Santiago 50 large-concrete panel systems. Pedro Ignacio Alonso and José Hernández

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Concrete Panels: A Digital History

Thursday 6 – Saturday 15 June 2019

The ‘Concrete Panels: A Digital History’ Visiting School will resurrect the influential concrete panel systems of the twentieth century, and use digital technology to explore their potential in the future architectural world. Although these panel systems and their construction methods have been largely forgotten over the years, at one point they were central to the debate surrounding modernism, industrialisation and the provision of housing. Through creating a digital history of this work, the ‘Concrete Panels: A Digital History’  Visiting School will explore strategies for applying its techniques to a variety of twenty-first century contexts – social, technological, geographical and cultural – using 3D printing technology and other tools. During the twentieth-century concrete panel making process, construction was transferred from the building site to the factory floor, and manual labour was succeeded by mass production. This led to new ways of working that reached across national borders – ones that we will learn from and reimagine for today’s world, travelling to both Santiago and Stockholm, where we will take advantage of over 50 digital models already developed by the course team.

This 10-day workshop will be in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden - KTH - travelling to both Santiago and Stockholm (6 to 10 June in Stockholm; and 11 to 16 June in Santiago) to study the problem of the housing shortages in order to comparatively explore the design of 20,000 housing units in each city, taking advantage of the full digital models of over 50 panel systems already developed by the course team.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

- Theoretical and historical understanding
- Computational skills and deployment of digital tools (Rhinoceros)
- Lecture series in both Santiago and Stockholm.
- Field visits to concrete panel districts and to the industries.
- Professional awareness of housing shortages.


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: 3 June 2019.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early.


School of Architecture - PUC Catholic University.
Campus Lo Contador. El Comendador 1916, Providencia. Santiago. Postcode: 7520245

School of Architecture - KTH Royal Institute of Technology. KTH Arkitekturskolan. Osquars backe 5. 114 28 Stockholm, Sweden


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee, payable by all participants.
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, Rhino (SR7 or later).


Pedro Ignacio Alonso is an architect and Msc from the Catholic University of Chile, and holds a Ph.D in histories and theories of architecture from the Architectural Association in London. His 2014 Chile Pavilion titled Monolith Controversies, co–curated with Hugo Palmarola, was awarded a Silver Lion during the 14th Venice Architecture Biennial. Together they are the authors of the books Panel (Architectural Association, 2014) and Monolith Controversies (Hatje Cantz, 2014). Alonso is associate professor at Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, visiting tutor at Architectural Association in London, and was Princeton-Mellon Fellow 2015-2016 at Princeton University.

Erik Stenberg is an architect and Associate Professor in Architecture at the KTH School of Architecture and the Built Environment in Stockholm, Sweden. He has been teaching studio and courses in Architecture since 1997, with a special affinity for the foundation level and design processes. He is currently the Assistant Director of KTH Center for a Sustainable Built Environment where he is building a Sustainable Homes Lab. Stenberg also serves on the Board of the Stockholm Chapter of Architects Sweden.

Helena Westerlind is a PhD Candidate at the KTH School of Architecture within the EU InnoChain training network. Her research investigates the morphology of concrete with the aid of computer controlled depositing technology. By eliminating the need of formwork in concrete construction the project seeks to examine ways of integrating material behaviour in newfound relationships between materiality and form. The project originates from a strong interest in the role of technology in exploring inherent potential in materialities and the notion of craftsmanship using digital tools. Helena studied architecture at the Architectural Association School Architecture before joining the art studio Factum Arte in 2012. 

José Hernández is an architect and MSc from the School of Architecture at the Catholic University of Chile. His research centres on history and theory of digital architecture and how novel technologies change the workflows of architecture production. His work applies digital technology to enhance and automate processes in a wide range of fields, including digital fabrication, urban planning, cost analysis, architectural visualisation and design. He currently is guest researcher at the KTH School of Architecture.  

Alvaro Arancibia is an architect graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, holding an MPhil in Urban Design (Projective Cities Programme) and a PhD in Architectural Design from the Architectural Association. Since 2007 he has been undertaking research and practice on the problem of social housing and urban design in Santiago. As a researcher, he received the AA Graduate Prize for Research: Outstanding Work 2015-2016 for his PhD thesis ‘The Social Re-Signification of Housing: A Design Guide for Santiago de Chile’.


School of Architecture - PUC Catholic University. Chile.
School of Architecture - KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Sweden.


Programme Head
Pedro Ignacio Alonso

Programme Coordinators
Erik Stenberg (KTH Sweden)
Helena Westerlind (KTH Sweden)
José Hernández (PUC Chile)
Alvaro Arancibia (PUC Chile)

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.