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Nanotourism - Honolulu

Nanotourist Strategies for Honolulu 2019

Friday 28 June – Saturday 13 July 2019

Following last year’s programme, the 2019 edition will further research and develop strategies of nanotourism in Hawaii, a context defined by a mix of indigenous and contemporary cultures, operating in an environment globally famous for its industry of mass tourism. On an average day, Hawaii’s 1.4 million residents host 220,000 visitors and up to 35,000 people fly in and out of its airports. In 2017 more than 9.1 million tourists were projected to visit Hawaii, with an expected rise to just over 9.5 million by 2020.

The continuous growth of tourism on the Hawaiian archipelago since the early 20th century has had a detrimental impact on its pre-existing natural as well as cultural specificities and has cemented its role as a ‘resort’ destination in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

What role can nanotourism play in Hawaii’s rapid transformation?

How can nanotourism create social awareness and learn from the local history and culture whilst negotiating the demands of contemporary society?

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.


Honolulu, Hawai’i, USA


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’.

Karla Sierralta (b. 1976) graduated at the Universidad del Zulia School of Architecture in Venezuela and at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( M. Arch, Fulbright Scholar). In 2007 she co-founded the design strategy and architectural practice Strawn + Sierralta. She has taught architecture studios since 2006 and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Brian Strawn (b. 1974) graduated at the University of Illinois at Chicago (M. Arch) and Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design (Master of Design). In 2007 he co-founded the design strategy and architectural practice Strawn + Sierralta. He also leads research and strategy projects at the University of Hawaiʻi Community Design Center.

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.


Programme Head
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 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.