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 day research workshop which uses filming as an analytical tool of investigation. The aim of the programme is to address the role of architecture in representing political communities. In practical terms, we will produce short films looking at political organisations that go beyond the boundaries of the traditional nation-state.

The field work is developed in Brussels, home of many supra-national political bodies such as Benelux, NATO and the EU. We will focus on those buildings that shelter institutions of supra-national political organisations and the main case study will concentrate on the European Union buildings. 

An understanding of the increasing urgency for supranational political organizations is the starting point of our research. In particular, the EU study case has been chosen as a result of the evident need for a common European political project in a globalized world.

The present questioning of such a project can be linked to the evident lack of identification of the European citizens with its institutions. An evolution of the EU political structures can only happen if the citizens feel that these institutions belong to them and that they have the agency to transform them.

Architecture has a prominent role in visual culture and is crucial to the edification of collective imagination. Thus, architecture could help us to establish a stronger connection between political institutions and its diverse citizens and, in consequence, to create a shared space for political discussion.

During the workshop we will analyse 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 will reflect on how these spaces are used on a daily basis in relationship to their representative roles.

The objective is to question how architecture can be a central instrument in the EU's visual identity strategies within a contemporary context where digital technologies are crucial to the construction of public identity.

More information about the course can be found on the The House of


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 upon request. 

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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