In January 2011, the AA will launch its Global Visiting School at the School of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. Not only will the University of Technology Sydney be the host of the AA Visiting School Sydney it will also be the evolving urban condition that we will be directly engaging with.

The University of Technology Sydney adjoins Sydney’s Chinatown district. This neighbourhood has become the centre of a broader Asian community, materialising a complex network of fine-grained practices and spaces that exist alongside the distributed network of faculty buildings. As part of the University of Technology Sydney master-plan, Frank Gehry has been commissioned to design a building for the University’sSchool of Business. The proposed building sits alongside a critical, though underutilised, network of pedestrian infrastructure that connects the neighbourhood and its major institutions to Sydney’s harbour and public transport systems. These developments expose a scalar conflict between the coherence of a centralised identity and the creative dynamics of a distributed and urbanised campus.

This ten-day studio-based design workshop will explore the potentials of spatial performance in the dynamic setting of the contemporary distributed urban campus. This setting includes the pressure to develop Iconic institutional architecture and centralising infrastructures that stitch the city together.

In phase one of the workshop participants will engage directly with these conditions through the use of indexical, emergent, and parametric based mapping techniques. Through the use of tools that work primarily with relationships between systems the aim will be to develop prototypical spatial forms and strategies for mediating the tension between the competing infrastructural demands and the new iconic architecture.

Phase two will see the participants developing prototypes based on their relational mappings and through the development of design models.

The deadline for applications is 17 December 2010. A late deadline of 10 January 2011 is also in effect, but this will incur a £50 surcharge. Application forms and additional information are available online at: and applications can be submitted to:

Accommodation during the workshop is not provided, but advice will be given for nearby affordable hotels. The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £650 per participant, which includes a £50 Visiting Student Membership, made payable to the AA School of Architecture. Fees do not include flights. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, digital cameras and any other tools they may wish to use during the workshop.

Programme Director
Jeffrey P Turko
Host School Coordinator (UTS)
Adrian Lahoud
Visiting School Director
Christopher Pierce
Visiting School Coordinator
Sandra Sanna
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