


A number of scholarships are available for local and international individuals who posses high interest in the visiting school, excellent credentials and are in financial need. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is 1 April 2020.

Applicants will be informed if they are awarded a scholarship by 1 May 2020.

 To apply please email with subject AAVSJO Scholarship and include:
- 2 Pages ONLY of design work samples (PDF or JPEG)
- 200 words maximum on your background and why you are interested in attending AAVSJO - In email text body
- Your name, Current status (student / University name or professional / Office name) and Current Location - In email text body


The workshop is open to students and young professionals, from architecture, engineering and various design disciplines. A laptop computer is required, software links will be provided prior to start of the programme.


German Jordanian University
Madaba Street
Madaba 11180


The Jordan Visiting School requires a fee of £895 to include the £60 Membership fee.

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 for a total inclusive rate of approximately 250GBP for a shared twin room with another participant, including breakfast, wifi and all taxes from July 4th to July 14th. Contact for details and reservations

Fees do not include flights.


All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After full payment of course fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


All participants are responsible for securing their own travel and health insurance. Please ensure that your travel insurance also covers your personal belongings i.e. laptop, equipment, tools, passport etc. The AA takes no responsibility for lost/ stolen property.


Kais Al-Rawi, AIA is a Jordanian Architect based in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of the Architectural Association (AA), London, and initiated its programme in Jordan in 2012. He practices at the intersection of Architecture and Engineering with Walter P Moore and Associates in Los Angeles, where he is involved in large-scale specialty structures ranging from Stadiums, to Airports and Museums - specializing in digital technologies and enclosure engineering. His work has been exhibited and published internationally in London, New York, Los Angeles, Vienna and Amman among others; he is a recipient of an AIA Design Award.

Julia Koerner is an award-winning Austrian designer working at the convergence of architecture, product and fashion design, specialised in 3D-printing. Her work stands out, recognised at the top level of these disciplines, where it has been featured internationally in world-renowned museums, institutions and publications. She is founder and director of JK Design GmbH. Her recent collaborations involved 3D-Printed fashion pieces developed with Haute Couture Houses for Paris Fashion weeks and Hollywood Entertainment Productions such as MARVEL's superhero blockbuster Black Panther. Julia is a graduate of the Architectural Association, London and University of Applied Arts, Vienna; she is a faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles since 2012.


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 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.