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New York

Urban Futures: Resiliency

Wednesday 15 – Friday 24 July 2020

Our cities have undergone shifts that even a decade ago were unthinkable. One of the biggest challenge’s architect’s face is to plan for a dynamic and rapidly changing society. In response to this, the AAVS New York is developing a multi-year research agenda focused on the future planning of cities by exploring emerging typologies and dynamic urban morphologies using advanced computational techniques. This year’s program will expose students to new design methodologies and theories focused on the resiliency of continually evolving cities. With its ever-increasing densification and re-development, as well as the growing diversity of its cultures, New York City is one of the best locations for students to witness an evolving city. The AAVS New York will act as a laboratory to explore the dramatic shifts taking place in our cities today through the dynamisms of New York’s five-boroughs and eclectic cultures. Students will have an opportunity to visit and explore some of New York’s most ground-breaking and contemporary projects to better understand the impacts they have on the evolution and resiliency of the city. The Visiting School challenges students to destabilize dominant thinking and offer future urban system solutions that approach the changing landscapes of our metropolises around the world. The Visiting School will take place over a span of 10 days. The final day will conclude with group presentations reviewed by distinguished architects and academics whose research focuses or relates to urbanisation and the role technology plays in it for a resilient future.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

- Computational Skills and Advanced Digital Modelling: The programme will focus on digital modeling and scripted design methodologies, realized through digital representation. Focused on the utilization of Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, and Maya, each invited instructor will be introducing their own advanced methods of working within these platforms for a diversity of design outcomes and to expose participants to differentiated design methodologies based on the complex interactions, organisations, and exchanges within urban systems.
- Theory: The Visiting School will explore the application of new theories in contemporary design praxis using computational thinking for better urban understanding and design.
- Lecture Series: Keynote lectures throughout the Visiting School are by leading New York futurists, designers, and academics and will focus on urban resiliency through computation and urbanism.


Applications will open once the dates have been confirmed, in the meantime you can register your interest in this programme by sending an email to the New York Visiting School.

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. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is: 10 July 2020.


The workshop is open to architecture and design students, PhD candidates, as well as young professionals.




The AA Visiting School New York requires a fee of £795 per student/recent graduate participant and £995 per professional participant, which includes a £60 Digital Membership fee, payable by all participants.

When applying with a student fee, please contact the Visiting School Office for a concession code.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops.


All participants traveling 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.


Ali Farzaneh is a designer and architect based in the USA. He attained his PhD in Architectural Design at the Architectural Association (AA) in London with a focus on complex systems in design and their application in generating novel spatial and morphological formations. He has worked at Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in Washington DC. He co-directed the AA Aarhus Visiting School in Denmark researching the implications of digital fabrication tools and robotic manufacturing in design and their use in rationalising complex geometries.

Andrew Haas is a New York based designer focused on biologically inspired, computationally driven approaches to design. He received his Master’s in Emerging Technologies & Design at the Architectural Association (AA) in London and his Bachelors of Science at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. He has professional experience at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA); Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); and is currently with Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) as a Computational Designer in New York. He has taught internationally, including at the Architectural Association, Hong Kong University, and Tsinghua University, among others. He is an Emerging Leader for the Regional Plan Association, a Young Professional for the New York Building Congress, an Executive Steering Committee member of Emerging New York Architects, and Founder of the New York Digital Design Community, a forum dedicated to advancements in design through technology.


Programme Heads
Ali Farzaneh
Andrew Haas

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.