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Budapest Walker Negotiating with Urban Landscape, Elena He


The Uncommon Walk III - Pace Play

Thursday 2 – Saturday 11 July 2020

The Walker wishes, having started uncommon walks IN/IMPRINT 2018, then RE-SETS 2019, to play a little more in this coming year 2020, and to make Budapest even more playful. Taking on the spirit of derive, ‘a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances’ as described by Guy Debord, the ‘walk-play’ experiments of AAVS Budapest 2020 will not so much be unplanned, but that playful disruptions and surprises will be part of the plan. PACE PLAY intends to reveal latent, neglected or undervalued potentials in public spaces of Budapest’s famous District V by subjecting the Walker to new game rules of subverting engrained routines and expected norms. The ‘Pace Play’ ten-day programme will unfold through an Open Call for ideas of ‘walk-play’ from our collaborators and students, as well as participating general public, tested on and through the Walker as both a companion and a device for uncommon walks. Selected ideas of ‘walk-play’ will be played out – as forms of active and direct urbanism - at specific times and locations in Budapest. How District V transforms will be critically documented, reactions debated and implications speculated in the final performative open review and concluding symposium.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • To work with some of the most creative thinkers, game changers, avant-garde practitioners and interdisciplinary professionals in urban activism, direct urbanism, participatory and performative urbanism.
  • To develop provocative collaborative projects with established artists, architects, film makers, writers, critics, scholars, curators and urban planners, in particular, through our collaboration with significant architectural, art and cultural institutions in Budapest.
  • To be exposed to the intense AA mode of architectural training based in Budapest, such as the unique unit-style way of architectural education and strands of specialism linked to distinct postgraduate programs, as well as further professional and PhD research.
  • To develop a critical practice in architecture and urbanism, for instance, to initiate, develop, experiment, prototype and test real constructions and interactive 1:1 installations.
  • To experience in presenting and discussing ideas and creative outcomes with eminent group of reviewers in public, as part of many varied forms of public engagements and interactions throughout the programme, from public talks, roundtables, jury/review, exhibition and publication.
  • To contribute to the generation of new knowledge of urban environment and communities of citizens, in particular to offer original insights of the past, present and future of the city of Budapest.


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. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

3) Partial scholarships and early-bird discount are available. Please contact for further information.

The deadline for applications is: 26 June 2020.


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.


Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)
Building K, Műegyetem rkp. 3.
Budapest, H-1111


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £750 per participant, which includes a £60 Digital 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. 


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.


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. She is currently a co-editor of RIBA’s The Journal of Architecture, a co-founder of research collective ThisThingCalledTheory, a co-director of AAVS Budapest and DEZACT, a PhD supervisor and a tutor of MPhil Projective Cities Programme and HTS Diploma School at AA, a leader of Cinematic Commons MArch Design Studio and a senior lecturer at the Leeds School of Architecture.

Pei Yong is a registered architect and currently runs her collaborative studio WY Design in Budapest. She graduated from the Architectural Association (AA) and had worked internationally for renowned practices in London, Barcelona, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Singapore. Pei is also actively involved in academia, acting as a guest critic or speaker at a number of architecture schools and events, while co-directing the AA Visiting School Budapest.

Harikleia Karamali is a project architect and practice manager at DROO. Following her studies at the Architectural Association, Harikleia has worked for John Pawson and Rare Architecture where she gained extensive experience across a range of scales and sectors, with a focus on hospitality and heritage projects. In parallel, Harikleia maintains a close relationship to academia and is a tutor at the AA. Unit agendas focus on urban and cultural projects, including participations at the Salone del Mobile, Manifesta12 and Budapest Design Week.

Nick Green is an educator and spatial designer based in London, UK. He is a founding member of design collective ON/OFF and has been contributing to projects internationally since 2012, including the 2018 publication of Comachines: A Handbook to Mobile Disruptive Architectures. He has led a design studio at Oxford Brookes University and Chelsea College of Arts, and is currently a visiting technology tutor at the Architectural Association. Nick was the 2018 Arts and Culture Fellow at the University of Exeter undertaking research on spaces of learning. He is currently teaching a short course at the Tate Modern in conjunction with the Olafur Elissason exhibition In Real Life.

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Doreen Bernath
Pei Yong

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.