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Biological Morphologies

Wednesday 1 – Friday 10 August 2018

The Biological Morphologies workshop main ambition will focus on three themes; that of biomimetic method, material science and digital tools.

Biomimetics is the examination of systems, processes, and elements of nature and how these can be abstracted to provide innovative design solutions. The advancement of digital technologies facilitates experimental building techniques and material systems that can be positioned and respond to local resources that result in dynamic spatial structures. This is researched and accelerated using sophisticated computational tools and delivered with low-tech assembly methods. 

This will be a digital craft workshop that considers the forming and assembly of materials with a consistent feedback to computational platforms. The tectonics and fabrication will result in a site-specific architectural intervention installed within an appropriate site in India.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Theory of biomimetics and organic evolutions abstracted into innovative design / material solutions.
  • Material explorations using new low tech methodologies to produce dynamic forms.
  • Tectonics and fabrication methods related to the specific material.
  • Introduction to computational tools used to deliver dynamic digital forms into physical geometry


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. 

The deadline for applications is: 31 July 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.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £525 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. 

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. 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.


The workshop is open to current architecture, design, biologists and engineers students, phd candidates, and young professionals.

Programme Heads Bio

Nicolas Cabargas Mori - Licensed architect in Chile, In 2014 he obtained his Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Architectural Association at the Emergent Technologies and Design Programme. Nicolas is currently partner at OF Arquitectos, Chile; Professor at Architecture, Art and Design Department of the Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) and Universidad Andres Bello (UNAB).

Marco Corazza - Marco is a graduate of the Architectural Association earning a Master of Science in Emergent Technologies and Design with distinction in 2013. His thesis, Composite Morphogenesis, was presented at the Acadia academic conference in Los Angeles in 2014. He is currently working as on the Battersea Power Station project at Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

Tejas Sidnal - Architect from Mumbai, India. Tejas earned his B.Arch degree from the University of Mumbai in 2011. Having a strong inclination towards Biomimicry he has been researching over this field from the past 4 years. Successfully completed his Masters on Tata Scholarship in Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) with a distinction from Architectural Association (AA), School of Architecture during 2012 – 2013.


Programme Heads
Nicolas Cabargas Mori
Marco Corazza
Tejas Sidnal

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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.