Budapest Urban Walker Budapest VS 2018


The Uncommon Walk

Friday 2 – Sunday 11 August 2019

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 its second year, AAVS Budapest extends the previous exploration of the uncommon walk through the interventive ‘Walker’ to possibilities of an urban ‘walking’ set that strategically records, extrapolates and modifies our everyday spaces and our understanding of them. While the ‘Walker’ may be considered as an extended and augmented version of a pedestrian, the ‘walking set’ is a cross between a moving person, i.e. from the incidentally captured passerby to the intentional worker/performer, and a moving fragment of the city, i.e. as part of cycles of physical transformations of our urban environment. Architectural elements such as a doorway or a facade can ‘walk’ and be reappropriated, materials can move and be reused, even particular views and scenes in the city as constructs can also be transported, duplicated, edited and merged. The walking set is an evidence of material and immaterial transaction, as well as a new provocateur, within the city.

AAVS Budapest collaborates closely with prominent art and architectural institutions (FUGA and KÉK) creative international practices (HELLO WOOD and IVANKA Concrete) and event organisers (Budapest Design Week).

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

●    A unique opportunity to attend the 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, HELLO WOOD and IVANKA. 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, material workshops, 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.


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 26 July 2019

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.




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

Scholarship and early-bird discount are offered. Please visit our social media accounts 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.


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.

Pei Yee Yong 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. Pei has been a guest critic at a number of architecture schools, including the AA. She now runs her little studio - WY Design and AAVS Budapest.

Following her studies at the Architectural Association, Harikleia Karamali has worked for John Pawson and is currently a project architect at RARE Architecture in London, where she manages a range of international projects.  Harikleia maintains a close relationship to academia, particularly at the AA where she has been a unit tutor since 2015. Unit agendas focus on urban and cultural projects, including participations at the Salone del Mobile (Milan 2017) and Manifesta12 (Palermo 2018). In addition, Harikleia has participated in several international visiting schools and workshops as an invited critic. Her academic work, design and theory, has been published in Rituals and Walls (AA Press: 2016) and in Scavengers and Other Creatures in Promised Lands (AA Press: 2017), while her design and photographic work has been exhibited in EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art), the New Benaki Museum and the Image Gallery, in Athens.

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. Nick also teaches at Oxford Brookes University and Chelsea College of Arts, as well as acting as an assistant tutor for AA Diploma Unit 10. He is currently an Arts and Culture Fellow at the University of Exeter undertaking research on spaces of learning.


Programme Heads
Doreen Bernath
Pei Yee Yong

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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