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Koshirakura/Tokyo Koshirakura WS 2019, photo by Yuji Harada


Koshirakura Landscape Workshop/ Playful Materiality, ICI Workshop Residency Tokyo Workshop

Monday 17 August – Sunday 13 September 2020

Koshirakura Village, Niigata, Japan.
August 17 - September 6 2020 TBC

Launched in 1996, ‘Koshirakura Landscape Workshop’ has evolved into an annual local event. Its agenda has always been to integrate the contrasting cultural mix and to celebrate their differences – between the aging local population and the young international students. Students become summer residents of the Koshirakura community, living and working in a former primary school building, encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and engage with the local people and environment. As Koshirakura is one of the many post-agricultural communities slowly diminishing in its presence from the scenery of rural Japan, whose landscape can be seen as the shadow of urban growth over the last century, this Visiting School engages with local people and locally available materials to explore tactile architectural forms that may register the climate of the place – both natural and political. Previous projects have consisted of a communal kitchen and the rebuild of a local bus shelter, but this year, a new observatory will be built from reused material with the help of local skills, songs, food, and sake ­– running in tandem with the local events such as Momijihiki, Koshirakura’s unique harvesting festival.

Playful Materiality, ICI Workshop Residency.
Urban Toys
Tokyo/ Toride
September 8 - September 13 2020 TBC

This workshop will collaborate with ICI, the Maeda Corporation’s Architectural and Technology Centre, to extend fabrication research on timber construction methods by using their large scale facilities such as seismic and wind simulators, fire and sound proof testing chambers, compression and torsion testing machines. 6-axis robotic arms and 3-d printer for fiber reinforced concrete. The workshop will playfully explore the limitation of timber usage, while mixing both analogue and digital tools. 
With a theme of Urban Toys, the program will attempt to trigger an engagement with the local community.
Students will be encouraged to apply for Koshirakura Workshop, two alternative perspectives that play on different realities of Japan’s landscape, one is social and the other technological,  rural and urban, providing a mixture of both contemporary and traditional outlooks. 


Applications will open once the dates have been confirmed, in the meantime you can register your interest in this programme by sending an email to the Visiting School Office.

1) Fill in the PDF application form found under ‘Links and Downloads’.

2) Email the completed PDF form to the Visiting School Office.

3) If you are not yet an AA member, then please subscribe for membership as we can only consider applicants who are AA members.

4) If you are already an AA member, please include your membership ID number when you submit your PDF application form.

The application deadline for the Koshirakura/Tokyo workshop is: 19 June 2020


Both AA Visiting Schools are free for AA Members, students and staff.

All successful applicants will be asked to make a contribution for food and accommodation of around £35 per day at the beginning of each workshop. Fees do not include flights. 

Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and modelmaking tools.


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.


All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.


Maeda Corporation ICI Lab
Tokyo University of Fine Arts
Igawa Corporation
Koshirakura Residents


Programme Head
Shin Egashira

Koshirakura Tutors
Carolina Vallejo
Yuko Odaira
Shintaro Tsuruoka

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

Programme site


Visiting School Prospectus


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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.