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Moulding Matters Phase II

Thursday 27 June – Sunday 7 July 2019

The city of Naples and Pompei provide a fertile ground for investigating the matter of mouldings. With ornaments and motifs both unique and bizarre, Baroque Naples offers endless opportunities for new ideas.

From the magnificent hawk-wing stairs of the building of Ferdinando San Felice to the esoteric facades along the Spaccanapoli - Naples' original Roman east-west axis - we survey the city looking for inspiration to develop our own vocabulary of details and geometries. 

The students will have selected pieces from a collection of more than 500 original plaster moulds dating from 1950’s to today from which to start their projects. We will learn directly from a master craftsman’s expertise, reworking traditional forms that will then be reinterpreted and ornamentally questioned. Each student will develop and construct a series of their own moulds from which to cast their formal experiments. 

The workshop will take place in the Palazzo Ayerbo D’Aragona Cassano, presently the Casa Fondazione Morra, a contemporary Italian art museum that hosts several art residency programmes and other collaborative events. We are looking for bold and experimental new ideas for architectural ornament, advancing the tradition of architectural mouldings towards a future of playful experimentation. 

We believe that ‘Mouldings Matter’ being universal, date back to the first architectural solutions.  They become a way of reading our cities, the white ornamental decorations tell us everything about spaces, shadows, structures and at times simply become the backdrop of the city through ornamented facades that showcase the life that was once there.  The plaster and silicone material used for the moulds, with its elastic properties and fast setting times, gives us a unique and immediate way to study and reinterpret our moulded surroundings.

The material language will be explored at the intersection of restoration, sculpture, archaeology, art history and other disciplines. As well as the daily workshop activities, the Visiting School will include lectures by international Architectural History experts and specially-arranged site visits throughout Naples Old Town, Herculanum and Pompei.


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.

The deadline for applications is 26 June 2019

For more information and inquiries in regards to this programme, contact

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.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.


The AA Visiting School requires a course fee of £700 which includes a £60 membership fee.
Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be organised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. 

The Visiting School offers concessions to group applications, for more information please contact


Salita S. Raffaele, 20C, 80136 Napoli NA, Italy


We accept students and professionals, in the fields of art, history, architecture, and design and set design. Art historians and model makers are encouraged.


Jessica Virginia Pappalardo graduated from the Architectural Association London in 2013. Worked in Sao Paulo for Landscape Architect Orsini, redesigning jungle features around homes, she also collaborated with Oficina Sao Joaò on the making of several furniture pieces and film sets for Brazilian TV. Currently working on a house in Seven Sisters for a Japanese TV producer, a 17th century apartment flat in Historical Naples, and aiming to bring international students to learn from Neapolitan stucco experts with the AAVS ‘ Made in Cloister ’. She taught at the AA in Foundation and First Year, several briefs concerning the City and its phenomena. Published articles for several design magazines, such as Hong Kong magazine Hinge and the Scandinavian. Works in between Naples and London where she splits her office.

Lingxiu Chong graduated from the Architectural Association in 2015 and is presently based in San Francisco. Her work across architectural design, conservation and academia pursues new interpretations and interventions for historic structures and environments. She is now practicing with Page & Turnbull as designer and preservation architect on various restoration and adaptive re-use projects in California, and previously worked as project consultant with OMA and building administrator for All Soul’s Church in London. Her independent projects combine research with outreach and performance, and she has presented and published work in London and Singapore, in particular taking an organising role in interviews, workshops, seminars and other events with the AA XX 100 research initiative and AA Independent Radio.

Jonathan Foote, Ph.D. is a researcher and associate professor of history and theory at the Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark. His research concerns the architectural translation between ideas and materials and the significance of historical building practices as a site for imagination. He has published research on the drawings and workshop practices of various architects, including Michelangelo Buonarroti, Francesco Borromini, and Sigurd Lewerentz. In addition to his academic work, Jonathan runs a small design research studio, Atelier U:W, which partners locally and internationally on special projects in design and fabrication.

Federico Letizia 
(Caserta, 1987) studied architecture in Naples, Venice, Milan and Shanghai. Seeking for an ideal balance between education and profession, during these years he worked for Antón García-Abril / Ensamble studio (Madrid), Michele De Lucchi (Milan) and OMA (Hong Kong), while also pursuing personal projects and participating in design competitions. His works include a high-rise building in Shenzhen, a government facility in Georgia, a slaughterhouse reused as a library in Madrid, an underground theatre in Mexico City, the exhibition Balancing Act for Sejima's 2010 Venice Biennale and the awarded lamp design Tuke. He is currently carrying out his Ph.D. research in Venice, while lecturing in design studios and summer workshops at Iuav, where he is also responsible for the new-born prototyping lab Proteo.

Jenya Andersson graduated from the Architectural Association in 2015 and currently working at PLP Architecture in London. After working in architecture both in Moscow and in London, her passion for materials led her into the world of model making.The essence of her independent work is the subtle combination of cutting edge technology with traditional craftsmanship. Jenya's projects vary from jewelry to large-scale installations. Her oil paintings have been exhibited multiple times in Tretyakov Gallery/CDH in Moscow and recently she commissioned a pop up installation for MOY atelier in Harvey Nichols in London.

Antonio Martiniello architect of Kellerarchitettura and director of Madeincloister. Story: The historic centre of Naples is a woven depository of some of the most ancient traditions that represent the strength of the concept “Made in Italy” Stressing the notion of reconversion and restoration, Made in Cloister points to the idea of “Place Branding”:- restoring and enhancing a piece of the city’s cultural heritage that becomes the hub of a larger territorial development project Made in Cloister began after the restoration of St.Caterina’s Closter, Formiello in 500 AD. The project was to turn this space of total abandonment into a place of meeting, experiments and productions where artists and designers are able to reside and work with master craftsmen.

Fratelli Donofrio
artisans and experts of Traditional Mould Making, they own a collection of more than 500 moulds dating from the details of 1500 to today, from which we will start our formal and conceptual experimentations. Their workshop located in the heart of the Lanificio is one of the city’s most popular. In this grand collection you can find details from the most famous museums, villas, and palaces of the city and its surroundings. Ceiling roses, columns, fire place cornices, door details, skirting’s are just some of the numerous moulding possibilities their workshop has to offer.


Programme Head
Jessica Pappalardo

Programme Tutors
Lingxiu Chong
Jonathan Foote
Antonio Donofrio
Evgenia Andersson
Rem Sembi

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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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.