Pioneering Modes of in-habitation in the Extreme Collage of Framheim and Terra Nova by POMO

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Pioneering Modes of in-habitation in the Extreme

Paradigm Shifts on the Role of Urbanism, Architecture and Clothing in Antarctica

Monday 24 – Sunday 30 June 2019

The Polar Lab continues its research into Antarctic architecture with its first AA Visiting School. Focusing on the Heroic Era huts built at the beginning of the 20th century by Roald Amundsen (whose primate was to reach the geographic South Pole first) and by Captain Robert Falcon Scott, the programme aims to question two fundamental hypothesis put forth by the Antarctica 200 team:

Could we theorize that in extreme conditions such as those found in the Southernmost continent of planet Earth there is a unique form of “interior urbanism”?
Could we state that in the same inhospitable environment (which has record temperatures of -80°C and maximum wind velocities of 327km/h) clothing should be intended as the first architectural envelope?

To attempt an answer, two symbolic structures erected during the imperialist quest of Antarctica will be analyzed in depth. Their metamorphosis mirrors the relentless challenges faced by their inhabitants, who developed symptoms of polar depression due to the winter-long confinement in a hyper-dense interior. A detailed analysis of original expedition diaries and archival photographs will enable us to unveil and reconstruct – by means of drawings – the neglected evolution of these embryonic examples of Antarctic architecture, and to launch a much-needed conversation on past and future prototypes for inhabitation in the extreme.


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: 22 June 2019


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £160 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.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals.


24th June
Scott Polar Research Institute
Lensfield Rd,

25th - 30th June
Architectural Association
6 Bedford Square
Bloomsbury, London


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 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.

For students from the European Union
If you are a student from another country in the European Union, here for less than six months, you will require a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC, previously called E111) which must be obtained from your home country. The card is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such as mountain rescue in ski resorts, being flown back to your home country, or lost or stolen property. Therefore it is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy. Some insurers now insist that you hold an EHIC, and many will waive the excess if you have one.

For students from non-European Union countries, ie international students
If you are here for less than six months, please note you are not covered for National Health Service treatment in the UK.  You are therefore required to obtain travel/health insurance from your own country.


Bryan Lintott has served as the chairperson of ICOMOS New Zealand /Te Mana O Nga Pouwhenua O Te Ao and currently is Secretary General of the ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee (IPHC) and an expert member of the ICOMOS International Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP).  Based at the Scott Polar Research, University of Cambridge, his research ranges from examining the heritage and diplomatic consequences that resulted from an epitaph left by Sir Ernest Shackleton in Antarctica to the history of airborne glaciological radio echo sounding technology and cartography.

Jean de Pomereu’s professional experience includes historical research, photography, curating, publishing and journalism, much of it focusing on Antarctica. He holds a Masters in Polar Studies from the Scott Polar Research Institute in the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Historical Geography from the University of Exeter. He is an Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. For many years, Jean was a lead contributor to the polar science news website of the International Polar Foundation in Brussels and contributed to many education and outreach initiatives within the context of 4th International Polar Year. In 2008 he also became the first foreign reporter to accompany a Chinese Antarctic research expedition. More recently, as co-editor with Salto Ulbeek Publishers, Jean has worked on the publication and exhibiting of platinum-palladium prints and portfolios made from the original Antarctic negatives of Frank Hurley, Herbert Ponting and Captain Scott. Jean’s own photographic series of the Antarctic photographs have been widely circulated and exhibited.

Maria Shéhérazade Giudici is Unit Master of Diploma Unit 14 at the Architectural Association and was recently appointed the Editor of the AA Files. Maria founded the publishing platform Black Square and coordinates the History and Theory of Architecture course at the RCA. She holds a PhD from TU Delft and has taught at the Berlage Institute, BIArch (Barcelona). Maria has worked on large-scale urban plans with BAU Bucharest, Donis Rotterdam and Dogma. 

Giulia Foscari W. R. is an Architect, Curator and Author who has been practicing in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. She is the founder of UNA, a Hamburg-based international architecture practice focused on cultural projects, and a partner of Foscari Widmann Rezzonico Associati, in Venice. Ongoing building projects include the design of two Contemporary Art Foundations in Italy. Her working experience includes an extensive collaboration with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture , OMA. In parallel to practicing architecture, Giulia curated numerous exhibitions and taught at Hong Kong University (2007-2011) and at the Architectural Association, where she ran Diploma 15 - the AA Museum Lab - between 2015 and 2018. Giulia’s recent publications include “Elements of Venice”, a book published by Lars Müller Publishers which was awarded the DAM Architectural Book Award.

Francesco Bandarin is an Architect and Urban Planner, specialized in Urban Conservation. From 2000 to 2010 he was Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Secretary of the World Heritage Convention. From 2010 to 2018 he served as Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture. He is currently Special Advisor for heritage for UNESCO. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, member of ICOMOS-Italy and an Associate of ICOMOS International Scientific Polar Committee. Francesco has been Professor of Urban Planning and Urban Conservation at the University of Venice (IUAV) from 1980 to 2016. His recent publications include: Reconnecting the City. The Historic Urban Landscape Approach and the Future of Urban Heritage, 2015, co-authored with Ron van Oers and published by Wiley-Blackwell.


Programme Heads
Giulia Foscari W. R.
Francesco Bandarin

Guest Collaborators and Lecturers
Bryan Lintott
Jean de Pomereu
Maria Shéhérazade Giudici

Federica Sofia Zambeletti
Jane Wong

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.