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Eco-urban: the floating cinema

Monday 29 June – Friday 10 July 2020

River in a city is a profound natural resource, which has a great potential to become its thriving artery. Moscow river is rather disintegrated from both – the spatial continuity of the city, but also from the green-blue network system of the region. The first part of the workshop will be dedicated to the questions of integration of natural systems within the manmade, urban landscapes. How to compensate the anthropogenic influence on the nature, though enhance the spatial and urban potentials of the natural landscapes within the cities? To illustrate the defined approaches, in the second part of the workshop participants will focus on designing a temporary floating cinema. This project would demonstrate how a single object could serve as an urban catalyst, but at the same become a part of a productive landscape of a city. Such methodology would be in line with former AA Moscow visiting school’s conclusions – larger and long-term transformations often require smaller steps and temporary solutions to act as catalysts of change. AAVS Moscow is supported by the governmental institutions and local developers. The workshop will be led by the local and international architects, urbanists and ecologists. The workshop will be followed by a series of professional events which would help to enhance the dialogue about the pressing issues of urban developments through the prism of natural systems.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

Computing skills:
- Data collection & urban scale research tools (Rhinoceros + GS plugins, GIS)
- Graphic design (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Figma)
- Power presentation skills (Adobe Indesign)
- Filming&editing as a tool for research and design (Adobe Premier Pro)

Portfolio skills:
– 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: 31 May 2020.


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.

Granatnyy Pereulok, 7, Moscow, 123001


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. Early birds concessions will be available. 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, urbanism and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino


Alexandra Chechetkina is Master of Architecture at the AA school of Architecture and project director in Strelka KB (Moscow), where she was the chief architect of the reconstruction of Garden ring in Moscow (now completed) and the lead researcher for the new national Integrated Guidelines of Urban Development. At the moment Alexandra leads several large-scale projects including spatial development plans for three cities of Russia and market researches. Alexandra is also a curator and tutor at Architects.rf – a programme for practicing architects and public officials responsible for urban planning, improvement and development in Russia.


Programme Head
Alexandra Chechetkina

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.