Zurich "Exhibiting Architecture – Media, Methods, Agents", AAVS Zurich, 2019.

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Exhibiting Architecture - Media, Methods, Agents

Sunday 18 – Sunday 25 August 2019

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.

The AA Visiting School Zurich provides a unique learning situation. It gives the chance to collaborate on the curation of an extensive online archive that unfolds multifaceted perspectives on the media, methods, and agents of architecture exhibitions. Interviews, critical commentaries, essays or audio and video recordings will be produced, which are generated by the exchange between the invited agents and participants.

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.

The Zurich Visiting School picks up these issues and unfolds them through a series of lectures, conversations, discussions and walks. It is structured according to a critical analysis of the different media of architecture exhibitions – eg. models, drawings, photography to oral histories, performances, and installations.


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  visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk 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: 16 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.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £750 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops. 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 students in the fields of architecture, design, curating, art history and related subjects in the humanities, phd candidates and young professionals.

Longtang, founded by artists and curators Anne Gruber, Tobias Kaspar, Emil Michael Klein and Ludovica Parenti is
a tank to think through contemporary art.

Hagenholzstrasse 106, 8050 Zürich.

Faculty / Guests

Lennart Wolff studied architecture at the University of the Arts in Berlin and has participated in research-based studios at TU Berlin’s Habitat Unit as well as a joint project by TU Braunschweig and Columbia University. He graduated from the Architectural Association, London. During his training he has worked for different offices in Santiago de Chile, Berlin and at Selldorf Architects in New York City. Together with Elisa R. Linn he has founded the curatorial project km temporaer. Current and upcoming projects include performances, screenings and exhibitions at galleries, independent spaces and institutions such as Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (Aachen, 2015), Galerie Bernhard (Zurich, 2017), South London Gallery (London, 2018), British School at Rome (Rome, 2018), Bronx Museum (NYC, 2018), the German Center for Architecture (Berlin, 2018) as well as Museo Nivola (Sardinia, 2019). He has written for magazines like Frieze, Kaleidoscope and Cura among others.

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 a research and teaching associate at the Department of Architectural Theory, Technische Universität Berlin and a tutor for History and Theory Studies 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.

Li Tavor, Alessandro Bosshard & Matthew van der Ploeg
(curators Swiss Pavilion, Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018)
Daniel Baumann (Director Kunsthalle Zurich)
Elisa R. Linn (curator and critic based in Berlin and New York)
Nina Zschocke (ETH Zurich)
Fredi Fischli & Niels Olsen (curators, directors GTA Exhibitions / ETH Zurich)
Ludovica Parenti (independent curator based in Zurich and Rome)
Charlotte Malterre-Barthes (co-curator XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo)
Simon Marius Zehnder (director Pavillon Le Corbusier)
Peter Fischli (artist)


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 Certificate), 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.