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The Uncommon Walk

Friday 31 August – Sunday 9 September 2018

One summer evening, Jack Kerouac was walking through New York and dreamt of all that was beyond a ‘white man’. Georges Perec roamed and exhausted a place in Paris by recording what happened when nothing happened. Stanley Brouwn’s participatory mapper, Iain Sinclaire’s path orbiter, Peter Smithson’s wall gazer, Vito Acconci’s cinematic stalker – these uncommon walkers and walks have for centuries offered surprising, subversive and resonating analysis of urban lives. To ‘walk’ – to think a walk, to represent and to remember a walk, to talk about and to detail a walk – is to produce not only knowledge of the city, but also the making of the city. From the physiognomy of moving bodies to the technology of navigation, psychogeography to nomadic identity, journey diaries to hand-held cameras, the city of Budapest will be explored and quarried through the medium of moving feet. In collaboration with prominent art and architectural institutions, all work will be exhibited during Budapest Design Week.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • A unique opportunity to attend the very first AAVS architectural course based in Budapest, featuring interdisciplinary training in architecture, urban research, art and multimedia practices, and in collaboration with significant institutions in Budapest such as FUGA, KÉK, and BVA. Participants to include current students and professionals in a variety of disciplines.
  • The programme encompasses interdisciplinary specialists workshops, architectural enquiries in historical and contemporary conditions of Budapest, urban research in a specific district through inventive and critical means, public keynote lectures and roundtable, synthesis of design projects, public presentation, open jury and exhibition setup (up to 1:1 installation and performative work) as part of the widely exposed Budapest Design Week.
  • AAVS Budapest is proud to initiate, facilitate and promote new collaborative works with established artists and architects, to be developed and presented in parallel to the teaching programme, in responses to the specific agenda of using the vehicle of ‘walking’ as both distiller and generator of urban knowledge. The process and outcome of these new works will feature in various forms of public events, alongside curated responses from students, and eventually be part of an exclusive publication by AAVS Budapest, as a contribution to original insights of the past, present and future of the city of Budapest.

AAVS Budapest’s various programs will take place at several venues across the city centre of Budapest. Locations to be confirmed.


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, and send your CV to AAVS Budapest, you are registered to the programme.

The deadline for applications is 27 August 2018.

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.

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.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 for students which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

If you are a student, please email with a copy of your student ID to receive the concession code.

Scholarship and early-bird discount are offered. Please visit for more information or contact

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.

AAVS Budapest course is open to current students, recent graduates researchers and professionals in fields of or relating to art, architecture, design, urban studies, history, literature, journalism, film, photography, media and performative practices. Fluency in speaking, reading and writing English is expected.

Programme Heads
Doreen Bernath is an architect and a theorist across disciplines of design, technology, philosophy, visual art, media and cultures. Trained at Cambridge and the AA, she won an RIBA scholarship and was a finalist in 2011 for the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Thesis (Phd). She is a co-editor of RIBA’s The Journal of architecture and is the founding director of SpaceMedia Int and DEZACT.

Originally from Borneo, Pei Yong is an ARB Registered Architect and currently resides in Budapest. She graduated from the AA Diploma and had worked internationally for renowned practices in London, Barcelona, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Singapore. She has been a guest critic at the AA and was a tutor to the AAVS - Streetware South East Asia. Pei is the founding director of WY Design.

Harikleia Karamali graduated from the AA Diploma. She has worked at John Pawson Architects and is now a project architect at Rare Architecture in London. She was teaching in AA Intermediate 4 during 2015/2016 and is now teaching at Diploma Unit 15.

Nick Green is an urban designer based in London, UK and currently working for Publica, a public realm design consultancy. He is also a founding member of design collective ON/OFF and has been contributing to projects internationally since 2012. Nick has been a guest critic at a number of architecture schools, including the AA, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts and University East London. He is currently an assistant tutor for AA Diploma Unit 10.


Programme Heads
Doreen Bernath
Pei Yee Yong

Budapest Coordinator
Pei Yee Yong

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Christopher Pierce

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