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Nanotourism Wearable glass of wine for customised wine tasting experience at the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies in Vitanje 2016. Photo: Ajda Schmidt


Nanotourist Strategies for Vienna Design Week

Friday 11 – Sunday 27 September 2020

AA nanotourism Visiting School course will partner with Vienna Design Week - Austria's largest curated design festival which relocates annually to a different focus district of Vienna to explore and amplify its already existing network of designers, craftspeople and creative institutions. Throughout the ten-day festival, overlooked corners of the focus districts turn into stages for design through both critical and playful approaches, entry-level communication and professional discourses explore new perspectives on the objects around us and design as well as manufacturing processes are revealed often in experimental ways specific to their immediate context.

The programme will plug-in to the existing Social Design format of Vienna Design Week and co-develop a new approach to the research and understanding of this year’s focus district (tba). By critically addressing the notion of existing tourism activities in the area as well the tourism associated to the Vienna Design Week, the programme will focus on researching, designing and building 1:1 scale case studies of nanotourism specifically developed for the district.

About nanotourism:

It is a creative critique to the current environmental, social and economic downsides of conventional tourism, defined as a site-specific, participatory, locally oriented, bottom-up alternative. It operates as a social tool to stimulate mutual interaction between provider and user by co-creation or exchange of knowledge.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

- collaboration with local, international experts and design collectives / institutions as part of the Vienna Design Week.
- testing, presentation and exhibition of work as part of the Vienna Design Week.
- theoretical / conceptual approach to architectural design and thinking
- development of bottom-up, locally specific methods of researching, designing and building
- development of presentation and video-editing skills
- development of hands-on, 1:1 construction skills
- international speakers at introductory lecture series 
- prominent international jury members 


1) You can make an application by sending a CV (one page) and portfolio (max. 5MB) to
Subject of email: Application for AA nanotourism Visiting School 2019 – VIENNA / Name Surname

2) Upon review, selected candidates will be contacted to proceed with a formal application. A limited amount of scholarships will be available.

The deadline for applications is: 22 June 2020


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


Vienna, Austria


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £860 per participant, which includes a £60 Digital Membership fee, payable by all participants.

Fees cover the entire program and the provision of basic building materials. 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.


All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After a formal application, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


All participants are responsible for securing their own travel and health insurance. Please ensure that your travel insurance also covers your personal belongings i.e. laptop, equipment, tools, passport etc. The AA takes no responsibility for lost / stolen property.


Aljoša Dekleva (b. 1972) graduated at Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana and Architectural Association DRL (M.Arch with distinction) in London (2002). At the AA co-founded +RAMTV. In 2003 he co-founded the architectural practice ‘dekleva gregoric architects’.

Amanda Sperger (b. 1994) has a bachelor in architecture from Technical University Vienna. She works as student assistant at TU Vienna, Research Unit for Architectural Typology and Design and studies Social Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria.

Jakob Travnik (b. 1991) graduated in architecture from University of Applied Arts Vienna, Institute of Architecture (Mag. Arch. with distinction). Participated and exhibited at BIO25 Biennial of Design in 2017. Former Designer in Residence at Atelier Luma, Luma Arles, France. Currently PhD candidate and educator on the topic of nanotourism at TU Vienna, Research Unit for Architectural Typology and Design, Vienna, Austria.


Vienna Design Week


Programme Head 
Aljoša Dekleva

Programme Assistants 
Amanda Sperger
Jakob Travnik

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.