São Paulo

Living City

Monday 4 – Wednesday 13 July 2016

São Paulo has long suffered from a lack of public engagement with the open spaces of the city. Following the street protests of June 2013, where people were mobilised by social media technologies to contest limits to mobility and public programmes, there has been new investment in public spaces and transportation. People have found a new animation in the streets, with the emergence of parklets, new urban mobile apps, food trucks, bike paths and grassroots cultural events in the parks of the city. Yet, other forms of life and certain public institutions are still isolated from these urban networks, primarily the zoos, where animals are caged in static enclosed spaces. In contrast, a recent renovation at the Philadelphia Zoo allows animals to circulate throughout the zoo complex in designated yet protected trail networks. The São Paulo Visiting School will further develop these movement concepts, fusing plant and animal life, new technologies and street culture, by learning to use computational design and digital fabrication to create both immersive and protective public spaces shared by animals and humans alike.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
-The teaching team will include tutors from the Architectural Association as well as a local team of Brazilian architects and computational tutors. 
-Computational skills that will be taught include parametric design softwares and plug-ins.
-Fabrication will focus on the use of laser cutters, 3d printers and CNC milling.


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 20 June 2016.

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 £615 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 design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Students bring own laptop, no prior experience with the softwares is needed as all will be taught from beginning level.

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.

Students should be aware that vaccinations are required for countries some Visiting Schools are held in.  It is the applicants’ responsibility to investigate the requirements. 

Programme Directors
Franklin Lee and Anne Save de Beaurecueil have been directors of the AA Visiting Schools São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro since 2010 and have run a series of workshops that bring leading architects from around the world to rethink the Brazilian urban landscape through combining cutting-edge technology and critical theoretical exploration with local culture, material and labor sources.  The are also design directors of SUBdV Architecture, using a mixture of high and low design technologies to generate socially and environmentally responsive geometries for architecture, furniture and urban design projects. They were AA Diploma Unit 2 Masters from 2005 to 2010 and taught at the Pratt Institute and Columbia University in New York, from where they both also received Master’s degrees. They have published, exhibited and lectured about their work worldwide.


Programme Directors
Anne Save de Beaurecueil
Franklin Lee

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

Online application

To receive a pdf application form if you do not wish to submit the online application and payment, please e-mail visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk

Programme site


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Visiting School Prospectus


The AA has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:


The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that we are making commendable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Educational Oversight.