A Blighty Safari Richard Rogers and Partners, Lloyd’s Building (interior). Picture by Reyner Banham. Banham Slide Collection / AA Photo Library. Courtesy: AA Archives.

A Blighty Safari

On Reyner Banham's Tracks in the Age of Brexit

Tuesday 8 – Friday 18 September 2020

Online applications will open once further details have been confirmed in 2020

AA Banham Visiting School is part of a wider exhibition project titled Reyner Banham: A Set of Actual Tracks, the concept of which is to investigate and question the attitude and research methods of one of the most relevant architectural and design critics of the 20th century – Reyner Banham.

It is composed of three parts:

1          An initial reading of texts written by Banham and selected by the instructor
2          An intensive workshop (8–18 September 2020)
3          The refinement and completion of independent work by participants during the Autumn Term of  the 2020–21 academic year

We will focus on British architecture and the landscapes that engage with the life and intellectual legacy of Reyner Banham. Tracing a path across the United Kingdom, from Brighton in the south to Cumbernauld New Town in the North, participants will be introduced to the objects and sites described in Megastructure: Urban Futures of the Recent Past, his uncompleted publication on High Tech and the articles he published in magazines, as well as locations significant to Banham’s life such as the heath outside Norwich where he wandered as a teenager.

Students will be asked to select a building, infrastructure or area visited along this route, allowing the group to collectively engage with a very diverse set of topics, coherent with Banham’s voracious curiosity and encyclopedic knowledge.

Each will then compose an essay that addresses their selected subject matter and provide additional visual evidence to sustain their hypothesis through the use of different representational techniques.

Invited guests will provide further insight into Banham's teaching and research, contextualising it within the British architectural scene between the 1950s and the 1970s.


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.

The deadline for applications is: TBC


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




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

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.


Ludovico Centis is an architect, founder of the office The Empire and co-founder and editor of the architecture magazine San Rocco. Centis has a PhD in urbanism (Università IUAV di Venezia). He is a post-doc research fellow and adjunct professor at Università IUAV di Venezia and adjunct professor at Politecnico di Milano. Centis initiated in 2017 the ongoing exhibition series “Reyner Banham: A Set of Actual Tracks”.


Programme Head
Ludovico Centis

Programme Collaborator
Rory Sherlock 

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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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.