Chiloé Archipelago, Chile

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Chiloé Archipelago, Chile

A Collection of Explored Endemics

Sunday 7 – Thursday 18 April 2019

We resume our voyage deep into the cultural, geographical and biological roots of the Archipelago, continuing to be Darwinian fieldworkers as we relish the opportunity to investigate this vast, outdoor laboratory. Little will have changed on our return to Chiloé, but plenty left to collect: recordings of the mammoth tides, surveys of the Andean volcanoes, taxonomies of unearthly flora and fauna, analysis of the world heritage-listed wooden churches, chronicles of salmon farming crisis, measurements of the palafitos, found objects, conducted interviews, myths and mysteries and the otherworldly feast of a curanto meal. Our explorations will guide us to construct the ways we will tell these stories to others. Just like Captain FitzRoy’s men for Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle, we will operate as a crew rather than a set of individuals as we journey for our ‘Collection of Explored Endemics’.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

We will meet in Castro, Chiloé, 07 April 2019 and will convoy to Isla Lebe, an isthmus with low tide, for our basecamp. The project was designed by our collaborating tutor and renowned Chilean architect Guillermo Acuña, who has a remarkable portfolio of work, has exhibited worldwide, including Maxxi in Rome and is an expert of this remote territory. The site itself is our other major asset with its strategic and captivating location in the heart of the archipelago. It will play an instrumental role as we set out on trajectories by land and sea for our collection of explored endemics.

By sea: we will sail a couple of days through the inner sea of the archipelago to witness the unique communities on the islands of Mechuque and Quehui, as well as a longer trip to the mainland, recording and documenting the fragmented territory against the backdrop of Northern Patagonia whilst questioning our relationship with extreme nature.

By land: we will journey to the Pacific side of Chiloé, a contrasting seascape of rough and exposed coastline, with large communities of wild life; penguins, whales and sea lions. Shorter trajectories will take us around the chain of wooden churches, the palafitos (stilt houses), local shipyards, and pursuits of other endemic cultures such the minga - the tradition of moving houses by the sea, and finding out about the myths of various supernaturals that are deeply embedded in local traditions.

The nature of this visiting school is very much about outdoor fieldwork rather than a cozy studio/workshop environment with Google as its main tool. Working as a team we will seek to collect and investigate as much first hand material as we can regarding the cultural and natural DNA of the Archipelago. In the evenings we will be exchanging and editing information about our findings and tailoring our trajectories for the next day, in order to maximize the wealth of our collection. As we explore numerous fields of specific inquiries, we will begin to work on ways of communicating our collection, either borrowing from the great explorers or referencing contemporary media.


1) Please contact the VS Office: for instructions on registering onto the course and paying by bank transfer. 

2) Please note, this Visiting School has a limited capacity of 12.

3) A short bio/statement is required, highlighting the applicant’s background.

The deadline for applications is: 01 April 2019.

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.


Casa Rilán, Isla Lebe, Peninsula de Rilán, Chiloé - Chile 5709001


Registration Fee (deadline 01 February 2019): 1.150.000 CLP per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. The applicant is required to pay the equivalent amount in GBP on the day of the payment. (For exchange rates use -

The fee covers all expenses (excluding personal) from meeting at Castro onwards (details of time and exact location TBC). Tuition, accommodation in the Basecamp, project designed by our collaborating tutor and renowned architect Guillermo Acuña, meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and all transportation costs during the Visiting School are included.

Please note the fees do not cover flights or other transportation costs to Castro. Students are required to make their own travel arrangements in order to meet in Castro, 07 April 2019. Please contact if you would like further information/guidance on travel arrangements. 

Students need to bring their own laptops, cameras, and other recording devices. 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, design, art/fine art, film, media and students from other creative disciplines, phd candidates and young professionals. Equipment Requirements: Cameras (D-SLR preferred with video recording), laptops, other recording and measuring tools deemed necessary by the applicant. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, CAD, video editing software.

Programme Heads Biographies

Selim Halulu trained at the AA School of Architecture and worked for Cloud 9 (Barcelona) and Metropolitan Workshop (London). After graduating he resumed his career in Santiago, Chile, where he practiced with Cecilia Puga, taught at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and traversed the cultures and landscapes of South America. Selim won the 2017 Tallinn Architecture Biennale Vision Competition and consequently exhibited as part of The Baltic Material Assemblies at RIBA, in 2018. He teaches at Leicester School of Architecture - De Montfort University, Birmingham School of Architecture and Design - Birmingham City University and Welsh School of Architecture - Cardiff University. Based in London, Selim works on independent and collaborative design projects. He has contributed to The Architectural Review, GA Houses, ArchDaily. 

Juan E Subercaseaux lived in London for 7 years where he studied and taught at the AA and worked for KPF as Associate Principal, Juan is now based in Chile with his own practice; SAW Architecture & Design Technologies ( In the last years he has taught at Pontificia Universidad Católica, and Universidad Finnis Terrea, in Santiago. He holds degrees in Industrial Design (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso 1998) and Architecture (AA MArch EmTech 2006). This background supports his pursuit of a distinct architectural profile, convening articulated design processes and innovative construction methods in projects of various scales, from furniture design to large scale buildings.

Juan was Selim’s tutor at the AA, First Year Technical Studies 2008.


Programme Heads
Selim Halulu
Juan E Subercaseaux

Chiloé Coordinator & Collaborating Tutor
Guillermo Acuña

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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