Building Community II - New Delhi Working late into the night to complete the roof during Building Community I, at Nanhi Dunya School in Dehradun (2012) Photo: Alexander Furunes

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Building Community II - New Delhi

British Council building

Sunday 27 January – Friday 8 February 2013

WORKSHOP is a design + make architecture studio that focuses on participation, learning by doing and cultivating a deep understanding of place. Building Community II is the studio’s second AA Visiting School in India, and will constitute an exciting part of an exhibition about their work, being held at the British Council in New Delhi. Over ten days, participants will be designing and constructing a 1:1 mock-up in the grounds of the British Council’s Charles Correa building, documenting the process, and installing the resulting footage as part of the exhibition. 

The exhibition will showcase the studio’s current work for an educational charity in Dehradun, as well as their future project for a rural development organization in India - which is being funded by the British Council. The idea for the mock-up is to create a prototype structure in response to research about the organization and the surrounding area; the design should address the programatic needs of the organization, the climatic conditions of the region, and use locally available and affordable materials. 

Following a group analysis of this research material, participants will collectively design a 1:1 structure that will test responses to the challenges posed by the project. The building process will be ‘live’ - on site and in the public realm - from start to finish. This socially engaged way of producing architecture reflects WORKSHOP’s approach to their practice, which is always embedded within the communities they work with. The Visiting School is about working collaboratively, thinking with our hands, and finding the perfect balance between improvisation and predetermination! 


The deadline for applications is 3 January 2013. Interested applicants should send a brief statement (no more than 1 A4) explaining their interest in participating and describing their previous experience Successful applicants will be notified after which they can proceed to enroll and pay the fee via the online application by 6 January 2013. 

Online application can be found under links and downloads . All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required for entry to India, 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 £195 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system.

Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and modelmaking 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.


Interested applicants should send a brief statement (no more than 1 A4) explaining their interest in participating and describing their previous experience

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Programme Directors 
Clementine Blakemore 
Alexander Furunes 
Ivar Tutturen

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

PDF Application Form


Visiting School Prospectus


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