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The Island Reader

Monday 24 July – Tuesday 15 August 2017

AAVS Lyngør is an annual Visiting School for the Architectural Association (AA) which takes place on Lyngør Island off the southern coast of Norway. AAVS Lyngør is directed and taught by Amandine Kastler, Erlend Skjeseth, Daniel Ayat and Alexander Laing, a group of architects and artists who practice and teach in Oslo, London, and New York.
AAVS Lyngør explores Lyngør Island’s existing conditions as it weathers changing social, environmental, political, and cultural currents. In the absence of cars, roads, and other modern infrastructures, Lyngør has remained a virtually untouched nineteenth-century village. Named ‘Europe’s Best Kept Village’ in 1991, Lyngør provides an unparalleled glimpse into a by-gone era, though it continues to sustain a living community. With this increased recognition as a heritage site, Lyngør has seen an upsurge in seasonal tourism as well as the closing of the local school and a decline in number of permanent residents.
Adopting the role of archaeologists, anthropologists, editors, and architects, students will cultivate their own readings of the physical, social, historical, and topographical aspects of island life. Working closely with the local community and using the survey as a key tool of the architect, AAVS Lyngør develops highly personal interpretations of the Island’s inhabitation and transformations. These eclectic architectural strands are then woven together in the ‘Island Reader’, a narrative tapestry that rethinks what Lyngør is understood to be. The ‘Island Reader’ is a project shared with the local community through a series of exhibitions, talks and events which build a discourse around Lyngør Island’s preservation and future potential.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
Visits to Norway’s historical collections, modernist houses and contemporary architecture practices.
As part of the collaboration between AAVS Lyngør and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design students will gain a theoretical understanding of the evolution Nordic architectural typologies through lectures and crits with local academics.
Projects will be informed through collaborations with Local craftsmen from the Lyngør area, including sailmakers, boat builders and carpenters who will introduce students to vernacular craft techniques. A workshop will be fitted out with sufficient tools for students to build physical models.
Students will utilize methods and tools such as surveying, topographical analysis, the assembly of a material palette and scale model testing.
Students will develop individual projects and research topics, while actively participating in the social life of the island and collaborating with the local community.


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 the 24th 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.

Lyngør Island, Norway


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1200 per participant, which includes a £60 visiting membership fee and accommodation in Lyngør. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system.
Low cost subsidized accommodation on Lyngør Island will be arranged for students.
Flights to Oslo, accommodation in Oslo, transportation and food are not included.
Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure equipment is covered by insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.

The programme is open to participants from a range of backgrounds, including current architecture and art students, phd candidates and young professionals. Places are limited, and offered at the discretion of the Programme Heads. Please contact for further information.


Amandine Kastler is an architect based between London and Oslo who established her own studio in 2015. Amandine worked at OMA/AMO Rotterdam on the Hermitage Masterplan before joining David Chipperfield Architects in 2010. Amandine teaches at the AA and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, along with tutoring at several institutions. Amandine studied at the AA, graduating with Honours in 2010. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, and she has been awarded several international prizes including the RIBA Bronze Medal.

Erlend Skjeseth is an Oslo based architect and graduated from the Architectural Association in 2010 after studying Art History at the University of Oslo. Erlend’s student work focused on the materiality of the city and alternative programming of dense urban sites. He has previous experience from working at David Chipperfield Architects and AOC in London, with emphasis on working on civic and cultural buildings in historically sensitive contexts. Erlend currently works for Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects in Oslo. Projects include the new government area of Oslo and experimental timber constructions in various scales.

Daniel Simon Ayat is an artist and writer based in London. His work addresses the political and historical development of hygiene, medical-scientific research, public health, state infrastructure, and urbanisation. Daniel holds an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Oxford and an MA in Art and Science from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. He also has an MA in the Histories and Theories of Architecture from the AA in London, where he has assisted in the History and Theory Studies department.

Alexander Laing is a Designer working for Heatherwick studio in London. He graduated from the AA in 2012 with photographic explorations into darkness, mythology and landscape. He went on to assist the photographer Robi Rodriguez with featured work in Dazed and Confused, The New York Times and Gentlewoman before joining Heatherwick Studio. Projects include a public sculpture in New York, a public park in Abu Dhabi and extensive material research.


Programme Heads
Amandine Kastler
Erlend Skjeseth

Programme Tutors
Daniel Simon Ayat
Alexander Laing

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

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