Building Community III Children waiting to perform during the opening ceremony of the craft pavilion designed during Building Community I at Nanhi Dunya School, Dehradun (2012). Photo: Inez Tan

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Building Community III

Rural India

Sunday 24 March – Sunday 7 April 2013

This is the third Visiting School being led by WORKSHOP during their time developing socially-engaged projects in India, and follows on from the research carried out in Delhi during 'Building Community II'. Funded by the British Council, Project Hariharpur is a collaboration between WORKSHOP and the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development, that will explore low-cost, sustainable architecture in the context of a small village called Hariharpur. Although under-developed, Hariharpur has a unique tradition of classical music, and ITRHD is striving to protect and promote this valuable cultural heritage through the provision of basic infrastructure – including health, education and sanitation. The studio will be working with the community to design and construct a small school building that can act as a prototype for contemporary rural architecture in India.  It will be the first phase of a larger master plan that includes a health center, theatre and exhibition space.

As well as collaborating with local artisans and craftspeople, WORKSHOP will be selecting members of the village to join the project as apprentices. Taking advantage of the construction process as an opportunity for training and skill development, the ambition is to teach them ways of building and approaching architecture, that they can share and develop within the broader community. The project will use local materials, and learn from vernacular building methods, reinterpreting and evolving them to create a building which addresses today’s needs and aspirations. 

Participants of Building Community III will be joining the project right at the start of construction, when the overall frame-work for the design is in place. Unlike previous workshops, where there has been a balance between designing and building, the emphasis here will be on community engagement and construction. The number of participants will be limited to five people, who will be tightly integrated into the community during the workshop – living in the village, and working alongside a team of locals. As young international architects the process will inevitably be one of exchange, with us learning as much about local building crafts and techniques, as we’re contributing with ideas and approaches.

This Visiting School is in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology


  1. Fill in the PDF application form found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page – do not pay the fee yet.
  2. Email the PDF form to, along with a brief statement (1 A4) outlining any relevant experience, what you can contribute to the workshop, and what you hope to learn. We need to receive this by the 20th February.
  3. Look out for an email from us – if you have been accepted, you can then go ahead and pay the £195 fee via the AA’s website by the23rd February.

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




Programme Directors 
Clementine Blakemore 
Alexander Furunes 
Ivar Tutturen

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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