23 March, 2016


Symmetry sentience. (01 - 10 June 2016)Embarassed

Greek version

In 2016 AA Athens Visiting School continues to examine the philosophy of phenomenology as a starting point in the architectural design. Structures of consciousness experienced from the first-person point of view will be coupled with the study shapes in action. The experience around an architectural object will act as the central point of ambience for the user's space. Assessing the way by which natural formations are created and exist as active players in shaping their environment will be achieved via digital simulation. Forms and structures will be created with an aim to alter the feeling of their surrounding by being put into motion. A series of morphologies will be designed, informed by biomimetic form-finding methods through a bottom-up approach via various coding techniques. A 1:1 scale structure will be put together, enabling experience of built space and of building materials in their sensory aspects as a result of a series of initial testing models. These proposals will be applied through the combination of different software including among other Processing, Arduino and Rhino Grasshopper. For more information visit the programme's site.

The programme is organized in a two-stage process:

Stage 1: Participants gain an understanding of formation processes in nature, coupled with core concepts related to design complexity. During this stage, basic and advanced tutorials on generative design algorithms and analysis tools will be provided. Building on its core methodology from its previous versions, AA Athens VS will perform as a team-based programme promoting collaboration and research. Participants will be introduced to advanced fabrication techniques.

Stage 2: Participants propose design interventions based on the skills and knowledge gained during the first stage. Study models of various scales will be produced, leading to the fabrication and assembly of a full scale working prototype which unifies the design goals of the programme.



The design agenda of AA Athens is linked to the AA Istanbul Visiting School, thus directly creating feedback on one another, allowing participation in either one or both Programmes.

The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide.

Participants receive the AA Visiting School Certificate with the completion of the Programme.

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2016. No portfolio or CV, only requirement is the online application form and fees. The online application can be reached from:

For more information, please visit:

Contact details: Alexandros Kallegias (AA Athens Visiting School Programme Director)

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