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Barcelona Vertical Winery Prototype 1: Vertical Vineyard


Vertical Winery

Wednesday 15 – Friday 24 July 2020

After 7 years of building up knowledge in the domains of the vineyard, wine making and the experiencing of tasting, this research group continues its investigation of the possibility of making an urban wine.

Gravity, although little recognised today, has been one of the key sources of energy in wine making: many wineries constructed on topographical slopes take advantage of the embedded energy of a liquid travelling downwards. This potential stored energy in liquids or other corps will be our force that we will attempt to use in an empirical and scientific working environment to organise the entire process of wine making along a perfect vertical axis.

Altogether, the 7 steps of wine making (the vineyard, the harvest, fermentation, aging in bottle, the coupage, the aging in barrels, the logistics) and its 8th, the tasting, form the vertical back bone of a structural and functional productive machine that makes wine over time as an architectural metabolic apparatus. At the intersection of science, design and architecture, our exploration consists of constant 1:1 prototyping – dominantly with wood –, empirical performative chemical and physical experiments and, as our collaboration with the Institute for advanced Architecture of Catalonia, with computation design, physical computing and digital manufacturing.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

- 1:1 prototyping – this includes the construction of wooden structure as well as the use of additional  materials that can demonstrate interesting behaviors when it comes to management of liquids and light.
- Computation – learning and use of advanced parametric modeling and simulation computational tools.
- Empirical experiments – live experiments with liquid touching on concepts of physics and chemistry.
- Develop knowledge into the process of wine making (and tasting) by intervention of experts and visits to wineries.
- Visits to important buildings of the city of Barcelona including the work of a number or prestigious architects


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.

3) Early bird fee are available. Please see the 'Fees' section below for further details, if you are interested in applying for this concession please contact the Visiting School Office  for further information.

The deadline for applications is: 31 May 2020.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino, Grasshopper, CAD Software. Prototyping and fabrication skills are also required.


IAAC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
Carrer de Pujades, 102
08005 Barcelona


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1000 per participant, which includes a £60 Digital 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.

An Early Bird fee of £695 is available to all applicants who apply before 1 May 2020, this fee includes a £60 Digital 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 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.


Edouard Cabay is Architect by AA London. He is founding partner of APPAREIL Architects in Barcelona, where he performs his professional work. He is Director of Bodega Research Group at AAVS, and he is currently teaching at IAAC Barcelona. He has previously taught at AA London, ESA Paris among others, while he has been lecturing and attending juries in various universities in Europe.

Carles Sala is Architect by ETSAB Barcelona and March by AA London. He is founding partner of SALA FERUSIC Architects in Barcelona, where he performs his professional work. He is Director of Bodega Research Group at AAVS, and he is currently teaching architectural design at ETSAB-UPC in Barcelona. He has previously taught architectural design at WSA Cardiff and leaded a seminar at IAAC Barcelona.

Relja Ferusic is Architect and MSc by ETSAB Barcelona. He is founding partner of SALA FERUSIC Architects in Barcelona, where he performs his professional work. He is Director of Bodega Research Group at AAVS, and he is currently teaching architectural design at ETSAB-UPC in Barcelona. He has previously taught architectural design at D-Arch ETH Zürich, ESARQ-UIC Barcelona and leaded a seminar at IAAC Barcelona.


Fundació Caixa d’Enginyers (Special Academic Support)
Roca Barcelona Gallery (Collaborator)
Roca (Supporter)
BAC (Partner)
Mas Rodó (Partner)
Appareil (Partner)
Sala Ferusic (Partner)


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 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.