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The Laboratory

Friday 6 – Saturday 14 September 2019

‘The Laboratory’ Visiting School will bring together architects, artists, designers and researchers to imagine what life in the future will be like, through an exploration of our social, cultural and technological present. It will be based at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, one of the oldest and biggest art schools in Germany, adjacent to the renowned Weissenhof Estate, an ambitious prototype for future ways of living and an experimental showcase. We use collective forms of teaching and learning and will work with fine art photographers and screenwriters to capture emerging glimpses of life in the near future. We will carry out observational research, digital photography, image production and image manipulation, as well as creative and structured writing. Our work will be documented in a publication and shown in an exhibition. A series of field trips will give participants the opportunity to explore centres of innovation in and around Stuttgart, a region with an unusual concentration of research facilities and a leader in artificial intelligence.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

Skills developed:

- Understanding of current developments, socially, culturally, spatially and technologically and their  possible impact onto our shared future
- Understanding of the limits and possibilities of architecture in this context
- Development of an awareness of the culture and politics of images
- Development of observational skills and sensitivities
- Development of the ability to construct a narrative through images and written text

Technical Input:

- Introduction to methods of fast paced and structured research
- Introduction to digital fine art photography, image production, manipulation and reception, technically and culturally
- Introduction to creative writing and narrative building

Prominent Features:

- Working and communicating with experts from other fields
- Guest lecturers and critics from different disciplinary fields
- Programme of visits
- Production of a book and an exhibition


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 eg: 23 August 2019

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.


Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart
Am Weißenhof 1


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Early Bird places at the rate of £595 are availbale to students applying before 1 August 2019. Please email us at to request your concession code.

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.


Marianne Mueller is a practising architect and academic. She is director of Casper Mueller Kneer Architects based in London and Berlin, a practice that has developed a particular reputation for producing spaces for the arts, culture and fashion. Recent projects include the critically acclaimed galleries for White Cube in Bermondsey, London, collaborations with Paris based fashion house Céline and exhibition designs for the Barbican Centre in London. A graduate of the Architectural Association, Marianne worked with Chora / Raoul Bunschoten, was Guest Professor at the Technical University in Berlin and Unit Master at the Architectural Association amongst other academic engagements. At the AA, she also curated the Concrete Geometries Research Cluster and co-directed the AA Berlin Laboratory for many years. Marianne has recently been appointed Professor at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design where she now leads the Chair of Architectural Design and Building Typology.

Fahim Mohammadi is a trained architect, civil engineer and educator, having studied at the Architectural Association in London, the Braunschweig University of Technology and the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. He is appointed professor and Chair of Design Foundations and Experimental Design in Architecture and Industrial Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. Previously, he was Research Associate and deputy director of the Institute for Experimental Architecture at the Technical University in Braunschweig. Mohammadi’s research focuses on the role of aesthetic play in the history of design education since the Bauhaus, its reminiscences in today’s education and its potentials for the future.

Sue Barr is Head of Photography at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art. She works and exhibits internationally, including as part of the recent AutoPhoto exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in Paris and she will have a solo exhibition at the Arles Photo Festival in July. Her latest book ‘The Architecture of Transit’ published by Hartmann Projects is out now.

Sue Barr will act as Workshop Tutor.

Rosa Ainley is a writer on architecture, space and buildings, currently teaching at the University of Hertfordshire and Royal College of Art, where she was awarded a PhD in Architecture. She also works with architecture practices, arts organisations and architecture/arts publishing companies, including at the AA, where she worked as an editor on print and digital publications. Published work ranges from the short story to creative nonfiction to journalism, in digital and print, and often uses ‘audio-architecture’ as a means of creating spaces through sound narratives.

Rosa will act as Workshop Tutor.


Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design


Programme Heads
Marianne Mueller
Fahim Mohammadi

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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Visiting School Prospectus


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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.