Monday 13 – Wednesday 22 June 2016

AA Istanbul Visiting School, in collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University, is a unique learning and making experience. Continuing its expertise on generative design methodologies and large-scale prototyping techniques, the programme will investigate patterns of emergence, differentiation and complexity in natural formation processes which will be transformed to digital simulation platforms for design purposes. In contemporary architectural processes, a significant diversion from linear parametric tools towards generative design simulations is taking place. The design and analysis processes will reflect this shift by focusing on simulations, whereby attention will be kept on the process of design generation as opposed to the final form itself. The design agenda of the programme will revolve around the design and fabrication of a one-to-one scale pavilion.

Courtesy of Elif Erdine

Courtesy of Elif Erdine

The programme will be formulated as a two-phase process:

Stage 1: Participants will gain an understanding of formation processes in nature, coupled with core concepts related to 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 Istanbul VS will perform as a team-based workshop promoting collaboration and research. Participants will be introduced to advanced fabrication techniques.

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

The design agendas of AA Athens and AA Istanbul Visiting Schools will directly create feedback on one another, allowing participation in either one or both Programmes.

Courtesy of Elif Erdine

Courtesy of Elif Erdine

Prominent features of the programme / skills developed:

  • Participants will be part of 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.
  • Participants will have access to digital fabrication tools such as 3-axis CNC router, laser-cutter, and 3d-printer.
  • Design seminars and lecture series will support the key objectives of the programme, disseminating fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies.

    Courtesy of Elif Erdine

    Courtesy of Elif Erdine


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals.


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


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £600 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. Discount options for groups or for those wishing to apply for both AA Istanbul and AA Athens Visiting Schools are available. Please contact the AA Visiting School Coordinator for more details. Alternatively, you can find more information on application and discounts from the link below:


The deadline for applications is 30 May 2016. No portfolio or CV, only requirement is the online application form and fees. The online application can be reached from:


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Contact details:

Elif Erdine (AA Istanbul Visiting School Programme Director) Email: [email protected]

AA Visiting School Coordinator: Email: [email protected]

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