Worlding-with - in Company, Short Course | Architectural Association | Iowa City, United States
13 days
1150 GBP/full
1150 GBP/full
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This Worlding-with - in Company course from Architectural Association is a multi-disciplinary exploration into the methods of creative and scientific field research with the specific aim of demystifying aspects of site, context and landscape.


In this Worlding-with - in Company course from Architectural Association, participants will collectively research, design and build an interactive pavilion that enhances the public’s perception of water, soil, geology, flora and fauna while positively influencing and interacting with these diverse ecologies.

Led by the design collective Space Saloon, this 12 day workshop takes place on-site at the Iowa Lakeside Lab, a permanent field research station and summer camp. 

Together we will engage with the physical and invisible ecologies of Northwest Iowa’s Great Lakes region using a variety of analogue and digital tools. 

We will visit regional natural sites with field-researchers, consulting directly with local scientific experts and lab technicians. As a collaborative unit, we will create hands-on explorations with local low-carbon, earthen/plant-based and repurposed materials, culminating in the construction of one final pavilion.

Skills Developed

  • In person lectures by visiting scholars, experts and other designers and artists.
  • Group working studio environment, with direct daily access to tutors.
  • Visits, tours and excursions to regional sites including historical landscapes and national parks, led by local guides.
  • Be introduced to design tools and concepts like LCA material analysis, cradle to cradle thinking, and multi-species design.
  • Experimentation with new digital documentation tools including 360 cameras, photogrammetry, thermal imaging, weather measurement devices, sound recording and more.
  • Software tutorials for architectural design tools including: Rhino 3D, Grasshopper, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere) and basic GIS visualization.
  • Hands-on tool training, material fabrication and construction.
  • Development of a real built project from design to documentation.
  • Social activities including campfires, public workshops, swimming, biking, sport and local Okoboji lakeside summer events.

Programme Structure

  • At the Lakeside Lab, we will have access to their research facilities, laboratories and studio spaces as well as the ability to directly observe and participate in ongoing classes such as ‘Aquatic Ecology’, ‘Field Archaeology’, ‘Plant Taxonomy’, ‘Prairie Ecology’ and more. 
  • Participants will also engage in the social atmosphere of summer camp life - interacting with other students and educators in the dining hall, lecture rooms, campfire circle or while going for a swim in the lake.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 13 days

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This programme is open to students, researchers, designers and explorers. No prior design or construction experience is required, though applicants should be prepared for physical activity in an outdoor summer environment. Special accessibility requirements are welcome and accommodations will be made. Software recommendations: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino 3D.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1150 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1150 GBP for the full programme during 13 days.
  • National

    1150 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1150 GBP for the full programme during 13 days.

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1150 per participant, which includes accommodation and three daily meals at the Lakeside Lab. 

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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