Zurich 1st International Architecture Exhibition 1980, The Presence of the Past. Strada Novissima, installation view.


Exhibiting Architecture - Methods, History and Criticism

Sunday 18 – Sunday 25 August 2019

‘Exhibiting Architecture’ AA Visiting School will bring together multidisciplinary practitioners, theorists and students to re-imagine the medium of exhibiting architecture, its process’ and practice. Moving beyond the predictable modes of display such as models, drawings and photography, this Visiting School unfolds architecture’s potential in exhibiting as a critical tool instead. Theories of the twentieth-century are explored – in particular postmodernism’s vision of exhibitions where key sites for experimentation, discussion, and critique of architecture were developed. Structured around a series of lectures, conversations and workshops, with a critical analysis of exhibition-making in public institutions, commercial galleries, and public space, ‘Exhibiting Architecture’ sees the method of exhibiting not only as a means to formulate an understanding of architecture to fellow practitioners, but to challenge how something that is often too vast and complex to be contained in a space could move beyond the conventional – to engage a wider audience.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

Led by a visiting faculty that is comprised of practitioners from the field of architecture, curating and exhibition making as well as theorists and artists (full list will be announced soon) the participants will be able to develop or further deepen the following knowledge and skills:

– an understanding of the role that exhibitions have played in the history of the discipline of architecture and in particular the emergence of Modernism and respectively Postmodernism

– the relationship between developments in the field of exhibiting art as well as architecture

– an in-depth thematization of the issues and paradoxes surrounding architecture as an object of exhibitions

– insight into the different fields and contexts in which exhibition making can unfold (institutions, museums, commercial galleries, non for profit / off spaces, public space) through hands-on conversations with practitioners

– practical guidance in the conceptualization of exhibition, eg. different curatorial / organizational models

– insights into practical issues related to the production of exhibitions (eg. funding, loan agreements etc.)

– training in the writing of exhibition proposals/funding applications

The development of the individual works will be closely guided by the Programme Heads and the visiting faculty.


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: 2 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 (co-curator Swiss Pavilion, Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018)
Daniel Baumann (Director Kunsthalle Zurich)
Elisa R. Linn (curator and critic based in Berlin and New York)
Alex Lehnerer (Ciriacidis Lehnerer Architekten, commissioner German Pavilion Venice Biennale of Architecture 2014)
Nina Zschocke (ETH Zurich)
Fredi Fischli & Niels Olsen (curators, directors GTA Exhibitions / ETH Zurich)
Ludovica Parenti (independent curator based in Zurich and Rome)


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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