AA Istanbul Visiting School - June-July 2018

AA Istanbul Visiting School – Robotic Mediations
Monday 25 June – Friday 6 July 2018

AA Istanbul Visiting School is a unique learning and making experience. The programme, in collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University, builds on its expertise on generative design methodologies and large-scale prototyping techniques from previous years bringing together experts from internationally acclaimed academic institutions and practices – Architectural Association, Zaha Hadid Architects, among others.

AA Istanbul Visiting School investigates the inherent associations between form, material, and structure through the rigorous implementation of innovative design and fabrication techniques. Computational methods for design, analysis, and fabrication are coupled with physical experimentation, fostering ‘learning-by-experimentation’ in an active collaborative studio environment. Throughout the design and fabrication processes, the associations between various computational platforms establish correlations between form- finding, material computation, and structural performance. The key objective of the programme is the design and fabrication of a 1:1 scale prototype realized by robotic fabrication techniques.

The programme is a two-phase process:

Stage 1: Participants gain an insight of material processes, computational methods, and various fabrication techniques, culminating with core concepts related to complexity in design practices. During this stage, basic and advanced tutorials on generative design algorithms and analysis tools will be provided. Building on its core methodology, AA Istanbul VS will perform as a team-based workshop promoting collaboration and research. Advanced fabrication techniques will be introduced.

Stage 2: Participants will propose design interventions based on the skills and knowledge gained during the first stage. They will produce study models of various scales. Finally, robotic fabrication and assembly of a full-scale working prototype follow.

Prominent features of the workshop/skills developed

  • An active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio (4:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates.

  • The toolset of AA Istanbul includes but is not limited to Rhinoceros, Processing, and Grasshopper, as well as analysis software.

  • Access to digital fabrication tools such as 3-axis CNC router, laser-cutter, and 3d-printer.

  • Design seminars and lecture series support the key objectives of the programme, disseminating fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies.

  • Robotic design and fabrication processes will formulate the physical prototyping phase of the programme.


AA Istanbul Visiting School is supported by Fibrobeton as In-Kind Sponsor, and Arkitera, Mimarizm, Rhino Center Istanbul as Communication Sponsors.


With the programme completion, participants receive the AA Visiting School Certificate.


The workshop is open to current architecture, structural engineering, and design students, PhD candidates, and young professionals. Software requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino 5 (SR7orlater). No prior knowledge of the software tools is required.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £700 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. Discount options for groups are available. Please contact the AA Visiting School Coordinator for more details. Or, you can find more information on application and discounts at: http://ai.aaschool.ac.uk/istanbul/apply/.

The application deadline is 15 June 2018. No portfolio or CV is required. The only requirement is the online application form and fees.

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Contact details:

Elif Erdine (AAIstanbulVisitingSchoolProgrammeDirector)
Email: elif.erdine@aaschool.ac.uk

AA Visiting School Coordinator:
Email: visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk

Posted Apr 11, 2018 by Carlos Perez on Rhino News, etc.