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Dehradun - Building Community Building a 1:1 mock-up in Chander Nagar school, Dehradun, India

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Dehradun - Building Community

Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Monday 22 October – Saturday 3 November 2012

'Building Community' will form an integral part of Project Chander Nagar, a design + make project for an educational charity in Northern India - being led by the student-initiated architecture group WORKSHOP.The project seeks to reconfigure and improve a single school, Chander Nagar, with the aim of developing a design strategy that could be more widely applied by the organization in the future. The ambition is not only to rehabilitate Chander Nagar physically, but to revive the spirit of the organization as a whole.

The Visiting School will take place roughly half-way through the process and will be a self-contained project, offering participants the opportunity to develop their design from conception through to built form. The project will address one of the infrastructural challenges that the school faces, and the outcome will emerge out of a sensitive understanding about the local context - in terms of climate, materials and society. The process of learning, proposing, and making will echo the approach of the larger project as whole, and participants will be able to tap into the contacts, knowledge and experience that we have gained since arriving here, in early August.

During the first few days of the workshop we will immerse ourselves in the area: exploring, engaging and recording. We will sketch, photograph, write and converse, in order to better understand local needs and desires, as well as discover potential solutions. Throughout this research period we will be collecting materials with which to start testing ideas through 1:1 mock-ups, and by the end of the first week we will refine our ideas and start construction. The design/make process will be intuitive, taking advantage of what is available and possible in order to make something unexpected, exciting, and dignified.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Participants should be confident in free-hand sketching, good collaborators and communicators, and have either an experience of  (or enthusiasm for) hands-on making. 

For further information about this visiting school please contact


The deadline for applications is 8 October 2012. 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.



This Visiting School is free of charge - please contact WORKSHOP directly to apply:". This does not  include flights or accommodation, but shared accommodation will be offered at a very low price by Nanhi Dunya, our partner NGO in India. 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.


Programme Directors
Clementine Blakemore 
Alexander Furunes 
Ivar Turruren

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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Visiting School Prospectus


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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.