Summer Sessions

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.


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 15 June 2019.


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

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

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