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Amazon Rainforest AAVS Amazon Location: Escola da Floresta, Alter do Chao, surrounded by beautiful forest and beaches.

Amazon Rainforest

Inhabiting the Anthropocene

Sunday 9 – Sunday 16 August 2020

The course proposes an immersion into the biodiversity of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest as a source of inspiration to create architectural design solutions that respond to the effects of climate change in Brazil. Located this year in the charming village of Alter do Chao, the Caribbean of the Amazon, the course will introduce students to biomimetics as a project methodology and to parametric software as a design tool. We will explore the confluence of nature and technology by looking into the functional, structural and morphogenetical strategies of local flora and fauna and extracting principles to design and prototype locally attuned architectural designs. At the end of the workshop, the work produced will be exhibited in the Science Museum of the Amazonia (MuCA)

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

Participants will:
· Have access to the lecture series organised by the VS Amazon.
· Receive a transcript from the Architectural Association.
· Be introduced to biomimetics and systems thinking in architecture.
· Develop an understanding of the rich ecosystem and social system of the rainforest.
· Learn to use parametric software using Rhinoceros and Grasshopper.
· 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”, “a transformative event” and “an amazing way to connect back with nature”.


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 CV or a portfolio is not required.

3) 1 Full scholarship and 5 Partial Scholarships are available. Please submit an expression of interest and 5 samples of work in PDF with no larger than 10MB before 19 May 2020. Contact for more information.

The deadline for applications is: 19 July 2020


The workshop is open to current biology, architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. There are no software knowledge requirements, but participants will need a laptop with Rhino and Grasshopper installed. A free 30-day trial version is available.


Escola da Floresta
Rodovia Doutor Everaldo de Sousa Martins, PA 457, Km – 26
Alter do Chao
68010-300 Santarém, Pará


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £795 per participant, which includes a £60 Digital Membership fee, payable by all participants. The fees also include transportation from Alter do Chao village center to Escola da Floresta by boat every day of the workshop as well as daily lunch at Escola da Floresta. There is the possibility of paying in instalments.

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.


All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After full payment of course fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


All participants are responsible for securing their own travel and health insurance. Please ensure that your travel insurance also covers your personal belongings i.e. laptop, equipment, tools, passport etc. The AA takes no responsibility for lost/ stolen property.


Nacho Marti graduated from Elisava School of Design and obtained a Master’s in Science in 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 Masters’s in Digital Arts at Pompeu Fabra University and a Master’s 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.

Alessandra Araujo graduated in Biology by UNISA – Brazil, MSc in Environmental Biochemistry by University of Hawaii, Sustainable Urbanism at the Schumacher College (UK), Certified Biomimicry professional by Biomicricry 3.8 and also from Arizona State University (USA). Founder of bio-inspirations working with education and consulting for innovation inspired by nature.


Escola da Floresta, UFOPA (Universidade Federal do Oeste do Pará), and MuCA (Museu de Ciências da Amazônia)


Programme Heads
Nacho Marti
Marko Brajovic

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
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.