Los Angeles AA VS Jordan Mars 2.0 - Magnetic Suit Project by Anna Schwarz, Gloria Yan, William Qian & Zain AlHroub - Instructed by Julia Koerner and Kais Al-Rawi

Los Angeles

Mars 3.0

Fall 2019 - Confirmed dates to be announced in August 

MARS 3.0 will be a special edition in Los Angeles that builds up on five years of the Visiting School in Jordan investigating the Mars-like Wadi Rum desert. Los Angeles will serve as a platform to advance the design-research in dialogue with world-leading design, engineering, space and aeronautics experts.

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 potentials in design.

The eight-day programme will offer design-research units, specialist seminars in computational design and analysis platforms, and a series of masterclass lectures.


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.

The deadline for applications is TBC


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 Los Angeles MARS Visiting School requires a fee of £795 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

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

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but an option to share hotel accommodation in Downtown Los Angeles will be made available to registered participants.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.


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.


The Los Angeles will be hosted by Walter P Moore & Associates office in Downtown Los Angeles, located on the 21st floor of the Aon Tower. The programme will also organise a series of visits to institutions related to space and aeronautics within the Greater Los Angeles area.

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. He 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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