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The House of Politics

Friday 1 – Monday 11 September 2017

The House of Politics 2017 is a 10-day research workshop in collaboration with the European Commission.

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

The 2017 edition of the workshop departs from the following questions:

How can the complex functioning of supranational political bodies be spatially visualised?

Which spatial dispositions can become forms of representation of the EU political community?

How can architecture respond to multimedia and transnational channels of audiovisual distribution in relationship to institutional communication strategies?

The field work is developed in Brussels, home of many supra-national political bodies such as Benelux, NATO and the EU. Our main case study will be the European Union and, particularly this year, the European Commission.  

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.

Extended information about the course can be found on the The House of Politics website:

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed 

-  Discover and explore the European Commission and the European quarter in the capital of the EU.

-  Learn the fundamentals of the grammar and practice of film as an architectural analytical tool.

-  Film inside the European Commission premises.

-  Produce a short film questioning the role of European Commission building in EU communication strategies.

-  Participate in a collective discussion on the communication strategies of the EU in relationship with architecture and new audiovisual platforms.

-   Expand your knowledge on the topic with a series of invited lecturers and teachers that will cover different aspects of the research.

-  Present your film in a public event open to discussion with representatives of the European Commission and the city of Brussels.

-  The workshop will be divided in three parts: 1) introduction to the European Commission, research & development of the filming project; 2) filming in the European Commission; 3) editing and public presentation of the films in La Cambre (ULB).



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 31 August 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:

3 scholarships for reduced fees supported by the City of Brussels will be allocated on candidate’s merits. For more information, please contact

8 scholarships for reduced fees supported by La Cambre (ULB) will be allocated ONLY to La Cambre (ULB) students on candidate’s merits. For more information, please contact

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

Number of places: 15

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 history & 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 Oslo Architecture Triennial 2016 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.


Nicolas Hemeleers is a urban planner and law specialist. His work focuses on European urban policies. Between 2009 and 2014, he has been an advisor then a deputy chief of staff for the minister of environment, energy and urban renovation for the Brussels Region.

Benoit Moritz is co-founder of MSA office in Brussels; awarded Emerging Architect Mies Award 2017. He is the co-coordinator of the Laboratory on Urbanism, Infrastructures and Ecologies (LoUIsE). His research focuses on urban projects currently developed in Belgian cities.

More lecturers to be added upon confirmation.


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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