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Urban Flow and Public Space. A Transcontinental Journey

Monday 8 – Saturday 20 June 2020

In 2020, the Guatemala Visiting School will offer a transcontinental journey, focused on the comparative study of Urban Flow and Public Space in radically different locations that could be considered paradigmatic examples of Central America and Europe. Essentially, we propose an itinerant 2-week Visiting School with three stops in two countries.

We will start in Guatemala, and during the first week we will have an intensive workshop focused on the analysis of urban flows and public space in Guatemala City (the largest city in Central America) and Antigua Guatemala (the former capital of the country, an extraordinarily interesting colonial city), hosted in the Francisco Marroquín University campus.

Then, we will travel to London where the second week of the workshop will take place. There, the students will continue their analysis, contrasting findings and drawing conclusions valid for improving urban design in such different locations. At the Architectural Association students will receive some reviews, tutorials and lectures from different tutors and, eventually, they will have a public presentation of the work developed.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Theoretical understanding: Through different lectures, conferences, readings, site visits, and open discussions, students will be introduced to the study of urban flows and public spaces.
  • Students will be introduce to the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to the visualization and analysis of urban data.
  • Students will learn aerial mapping techniques based on the use of drones and photogrammetry techniques


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the right-hand column of this webpage. If you are not able to make an online application, please contact the Visiting School Office for instructions to pay by bank transfer or by telephone.

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered onto the programme. Please note that a deposit payment holds your place on the course but does not confirm it. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is: 30 April 2020.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later)


  • Guatemala City: Francisco Marroquín University campus. Calle Manuel F. Ayau (6 Calle final), zona 10. Guatemala, Guatemala 01010
  • Antigua, Guatemala (Day Trip)
  • London: 36 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3ES, United Kingdom


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £995 per participant, which includes a £60 Digital Membership fee.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised in both Guatemala and London. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. 


All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After full payment of course fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


All participants are responsible for securing their own travel and health insurance. Please ensure that your travel insurance also covers your personal belongings i.e. laptop, equipment, tools, passport etc. The AA takes no responsibility for lost/ stolen property.


Gustavo Romanillos is an architect, urban planner and PhD in Geography, his work focuses on the visualization, spatial analysis and modelling of urban and social dynamics. He teaches at the Architectural Association School of Architecture of London and at the Complutense University of Madrid, and has been guest lecturer at several universities in Spain, the UK and Latin America. As an architect, he has been awarded in several international competitions of architecture and urbanism; as a researcher, he works at the Complutense University of Madrid and, as a consultant, he has worked for different institutions, such as the United Nations Development Programme.


Francisco Marroquín University


Programme Head
Gustavo Romanillos

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 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.