Amazon Rainforest Amazon VS 2017

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Amazon Rainforest

Resilience and Adaptation

Friday 31 August – Sunday 9 September 2018

The Amazon rainforest is used as a testing ground and source of inspiration to propose adaptive architectures that provide innovative solutions to mitigate climate change. In the near future buildings in tropical areas will have to deal with rising sea levels, more extreme heat waves and stronger storms. Participants will be asked to provide solutions to create affordable, resilient, comfortable and beautiful buildings that adapt to these future scenarios. We will learn how local species have adapted to extreme environmental conditions and explore design possibilities at the intersection of biology and technology in a unique natural environment.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

The workshop will take place in a wooden lodge by the beautiful Mamori lake, in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. The initial exploratory days of analysis and data collection will offer the participants the possibility to discover the astonishing Amazon ecosystem and interact with the local communities. A series of lectures about design, architecture and biology will provide students with an understanding of innovative concepts at the forefront of architecture. 

  • Students will receive a certificate from the Architectural Association.
  • Students will gain a theoretical understanding of concepts such as biomimetics, emergence, self-organization, material and biological systems.
  • Past students have described the workshop as a “once-in-a-lifetime learning trip”, “awesome immersive experience”, “new method to learn”, “another way to make architecture”, “an amazing way to connect with nature”.


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 is: 30 August 2018.

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.


Lago Loge, Mamori Lake, Amazon, Brazil

The meeting point for all participants will be Manaus city Centre, from where the group will travel by boat to Mamori Lake. Accommodation in the rainforest is in a comfortable wooden lodge with double bedrooms with private bathroom. Bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning, beds, sheets and towels.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £995 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Fees include tuition, full-board accommodation and local transportation for the duration of the workshop.
Flights are not included.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later)

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.

Programme Heads

Nacho Marti graduated from Elisava School of Design and obtained a Master in Science, Emergent Technologies and Design from the Architectural Association. He runs his design studio in London while teaching at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

Marko Brajovic graduated from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and obtained a Master in Digital Arts at Pompeu Fabra University and a Master in Genetic Architecture at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, both in Barcelona. Marko Brajovic is founder and Creative Director at Atelier Marko Brajovic based in São Paulo, Brazil.


Programme Heads
Marko Brajovic
Nacho Marti

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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