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London - Summer School


Monday 4 – Friday 22 July 2016

In the summer of 2016, when you land at one of London’s airports, most of you will change your watches while still on the runway to London-time, GMT 0:00. But what is London; beyond the place and time where east meets west, where each day, year, millennium begins? Is it time to start over? This summer we will imagine the city as though experienced along its continuum. We will design a London that goes backwards and forwards through time, and will learn to design for a time-span, not just a single moment.

The course is aimed at people who want to change their architectural lives, and experience first-hand the AA School’s famed unit system of teaching and learning architecture, driven by intensive agenda interests.

This three-week, full-time course presents a challenging programme of design studios, field study, seminars and lectures. It offers participants a range of diverse design approaches, agendas and techniques, and represents a uniquely intensive and intimate environment that aims to expand formal and intellectual resources. Current students, recent graduates, architects, designers and other creative minds are all welcome.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
Approximately 100 students hail from over 35 countries come to London to work together in dynamic groups to build on opportunities for exchange on all fronts – conceptual, architectural, and cultural. A broad spectrum of techniques of working are promoted and explored that include both analogue fabrication as well as digital production. In past years students have developed and presented projects as live performances, as books, drawings, a fashion show, models, films, on-site installations, multimedia presentations, zines, broadsheets, and a 200+ person interactive photoshoot.

Tutors, lecturers and critics include past and present AA unit masters as well as professionals pooled from disciplines as diverse as fashion, art, architecture, graphic design, industrial design, urbanism, philosophy and film.

The programme also coincides with FORMAT, a public programme at the AA, which includes lectures by designers, architects, artists and others.

36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
United Kingdom


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 and for full payment is 28 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 course is aimed creative minds. Undergraduate architectural students who would like to experience the AA environment, students who are considering a change of school, newcomers to architecture, recent school leavers and those considering a career change are all welcome to explore and innovate at the AA’s Summer School.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1900 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee and a deposit of £300 which is deducted from the total fee. The deposit will reserve your place, but the full fee is required to participate.  Full fees need to be paid by 24th June. 

This fee also includes lunch Mon-Fri in the AA Restaurant.
If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system. 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.

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.

(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.

Programme Director
Natasha Sandmeier is a Unit Master of AA Diploma Unit 9. Since 2001 her year-long unit design agendas have re-examined defining concepts of modern architecture culture. She directs the AA Summer School held in Bedford Square every July. She is a registered architect and has worked in architectural offices in Boston, London, Athens and in Rotterdam at OMA where she was the Project Architect for the Seattle Public Library. She is the author of the AA Agendas title, Little worlds (AA Publications 2014)


Programme Director
Natasha Sandmeier

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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