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Exhibiting Architecture - Media, Methods, Agents

Sunday 16 – Sunday 23 August 2020

The AA Visiting School Zurich invites students and practitioners to re-imagine architecture exhibitions, its media, methods, and agents. It draws on the rich academic and cultural landscape of Zurich, fostering exchange with experts from museums and institutions such as Kunsthalle Zurich, the ETH and gta Exhibitions as well as artist-run space Longtang among others.

The workshop “Exhibiting Architecture” unpacks various media, ranging from models, drawings, photography to oral histories, performances, and installations moving beyond an object-focused discourse. Each day of the workshop is devoted to one specific medium and the different curatorial methods deployed. This is explored in depth by the participants in reading sessions and group discussions. Invited agents – curators, theorists, artists and architects – give lectures, engage the participants in conversations, guide them through exhibitions and organize studio visits.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

– You will get to know diverse curatorial methods and approaches to exhibition making.
– You will experiment with the different media and displays strategies crucial for the presentation of architecture.
– You will develop and practice skills crucial to exhibition making: critical evaluation of research, leading discussions and conversations, conducting interviews, writing proposals and reviews.
– You will meet and discuss with agents from the fields of art and architecture.
– You will be able to discuss and present your own curatorial interests and research to the group and invited experts


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 Visiting School Office for instructions to pay by bank transfer or by telephone.

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered onto the programme. Please note that a deposit payment holds your place on the course but does not confirm it. A CV or a portfolio is not required

3) A limited number of partial scholarships are available. To apply, please send through a CV and a short 300 word statement of interest outlining your research interests etc to the Zurich VS programme head. Applications for scholarship applications close on 29 May 2020 and final decisions will be made by 01 June 2020.

The deadline for applications is: 02 August 2020


The workshop is open to current students in the fields of architecture, design, curating, art history and related subjects in the humanities, phd candidates and young professionals


Kunsthalle Zurich is a contemporary art exhibition center founded in 1985 and located in the Löwenbräu-Areal in Zurich, Switzerland.
Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Digital Membership fee, payable by all participants.

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 full payment of course 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


Lennart Wolff studied architecture at the University of the Arts in Berlin and the Architectural Association, London. He has worked for different offices in Santiago de Chile, Berlin as well as Selldorf Architects in NYC. Together with Elisa R. Linn he has founded the curatorial project km temporary. Recent curatorial projects include performances, screenings and exhibitions at South London Gallery, British School at Rome, Bronx Museum, the German Center for Architecture as well as Museo Nivola. His writing appeared in magazines such as frieze, Kaleidoscope, Cura and Spike Art Magazine.

Klaus Platzgummer studied architecture at the ETH Zürich and holds an MA in History and Critical Thinking in Architecture from the Architectural Association, London. He is currently researching and teaching at the Department of Architectural Theory, TU Berlin at the AA Undergraduate and Graduate School. He was a curatorial assistant for the Pavilion of Switzerland at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, contributed to the Estonian Pavilion 2018 and has co-curated the exhibition ‘Architects Portraits’ at the Werner Oechslin Library Foundation in Einsiedeln, Switzerland.


Programme Head
Lennart Wolff

Programme Tutor
Klaus Platzgummer

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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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.