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Wednesday 1 – Tuesday 7 July 2020

Over the last 6 years the AA’s Lugo Land Analog Photography Visiting School has established a significant platform to explore the relationship between photography, architecture and landscape. The workshop focuses on the importance of slowing down the photographic process, in order to explore the relationship between thinking and looking.

The photographic research produced during these workshops has further contributed to the increased importance of the wider Lugo Land cultural project (and its associated publishing output) - within European contemporary photographic discourse.  

But in response to the current global pandemic situation, the workshop’s directors - Sue Barr, Francesco Neri and Luca Nostri, have decided to move the workshop to an online digital photography program.

The workshop will still explore ideas surrounding territory, portraiture and photography but this year will enable participating students to photograph within their home environments and contribute to an expanded discussion surrounding place, identity and the photographic image.

The workshop will operate via a series of online seminars, group and personal tutorials and introduce students to both historical and contemporary photographic ideas and technical and theoretical discourses, with the ultimate goal of exploring the specificities of the photographic language.


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the right-hand column of this webpage. If you are not able to make an online application, please contact the Visiting School Office for instructions to pay by bank transfer or by telephone.

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered onto the programme. Please note that a deposit payment holds your place on the course but does not confirm it.

A photographic portfolio is required.

The deadline for applications is: 20 June 2020.


The workshop is open to current architecture, art and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals.

Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite,

A photographic portfolio is required.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee, payable by all participants.

Students must have their own laptops, digital SLR or mirrorless camera (with manual control facility) and tripod.


Programme Heads

Dr Sue Barr is Head of Photography at the AA and has a PhD from the Royal College of Art in London. She works and exhibts internationally.

Francesco Neri studied photography at the Fine Arts Academy in Ravenna, Italy with Guido Guidi.  For the past ten years he has been undertaking a long-term photographic project combining portraiture and social landscape imagery and in 2018 won the prestigious August Sander Prize.

Luca Nostri has a degree in Sociology from the University of Bologna and in 2005 he established the Lugo Land project – an independent art-photography cultural center based in Lugo. He will complete his PhD in Photography at Plymouth University in summer 2020.


Programme Heads
Sue Barr
Francesco Neri
Luca Nostri

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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F +44 20 7414 0782

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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.