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Lima Robotic 3d clay printing. Experimental Fabrication Techniques. Final Presentation AAVSLIM 2019.


Ancient Artifact - Robotic Fabrication

Monday 4 – Wednesday 13 January 2021

Recent fabrication technologies have open unprecedented opportunities for architectural design and construction innovation. The third edition of the Lima Visiting School will test the limits of computational design and robotic fabrication associated to the fabric of ancient Peruvian Civilizations investigating new possibilities of manufacture related to material and construction techniques. 

Artifacts of the Ancient Civilizations of the Andes stretched across the country and reflected the different cultures of the time as Paracas, MocheChimu, and Inca amongst various. They used gold, silver, ceramics and textiles. The visiting school will explore design possibilities and solutions to reconcile with the past using today’s manufacturing techniques, by means of automation as to embrace resilient artifacts to continue a legacy.  

Students and tutors will work together, exploring materials, tools and different approaches in order to find a system that will resemble an artifact fabrication process, embracing the design and architecture disciplines. The result of the exploration will comprise the robotic overview within the context of antiquity and technology.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Lectures series by local and international architects.
  • At the end of the programme you will receive an electronic transcript from the Architectural Association.
  • To develop skills in computational design. 
  • To gain an understanding of robotic fabrication
  • The outcome of the workshop's experimentations will be featured locally and internationally through digital and physical media outlets.


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 10 December 2020


The workshop is open to current architecture, engineer and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino


Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Av. Universitaria 1801
San Miguel


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Digital Membership fee, payable by all participants.

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.


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.


Federico Dunkelberg is a M.Arch graduate from the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory. He was awarded the top 5 digital projects at the FEIDAD competition in Taiwan. He has previously worked for Zaha Hadid Architects and Foster + Partners in London and in the Middle East, before opening his studio DESSIN–TECHNISCH together with Sophie Le Bienvenu in Lima Peru. Together with Sophie, he is currently running a design studio at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru on experimental parametric architecture.

Sophie Le Bienvenu is a M. Arch graduate from Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory, where her thesis obtained a distinction.  She has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects on several complex projects around the globe before co-founding the architectural practice DESSIN–TECHNISCH with Federico Dunkelberg. She is Director of Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica School of Architecture, where she runs an experimental parametric architecture studio with Federico.


Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Association for Robots in Architecture


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Federico Dunkelberg
Sophie Le Bienvenu

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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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.