Semester Programme Autumn Semester Programme 2016, study model by Supitcha Krishnamara

Semester Programme

The Semester Programme is a full-time studio-based course open to undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Held over 15 weeks, the programme is integrated into the AA’s undergraduate history and theory seminars and media studies courses, and is designed to allow transferable study credits. On finishing the course students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the AA School.

Based in Bloomsbury’s historic Bedford Square, the AA is an internationally renowned school of architecture, with full-time students enrolling from more than 60 countries each year.  The AA is the UK’s oldest school of architecture and for decades it has been recognised as an influential world leader in architectural education. AA graduates are the recipients of numerous prizes including Pritzker Prizes, RIBA Gold Medals & Stirling Awards, AIA and other design awards.

The Semester Programme is part of the AA Visiting School, which each year organises design workshops in more than 40 countries across five continents. The AA presents one of the world’s largest public programmes dedicated to contemporary architectural culture, encompassing lectures by visiting architects and artists as well as exhibitions and symposia. These events offer students the prospect of meeting the world’s leading architects and discovering more about their practice whilst also gaining an insight into the benefits of showcasing their own work.

London - Autumn Semester Programme
Almeria. Seaport
Monday 4 September – Friday 15 December 2017
The Autumn Semester 2017 will focus on how to integrate obsolete infrastructure into the city. As technology evolves, the ways we work and live change. Cities, as a result, need to adapt their urban qualities to perform differently. The design studio will travel to the Spanish port city of Almeria to explore the logistic and commercial potential of the waterfront. Through group work students will look at the existing conditions of the site and its relation to the city. Here the city will be understood as layers of information that together reveal drawing and mapping qualities, which feed into the students’ own design narratives. By analysing both tangible and intangible conditions, each student will develop their own brief to target specific design challenges of re-introducing old infrastructure into changing urban areas.
Design proposals will be multi-scalar in scope, enabling architectural propositions to respond to a larger narrative relating to the aesthetic, programmatic and socio-economic capacities of the city and its infrastructure. Students are invited to explore their own aesthetic style as an outcome of the progress, and the ongoing dialogue between two- and three-dimensional representation will reveal unpredictable qualities to inspire their design narratives.

Please refer to the Autumn Semester website for more details: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/autumnsemesterprog

London - Spring Semester Programme
Morelia. Pink Quarry
January – May 2017 (exact dates tbc)

The Spring Semester 2018 studio will start by looking at the historic centre of Morelia, a fascinating and harmonious unity of architectural buildings of pink stone. This pink spirit proliferates in a checkerboard-like street layout that opens up to give space to plazas and views to the surrounding hills. The studio will look beyond this core to explore something more pedestrian: the walking distance between adjacencies. We will question how to transition from one area to the next in order to explore the future character that complements the cultural heart of this Mexican city.

Through group work students will record and map the existing conditions of the area as an accumulation of layers of information that represent tangible and intangible qualities – ie, infrastructure and flow, activity and time, verticality and pattern. The exploration of these topics will inspire individual strategies for ambitious proposals that address the future of Morelia. Design proposals will be multi-scalar in scope, enabling architectural propositions to respond to a larger narrative relating to the aesthetic, programmatic and socio-economic capacities of the city and its infrastructure. Students are invited to explore their own aesthetic style as an outcome of the progress, and the ongoing dialogue between two- and three-dimensional representation will reveal unpredictable qualities to inspire their design narratives.

Please refer to the Spring Semester website for more details: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/springsemesterprog

Contacts

Programme Head
Naiara Vegara

Course tutor
Marie-Isabel de Monseignat Lavrov

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782
visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


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