Barcelona AAVS Barcelona 2018

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Space 8

Thursday 18 – Friday 26 July 2019

The Bodega Visiting School will explore how architecture can be used to improve the process of wine production and consumption, through the design and construction of a ‘vertical winery’. We will build on the findings from our past work, which dissects all aspects of viticulture, including its many geological characteristics, biological processes, environmental data, production requirements and tasting procedures. This research will inform our five-year ‘vertical winery’ project, which will encompass all stages of the winemaking and tasting process – from the planting of the grapevines to the drinking of the wine itself. We will be based at the Estate of Mas Rodó, in the Penedes on the outskirts of Barcelona, where we will investigate the hydroponic growth of the grapes and construct a vertical wooden structure that will guide the vines towards the sun. This will expose them to the kinds of airflow and minerals that are necessary to create a grape that is rich in sugar – essential for the fermentation process and producing a great wine for everyone to enjoy!


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: 10 July 2019

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.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1000 per participant, including a £60 AA membership fee.

Early Bird places at the rate of £695 for students are available when completing your application before 15 May 2019.


The workshop will happen in two different locations: the first half in Barcelona, working from an architecture studio space in the vibrant district of Poble Nou and the second half in the winemaking Estate of Mas Rodo in the Penedes region (1 hour drive from Barcelona). Transport between the two locations will be provided and is included in the participation fee.

Concerning accommodation, students will be provided with special discounted rates in two hostels in the direct proximity of both working locations.


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

Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment, model making tools will be provided. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.


Programme Heads
Edouard Cabay
Carles Sala
Relja Ferusic

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 Certificate), 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.