Summer School

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Summer School

Andrea Bagnato & Ivan Munuera, OMMX, Rory Hyde, Troy Therrien among others

Monday 1 – Friday 19 July 2019

The AA Summer School 2019 presents a programme of design studios, field study, seminars and lectures that emphasise the importance of both practice and theory in contemporary architecture. Based on the AA’s unit system, it offers participants a selection of varying design approaches, agendas and techniques, and represents a uniquely intensive and intimate environment that aims to expand formal and intellectual resources.

Tutors, lecturers and critics include past and present AA unit masters as well as professionals pooled from disciplines as diverse as fashion, art, graphics, industrial design, urbanism and film. The course is for current and prospective architectural students from around the world. It offers an approach to architectural design for motivated students interested in exploring architecture as an extended field of research.

Power: Culture, Fashion and the Face
Shumon Basar
Power has always been transient. It moves between people and places over years, decades and centuries. History is the story of these shifts of power. These seminars, screenings, readings and conversations will explore the causes and effects of the increasingly hidden power systems that, enabled by technology, shape today’s culture. Notable guests will give their unique insights into how this affects art, fashion, theory and computation.

Collective Domesticities
Tatiana Bilbao
Progressive urbanisation along with the scarcity of housing means that we urgently need to think about new ways of using limited space in towns and cities. Could individuals’ changing needs inspire new models of collective living? Using source material, including photography, literature and film, we will critically analyse definitions of domesticity and sharing, and then develop conceptual designs for a collective domestic space.

Cyberhermetic Wetware
Troy Conrad Therrien with Violette Van Parys
In the 20th century, pioneering researcher John C. Lilly discovered that prolonged sensory deprivation leads to visionary experiences that can be used to programme one’s own mind. Based between the Architectural Association’s campuses at Bedford Square, London, and the Dorset woodlands of Hooke Park, students will iteratively design, build, and test off-grid float tanks for altering consciousness.

Contagion on Architecture and Epidemics
Andrea Bagnato & Ivan Munuera
The urbanisation of the planet is playing a major role in the spread of new diseases and infections. Contagion depends on population growth and density, and this course will map how architecture and urbanisation shapes epidemics. Focused on a number of case studies – each related to a specific architectural scale – we will investigate epidemics to unpack disputes over territory, urban infrastructures, public spaces, borders, and environmental violence.

For as long as people have created things, others have sought to destroy them. From the toppling of political regimes to teenagers rebelling against their parents, 'vandalism' seems to drive change.  During in this unit, students will have the opportunity to take on the role of 'the vandal' – society's outsider – and attack our own culture, as part of a process of critical reflection. At a time when identity politics has grown, we will explore what happens when one ideology comes into contact with another – and aim to create a space for diverse forms of self-expression to co-exist.

S,M,L,XL x 25
Rory Hyde with Jennifer Sigler as a guest speaker
In this unit, we will delve into the epic publication S,M,L,XL, by Rem Koolhaas, and develop concepts for a potential exhibition, during the 25th anniversary of its publication. Published in 1995, it is arguably the most significant architectural publication of its time. During this unit, we will celebrate its impact on architectural thinking and interrogate its ideas, as well as create our own original responses.


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the right-hand column of this webpage. If you are not able to make an online application, please contact the Visitiing School Office for instructions to pay by bank transfer or to make a telephone payment.

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 and for full payment is 30 June 2019.


The course is aimed at creative minds. Undergraduate architectural students who would like to experience the AA environment, students who are considering a change of school, newcomers to architecture, recent school leavers and those considering a career change are all welcome to explore and innovate at the AA’s Summer School.


The AA Summer School requires a fee of £2000 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee and a deposit of £350 which is deducted from the total fee. The deposit will reserve your place, but the full fee is required to participate. This fee also includes lunch Mon-Fri in the AA Restaurant.

If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system. 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. 


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.


Shumon Basar
Tatiana Bilbao
Troy Conrad Therrien with Violette Van Parys
Andrea Bagnato & Ivan Munuera
Rory Hyde with Jennifer Sigler as a guest speaker

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Christopher Pierce

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