Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and London

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Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and London

Metropolitan Landscapes

Friday 18 January – Saturday 18 May 2019

Metropolitan Landscapes/ Escenarios Metropolitanos Programme run by Tec de Monterrey (Tec) in Mexico City and the Architectural Association (AA) in London. It combines Tec’s entrepreneurial culture with the experimental tradition of the AA and looks at the emergence of a metropolitan discipline worldwide.

Based in Mexico (Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey) and UK (London) the programme explores the visionary role design can play, within the so called ‘urban age’ and ‘Anthropocene epoch’, given the scale and magnitude of urbanisation processes at a planetary scale. To do so it makes use of the latest urban, critical, technological, ecological and landscape concepts to shape the discipline.

Metropolitan Landscapes/ Escenarios Metropolitanos incorporates the latest theoretical concepts and methods to describe and understand contemporary urban processes, reflects on the consequences these processes produce locally and globally, and integrates latest technologies to envision potential futures. At its core the programme uses ecology as a disciplinary framework to accommodate the various and complex aspects of the contemporary urbanisation and its consequential landscapes and landscape techniques to deliver a set of design tools and techniques instrumental to the latter. Altogether they provide ways to spatialize and project, regulations, policies, and other urban frameworks and to visualise their impacts within potential metropolitan futures.

This unique course offers a Certificated award by both Institutions (Tec de Monterrey and the Architectural Association) and runs during 12 weekends (face-to-face and online) and 2 weeks visit to UK.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Understanding the potential of a Metropolitan discipline to steer the design, governance, and management of large urban agglomerations enmeshed in complex urbanisation processes. 
  • Understanding of the crucial role of design and designers as part of an emergent metropolitan discipline and of multidisciplinary teams
  • Looking at Landscape and Ecology as alternatives models for a new metropolitan approach.
  • The incorporation of emergent and new technologies to tackle the main problems of metropolis:  technologies on cartographic practices (drone survey, GIS interactive mapping,) and simulation of metropolitan dynamics (landforms and urban flows simulations)
  • Integration of Collaborative and sharing economies as well as participatory platforms into the metropolitan discipline.

Taking part in this course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the latest and most relevant theoretical concepts and methods related to urbanisation processes and the metropolitan discipline.
  • Reflect and critically address the problems, issues, challenges and consequences of contemporary urbanisation and the existing and potential alternatives to it.
  • Practice punctual exercises that apply new technologies to understand the way they can shape the metropolitan discipline.
  • Meet and discuss with practicing professionals and academics in Mexico and UK involved in the development of the discipline.


This programme requires a fee of 69,900 MXN (approximately £2,900 GBP) per participant and also a £60 AA membership fee.

You can make an application directly via Tec de Monterrey here

After completing the application via Tec de Monterrey's online system you will need to also complete the online application form at the Architectural Association. Once you have paid £60 for the AA membership you are registered on to the programme.

A CV or portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is 7th January 2019. If you are interested in joining this programme, please contact us at

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early.


Guadalajara: Avenida General Ramón Corona 2514 Nuevo México, 45138 Zapopan, Jal.
Monterrey: Av. Eugenio Garza Sada 2501 Sur, Tecnológico, 64849 Monterrey, N.L.
Ciudad de México: Av de los Poetas 100, Santa Fe, La Loma, 01389 Ciudad de México, CDMX
Online sessions will take place through the Architectural Association's website.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of $69,900 MXN (£2,900 GBP) per participant and a fee of £60 AA membership fee.

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. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

London travel expenses are not included in the fees.


The workshop is open to professionals related to the Architecture, urbanism, landscape  planning and similar disciplines in Mexico as well as current architecture and design students, phd candidates and related disciplines.


Jose Alfredo Ramirez is an architect co-founder and director of Groundlab and Co-Director of the Landscape Urbanism MArch/MSc at the Architectural Association. He studied Architecture in Mexico City and graduated from the AA Landscape Urbanism programme in London 2005. Jose Alfredo has worked and developed projects at the junction of architecture, landscape and urbanism in a variety of contexts such as China, Mexico, Spain, Russia, Chile among others. He concentrates mainly in large scale development of public spaces like the Olympic Master Plan for London 2012 and recently the redevelopment of 12 km of Santiago de Chile’s main avenue, Alameda/Providencia into an integral transport and urban corridor. At Groundlab he has won and developed several competitions, workshops, exhibitions and projects, including the winning entry for Longgang City international competition master plan, the winning proposal to develop Jia Ding District in Shanghai, the winning proposal to redevelop Sokolniki Park, the biggest park in Moscow, the development for a Master Plan to relocate a Train Station in the city of Innichen, Italy and the built complex for the International Horticultural Exhibition opened in Xian, China. Jose Alfredo is also the Director of the AA Visiting School in Mexico City, and has published several articles and a book ‘Critical Territories:’ as well as given workshops and lectured on the topic of Landscape Urbanism and the work of Groundlab worldwide.


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Jose Alfredo Ramirez

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 Certificate), 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.