Chengdu Chengdu Visiting School 2016 - Final Installation


Marking the City

Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 July 2017

‘Marking the City’ runs for the third year in the Sichuan capital, Chengdu, South West China. The workshop aims to teach methods of computational design and translate this into a full scale, inhabitable and dynamic architecture, located in the heart of Chengdu.

Over a period of ten days the students will scour the city of Chengdu extracting waste products, off-cuts, edges and cast-offs. The studio will engage in the environmentally sustainable opportunities of recycling, up-cycling and reuse; taking the cast-offs, edges, corners and cut-offs from manufacturing industries and extrapolating these to invent an occupiable space in the heart of the city. On the final night the structure will host a student feast.

A series of lectures, workshops and charettes will be run by invited creators, makers, film directors, designers and architects to provide a structure of invention to kick off the visiting school.


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 14 July 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.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. If 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. 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 architecture, design and art students. 

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.

Programme Head
Stewart Dodd


Programme Head
Stewart Dodd

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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