Nanotourism - Cusco

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Nanotourism - Cusco

Nanotourist Strategies for Cusco 2019

Friday 19 July – Saturday 3 August 2019

Historically known as the Inca laboratory of agriculture and architecture, the ruins of Moray are the new location for restaurant Mil, led by head chef Virgilio Martínez and renovated by the architect Rafael Freyre. The space also houses Mater Iniciativa, the research arm of the restaurant. Conceived as a multi-disciplinary research and interpretation centre, it re-discovers the natural and cultural diversity of Peru, through hands-on engagement with the surrounding ecosystems and neighbouring communities.

Operating at the confluence between gastronomy and architecture as a new form of articulating and understanding a specific territory, this programme will be located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes at 4000 meters above sea level and will speculate on the role of tourism within the historic site of Moray and the newly established research centre. It will give an insight into local architectural and agricultural techniques, an understanding of nature and specific local materials, climates and ecosystems, as well as the broader Andean cosmology, where all natural elements and its cycles are intricately interwoven in a vertical way.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

- theoretical / conceptual approach to architectural design
- development of bottom-up 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 (TBC)
- prominent international jury members (TBC)


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. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is: 1 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.


MIL Centro, Andean research and interpretation center next to the historic, experimental Inca agricultural site in Moray, region of Cusco in Peru


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, iMovie or similar, Rhino (SR7 or later)


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’.

Rafael Freyre (b. 1978)   studied architecture in Ricardo Palma University lead by the tutor architect Juvenal Baracco. He later acquired a Master in Fine Arts in Plymouth University in England and Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, Holland, developing a research on migration and mobility, by which he got the promotion prize. Living in Rotterdam for two years he attended masterclasses and lectures at the Berlage Institute. He worked as an architect and designer in Rotterdam and later in Rome, with Massimiliano Fuksas Architetto. Afterwards he worked a short period in New York and Bali with theatre director Robert Wilson, who influenced his practice. Nowadays he works as architect and actor in Lima.

Jakob Travnik (b. 1991) graduated in architecture from University of Applied Arts Vienna, Institute of Architecture (Mag. Arch. with distinction). Active as consultant and designer at Atelier LUMA, Arles, France. Currently teaching and working on his PhD on the topic of nanotourism at TU Vienna.


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Aljoša Dekleva

Programme Assistant
Jakob Travnik

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.