Architectural Association
Media Studies

AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.


Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Inigo Minns
Acting Head (maternity cover)

Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000




Wednesdays, 10am – 1pm

Contemporary spaces extend beyond physical reality through layers of virtual relations. Data interpretation is one of the most contemporary challenges within many fields and requires the capability of revealing patterns inside complex data. Designing through data allows to read understand and shape the new information driven society. Starting from the fundamentals of programming, the students will develop digital installations in Processing alongside using digital platforms such as Rhino and Grasshopper.

Students will use their creativity to design a digital artwork that represents their interpretation of a data set, that can be related to their unit studies or their own specific interest, related to human behaviour, architecture and environment. The workflow will engage students with the use of computational tools to express their ideas, understanding, interpreting, designing and visualizing patterns inside data.

No previous experience in Processing is required.


Session 1: INTRODUCTION: Wednesday 3rd October 2018
- Design through data key studies
- Presentation of the research topics and workflow
- Introduction to Processing

Session 2: FUNDAMENTALS: Wednesday 10th October 2018
- Programming fundamentals
- Data sets and exchange with Rhino/Grasshopper
- Processing libraries

Session 3: DATA INTERPRETATION: Wednesday 17th October 2018
- Interpretation of data to build a narrative
- Coding design intents

Session 4: PATTERN VISUALIZATION: Wednesday 24th October 2018 
- Mapping data and visualization strategies
- Interface design for user interaction


Session 5: PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Wednesday 7th November 2018
- Support on coding and design review

Session 6: PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Wednesday 14th November 2018 
- Support on coding and design review

Session 7: CONCLUSIONS: Wednesday 21st November 2018
- Project finalization and presentation strategies

Session 8: MS JURY DAY: Wednesday 28th November 2018
- Presentation and final review of design proposals

Submission requirement for the course
- Bound submission documenting the work produced (including summary of work, references, catalogues and design outputs)
- A3 Boards for the presentation
- Video