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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom; Stresa, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer, Winter
  • Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
  • Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

    All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.
Dates / Deadlines:

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All other programs: There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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RMIT schools: Architecture and Urban Design Program type: Study Tours (Global Intensives)
About your Experience
Alessi II 2018Program Details
Program Leader: Professor Tom Kovac
Dates: 25 June 2018 - 17 July 2018
Places Available: 25 - 40

The Alessi AirSpace II project is a new learning platform focusing on ‘Design at 30,000ft’ organised in collaboration with Alessi and Delta Airlines. The studio brief focuses on developing innovative directions for airline travel products using advanced computational design and 3D prototyping. 

Although these projects begin as architectural investigations of airline and Alessi typologies, they will be informed by contemporary discourse on computational generative processes and manufacture of forms. Making full use of advanced technologies, we will explore the behaviour of form, material and scale in an airspace environment and generate knowledge applicable to such spaces.

The aim of the workshop is to develop airline travel products which redefine our notion of physical space by warping, pulling and pushing the boundaries of objects until they arrive at and constitute both new and unfamiliar territories of design. All objects will be then tested through 3D prototype models showing transformational digital design and emerging additive manufacturing. A selection of 3D prototype models will be further developed for exhibition purposes.
This programme brings together internationally acclaimed architects such as Patrik Schumacher AA, Zaha Hadid Architects, Tom Kovac RMIT while members of the review panel will include Alberto Alessi, Carlo Gasparini and Gloria Barcellini. 

For further information on the program see here
Alessi Itin Winter 2018
Program Costs (Approximate)
The estimated cost of this program is approximately AU$6,000 - $8,000 including tuition. Please note this cost is just an indicator and may be more expensive than listed. The earlier flights are booked the better chances of a lower fare.

  • Program fee: The Architectural Association Visiting School requires a fee of £1900 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.
  • A non-refundable deposit of £350 is required when registering with the online form - with the remaining balance due to be paid by the deadline of the 31st May. Details found at
All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.
Additional costs to consider:
  • Airfares
  • Accommodation
  • Host country visa/s (if applicable)
  • RMIT tuition fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Expenses related to arriving before the program start date and departing after the program end date
  • Additional travel insurance**
** Travel insurance:
Students on approved overseas activities receive complimentary travel insurance (policy number: 41443), although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances. 
For more detailed information, please refer here
Please note: Students must ensure that they can financially support themselves during the study tour before they consider applying.

Cancellation Fee
All fees are handled through the Architectural Association School of Architecture (36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES) . RMIT University has no control over this. All monetary matters need to be discussed with Architectural Association School of Architecture. There is a significant possibility that you will not be entitled to any refund. Please be aware of this before applying. Please direct queries to

More information regarding accommodation options will be provided to students upon acceptance into the program.

This program is open to students who have an active enrolment in one of the following programs:
  • MC163 Master of Architecture
  • BP250 Bachelor of Architectural Design
  • BH115 Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)
  • BH104 Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)
  • BP256 Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design
  • MC172 Master of Landscape Architecture
Academic Credit
This intensive can be taken as an elective subject (12 credit points), however some restrictions may apply to certain programs (please see degree eligibility list before applying).

Students undertake this course during a flexible semester and receive recognition of prior learning on their RMIT academic transcript upon successful completion of Alessi AirSpace. Students will be required to seek approval from their Program Managers for the amount of credit they will be eligible to receive for this intensive. 

Application process
Step 1: Apply directly to The Architectural Association Visiting School by completing the online application and uploading required supporting documents by 31st May 2018 - found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page.
Step 2: Pay program fee directly to the organisation (information provided with the online application).
If you have any issues regarding the online application or payment, please contact
Step 3: Once payment has been made, you will be required to register in Mobi by clicking the "Apply Now" button above by 31st May 2018.
 You will be required to complete the following questionnaires:
1. Outbound Student Mobility: General Information (upload Passport copy)
2. Short Term Mobility: General Information (Additional documents section- upload confirmation of acceptance into the program).
Step 4: Students will be required to meet with their Program Managers prior to departure to complete paperwork for conditional pre-approval for recognition of prior learning. Appointments will be managed by the School of Architecture and Urban Design administrative team.
There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website and Global Experience website for funding options.

RMIT Architecture & Urban Design Administration

Programme Heads: Patrik Schumacher & Tom Kovac
Tom Kovac is a Professor of Architecture at RMIT University, Visiting Professor at IoA Die Angewandte Urban Strategies. He has lectured and exhibited in Europe, Japan and the United States. Since 2010 Kovac has directed the Alessi Mutants program with Reiner Zettl at Urban Strategies IoA Die Angewandte, Vienna. Most recently Kovac has participated in the Venice International Architecture Biennale exhibitions, The Milan Triennale, Beijing Architecture Biennial, ZKM Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe), Mori Museum, Tokyo, The London Biennale and Ars Electronica Linz Austria. Kovac was the Architecture Director of the 2012 European Capital of Culture and Curator of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale Slovenian Pavilion.
Most recently he was appointed Artistic Director for the Malaysia Biennial 2017. Kovac’s project work is included in the collections of the FRAC Centre Orleans, The American Library of Congress Washington, The Alessi Museum Italy and The Centre Pompidou, Paris France.
Alessi PMs Winter 2018

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