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New Paper III: Re-imagining the Phygital World

Monday 6 – Friday 17 July 2020

Welcome to 2020, a year filled with social distancing, fear and uncertainty!

Today, we spend more time on the pixels of our black screens than we do asleep.

The overload of information on our devices, plugged into a global neural network, is being consumed at rates that our biological hardware cannot keep up with. As a race, we collect more bits & bytes than we have ever done in human history – from the hot-headed tweets of the @RealDonaldtrump to black mirror visions of dark technological futures while #binging on #Netflix's, to the promise of a seamless world, this is the current world we live in.

Everything we experience is now being filtered through digital means, and Architecture is no different.

We now ingest space through the lenses of our iris', which, as a result, has fast-forwarded our dreams into an electric new world. From the filters on social media, animoji avatars, decisions made on speculation, to a world where we will no longer be able to tell the difference between physically built objects to virtually rendered landscapes, this phenomenon fundamentally changes us and challenges us to conceive a new future.

New Paper sets out to explore the realms where Architecture is not physically constructed anymore, moving into the blurring of the virtual world within our day-to-day lives. Architectural drawings will move beyond mere representations but will be lived-in experiences. We intend to Zoom into Architecture through the lenses of today's culture and will share our bold visions of what is to come next.

There will be a new breed of Architects. 

Are you with us?

This elective subject (12.5pt) is a two-week intensive design studio. The subject introduces students to contemporary digital design techniques, toolsets and workflows, striving for innovation in design resolution. This year, the AA Visiting School will be delivered entirely online hosted by the Melbourne School of Design. The visiting school will continue to host a public programme with speakers and thought leaders from around the globe through an online format. All work produced during the visiting school will be shared on our web platform. Our international crew of studio leaders will team up with Melbourne based designers to facilitate multi-time zone studio teaching – radically challenging the way we teach design during a global pandemic.  We are, at the same time, locally present and globally connected. All students undertaking this subject can complete the course remotely in their physical location – we will only meet as virtual entities connected through fibres cables under the ocean.

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Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  1. Critically engage about the application of extended reality; virtual / augmented / mixed reality.
  2. Learn computational skills in applying extended reality.
  3. Explore and gain insight to the globalisation of virtual architecture.
  4. Learn from global leaders in the digital space.


1)  All application is processed by the University of Melbourne, see the Fees section below.

2) Once you complete enrolment at the University of Melbourne, you are registered to the programme and will receive an email from the programme coordinator. If the subject is over quota, we will inform you of the outcome in June.

3) For non-University of Melbourne students, we encourage you to apply early and contact the programme coordinator for information.

The deadline for applications is: 5 June 2020


The workshop is open to current architecture, interaction and experience design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, and Rhino.


Wherever you are. All content will be delivered online.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £860 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. This fee is not inclusive of registration costs and additional fees related to assessed credits from the host institution, The University of Melbourne.

1)  For University of Melbourne students, please enrol directly via the university portal.
2) For Non-Australian University enrolled students contact the AAVS Melbourne Programme Head via for further information regarding the (CAP) Community Access Program and how you may choose to study in either assessed or non-assessed mode.

For non-Australian University enrolled students:

For Australian University enrolled student (but not University of Melbourne student): 

3) Enrolment for University of Melbourne (UoM), Non-University of Melbourne, and Non-Australian University enrolled applicants will need the following subject codes to complete the application:

· ABPL30063 _ AA Visiting School Undergraduate
· ABPL90386 _ AA Visiting School Post Graduate

4) Once you are enrolled with UoM, the Programme Head or local Coordinator will be in touch regarding online registration with the AA School.


Mond Qu is the founder of United Make ( an experimental think-tank and multi-disciplinary studio based in Melbourne. Mond pushes the frontiers of design through the act of making; from deep materials research, visceral immersive experiences, interactive artworks to large-scale speculations. Working in research, practice and teaching internationally, Mond challenges designers to innovate and embrace the challenges of the 21st century.

Paul Loh is lecturer in Digital Architecture design at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this Paul studied architecture at the University of Melbourne and University of East London before joining the Design Research Lab at the Architectural Association where he completed his Master in Architecture and Urbanism. He has over 12 years of practice experience in London, Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur. Paul was senior lecturer at the University of East London between 2005 and 2011. He has taught at the Architectural Association and lectured in Sweden, Italy and China. He is a partner of Melbourne based design practice LLDS / Power To Make, focusing on the relationship between making, technology and material. Paul is a PhD candidate at SIAL. His main research interest is the formation of craft in computational design and fabrication.


Programme Head
Mond Qu

Programme Coordinator
Paul Loh

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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F +44 20 7414 0782

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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.