Semester Programme Autumn Semester Programme 2018. Drawing by Zhenting Jiang.

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
Utrecht. Connect
Monday 2 September – Friday 13 December 2019

Utrecht Central Station is the largest and busiest train station in the Netherlands. Stations are key infrastructural assets for cities. In recent year, city strategies to provide high speed connections that are more efficiency and allow for greater capacity of flow resulted in Station projects. Six central stations - Utrecht, The Hague, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Breda and Amsterdam South - are called the New Key Projects since 1997: the projects where not only focused on upgrading the train stations but also the surrounding urbanity around the station. This integrated approach to station and station environment reinforces the identity and vitality of the city as they become iconic and functional gateways.

During Autumn Semester 2019 we will explore opportunities around Utrecht Central Station to promote and complement the station project with architectural intervention that enhance the city’s vision. The emerging projects will encourage a dialogue between the historical city and the station area.

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 inserting new developments within the existing urban fabric.

An ongoing dialogue between two- and three-dimensional representation will reveal unpredictable qualities to inspire their design narratives. Students are invited to explore their own aesthetic style.  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.

Please refer to the Autumn Semester website for more details: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/autumnsemesterprog

London - Spring Semester Programme
Valencia. River&Sea
Monday 7 January – Friday 10 May 2019

The Spring Semester 2019 will look at Valencia as a port city, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Despite being famous as a city for its floods, the River Turia became a vital project in re-shaping the developments of the city, transforming an old course into a central green space and becoming a cultural attraction known as the garden of the Turia. The green corridor connects historical districts with the future of city living – such as Cities of Arts and Science – placing itself as the strong back bone of the city. Our study will focus on the sudden disconnection from the linear park to the port, and its benefits and consequences in the navigation and understanding of the city.

Through collaboration and group work, students will look at the existing conditions of the garden of Turia, the port and the in-between areas. The city will be understood as layers of information. Combined with drawing qualities students will conceptualise and create their own design narratives of the project. By analysing the cities complex infrastructure – both social and geographical – each student will develop their brief to target and reveal their specific design agendas.

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 expected to explore their own aesthetic style as an outcome of the process, and engage with the ongoing dialogue between two- and three-dimensional representation, revealing unpredictable qualities that inspire their design narratives.

Please refer to the Spring Semester website for more details: https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/springsemesterprog



Contacts

Programme Head
Naiara Vegara

Course Master 
Marie-Isabel de Monseignat Lavrov

Course Tutors
Katya Larina
Dimitris Gyftopoulos

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782
visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


Links & Downloads



Semester Programme Structure



Semester Programme Booklet


Prospectus

Programme site





AA Semester Programme Regulations 2018-19

AA Visiting School (AAVS) Terms and Conditions


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