AA Visiting School Cove Park is calling upon architects, designers, and artists to generate spatial propositions for Cove Park’s future development. The programme is part of the Architectural Association School of Architecture’s global Visiting School programme.

AA Visiting School Cove Park will engage with the residency centre’s plans to re-define and develop the site and its facilities by integrating principles of the circular economy, low embodied carbon, co-living, and responsibility towards the land. The programme will invite participants to consider what these terms mean today as we plan for an uncertain future defined by climate breakdown. How can we integrate a radical ethos of environmental sustainability with flexible land management and the ever-changing needs and desires of its user’s?  How can we best relate to the scale of the site, the challenging presence of the natural elements, and the existing buildings?

AA Visiting School Cove Park will be a two-week experimental programme in which to explore these questions by interrogating, researching, and testing spatial propositions within the context of Cove Park. Participants will be free to undertake an individual or collaborative approach to their projects amongst a multi-disciplinary cohort. As a group AA Visiting School Cove Park will transform the residency centre into a dynamic forum, generating and exchanging ideas which will contribute towards its future development.

Participants will be supported by a teaching team at the intersection of architecture and art through lectures, guided walks, workshops, and tutorials. This call is open to current architecture, design and art students, PhD candidates and young professionals, and creative practitioners globally. For more information about the programme, please contact visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk.

AA Visiting School Cove Park will run from 11 -24 July 2022 on the Argyll and Bute peninsula, Scotland.
Fee £1,800 (incl. room and board for three weeks on-site)
Ten first applicants will get an early-bird discount of £1,500!
Applications close 1 May 2022.

For more details and to apply, visit AA Visiting School Cove Park.

STEFAN LAXNESS (Programme Head): Stefan is an independent architectural researcher and media artist whose work explores the spatial consequences of the climate crisis and ecological restoration on our lives and the built environment. Stefan teaches AA Diploma 9 at the Architectural Association and is the co-founder of Pantopia.xyz, an educational platform for spatial thinkers. Previously, he was a researcher and project leader at Forensic Architecture.