Chengdu Chengdu Visiting School 2018

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Marking the city

Wednesday 10 – Friday 19 July 2019

The intention of the course is to develop design skills from a conceptual starting point all the way through to the creation of a full-scale architectural intervention in the city of Chengdu. Chinese metropolitan cities change rapidly every day – an enormous exodus from countryside as well as from secondary cities in search for jobs or better quality of life. For many it is the first time living in a city, meaning there is a huge contrast and need for adaption to a new way of living. For instance growing vegetables in public urban landscape as a result of a pre-existence of farm land which was transformed into an urban area, or migrants which start living in certain areas and trying to adapt but keeping some rural habits; these behaviours can be seen as an adaptive solution to implement architecture and urban planning, in other cases and widely built are extensions of architecture by DIY structures on rooftops, between buildings, etc. The understanding of these structures from its use, location and character could become a typology to develop a prototype during the AA Visiting School in Chengdu 2019, how they could inspire the next structures and how this workshop would start to impact the city and MARK IT.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

1. The teaching team consist of AA Tutors, former AA students, global and local architects, artists and educators.

2. The course consist of a lecture program, computational instruction, fabrication of a full size pavilion in a major urban location in the city of Chengdu.

3. The final day will be celebrated with a student presentation, jury and a feast.


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, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is 19 June 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.

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.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting 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. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.


The workshop is open to current architecture and any design discipline students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Not crucial but Rhinoceros is helpful.


Chengdu Luxelakes Eco-city, Southern Section of Tianfu Road, Tianfu New District, Chengdu.

Programme Head

Stewart Dodd was a founding director of Satellite Architects and is Programme Head of the AAVS Chengdu. Having studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture he has combined practice and teaching for over 20 years; he has taught at the Bartlett School, University College London and at the Architectural Association, London. He is member of ARB, the RIBA and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A member of the RIBA Education Board and an external examiner at the Bartlett School of Architecture, the University of Salford and the University of Ulster.


Programme Head
Stewart Dodd

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 Certificate), 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.