New York Evolutionary Computation of the Manhattan Block. Ali Farzaneh

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New York

Urban Futures

Wednesday 10 – Friday 19 July 2019

Our cities have undergone shifts that even a decade ago were unthinkable. One of the biggest challenges architects face, is to plan for a dynamic and rapidly changing society. In response to this, the ‘Urban Futures’, 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 program will expose students to new design methodologies and theories focused on the evolving city.

With its ever-increasing densification and re-development, as well as the growing diversity of its cultures, New York 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 dynamic shifts taking place in our cities today. Students will have an opportunity to visit and explore New York’s most ground-breaking and contemporary buildings and to understand the impact they have on the evolution of the city. The Visiting School challenges students to destabilise 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 followed by a public symposium. The symposium will include architects and academics whose research focuses or relates to the future of urbanisation and the role technology plays in it.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

Computational Skills: Methodological frameworks to computationally develop complex interactions, organisations, and exchanges within urban systems at their respective scales
Theory: The application of new theories in contemporary praxis using computational thinking  
Lecture Series: Keynote lectures throughout the Visiting School focused on computation and urbanism, followed by a symposium on the final day.


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. 

Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme.

The deadline for applications is: 8 July 2019.

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

The Cooper Union Foundation Building
7 East 7th Street


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £795 per student, and £1095 for professionals which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. If you are a student, please contact the Visiting School Office for a concession code and submit a scan of your student ID.

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 and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later).


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 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.  He has professional experience at Zaha Hadid Architects in London, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York.  He is a Fellow at the Urban Design Forum, an Emerging Leader for the Regional Plan Association, 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

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

Links & Downloads

Programme site


Visiting School Prospectus


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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.