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New Paper III: Re-imagining the Phygital World

Friday 26 June – Friday 10 July 2020

Today our experience of the world is being filtered through digital means and Architecture is no different. We decide where to visit on Tripadvisor, where to go on Google Earth and have designed museum’s specifically for Instagram, even interior awards on Dezeen are now rendered. We absorb copious amounts of 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, spatial computing, decisions made on speculation, we live in a time where we are no longer able to tell the difference between physically built objects to virtually rendered landscapes, and because of this, our understanding of environments need to fundamentally change.

New Paper III continues this journey to explore and question the realms where Architecture is not only just physically constructed anymore. We will move into the blurring of the virtual world within our day-to-day lives; Architectural drawings will move beyond mere representations and become stories and experiences through amplification, gamification or provocation. We intend to re-think Architecture through the focus on today’s culture and share our bold visions of what is to come next.
There will be a new breed of Architects. Are you with us?

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) The deadline for applications is 6 May 2020. The closing date for CAP or cross-institution program is 11th June 2018. For non-University of Melbourne students, we encourage you to apply early and contact the programme coordinator for information.

4) All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required and are advised to contact their home embassy early.

The deadline for applications is: 6 May 2020


The workshop is open to current architecture, interaction and experience design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later) and a basic understanding of Unity or Unreal Engine.


Melbourne School of Design,
The University of Melbourne
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Bldg 133 Masson Road, VIC 3010


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.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.


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.


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

T +44 20 7887 4014
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.