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Honolulu, Hawaii Flying Machine from the 2016 AAVS Hawaii

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Flying Machines

Monday 10 – Wednesday 19 July 2017

“There are three departments of architecture: the art of building, the making of timepieces, and the construction of machinery.“
Vitruvius, Chapter III Book I

The AA Visiting School Hawaii is a design workshop dedicated to the investigation of architecturally constructed flying machines.
Gliding between its leisurely vocation and its scientific relevance, we will immerse into this legacy designing the world’s oldest form of air-craft: the kite.
Ranging from abstract sculptures to flying photographic devices, the design, construction and flying techniques of our machines are going to be at the core of our studies and our explorations into the urban and tropical landscape of the island of Oahu.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
- Traditional and digital model making skills
- 3D modelling and advance drawing skills
- Photography and film making skills
- Outdoor exploration of the rich environment of the island of Oahu
- Group work environment
- Presentation and argumentation skills for the development of a narrative project
- Surveying techniques
- Flying techniques
- Swimming and tanning skills


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: June 06 2017.
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.

Honolulu, Hawaii (exact address TBC)


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £600 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. For details of Visiting Member benefits please click here. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system.
Fees include tuition, but do not include accommodation and flights into Honolulu. Accommodation may be arranged through the Visiting School at discounted reasonable rates.
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 design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later)

Costantino di Sambuy
A graduate of the AA School of Architecture, Costantino is an Italian architect who lived in L.A. and Seoul, Korea, where he apprenticed at the studios of Wes Jones and Byoung Soo Cho. 
Currently he lives in New York City where he designs for Peter Marino Architect.

Lance Walters
Lance is an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture where his teaching focuses on foundational design and technology. He received his MArchII from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and an MArch and BA in Environmental Design from Montana State University. A third generation pilot from the state of Alaska, his experience with flying, aircraft construction and technology are deeply embedded in his architectural pedagogy.

Benjamin Albrecht
Benjamin is an architect and a researcher working jointly with the MIT Department of Architecture and Rafi Segal Architecture and Urbanism. His emerging art practice explores speculative futures through media and draws on his previous experiences working for Morphosis Architects in Los Angeles and for various architecture firms in Europe.  Benjamin received a Master of Science in Architecture and Urbanism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied as a Fulbright scholar and held a full-tuition scholarship from the department. Benjamin also holds a Master of Arts in Architecture from the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, and studied at the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris.


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Costantino di Sambuy
Lance Walters
Benjamin Albrecht

Honolulu Coordinator
Lance Walters

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.