Animalesque Animalesque VS 2018


Berlin, Germany

Monday 26 August – Saturday 14 September 2019

The Animalesque Visiting School will research and create new forms of architecture that enable animals, insects and humans to co-inhabit cities in a way that benefits all forms of life. Our innovative, multidisciplinary approach will bring together traditional building and making techniques with philosophy, art, music, body movement, biology, politics, nutrition, activism, science fiction, photography, filming and sensorial technology. In particular, we will focus on developing architectural solutions to support birds and the important role that they play in nature’s ecosystem.   We will also build on our work from 2018, which looked insects’ behaviour and habitats, and speculate on the wider relevance of food chains, pollination, soil composition and pollution. This will help us to deepen our exploration into the meaning and expression of nature in urban spaces. We will be based in Berlin’s fascinating ‘Floating University’, at the centre of a former airport that is now a public park and used by both humans and wildlife as a rural retreat.

Our 2019 programme will be based on the Animalesque framework: Animal Sense - Animal Matter - Animal Vision. The Visiting School will be organized as 'Animalesque Academy' and will be divided into three modules which can be taken separately or as a whole. Our base camp in Berlin will be at the Floating University, a former water tank of  Tempelhof, an abandoned airport which now functions as a public park and hideout for humans and animals.

We will continue our collaboration with ANCB Gallery . Since 1980, ANCB has been a physical and intellectual space focused on the inseparable interplay between urban form and social life. In the past 10 years ANCB brings together students, researchers and practitioners from the fields of architecture, urban planning and related disciplines.

We will also have some very specific expert visits and lectures at the TU Berlin, Chora lab , Soil Institute and Ecology department.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

The inherent diversity and richness of the animal world, can only be engaged by bringing together a diversity of approaches, backgrounds and skills.
We believe that Animalesque´s cutting edge 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 and Sjoerd Krijnen, counts with the participation of renown academics such as philosopher Emanuele Coccia, architect Ricardo de Ostos, berlin beekeeper Erika Mayr, Natural History Museum taxonomist Charles Coleman, TU Berlin teacher and researcher  Moritz Maria Karl and NABU director Melanie Von Orlow.

Animalesque Academy: the three modules will offer participants the ability to take up different stages and projects, related to their interests and skills.

During the full three weeks, we will run lecture series, experiments, hands on workshops and fieldtrips inside and outside Berlin. Feel free to contact us for more detailed information about the programme.


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: 28 June 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 combined with AEDES or TU Berlin


Full three week programme: £1500 including a £60 Visiting Membership fee.
One week module: £500 including a £60 Visiting 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. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.


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.


Programme Heads
Jorge Godoy Roman
Ana Zatezalo Schenk

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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