Industrialised Craft

Monday 24 July – Friday 4 August 2017

“The hand is the window to the mind”

Immanuel Kant

The AAVS Bengaluru is a hands-on design and make workshop with a strong emphasis on research. We will explore the relationship between the Architect, Production and the City and question how global markets, standardisation and the elimination of craft have detached the Architect from the Product.

The city of Bengaluru and its diverse factories will be our primary source of inspiration and the framework for our research.Through a series of factory visits, we will engage in methods of production, thereby understanding how their outputs define the relationship between man and machine, demand and supply, industry and craft and ultimately architecture and culture. We will investigate manufacturing methods in different settings, comparing the mass produced object and its crafted equivalent, recording the events and scenarios that take place from the conception of an idea to the making of the physical object.

Each year we will focus on a different material and its related mode of production. In our introductory year we will unravel the most basic component of architecture: the brick. We will study the manufacturing process of the crafted and the industrial brick, testing and experimenting with new brick prototypes. Participants will create site-specific design proposals to then assemble a 1:1 scale structure. AAVS Bengaluru will connect the Architect and the Factory to model new ideas and visionary relationships between the architect, craft, industry and the city.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed:

  • Exploring the city of Bengaluru
  • Visits to a series of factories and workshops
  • The opportunity to directly engage in the manufacturing process of brick making at a crafted and industrial level
  • Lecture series: Lecturers which will include architects, designers, sociologists, craftsmen and manufacturers on the subject of city development, factory, craft and designing for production
  • Digital workshops: Students will be exposed to a series of digital workshops in design and presentation tools developing skills in film, illustration, rhinoceros, grasshopper and adobe suite
  • Fabrication: Access to factories and workshops working with craftsmen and industry professionals

What you will take away with you:

  • Critical theoretical knowledge
  • Research and documentation skills
  • Design and digital software skills (Rhinoceros, grasshopper, adobe creative suite)
  • Analogue and digital making and fabrication techniques
  • Understanding the different processes of production and their wider implications
  • Comprehensive knowledge about bricks
  • The skills acquired in the programme will be applicable to future studies and individual pursuits.


CMR Institute of Technology
132, AECS Layout, ITPL Main Road
Kundalahalli, Sri Nivasa Reddy Layout
AECS Layout, Brookefield
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560037, India


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer.
2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme.
The deadline for applications is 20 July 2017.

The workshop is open to current and prospective architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals.

Students should be aware that visas are required for Visiting Schools held both in the UK and abroad and it is the student's responsibility to investigate what is required via the relevant embassies in their country.

Students are responsible to find out what vaccinations they need.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £445 per participant, which includes a £60 visiting membership fee. For details of Visiting Member benefits please click here . Should you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at: If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically with the membership fee by the online payment system.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students should bring their own laptops. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

Programme Heads
Ananth Ramaswamy is an AA Dip RIBA Part II graduate from the Architectural Association School of Architecture. He has worked for large and small practices in London and India, and is currently working at Michaelis Boyd Associates in London. He spent the last two years at the AA exploring the architectural idea as a negotiation between the imagined and built.

Maria Brewster is an AA Dip RIBA Part II graduate from the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She has taught at the AA Visiting Schools Greece Patras and Athens and has extensive experience in workshops and fabrication.She was a construction tutor at the Burlington Danes Academy, London for the ‘School House Project’ 2014-15. She has worked for practices in Athens and London and is currently working at David Morley Architects.

Charlotte Moe Halsted is a Copenhagenbased Architect MAA, currently working at Arkitema Architects.
Simultaneously she is a Director of Artzul, a Danish design studio, working with small scale productions. She is also a Tutor of Intermediate Unit 9 at the AA, where the students are working in Copenhagen. She has previously worked at John Pawson Architects in London on projects in Sweden, Scotland, Germany, Los Angeles and Miami. She is an AA Dip RIBA Part II graduate from the Architectural Association School of Architecture.


Programme Heads
Ananth Ramaswamy
Maria Brewster
Charlotte Moe Halsted

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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