In 2016, the AA Chania Visiting School will continue to pursue its design agenda concentrating on the bigger picture of the Chania city’s characteristics. The city of Chania is the second largest city of Crete. Chania can be divided in two parts: the old town and the modern city which is the larger one. The Visiting School will revisit the way by which the built environment has been put together and will explore design possibilities which can be applied in order to improve connectivity and functionality in the city. Interactive design coupled with generative form-finding techniques towards the fabrication and assembly of a 1-to-1 scale prototype will be investigated.

Courtesy of AA Chania Visiting School

Courtesy of AA Chania Visiting School

Each year a series of software tutorial sessions takes place in order to allow participants develop their basic skills on controlling models parametrically and on producing interactive presentations. These sessions also embody manufacturing techniques enabling a hands‐on experience on the realization of an architectural design. In addition, a set of lectures and special events are carried out to enable the participants advance their understanding in matters of new design anatomies and begin developing a theoretical background on topics including machinic control, computational space, and complexity in systems, and innovative urban design approaches.

Courtesy of AA Chania Visiting School

Courtesy of AA Chania Visiting School

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Participants become part of an active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio allows for personalized tutorials and debates.
  • The toolset of AA Greece includes but is not limited to Maya, Rhinoceros, and Grasshopper.
  • Design seminars and lecture series support the key objectives of the programme, disseminating fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies.
Courtesy of AA Chania Visiting School

Courtesy of AA Chania Visiting School


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 20 September 2016.. No portfolio or CV, only requirement is the online application form and fees. Online application link:

For more information:


Alexandros Kallegias (Programme Director):

[email protected]

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