Moscow Moscow's River is Silent Today. Photo @gerserge.

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Moscow's River

Monday 1 – Friday 12 July 2019

The ‘Moscow’s River’ Visiting School will investigate opportunities for developing the Moskva River and its bankside, to help improve the areas of Moscow it passes through.  Supported by governmental institutions and local developers, we will design responses to specific challenges and present these to industry professionals and decision-makers. The Moskva River is a profound resource, which has the potential to become a thriving artery. However, its embankments are somewhat desolate and offer continuous opportunities for development without an obvious focal point. To help address this challenge, students will investigate the relationship between the spatial layout of the river and a range of social and cultural phenomena. They will also use innovative techniques of urban analysis to study the river as a city-scale piece of infrastructure in order to create local interventions that could become drivers for change. The AA Moscow Visiting School will be followed up with printed publications and exhibitions in local galleries and architectural festivals, which will help enhance the ongoing discussion between citizens, local businesses and the architectural community. 

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

Computing Skills:
Data collection & urban scale research tools (Rhinoceros + GS plugins, GIS)
Graphic and product design (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Figma)
Power presentation skills (Adobe Indesign)

Portfolio Courses:
– sketching
– hand and digital drawing
– digital post-production
– writing and book making
– conceptual model making
– public presentations, debates and discussions


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. Please, attach your portfolio with no more than 15 pages.

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.


Moscow, Central House of Architects, Granatny lane, 7 bldg.1 


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting 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.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later).


Alexandra Chechetkina
AA Visiting School Moscow Programme Head, architect and urbanist. Over the past year, Alexandra's articles on housing and urban design were published in Forbes Russia, Vedomosti, RBC and Strelka magazine. Her key projects are of large scale and strategic importance for the development of cities. As part of the German bureau TSPA, Alexandra developed the masterplan of the new district for Naberezhnye Chelny, she also worked with Meganom on the international competition of concepts for the development of the Moscow River by 2035 (the project won) and in the consulting agency Strelka KB, she managed the reconstruction project of the Moscow Garden Ring and was the key researcher of the new Guidelines for the integrated development of the territories of Russia. Alexandra started teaching at the AA Visiting school right after graduating from the Housing&Urbanism master degree programme in the AA School and also became a tutor at Strelka Institute in the Architects.rf programme.

Andrea Seidling
architect, curator and filmessayist, lives and works in Vienna. Since 2007 she produces TV reports at Akku, magazine for architecture and cities; 2008-2012 curator at Architekturzentrum Wien, exhibition “Platz da!” European Urban Public Space; conception and editorial of publications at Az W (Hintergrund, Best of Austria); photography, video essays and performative art interventions as a member of the Kuserutzky-Klan, dealing with denial, self empowerment and urban commons.

Yuri Zhalin
Journalist and multimedia producer from Moscow. For the last five years in his journalism career, Yuri has been engaged in multimedia special projects and collaborated with the publishing houses such as Kommersant and Novaya Gazeta. Among the topics of his projects are the migration crisis in Europe, rescue operations of "Doctors Without Borders" off the coast of Libya, the growth of right-wing radicalism in France and the garbage crisis in Hong Kong. His main professional focus is to communicate a complex idea simply, using available media tools: video, photo, text, graphics, illustrations, sounds. As a part of the Moscow workshop, he will curate the creation of digital projects based on the ideas of the participants.

Partners & Sponsors: 

Apex Project Bureau
Union of Moscow Architects
Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Voronezh Region


Programme Head
Alexandra Chechetkina

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

Links & Downloads

Programme site

Social Media


Visiting School Prospectus


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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.