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Lyngør 'A Pier is a Lock and Key' by AAVS Lyngør participant, Sami Yucel.

This is an archive page for Lyngør

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The Island Reader

Friday 26 July – Monday 12 August 2019

To Read – an act of gathering knowledge through surveying, recording and interpreting
A Reader – an individual take, an outsider’s gaze
The Reader - an alternative archive of recordings and translations made over time

AAVS Lyngør is an intensive workshop focused on developing forms of alternative preservation by drawing the relationship between construction and context. Challenging the idea of preservation as a conservative practice, AAVS Lyngør addresses the question of how to maintain local heritage while allowing for change.

Lyngør has remained, on the surface, an untouched nineteenth-century village. Like many other villages along the Norwegian coast, a decline in permanent residency has seen tourism replace industry - largely underplaying the operative infrastructural nature of the local built environment.

Employing the survey as an instrumental tool of the architect, students use their outsider´s gaze to interrogate what is deemed authentic in Lyngør. Working closely with the local community, AAVS Lyngør records existing forms construction on the island, while engaging with the cultural, political and social history of the site. The eclectic array of surveys produced over the last years are brought together in the Island Reader, an alternative archive of the history, topography and the architecture of the island.

AAVS Lyngør is a collaboration with Oslo School of Architecture and Design. The Island Reader is a project shared through a series of talks and events about the preservation and future potential of the island, building a critical discourse around the heritage of coastal communities in Norway.


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 the 24 July 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.

Lyngør Island, Norway


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1200 per participant, which includes a £60 visiting membership fee and accommodation in Lyngør. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system. 
Flights to Oslo, accommodation in Oslo, transportation and food are not included. 
Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure equipment is covered by insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.

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.


Amandine Kastler is a director at Kastler Skjeseth Architects in Oslo. She studied at Architectural Association in London, graduating with Honours in 2010. Amandine worked at OMA/AMO Rotterdam on the Hermitage Masterplan before working at David Chipperfield Architects from 2010-2015. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, and she has been awarded several international prizes including the RIBA Bronze Medal. Amandine is an Assistant Professor of Building Heritage and Architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and a Unit Master at the Architectural Association (AA) in London.

Erlend Skjeseth is a director at Kastler Skjeseth Architects in Oslo. Erlend graduated from the Architectural Association in London in 2010 after studying Art History at the University of Oslo. Erlend has previous experience from working at David Chipperfield Architects and AOC in London as well as with Jarmund Vigsnæs in Oslo, with emphasis on working on civic and cultural buildings in historically sensitive contexts. Erlend is an assistant tutor at Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and a visiting critic at the Architectural Association (AA) in London.

Daniel Simon Ayat is an artist and writer based in New York City. His work addresses the processes of the political, the aesthetics of public hygiene, and the everyday in the modern era. From 2016 to 2018, he was a visiting assistant professor in Humanities and Media Studies at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture. He has conducted research on the history of infrastructure and sewerage technology. He has also studied the development of public toilet networks in Paris and New York, the place of the agricultural hinterland in the social imagination, as well as the value of waste and the junk aesthetic in contemporary art practices. 


Programme Heads
Amandine Kastler 
Erlend Skjeseth

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.