Final installation Chengdu Visiting School 2017


Marking the city 2018

Saturday 14 – Sunday 22 July 2018

Architectural Short Course

The intention of the course is to develop design skills from a conceptual starting point all the way through to the creation of a full-scale architectural intervention in the city of Chengdu.

Chinese metropolitan cities change rapidly every day - an enormous exodus from countryside as well as from secondary cities in search for jobs or better quality of life.

For many it is the first time living in a city, meaning there is a huge contrast and need for adaption to a new way of living. For instance growing vegetables in public urban landscape as a result of a pre-existence of farm land which was transformed into an urban area, or migrants which start living in certain areas and trying to adapt but keeping some rural habits; these behaviors can be seen as an adaptive solution to implement architecture and urban planning, in other cases and widely built are extensions of architecture by DIY structures on rooftops, between buildings, etc.

The understanding of these structures from its use, location and character could become a typology to develop a prototype during the AA Visiting School in Chengdu 2018, how they could inspire the next structures and how this workshop would start to impact the city and MARK IT.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

1. The teaching team consist of AA Tutors, former AA students, global and local architects, artists and educators.

2. The course consist of a lecture program, computational instruction, fabrication of a full size pavilion in a major urban location in the city of Chengdu.

3. The final day will be celebrated with a student presentation, jury and a feast.


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. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is 1st July 2018.

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.


Downtown Chengdu, specifics are unknown as yet.


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

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


The workshop is open to current architecture and any design discipline students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Not crucial but Rhinoceros is helpful.

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.

Head Bio 

Stewart was a founding director of Satellite Architects and is Programme Head of the AAVS Chengdu. Having studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture he has combined practice and teaching for over 20 years; he has taught at the Bartlett School, University College London and at the Architectural Association, London. He is member of ARB, the RIBA and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A member of the RIBA Education Board and an external examiner at the Bartlett School of Architecture, the University of Salford and the University of Ulster.


Programme Head
Stewart Dodd

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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