Dates to be confirmed

This programme focuses on how locals respond to extreme conditions in Guatemala. Set on Lake Atitlán, one of the country's most important natural and cultural landmarks, we will conduct a range of activities such as flying drones, interviewing, downloading, visualising and analysing data from different sources to conduct local surveys. We wiil gain insight into the lake and its physical and social environment from different perspectives, and will work on diverse visions for the future of the lake. A series of lectures and conferences will be held throughout the workshop, relating to the work in progress. 

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Teaching team: TBC
  • Computational skills: basic use of CAD software and 3d model skills are desirable. Students will be introduced to the use of Geographic Information Systems, Digital Design and Digital Fabrication and no previous knowledge is required. 
  • Digital Fabrication: UFM has a computer lab, 2 laser cutters, 1 CNC router, 3D printer and wood shop available for students 
  • Theoretical understanding: through different lectures, conferences, readings, site visits, and open discussions, students will be introduced to specific urban topics
  • Facilities: Universidad Francisco Marroquín, School of Architecture

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala


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: TBD

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

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.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.


The AA Visiting School fee is TBC.  

Programme Head
Gustavo Romanillos is an architect interested in the spatial analysis of urban dynamics and social behaviour. He teaches at the Architectural Association School of Architecture of London and at the Complutense University of Madrid, and has been guest lecturer at several universities in Spain, the UK and Latin America. As an architect, he has been awarded in several international competitions of architecture and urbanism; as a researcher, he works at the Complutense University of Madrid and, as a consultant, he has worked for different institutions, such as the United Nations Development Programme.


Programme Head
Gustavo Romanillos

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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F +44 20 7414 0782

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