Animalesque Animalesque VS 2018

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Berlin, Germany

Thursday 1 – Saturday 10 August 2019

We invite students and professionals from across the world to explore the meaning and expression of nature in the urban space. Following an intense period of research that culminated in the first Visiting School project, Animalesque will enlarge its animal’s repertoire from insects to birds researching the creatures that reign trees and skies. Our aim is to explore their meaning and connections within the urban system of Berlin.

During last year's Visiting School, 20 students from more than 10 different countries were immersed in the beautiful and enigmatic world of insects. We set up the bases to speculate on the ecological relevance of metamorphosis, food chains, pollination, soil composition, pollution and animal communication. In 2019, the Animalesque Visiting School will co-inhabit the water-basin site of Floating University alongside the Climate Care festival program. All activities are open to students and guests.

The Floating University is a unique experimental and community driven space, located at a rainwater basin of Tempelhof Airport, where nature played its part and turned it into an ecologically active lagoon. Its abundant flora, muddy waters and traces of pollution provide a strong framework for an urban, interactive meeting space for insects, birds and humans.

The Animalesque programme is built on three pillars:

1. Natural fieldwork / Bio-Situasionism

Through expert Field Trips, we will engage in the wildlife of Berlin. Students will explore the rich natural spaces in and around the city,  building up their own narratives about urban animality. We encourage the use of different media, – drawings, film, photography, sensory systems –  embedding yourselves within your own Animalesque reality.

2. Prototyping:  the Expressive Lagoon

Material and performative experiments based on insects and birds studies will be carried out at the Floating University solid and liquid space. Main focus is the design and construction of a large nest as a specific intervention in the lagoon's ecosystem. We also encourage performative actions of any kind – art, dance, music, etc – that can express interaction with the natural and Animal Kingdom, using the lagoon as a stage.

3. Lectures, debates and performances

Berlin is a city with a large and intricate environmental history, which is now going through complex processes of densification and loss of natural space. To position our work in the cultural, scientific and political arena of Berlin, we aim to open up debates with different actors discussing over our projects and exemplary cases in Berlin and other places in the world.

The Animalesque teaching approach:

The inherent diversity and richness of the animal world can only be appreciated by bringing together a diversity of approaches, backgrounds and skills. We believe that Animalesque´s approach in our relationship with the animal kingdom can´t only be engaged by architectural frameworks, but on the contrary, demands abilities, but mainly interest to develop a “Naturalist Vision” where experiments, observations and knowledge grow and evolve as the result of an exploring attitude towards nature.

 Our teaching team led by Berlin based architects Jorge Godoy, Ana Zatezalo, Sjoerd Krijnen, Florentin Steininger and bee keeper Erika Mayr, counts with the participation of renown academics such as philosopher Emanuele Coccia, TU Berlin Professor Raoul Bunschoten, architect Ricardo de Ostos,, Natural History Museum taxonomist Charles Coleman and NABU director Melanie Von Orlow.


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: 31 July 2019

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early.


Floating University, Lilienthalstraße, 10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg, Berlin


The AA Visiting School requires a course fee of £700 which includes a £60 membership fee.

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. Also bring rubber boots and work gloves. Please ensure your equipment is covered by your own insurance.


The workshop is open to all students, PhD candidates and young professionals who are motivated to explore the cross sections of design and the natural world.


Jorge Godoy Roman is a founding partner of GUN Architects. Since 2008, Jorge has worked internationally for the Architectural Association in London, TU Berlin, London Metropolitan University, Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (Iaac), Centro de estudios Urbanos Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires and Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria in Chile. In 2011, Jorge’s practice was awarded with the first prize at the Young Architects Program International YAP, for their Water Cathedral Installation. In 2015 has been shortlisted at the New London Architectures Awards and won the German Design Council Iconic Awards Prize in the category of public space pavilions. Currently he is designing and building a large-scale project of Rural Urbanism in the north of Chile.

Ana Zatezalo Schenk is Founder of Sinestezia GmbH with offices in Berlin ( 2017) and Belgrade (2005). Ana has held teaching positions at Columbia University, at Architecture University in Belgrade and subsequently as Professor assistant at the Technical University in Braunschweig and as Research associate at Technical University, Berlin . Ana organised a number of conferences and lectures aiming to combine living matter and architecture such as City on Water (2010), Waterfronts (2011), Hortitecture (2015), Bio Berlin (2016). From 2007 to 2010, she was Director of Belgrade waterfront development responsible for the 150 Ha Masterplan at the Port of Belgrade, working closely with Daniel Libeskind Architects, ARUP and Gehl Architects. Over the past 10 years Ana’s work has been focusing on synaesthesia (synaesthetic principles), supporting through design an empathic world sensitive to life, nature and animals.

Sjoerd Krijnen is a Dutch architect and teacher with working experience in the Netherlands and India. In the Netherlands he worked at ZJA (2002 – 2006) and AAENP (2007-2014) on the design and realisation of buildings and structures that are deeply connected to the Dutch land- and waterscapes, like pump houses, public transport hubs and highway master planning. From 2014 till 2017 he lived and worked in India, working in the Design and Research Cell of RSP Design Consultants in Bangalore, and teaching and advising at the Nitte Institute of Architecture in Mangalore. The sensitive Indian approach to embedding nature  – and more particular animal life – in daily life triggered him to take up this subject when moving to Berlin in 2017.


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Jorge Godoy Roman
Ana Zatezalo Schenk

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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 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.