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Spring Semester Programme

Rethinking Living

Monday 9 January – Friday 12 May 2017

The Semester Programme is a full-time, 15-week, studio-based course open to undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. The programme is integrated with the AA’s undergraduate History & Theory and Media Studies courses and designed to allow transferable study credits. On finishing the course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the AA School.

The Spring Semester 2017 studio will consider the evolution of how we Live-Work-Play. Throughout history we have been living, working and playing differently as a result of a number of factors, such as economic trends, advances in technology, changes in social ideology and behaviours. House typologies, neighbourhoods and cityscapes have also transformed over time while negotiating with the existing historical fabric. In the context of constant evolution, there is a need to reinvent and challenge how to adapt the physicality of our environments to fit the living standard both for today and tomorrow. We will analyse how we inhabit and occupy space and question new ways of living, working and playing to propose spatial responses to a contemporary and/or futuristic vision.

Our 15-week programme is split into two parts. The first exercise introduces students to the methodology, thinking processes and drawing techniques of the studio, and the second exercise turns attention to the students’ main design project – from site analyses to final proposal.

The initial three-week exercise is undertaken through group work that records, maps and compares the existing conditions of two given precedents while drawing from previous proposals. Tangible and intangible qualities such as infrastructure and network, circulation and flow, activity and time will be explored and represented through drawings and physical modelling techniques. The challenge is to acquire the skills to translate these concrete and abstract spatial qualities and use the comprehensive analyses and information gathered to formulate ambitious proposals within a precise context.

The second – and main – part of the programme asks students to synthesise work undertaken in the previous exercise and translate it into individual projects. Students are invited to explore their own aesthetic style as an outcome of the progress from site analysis to proposed design. The dialogue between two- and three-dimensional representation will reveal unpredictable qualities that inspire individual design narratives. By developing their own individual projects, students can respond to different perspectives, develop their unique aesthetic style and articulate a solid thesis.

The AA will be closed during the Easter Break from Saturday, 1st  to Tuesday, 18th April 2017 inclusive. This gives students an added opportunity to either develop their project further or travel in Europe. 


1) Please see the entrance requirements and English language requirements below. 

2) If you meet the requirements you can apply to the programme by submitting the following:

  • Completed PDF application form
  • A4 Portfolio consisting of 20 sheets that demonstrates your range of skills
  • Academic transcripts in English
  • Letter of reference
  • Certificate showing proficiency of English Language. Refer to English language requirements below. If you do not have the certificate and are planning to take an English Language test, you can still make an application with the above documents and submit your results when you receive them.

You can submit all the documents digitally to visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk via email, Dropbox or other file transfer methods – however, original documents or authorised true copies of certificates are required prior to the application deadline on 2nd December 2016.

Deadline for application is 2 December 2016 and the outstanding fee has to be paid by 7 December 2016.

Applicants will be notified of results by e-mail within two weeks of the deadline. If applications are received before the deadline, applicants will be notified of their results sooner. Applications received after the official deadlines will be accepted at the discretion of the school.

Please do not use the online payment form until you have had an offer of a place based on the completed application form and portfolio.


The tuition fee is £9,630 which includes AA Visiting Membership fee.  

The deposit is £3,752 made payable after acceptance onto the programme.

Programme Head – Naiara Vegara

Naiara Vegara has an AA Diploma and is a registered architect. She is currently the Director of Metrópoli Cities Lab London, working at the scales of Urban Design, Landscape and Architecture; and Director of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme in London. Naiara also teaches at the AA Master of Housing and Urbanism course, and has been running the AA Streetware Visiting School in Southeast Asia for 5 years. She has been a visiting critic at many architecture schools and has presented her research on virtual environments and the design process in architecture at workshops at the Universities of Columbia, Princeton, Pennsylvania and Taylors in Kuala Lumpur.

Course tutor - Marie-Isabel de Monseignat-Lavrov

Marie-Isabel de Monseignat-Lavrov has an AA Diploma and is a registered architect. She is currently the director of MdeM architects and the course tutor of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme in London. Previously, Marie-Isabel taught a bachelor degree at the UAL Chelsea College of Art and Designand was a regular visiting critic of many architectural schools including the SIVA (Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts) and the University of Westminster in London. Marie-Isabel has worked in the field of Urban Masterplanning, Architecture and Interior Design in different offices, in Amsterdam for MVSA, in Paris for Alberto Pinto, in Buenos Aires for Sanchez Elia, in New York for De-Kar Design and 3 years in London for Acme Ltd.


The AA Semester Programme is open to qualified students of undergraduate and graduate standing currently enrolled in architecture school. A minimum of two years of study in architecture or urban design is required. Students should submit a portfolio consisting of 20 sheets (A4) that demonstrates their range of abilities. The portfolio can be submitted as a digital copy. After submitting the application form, please send original academic transcripts in English, certificates and a letter of reference. All candidates are required to show proficiency in the English language.

English Language requirements

To meet both the AA and the Home Office/UKVI English language requirements you will need to have one of the acceptable language qualifications listed below, unless you are from one of the following groups:

You have successfully completed an academic qualification of at least three years’ duration, equivalent to a UK’s bachelor’s degree or above, which was taught in a ‘majority English-speaking’ country (listed below); or if you are a national of a majority English speaking country.

Majority English speaking countries:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the
Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America

We also accept if you successfully completed a course of study in the UK when you were under 18 (and a Tier 4 Child visa holder). This course must have lasted for at least six months and must have ended no more than two years prior to your visa application.

If your place is conditional on providing English language qualification the following qualifications satisfy both the requirements of the Home Office/UKVI and the entry requirements of the AA:

  • International applicants: IELTS for UKVI (Academic) 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each category. IELTS reports have a two year validity period. Therefore, the certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of visa application. The AA requires a scan of the original certificate. Please check Appendix O and the Approved secure English language tests and test centres issued by the UKVI to ensure you book a test with an approved SELT provider.
  • EU Applicants: IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each category. IELTS reports have a two year validity period. Therefore, the certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of application to the AA. The AA requires a scan of the original certificate.
  • Trinity College SELT test (ISE II (B2) or ISE III (C1)) with a minimum pass in each category. Trinity reports have a two year validity period. Therefore, the certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of visa application. The AA requires a copy of the original certificate.

Applicants are required to meet the scores in each category and overall – we cannot accept lower scores. In addition, your certificate must show that you have achieved the required scores during a single sitting of the examination.


(For non-British citizens)

Due to Government changes with regard to health treatment in the UK, you will be required to have the following:
For students from the European Union
If you are a student from another country in the European Union, here for less than six months, you will require a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC, previously called E111) which must be obtained from your home country.  
The card is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such as mountain rescue in ski resorts, being flown back to your home country or lost or stolen property. Therefore it is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy. Some insurers now insist that you hold an EHIC, and many will waive the excess if you have one.

For students from non-European Union countries, ie international students
If you are here for less than six months, please note you are not covered for National Health Service treatment in the UK. You are therefore required to obtain travel/health insurance from your own country.


Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES


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

Links & Downloads

PDF Application Form

Programme site


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