Lyngør Taxonomy of Footings, Nicholas Lin, AAVS Lyngør 2017.

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The Island Reader IV

Wednesday 1 – Monday 20 August 2018

AAVS Lyngør is an intensive workshop focused on developing forms of alternative preservation. Located on an island off the southern coast of Norway, Lyngør has remained a virtually untouched nineteenth-century village, and is increasingly recognised as a heritage site. Yet an upsurge in seasonal tourism has been accompanied by a decline in the permanent population and the closure of the local school. Participants will explore Lyngør's historic built enviroment as it battles with changing social, enviromental, political and cultural currents. Using the survey as a critical tool of the architect, they will develop and draw highly personal interpretations of the island. These eclectic architectural strands will then be woven together in the 'Island Reader', a living palimpsest that redefines how Lyngør is understood and experienced. The Island Reader is a project shared with the local community through a series of talks and events that build a discourse around the island's preservation.


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 31 July 2018

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 £1300 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee as well as acomodation in Lyngør for the duration of the workshop on the island. 

The programme is open to participants from a range of backgrounds, including current architecture and art students, phd candidates and young professionals. Places are limited, and offered at the discretion of the Programme Heads. Please contact for further information.

Lyngør Island, Norway

Programme Heads 
Amandine Kastler is an architect based between London and Oslo who established her own studio in 2015. Amandine worked at OMA/AMO Rotterdam on the Hermitage Masterplan before joining David Chipperfield Architects in 2010. Amandine teaches at the AA and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, along with tutoring at several institutions. Amandine studied at the AA, graduating with Honours in 2010. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, and she has been awarded several international prizes including the RIBA Bronze Medal.

Erlend Skjeseth is an Oslo based architect and graduated from the Architectural Association in 2010 after studying Art History at the University of Oslo. Erlend’s student work focused on the materiality of the city and alternative programming of dense urban sites. He has previous experience from working at David Chipperfield Architects and AOC in London, with emphasis on working on civic and cultural buildings in historically sensitive contexts. Erlend currently works for Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects in Oslo. Projects include the new government area of Oslo and experimental timber constructions in various scales.

Daniel Simon Ayat is an artist and writer based in London. His work addresses the political and historical development of hygiene, medical-scientific research, public health, state infrastructure, and urbanisation. Daniel holds an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Oxford and an MA in Art and Science from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. He also has an MA in the Histories and Theories of Architecture from the AA in London, where he has assisted in the History and Theory Studies department.

Alexander Laing is a Designer working for Heatherwick studio in London. He graduated from the AA in 2012 with photographic explorations into darkness, mythology and landscape. He went on to assist the photographer Robi Rodriguez with featured work in Dazed and Confused, The New York Times and Gentlewoman before joining Heatherwick Studio. Projects include a public sculpture in New York, a public park in Abu Dhabi and extensive material research.


Programme Heads
Amandine Kastler
Erlend Skjeseth

Programme Tutors
Daniel Simon Ayat
Alexander Laing

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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