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Social Algorithms 6.0

Monday 16 – Tuesday 24 July 2018

The AA Visiting School Seoul, Social Algorithms returns for a sixth year investigating urban issues from a social and algorithmic point of view to open up a discussion on knowledge and methodology as well as different design approaches.

The workshop offers a great opportunity for those who are interested in the city & architecture and wishes to be involved in the discussion of experimental design thinking and innovative way of collaboration between design researches.
Held in central Seoul, this programme will examine how software (human, communal & social aspects of everyday life) rather than the hardware (the built environment itslef) drives the evolution of one of the world's most active megacities.
We are also interested in the issue of dealing with big data - how to quantify and analyse it as meaningful information through mapping and visualisation. The school is conducted by units with distinct design methodologies – social and computational– in order to heightenthe debate between these two contemporary and immediate issues.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

The teaching team is highly experienced and professional. 3 or more units will be running in parallel. Participants will be introduced with variety of design methods and tools in order to discuss certain urban, architectural or design issues. During the 9 days course, students will be exposed by series of intensive design and technical tutorials as well as theoretical lectures by tutors, directors & guest lecturers.
Technically following computational tools will be used selectively: Rhino, Maya, Grasshopper, Processing, ZBrush, Adobe Suite (for image and video editing), CAD etc. More tools might be introduced according to what is needed by each specific research agenda. Previous knowledge is not required but encouraged. Participants are required to bring their own laptops.

Yonsei University 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749, Republic of Korea


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. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is 15 July 2018.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 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. 

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.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements (previous knowledge is not required but encouraged): Autodesk Maya, Grasshopper, Rhino, Processing, ZBrush, Adobe Suite

Programme Head

Jooeun Sung is a chartered architect and an associate professor at Yonsei University, Korea, who interprets architectural design in the context of urban dynamics and investigates how design and its process respond to the live cities. She looks at and engages with elements of the city we live in, and fabricates physical and social relationship within.

Soomeen Hahm is the founder of the SoomeenHahm Design Ltd (SD), an architectural designer, researcher and educator based in London and teaching at the Architectural Association and the Bartlett UCL. Her research tries to tackle issues associated with the computational paradigm in architecture across multiple scales and through education, research and practice.

Yonsei University Architectural Engineering
YARD (Yonsei Architecture Research & Design)
CS2 (Center for Sustainable Culture and Service, Yonsei University)
SoomeenHahm Design Ltd


Programme Heads
Jooeun Sung
Soomeen Hahm

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.