Programme Head: 

Dr. Tom Verebes

Tom Verebes first traveled to China in 1993, as an AA student, within a group of AA post-graduate design students touring Beijing, and Haikou, Hainan Island, where the AA Graduate Design Group worked on a project for a 64 km2 urban masterplan adjacent to Haikou. Verebes is the Provost of Turenscape Academy, which was launched in 2015 as the first independent design academy in China dedicated to post-professional design education and research of the built, lived and natural environment. In practice, Verebes is  the Director of OCEAN CN, a design consultancy practice headquartered in Hong Kong, and was a co-founder of OCEAN in 1995. He has held Visiting Professor roles at University of Pennsylvania, RMIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Tokyo, and Singapore University of Technology & Design SUTD. Former roles include: Associate Dean (2011-2014), and Associate Professor at The University of Hong Kong (2009-2016); Co-Director of the Design Research Lab at the AA, where he had taught from 1996 to 2009; and, Guest Professor at Akademie der Buildenden Künste ABK Stuttgart (2004-2006). He founded and has directed AAVS Shanghai Summer School for 12 consecutive years, and is also the Programme Head of AAVS Xixinan (2017-2018), in Huangshan, Anhui Province, China. Verebes has published over 150 books, chapters, articles and project features; has exhibited in over 50 venues worldwide, and has lectured extensively in Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East.


Studio Tutors:

The teaching team of AAVS Shanghai 2018 will be announced in February 2018.

The teaching team in 2017 included:

UNIT 2: Soomeen HAHM & Steven MA
UNIT 3: Immanuel KOH & LI Meizi

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