Semester Programme Autumn Semester Programme 2017. Model by Kaan Vanapruks

Semester Programme

The Semester Programme is a full-time studio-based course open to undergraduate, graduate, architects and other creative individuals from around the world, who wish to further their knowledge, practice and skills in architecture. Held over 15 weeks, the programme is integrated into the AA’s undergraduate history and theory seminars and media studies courses, and is designed to allow transferable study credits. On finishing the course students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the AA School.

Based in Bloomsbury’s historic Bedford Square, the AA is an internationally renowned school of architecture, with full-time students enrolling from more than 60 countries each year.  The AA is the UK’s oldest school of architecture and for decades it has been recognised as an influential world leader in architectural education. AA graduates are the recipients of numerous prizes including Pritzker Prizes, RIBA Gold Medals & Stirling Awards, AIA and other design awards.

The Semester Programme is part of the AA Visiting School, which each year organises design workshops in more than 40 countries across five continents. The AA presents one of the world’s largest public programmes dedicated to contemporary architectural culture, encompassing lectures by visiting architects and artists as well as exhibitions and symposia. These events offer students the prospect of meeting the world’s leading architects and discovering more about their practice whilst also gaining an insight into the benefits of showcasing their own work.

London - Autumn Semester Programme
Paris. Olympic Legacy
Monday 3 September – Friday 14 December 2018

The Autumn Semester 2018 will look at the Paris 2024 Olympic scheme to identify neighborhoods that have potential to strategically evolve and rethink their urbanity. We will identify key sites to test architectural interventions that engage in the vision of the city´s legacy. The aim is to explore Work-Live environments that follow the digital and knowledge economy trends to create attractive neighborhoods from unproductive and obsolete areas.

Through group work students will look at the existing conditions of the site and its relation to the city. Here the city will be understood as layers of information that together reveal drawing and mapping qualities, which feed into the students’ own design narratives. By analysing both tangible and intangible conditions, each student will develop their own brief to target specific design challenges of re-introducing old infrastructure into changing urban areas.

Design proposals will be multi-scalar in scope, enabling architectural propositions to respond to a larger narrative relating to the aesthetic, programmatic and socio-economic capacities of the city and its infrastructure. Students are invited to explore their own aesthetic style as an outcome of the progress, and the ongoing dialogue between two- and three-dimensional representation will reveal unpredictable qualities to inspire their design narratives. 

Please refer to the Autumn Semester website for more details:


Programme Head
Naiara Vegara

Course Master 
Marie-Isabel de Monseignat Lavrov

Course Tutor
Katya Larina

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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Semester Programme Structure

Semester Programme Booklet


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