"AA design" is a practical architectural design studio based in Tehran. The studio has an interdisciplinary approach, which combines the features of culture, health and ethics in a context-aware and human-centered architecture. AA design studio IR investigates clever ideas that integrate vernacular capabilities of the location (such as materials, construction technology and labor) with modern engineering knowledge devising in the form of reproducible modules through spatial design and community participation. AA design strategies are to trust in locally existing resources available and applying them into contemporary architecture. AA highly respects nature and heritage while attempting to connect technology to cultural values considering the modern lifestyle. AA research workshop believes that while the recent scientific conclusions hold a central place in the history of west, they have long roots in neighboring civilizations such as Iran; The Iranian architecture with its interdisciplinary practices has so inspired the ancient Greeks and Romans and is one of the original sources of sustainable architecture, healing architecture, and person centered architecture. AA seeks these lessons as an ideological construct, rather than in a strict, typological and studies as a historical and artistic phenomenon, which is in close relationship with Iranian literature. Considering modern practical experiences on the one hand and investigations about Iranian traditional and vernacular architecture on the other hand, AA research workshop is passionate to interchange its understandings of Iranian wisdom approaches in cross-disciplinary architecture in a pedagogical community of tacit knowledge.


Organizer: Villa Magazine Number of Groups: 10-15
Duration: 3-9 months
Advisors and Critics: Dr.Rana Zadeh- Cornell University, Firouz Firouz Architects, Hooman Balazadeh, Shahi Heidari, Mohammadreza Haeri
Topic: Architecture, Conception to Completion - real project
Types of Resources: Local wisdom to modern knowledge - Using them to promote experimental learning.
Key to Workshop: Skill Building, Problem Solving, Increasing Knowledge, Systemic Change and Personal Awareness through practical design of a real project with a real client and challenges.
Experimenting Activities: Artwork, Work-sheets, Physical sale modeling, Site visit, Lectures, Discussions, Writings
Planning Activities: Online working, Persona practice, Quizzes, Brainstorming solutions, Goal settings
Key to Workshop Environment: Arranging the physical and online environment, Creating relationships, Building-trust, Encouragements
Co-Facilitation Skills: Reflecting, Reinforcing, Asking, Questioning, Probing, Paraphrasing, Self-disclosure, all to increase motivation, Participation, Direct Interactions, Encourage new Behaviors,
Other Activities: : Group sharing, Games, Music, Storytelling, Guided Fantasies, Brainstorming
Year: 2017-2020
Model: A combination of all pedagogical elements-centred method in Iran, providing a competitive environment, which introduces the winner project to the client for construction phase.
Status: Under construction
With Generous Support: of "Iranian National Commission for UNESCO"
With Generous Support: of "Iranian Architectural Association"
With Generous Support: "Post & Communication Museum"
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