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Industrialised Craft

December 2018 (TBC)

AAVS Industrialised Craft is a hands-on design/make workshop with a strong emphasis on research.

Each year we investigate a different material and its method of production, gaining a thorough understanding of the relationships between the object, the factory, the city and the architect. Our deep engagement with production will give insights into the relationship between man and machine, demand and supply, industry and craft and ultimately architecture and culture.

With a focus on marble, we will study its historical significance, unravel its present uses and imagine its future implementations. Our field visits will take us to quarries, stock yards, factories and workshops studying the process from raw material to its final use. We will compare the mass produced object and its crafted equivalent, recording the events and scenarios that take place from the conception of an idea to the making of the physical object. Our research will investigate the material from its primitive state to the highly-processed, from the building material to the crafted and sculptural uses. The workshop will culminate in the assembly of a 1:1 site-specific installation.


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.

The deadline for applications is TBC

The workshop is open to current and prospective architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals.

Students should be aware that visas are required for Visiting Schools held both in the UK and abroad and it is the student's responsibility to investigate what is required via the relevant embassies in their country.

Students are responsible to find out what vaccinations they need.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.


Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students should bring their own laptops. 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

Ananth Ramaswamy is an AA Dip RIBA Part II graduate from the Architectural Association School of Architecture. He has worked for large and small practices in London and India, and is currently working at Michaelis Boyd Associates in London. He spent the last two years at the AA exploring the architectural idea as a negotiation between the imagined and built.

Maria Brewster is an AA Dip RIBA Part II graduate from the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She has taught at the AA Visiting Schools Greece Patras and Athens and has extensive experience in workshops and fabrication.She was a construction tutor at the Burlington Danes Academy, London for the ‘School House Project’ 2014-15. She has worked for practices in Athens and London and is currently working at David Morley Architects.

Charlotte Moe Halsted is a Copenhagenbased Architect MAA, currently working at Arkitema Architects.
Simultaneously she is a Director of Artzul, a Danish design studio, working with small scale productions. She is also a Tutor of Intermediate Unit 9 at the AA, where the students are working in Copenhagen. She has previously worked at John Pawson Architects in London on projects in Sweden, Scotland, Germany, Los Angeles and Miami. She is an AA Dip RIBA Part II graduate from the Architectural Association School of Architecture.


Programme Heads
Ananth Ramaswamy
Charlotte Moe Halsted

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.