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Lugo Land Analog Photography

Wednesday 3 – Wednesday 10 July 2019

This course will introduce students to the technical aspects of analog cameras, film and exposure – through a series of onsite practical workshops, along with seminars discussing historical and contemporary photography and aesthetic and conceptual issues. Throughout the week we will make a series of road trips into the Italian countryside, to a number of differing locations where students will have to think precisely about where to position their camera; to see through the visual noise, disorder or chaotic forms, to discover the inherent potential of their photographic composition, whilst embracing the inherent slowness of analog photography.
The workshop will culminate in the creation of a personal portfolio of photographs, which will be exhibited at the end of the workshop in one of Lugo’s cultural centres.

The workshop also includes visit specialist analog darkrooms and attend a colour printing workshop with renowned photographer Marcello Galvani.

Analog cameras and tripods will be provided for students to use throughout the course, though there will be a small charge for film and processing.


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) Due to limited availability, participation is dependent on review of CV and photographic work. Once you complete the online application, pass the portfolio review process, and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme.

3) Partial Scholarships are available. Please contact the Visiting School Office for further information. 

The deadline for applications is: 30 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 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 £1385 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

The fees include a 4-star accommodation at the Ala d’Oro hotel in the center of Lugo, breakfast and evening meals.
Flights are not included but transfers will be arranged from the nearby G.Marconi di Bologna Airport.
Analog cameras will be provided for students who do not have their own.

Please ensure that any additional photographic equipment you bring is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.


Dr Sue Barr holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art and is head of Photography at the Architectural Association. She lives and works in London and southern Switzerland and exhibits internationally.

Francesco Neri studied photography at the Fine Arts Academy in Ravenna with Guido Guidi and for the past ten years he has been undertaking a long-term photographic project combining portraiture and social landscape imagery. His work is held in numerous international collections including: Sk Stiftung Kultur Museum (DE), Linea di Confine (IT), MACRO Museum (IT), Institute for the Italian Artistic and Cultural Heritage (IT), Fondazione Ermanno Casoli (IT). He is professor within the School of Graphic Design in Faenza, and tutor on the Lugo Land International Visiting Program. He lives and works in Faenza.

Luca Nostri completed a degree in Sociology from the University of Bologna and is currently a PhD researcher in Photography at Plymouth University. In 2005 he established the Lugo Land project – an independent art-photography cultural center based in Lugo that uses photography to research the concept of territory.
His photographs have been exhibited at the Rencontre d’Arles in 2008, at the American Academy in Rome in 2010, at the MACRO Museum in Rome 2013.
He lives and works in Lugo.


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Sue Barr
Francesco Neri
Luca Nostri

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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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.