Bangkok A Tree, by Melissa Moore

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Monday 9 – Friday 20 December 2019

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AAVS Bangkok workshop on Curartistry will deal again with the general issue of trees in the city. Many students have expressed their satisfaction with the last school and have asked that the topic should be further developed. So this year we are conscious of the need for the school to make it relevant to students who have come before while, and at the same time, fully open to students who did not come last year. The theme of the workshop will be in and around issues of the support or almost the infrastructure of trees. Many single trees are supported by some sorts of material with whatever is needed to keep the tree upright, strong and healthy. So it is concerned with the place where the tree is planted and any subsequent artificial means for supporting the trunk and the branches.

As usual, the students will spend sometimes choosing an object which they think makes an interesting project and will by the end have produced the sketch of something which can be proposed as the draft of their work. This may be an image, an installation, a model, video or photography and they will be presented for a final jury and exhibition.

We are negotiating the continued use of the Montien Hotel both as a work space and as somewhere the students could stay. We are increasing the number of teachers so that each student will get a considerable amount of tutorial care. Some students have testified that this helps them with the design work when they return to the school.

In order to help students who wish to return to the workshop, we have an early booking dates for students who have already been. They will have priority booking from now until the first of September when the booking is opened to anyone.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Theoretical understanding
  • Writing skill
  • Design skill
  • Lecture series


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. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

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. 

The deadline for applications is: 2 December 2019


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. No software requirements.


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


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.


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Mark Cousins, Head of History and Theory Studies, at the AA.

Jing Rakpanya, BArch King Monkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, MA History and Critical Thinking, the AA. Jing wrote her MA thesis on “Irony: a line of thought development”. She co-created Conduit House Limited, a fully integrated asset manager and private equity group focused on hospitality oriented real estate. She is the creative director and also focusses on real estate development as the chief business development officer. One of the current projects of Conduit House is the major renovation of the 500-room Montien Hotel, Bangkok.

M.L. Chittawadi Chitrabongs, AA PhD, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University

Nattapong Phattanagosai, Master of Engineer in Membrane Structures (M.Eng.) Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau, Germany

Donlaporn Chanachai, Master of Architecture and Performative Design (MA.APD) Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC), Frankfurt Germany

Nattapong and Donlaporn are co-founders of Cloud-floor Company Limited. Cloud-floor is an architectural practice based in Bangkok founded in 2014 which carry out research and design to develop new model for urban experience. Cloud-floor has collaborated with other creative field such as artist, choreographer, researcher and creative organisation(CEA) to achieve the design challenge. They also organised workshops, exhibitions to ensure a broader range of creative solutions. Their previous works such as Waste Side Story Pavilion (2018), Active Play (2018), Streetscape for creative district (2019). Their latest project called “Space experiment project”,  aiming to make use of the typical Bangkok Shophouse by experimenting art with architectural. By inviting people to experience art and architecture upon the particular context of Bangkok, the exhibitions display the living archives of urban lifestyle from past to present, yet exposing the probable change in the near future.

Silvana Taher has been unit master in both the AA and Central Saint Martins since 2017, and is currently in the process of setting up her own practice. She was a guest speaker at AAXX100 in 2018, and her writing appears in AA Files, Blueprint, AR, and AJ. She began developing the topic of ‘Second Nature’ as a mode of architectural production while she was in her final year of Diploma at the AA. The topic stems from a desire to reimagine the role of nature in the city. 

Melissa Moore studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria and at the Royal College of Art, London. She is a Course Leader in the Fashion Media Programme at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Melissa’s work has been exhibited and published internationally. It is featured in ‘New Photography in Britain,’ Skira, 2008, and ‘Land Ends’ is gathered in the monograph ‘Land Ends’, Skira, 2013 and has featured in articles and portfolio features including The Independent on Sunday and Photomonitor. Melissa’s current series ‘Foris’ is exploring her interest in urban trees, and she is involved in delivering a ‘Tree School’ in Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, in collaboration with Phytology – an artist led project exploring use, value, resilience and function of wildness within urban ecosystems.

MadeofTwo, Kornkamon  Kaewprasert, AA PhD candidate working on “Symbolic Material and Wood: Translation of Material and Technique in Thai and British Culture”.

MadeofTwo, Kanyaphorn Kaewprasert, AA PhD candidate working on “The Forest as a Topos: A Source of Stories Becomes a Realm of Translation”. 

Damnoen Techamai, AA PhD candidate working on “Fake Cakes: Thai Wedding”.




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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.