Brussels European Parliament's TV set. (AAVS Brussels, 2016)


The House of Politics

Monday 3 – Wednesday 12 July 2017

The House of Politics 2017 is a 10 days’ research workshop. It is part of an ongoing investigation that uses film as an analytical tool. The aim is to address the role of architecture in representing political communities. Concretely, we produce short films looking at political organizations that transcend the boundaries of the traditional nation-state.

Field work is developed in Brussels, home of the important supranational political organizations like Benelux, NATO and EU.  The focus is on the buildings that shelter the institutions of supra-national political bodies, and the main case studies are the buildings of the European Union.

We depart with the understanding that there is an increasing need for supranational political organizations in a globalized world and, specifically, a common political project in Europe. Nevertheless, we acknowledge the lack of a broadly embraced common project linked to a lack of identification of the citizens with the European institutions.

Architecture, being more transversal than verbal language and other systems of signs, has a prominent role in the edification of visual collective imagination. Thus, architecture can help to establish stronger connections between the political institutions and the political community, which is the citizens.

On the workshop, we will analyze how buildings of the EU institutions perform, with the objective to unveil the hidden poetics in their a priori unappealing generic architecture.

The work produced seeks to reflect on how these spaces are used in a daily basis in relationship to their role in the EU strategies on visual identity. This bearing in mind that either the building performance and the representative strategies have to respond to a context in which affect generating mechanisms increasingly dependent on digital media.

More information can be found on the VS Brussels website:


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 1 June 2017
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.

Faculté d'Architecture La Cambre Horta (ULB)
Place Eugène Flagey 19
1050 Brussels


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.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:

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised under demand.

Number of places: 20  

The workshop is open to current architecture, design, cinema and related disciplines students, phd candidates and young professionals worldwide.

Programme Heads

Bernard Dubois is a Belgian practicing architect and curator graduated in L’École de la Cambre, Brussels in 2009. Based in Brussels, his studio produces projects in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy and China. He was co-curator of the Belgian Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

Pol Esteve is a Spanish practicing architect and teacher graduated from Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona in 2009. He holds Masters in History and Critical thinking by the Architectural Association and is a PhD candidate at The Bartlett (UCL). He has previously collaborated with studios like Cloud9 and R&Sie(n) and founded the practice GOIG in 2015. He is currently teaching design and theory in the AA. 

Visiting Teachers

Marina Otero is architect and curator. She is Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Previously, she has been chief curator of OAT2016 together with the After Belonging Agency, Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP.

Véronique Patteeuw is an engineer architect, critic and editor. She is an associate professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Lille and lectures at the FRAC Orléans. She is the academic editor of OASE.   


Programme Heads
Bernard Dubois
Pol Esteve

Visiting Teachers
Marina Otero 
Véronique Patteeuw

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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F +44 20 7414 0782

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