semester abroad
Visiting School

January–May 2011

The AA Semester Programme was an intensive 15-week full-time design studio at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and welcomed applications from talented undergraduate and graduate students from around the world.

The studio provided a challenging design agenda which included the core design studio and elective courses from the AA Undergraduate History and Theory, Media Studies and Technical Studies programmes. The course was specifically designed to allow study credits to be transferable as a complete semester abroad programme. The transfer of credits is the responsibility of individual students and is subject to approval by their school of affiliation, but the AA School provides Certificate of Completion and a final written report with a recommended grade to assist with this process.

Agenda 2011: London Calling
The programme combined conceptual research with the rigorous production of architectural projects and ideas, developed as comprehensive design proposals in the core design studio. Students were required to produce an extensive portfolio documenting the process and final product of their design work.

The studio was complemented by seminars, CAD workshops, and tutorials that provided students with the necessary skills to draw, model, and represent their projects. Students occupy a dedicated studio in the AA’s premises on Bedford Square in central London; and typically, teaching in the studio consists of two individual tutorials and one group meeting per week.

Monia De Marchi is an architect who studied in Venice and completed her MArch at the AA. In addition to teaching at the Spring Semester Programme, she has been Unit Master at the AA since 2005, and she teaches in Media Studies.

Sam Jacoby is an architect and graduate of the AA. Before becoming an architect he trained as a cabinet-maker in Germany. He has taught at the AA since 2002 and at the University of Nottingham from 2007–09. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the TU Berlin.

Photo by Valerie BennettPhoto by Valerie Bennett