Summer Sessions

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Summer Sessions

Kunlé Adeyemi, Shumon Basar, Tatiana Bilbao & Fernanda Canales, Sarah Herda among others

Monday 1 – Friday 19 July 2019

The AA Summer Sessions 2019 bring together renowned practitioners, philosophers, critical theorists, artists and designers to offer a three-week series of seminars and projects for a small, select groups of participants seeking a unique intellectual and creative experience in relation to architecture, the arts, media, or other cultural arenas. The Sessions pursue advanced inquiry of a cross-disciplinary character examining the foundations and significance of decisive and emerging currents in modern thought and architectural practice. Directed by leaders in their fields, this inquiry is defining for contemporary practice. Teaching in the AA Summer Sessions is research-led and strives for an open, public character by addressing not only specialists in any given field, but more broadly those seeking creative approaches to the fundamental questions facing contemporary society and the built environment.

Kunlé Adeyemi
Sea levels are rising, due to climate change, and over the past century, the building industry has contributed towards the current situation. Fresh thinking is needed to provide new ways of living that support the environment. As part of NLE’s ongoing research, we will explore the architectural and ecological innovations of the ‘waterscraper’, a structure built water, which, like the 20th-century’s skyscraper, has the capacity to revolutionise the urban landscape.

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 and Fernanda Canales
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.

Exhibiting Architecture: New Sites of Experimentation
Sarah Herda
This session will examine why, where, and how architecture is exhibited to the public, and focus specifically on the ways in which exhibitions are used as sites of experimentation and a medium for new ideas. Join us as we reimagine the role of exhibitions in architecture, using the exhibition programme at the AA as a point of departure.  


Please submit your written request to join one of the four particular sessions to the Visiting School Office. We will then contact you within one week of applying and let you know if you have secured your place.

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, are accepted by the session leader, and make a full payment you are registered to the programme. 

The deadline for applications and for full payment is 30 June 2019.

For applications submitted before 30 June a 30% concession on the full course fee will be offered, please contact the Visiting School Office for a concession code.


The AA Summer Sessions requires a fee of £4000 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee and a deposit of £900 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.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised by the Visiting School Office. Participants need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. 


The workshop is open to postgraduate students (Masters and PhD), and emerging and established practitioners with a specific academic and/or professional focus in the selected studio subject. Limited places.


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 Visiting 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, 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.


Kunlé Adeyemi
Shumon Basar
Tatiana Bilbao & Fernanda Canales
Sarah Herda

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.