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Mexico City

Manufactured Landscape/Urbanities, Centro Cultural de España

Wednesday 26 June – Friday 5 July 2013

The AA Mexico City Visiting School is an international programme that aims to engage with the most crucial and imposing challenges that Mexico City faces and the ways in which architecture and urbanism can shape the metropolis at different scales. In these sense the progamme sees the city as a laboratory where the virtual and experimental tradition of the Architectural Association finds a fertile and concrete ground for the application of its methodology in Mexico.

“Manufactured Landscapes/Manufactured Urbanities” explores the metropolitan condition understood as a manufactured process by and for human beings. Henceforth the traditional opposing concepts, artificial vs nature, are replaced under the premise, nature does not exist, where nature is not natural but naturalised and the artificial is not an external or impose construct but manufactured intrinsically.

With this as a starting point the programme will study 2 instances of Mexico City’s “Manufactured Landscapes/Manufactured Urbanities”: The ravines in the west of Mexico City, last bastion of the existing “Nature” and its crucial role in the viability of Mexico City and social housing, as the fundamental construct of the “artificial” habitat in the metropolis´s urban tissue.   These  “Manufactured Landscapes/Manufactured Urbanities” and the ways in which they are designed, produced, reinvented regenerated, show a vast spectrum representative of the crucial urban conditions to be address and therefore they posed an enormous urban and architectonic challenge  to confront in order to apply contemporary design methodologies. 

To tackle the complexities of the “Manufactured Landscapes/Manufactured Urbanities”, the programme will immerse students and staff in a 10 day intensive workshop within a multidisciplinary environment where national and international experts from various fields will enrich their proposals.  Students will work in architecture and/or urban scale teams and will critically assess the impact of their multiple scales interventions.

A backbone of lectures, talks and seminars, including local and international speakers, are designed to broaden and reflect the relevance and the importance of the topic for Mexico City. Finally a public exhibition of student’s work will be held at Centro Cultural de España in autumn 2013.


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 of £695, you are registered to 
the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required. After payment of fees, the AA can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop. 


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Digital Membership. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system.

Fees are non refundable.

Fees do not include flights. Accommodation during the workshop is not provided, but accommodation options can be advised upon. 

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.

The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals 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 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.