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 2017 19-28th July 2017. 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?
The workshop starts on the 19th July 2017 at 10:00 am and finishes at 6:00 pm on the 28th July. You can have a look to the main schedule of activities 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.
The INSO ( Instituto de la Naturaleza y la Sociedad Oaxaqueña), a partner of the Visiting School 2017, can provide accommodation on site, within the ‘Barranca del Pedregal’. The site has camping facilities and some cabañas where students can stay during the length of the workshop at very affordable prices. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about this option.
If you prefer to stay in the city centre, here is a list of hotels and hostels where you can stay.
Prof. M. Aranda 203
(01) 800 717 2540
5 de mayo 206
(01) 951 501 1240
García Vigil 407
(01) 951 514 4173
(01) 951 516 2525
- Boutique de la Parra
(01) 951 514 1900
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
(01) 951 516 8384
Hostal Casa del Árbol
Constitución 404 A
(01) 951 515 5270
Hostal Casa del Sol
(01) 951 514 4110
Hostal de la Noria
(01) 951 501 5400
Paulina Youth Hostel
(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. Material and tools to build 1:1 prototypes on site will be provided during the workshop, if needed.
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
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On site activities will take place at Barranca del Pedregal:
Here is a link to the map
How do I get early bird discounts?
Please send an email to email@example.com before the 19th may to receive the instructions about early bird discounts.
How can I apply to the AA Mexico Visiting School 2017
Please follow the options to apply here. The deadline is the 10th July 2017 but the available spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.