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After Belonging Academy

Friday 9 – Friday 16 September 2016

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With a stranger sleeping on your couch; inside the boxes at the storage facility; surrounded by the information you share in the cloud; after clearing customs at the airport; where your passport allows you to reside. Being at home entails different definitions nowadays, both within domestic settings and in the spaces defined by national boundaries under contemporary regimes of circulation.

The 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale designs the objects, spaces, and territories for a transforming condition of belonging. Global circulation of people, information, and goods has destabilized what we understand by residence, questioning spatial permanence, property, and identity—a crisis of belonging. Circulation brings greater accessibility to ever-new commodities and further geographies. But, simultaneously, circulation also promotes growing inequalities for large groups, kept in precarious states of transit. After Belonging examines both our attachment to places and collectivities—Where do we belong?—as well as our relation to the objects we own, share, and exchange—How do we manage our belongings?

The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 is divided into two parts:
— A triennale On Residence, in which to collectively analyze the spatial conditions that shape our ways of staying in transit and the definition of our contemporary spaces of residence.
— A triennale In Residence, in which international architects and professionals concerned with the built environment will engage in local collaborations in Oslo, the Nordic region, and around the globe, to intervene in the transformation of residence.
How can different agents involved in the built environment address the ways we stay in transit? How can architects intervene in the reconfiguration of the contemporary residence?

The After Belonging Academy ( is a Forum bringing together schools from around the world to enter in a global dialogue and knowledge¬ sharing experiment, reflecting on issues related to the topics explored in the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: After Belonging, including new forms of residence, contemporary states of transit, and the ways in which architecture and design are responding to new forms of belonging and belongings.

The After Belonging Academy includes a full program of events, workshops, roundtables, and lectures. It will operate in three phases—an analytical phase, a research phase, and a production phase—which will be distributed over a period of eight days. The After Belonging Academy projects the concerns of the Triennale into the future by introducing long-¬lasting academic conversations, and collaborations between multiple universities around the world, which will hopefully have an impact in architectural education and practices.

The Academy will take place in the former Stenersen museum—an empty space currently in search of a new function—and will investigate the city of Oslo, through the five areas of research proposed by the Triennale: Technologies of a Life in Transit, Furnishing After Belonging, Markets and Territories of the Global Home, B orders Elsewhere, and Sheltering Temporariness.

After Belonging Academy is co-organised with the Oslo Architecture Triennale and AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

The Academy will operate in three phases distributed over a period of 8 days (Sep 9–­16, 2016).

1­. Analytical phase: 9 to 11 September

This phase will overlap with the opening days of the Triennale. It will include in­depth visits of the Triennale exhibitions, attending the Oslo Architecture Triennale conference ( including Amale Andraos Reinhold Martin from Columbia GSAPP, Atelier Bow­Wow, Juan Herreros, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli from OMA, Snøhetta and Eyal Weizman from Goldsmiths University), and an array of other social and cultural events.
During this phase, students will be invited to document and analyse the material presented by the Triennale and to produce a report suggesting ways of going forward on particular topics related to the After Belonging condition.

September 9th, 2016

9AM - 4PM After Belonging Conference at Oslo Opera House
5PM Reception at Radhuset Oslo City Hall
9PM Opening party (Gamle Museet, location tbc)

September 10th, 2016

10AM Group meetings at Sternersen
2PM-4PM Meeting with In­Residence Participants at the National Museum of Architecture
8PM Opening Party (AHO+GSAPP)

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

11AM Visits to the Exhibitions
Participation in the public guided tour with the Triennale curators
4PM Group meeting and conclusions of phase 1 at Stenersen.

2 . Research phase: 12 to 13 September

A phase of discussion leading to a production phase. During this phase, a series of workshops and lectures will be proposed by the Academy.

3. Production phase: 14 to 16 September

The last phase will be dedicated to the production of a collective and collaborative outcome.

Each day of phase 2 and 3 will be structured in the same way: Group work and visits
in the morning (from 9AM to 12AM); group work in the afternoon (1PM to 4PM); lectures on one of the five themes of the Triennale (Technologies of a Life in Transit, Furnishing After Belonging, M arkets and Territories of the Global Home, Borders Elsewhere and Sheltering Temporariness) followed by a short presentation by one or two of the participating schools (4PM-6PM).

The After Belonging Academy will conclude on Friday night with a public presentation of the different projects.

The programme includes visits to local design and architecture studios Snohetta, Transborder studio, Bengler, Superunion, Spacegroup, Eriksen Skajaa Architects and to the Asylum and Shelter Provision in Torshov, Oslo.

Guest lecturers and critics will be announced in the coming weeks. 


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 31 August 2016
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.

Former Sternesen Museum
Munkedamsveien 15

The main entrance is from the Concert Hall terrace

Oslo Architecture Triennale, AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £360 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

AHO will provide free accommodation for students by establishing a system by which local students will host visiting students, in Oslo from 8 to 17 September. Fees also cover the cost of attending the After belonging conference.
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 students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later)

Programme Heads
The AA participation at the After Belonging Academy is jointly organised by AAVS Lyngør and John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog—Territorial Agency.

Oslo Coordinator
Stefan Popa

John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog are AA Diploma 4 Unit Masters. They are the directors of Taiwan Project, a multi-year AAVS. They have established Territorial Agency, an independent organisation that combines architecture, research and advocacy for integrated territorial transformations. Recent projects include The Museum of Oil, Anthropocene Observatory and North.

Amandine Kastler and Erlend Skjeseth are Programme Heads of AAVS Lyngør which takes place on Lyngør Island off the southern coast of Norway. AAVS Lyngør explores LyngøIslands existing conditions as it weathers changing social, environmental, political, and cultural currents. In the absence of cars, roads, and other modern infrastructures, Lyngør has remained a virtually untouched nineteenth-century village. AAVS Lyngør is directed and taught by Amandine Kastler, Erlend Skjeseth, Daniel Ayat and Alexander Laing, a group of architects and artists who practice and teach in Oslo, London, and New York.

Stefan Popa studied in Bucharest, Paris and Barcelona before joining the Architectural Association. After graduating from Vallès School of Architecture in Barcelona in 2009, he was awarded the Caja de los Arquitectos scholarship and started practicing architecture as team member of the Foster + Partner Madrid office. His AA MA History and Critical Thinking in Architecture thesis studied the relation between the debates on sustainability and the Olympic Games project at Lillehammer. He is a PhD researcher at the AA.


Programme Heads
John Palmesino
Ann-Sofi Rönnskog
Amandine Kastler
Erlend Skjeseth

Programme Co-ordinator
Stefan Popa

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.