The AA School of Architecture visits the University of Melbourne

For the second year in a row, the prestigious Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA School) visited the University of Melbourne from July 3 – July 14 for the AA Visiting Studio (AAVS) with students exploring the interstitial spaces of Melbourne.

Over the course of the 12 day workshop, students developed critical alternative designs which proposed visionary options and opportunities for the City of Melbourne. The works are currently being showcased at the Melbourne School of Design’s Dulux Gallery until August 4.

"The reason why we chose Melbourne for the AAVS was its unique urban context and condition, its recent history of modern architecture and also because the University of Melbourne is here as well,” explained AAVS Melbourne Director Jeffrey Turko.

Paul Loh, Digital Architecture Design Lecturer and AAVS Subject Co-ordinator at the University of Melbourne expressed how important this ongoing partnership was for the Faculty and the students.

“The partnership with the AA School in London is important to the University because it brings new visiting staff of international practitioners who introduce new methodologies and design thinking to our studio culture,”

“The workshop content provoked innovative thinking, different types of problem-solving and a variety of design methods which will be invaluable to the students’ repertoire when they go out to industry.”

For students such as Leila Mottaghizadeh the opportunity to work with staff from the AA School and learn new skills was invaluable.

“It was amazing to meet with AA staff and have conversations around how their methods are reflected in their designs”, said Leila, “I also thoroughly enjoyed using a 3D scanner-gun for the first time to translate physical models into digital forms.”

At the core of this collaboration are the relationships between the AA School, the University of Melbourne staff and the impression our students have made.

“We have had relationships for decades with the academic staff in Melbourne from the time they were students at the AA School,” explained Jeffrey.

“We have been thoroughly impressed with the Melbourne students’ enthusiasm and willingness to explore ideas and questions which they don’t know the answers to; something which is critical to the AA School’s ethos and success.”

Work from the AAVS is currently exhibiting at the Melbourne School of Design’s Dulux Gallery until 5.00pm August 4. The gallery opening hours are 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. For more information about the exhibition, click here.