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Oaxaca City

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Wednesday 19 – Friday 28 July 2017

This year Mexico Visiting School will travel to Oaxaca City the capital of the state of same name in Mexico to survey, map, design and build landscape and architectural structures in the surrounding ravines of the city. In doing so, the Visiting School aims to engages students with new technologies related to survey, mapping design and fabrication methods influenced by local and traditional crafting techniques.These technologies will be applied into a collective built project in the ravine ‘El Pedregal’ part of the City of Oaxaca as the outcome of the workshop. The workshop will be supported by 2 institutions: ‘Casa de la Ciudad’ and ‘INSO’ which have been involved in the regeneration strategies of the ravine ‘El Pedregal’ through water and land management: water retention, collection and infiltration together with introduction of organic agriculture and permaculture techniques. The Workshop will experiment with several aerial mapping and surveying techniques to gather information on site digital data. It will compute and collect survey data into GIS and Rhino software to design and finally built an onsite small structure (steps/pavilion/view point) in tune with the site requirements. 

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

Students will experiment with Aerial Mapping techniques: Drone survey, photogrammetric, structure from motion, etc. Students will also be introduced to basic skills of GIS, Rhino, grasshopper and other software to process surveys and produce 3d models of the site and designed prototypes. They will be exposed to local crafting techniques to influence and inspire the design of built structure. The workshop will be a combination of field work in the nearby ravines of Oaxaca City and workshop classes in ‘casa de la ciudad’. Oaxaca is famous for its arts & craft scene and the usage of local materials and there will be visits to local arts & crafts workshop to understand local production and manufactured processes.


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 visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk 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: 17 July 2017.  A limited amount of early bird discounts reducing costs to £460 are available if you apply before the 19th May. Please write to mexicocity@aaschool.ac.uk to enquire about early bird fees.

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.


Porfirio Díaz 115, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, OAX, México.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. Please write to mexicocity@aaschool.ac.uk to enquire about early bird fees.  A limited amount of early bird discounts reducing costs to £460 are available if you apply before the 19th May. Please write to mexicocity@aaschool.ac.uk to enquire about early bird fees.

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 design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later).


Jose Alfredo Ramirez is an architect co-founder and director of Groundlab and Co-Director of the Landscape Urbanism MArch/MSc Graduate Programme at the Architectural Association. Jose Alfredo has worked and developed projects at the junction of architecture, landscape and urbanism in a variety of contexts such as China, Mexico, Spain, Russia, Chile among others. He concentrates mainly in large scale development of public spaces like the Olympic Master Plan for London 2012 and recently the redevelopment of 12 km of Santiago de Chile’s main avenue, Alameda/Providencia into an integral transport and urban corridor. 


Casa de la Ciudad & Instituto de la Naturaleza y la  Sociedad Oaxaqueña INSO


Programme Head
Jose Alfredo Ramirez Galindo

Mexico Coordinator
Hesner Sanchez

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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