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A Blighty Safari Inmos microprocessor factory, Richard Rogers and Partners, picture by Reyner Banham (Banham Slide Collection, AA Photo Library), courtesy of AA Archives

A Blighty Safari

On Reyner Banham's Tracks in the Age of Brexit

Tuesday 7 – Friday 17 September 2021

This AA 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 tutor
  2. An intensive workshop
  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 encyclopaedic 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) Each applicant must submit a concise CV and a 500-word (maximum) statement summarising the reasons why they would like to attend the workshop to the Visiting School Office

3) Once an applicant has submitted the required documents, completed the online application and made a full payment, they are registered for the workshop. Please note, however, that a deposit payment reserves a place on the course but does not confirm it. A letter of confirmation will be issued in due course.

The deadline for applications is 9 July 2021*

*Please note that applications will close whenever the course is full. This may be before the stated deadline. Early applications are therefore encouraged.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. All prospective applicants must have a good working knowledge of drafting software and a range of digital tools.


London, Brighton, Ipswich, Norwich, Leicester, Coventry, Newport, Ebbw Vale, Portmeirion, Liverpool, Lake District, Cumbernauld, Edinburgh, Newcastle.


A Blighty Safari costs £990 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee payable to the AA.

This figure includes all travel and accommodation expenses for the duration of the road trip. Flights, accommodation while staying in London and subsistence throughout the duration of the workshop are not included in the fee.


All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa that they may require, and are advised to contact their home embassy early to ensure receipt of any necessary documentation in good time. Once the full fee for the workshop has been paid, the AA will provide a letter confirming each applicant’s place.


All participants are responsible for securing their own travel and health insurance, and must bring their own laptops and digital tools. Travel insurance policies should cover all equipment and personal belongings. The AA takes no responsibility for lost or stolen property.

Students from the European Union

Students from other countries in the European Union who are in the UK for less than six months will require a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC, previously the E111), which must be obtained from their home country. This card is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, or lost or stolen property. It is therefore important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy.

Students from non-European Union countries (international students)

Students from non-European Union countries who are in the UK for less than six months are not covered for National Health Service (NHS) services and treatment, and must therefore obtain travel and health insurance from their own country.


Ludovico Centis is an architect. He is the founder of The Empire and a co-founder and editor of San Rocco. Centis obtained a PhD in urbanism from the Università Iuav di Venezia. He is a post-doctoral research fellow and adjunct professor at the Università Iuav di Venezia and an adjunct professor at the Politecnico di Milano. In 2017, he initiated the on-going exhibition series Reyner Banham: A Set of Actual Tracks.

Rory Sherlock is an architectural designer, writer and editor. He is currently the Assistant Editor for the Print Studio at the Architectural Association. He teaches History and Theory Studies at the Royal College of Art and is a member of FOAM.


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.