Flying Machines


Monday 10th – Wednesday 19th of July 2017


“There are three departments of architecture: the art of building, the making of timepieces, and the construction of machinery.“

- Vitruvius, Chapter III Book I


The AA Visiting School Hawaii is a design workshop dedicated to the investigation of architecturally constructed flying machines.

Gliding between its leisurely vocation and its scientific relevance, we will immerse into this legacy designing the world’s oldest form of air-craft: the kite.

Ranging from abstract sculptures to flying photographic devices, the design, construction and flying techniques of our machines are going to be at the core of our studies and our explorations into the urban and tropical landscape of the island of Oahu.



Traditional and digital model making / fabrication skills

3D modeling and advanced drawing skills

Photography and film-making skills

Outdoor exploration of the rich environment of the island of Oahu

Group work environment

Presentation and argumentation skills

Surveying techniques

Flying techniques

Swimming and tanning skills




The deadline for applications is June 06 2017.

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.

A CV, resume or a portfolio is not required.





The workshop is open to current and prospective students, as well as young professionals, in architecture, design, photography, art, fashion and other related fields.





The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £600 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. For details of Visiting Member benefits please click here.

If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system.  Fees include tuition, but do not include accommodation and flights into Honolulu. Accommodation may be arranged through the Visiting School at discounted reasonable rates.  Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and 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.





The Architectural Association (AA) is regarded as one of the leading centers for architectural education and culture in the world, helping shape and progress modern architectural discussion and education in the UK and beyond.  Graduates of the AA school, such as Rem Koolhaas, founder of OMA, Zaha Hadid and many others, are iconic figures in today’s architecture and design world.