What is the AA Mexico Visiting School?
The AA Mexico City Visiting School is a summer workshop based in Mexico. This year the workshop will be travelling to the city of Oaxaca during July 2018 16-25th July 2018. The Visiting School offers the opportunity to experience first-hand, the Architectural Association, experimental culture, in the heart of Oaxaca City. The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals from related disciplines


I don’t have a background in design—can I still apply?
The AA Mexico Visiting School encourages a multi-disciplinary approach. As a result, while the course is specifically geared towards experimental exercises in architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism, we encourage students from any related discipline such as engineering or geography to take part in this experience.


What are some of the computer programs used within the workshop?
Students are encouraged to explore a range of different tools relevant to the brief of the workshop. Alongside some of the more common 3D modelling and drafting software such as Rhinoceros or CAD, we explore the potentials of GIS mapping techniques in addition to some scripted simulations using mainly Grasshopper and CAESAR river simulation if needed. We will also explore the use of aerial mapping with the use of drones to collect and manipulate information.


Do I require prior knowledge of computing software like GIS, Rhino, Grasshopper, etc. Are these taught as part of the programme or is prior knowledge necessary?

Students aren’t expected to have any prior experiencing using the software. There will be computational support provided by technical tutors during the workshop so students will be introduced to basic skills.


Which language will be use during the workshop?
Main introductions and presentation will be conducted in both English and Spanish. Regular tutorials will be mostly in short groups or personal tutorials and they will be either in English or Spanish according to the students’ background. Most tutors are bilingual so you feel free to approach them in either language.


What is the programme of activities within the workshop?

You can find out all activities ( lectures, field trips, seminars)  HERE


What about accommodation, can you recommend hotel and hostals to stay in Oaxaca and are they part of the fee?
Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised.

Here is a list of hotels and hostels where you can stay.


Prof. M. Aranda 203

(01) 800 717 2540

Casa Antigüa

5 de mayo 206

(01) 951 501 1240

Casa Oaxaca

García Vigil 407

(01) 951 514 4173

Casa Vértiz

Reforma 404

(01) 951 516 2525

  1. Boutique de la Parra

Guerrero 117

(01) 951 514 1900

Las Golondrinas

Tinoco y Palacios 411

(01) 951 514 3298


Jesus Carranza 120

(01) 951 501 0153

Parador San Agustín

Armenta y López 215

(01) 951 516 2022


Casa Ángel Youth Hostel

Tinoco y Palacios 610

(01) 951 514 2224

Casa de Don Pablo

Melchor Ocampo

(01) 951 516 8384

Hostal Casa del Árbol

Constitución 404 A

(01) 951 515 5270

Hostal Casa del Sol

Constitución 301

(01) 951 514 4110

Hostal de la Noria

Hidalgo 918

(01) 951 501 5400

Paulina Youth Hostel

Trujano 315

(01) 951 516 2005

What about equipment to participate in the workshop? Do we bring our own laptops?
Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and basic model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.


Do we receive a certificate from the Architectural Association at the end of the workshop?

The AA awards a certificate of participation at the end of the workshop signed by the school director and Visiting School director, provided you have attended all classes and tutorials.


Where are the locations where the workshop will take place?

Part of the activities will take place at Casa de la Ciudad:

Porfirio Díaz 115, esq. Morelos. Centro Histórico Oaxaca, Oax., C.P. 68000

Teléfono:+52 01(951) 516.96.48 y 516.96.47

Correo: casadelaciudad@fahho.mx

Here is a link to the map

How do I get early bird discounts?

Apply directly to the AA website HERE


How can I apply to the AA Mexico Visiting School 2017

Please follow the options to apply HERE. The deadline is to be confirm ( around June) but the available spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.


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