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


Vitruvius, De Architectura. Chapter III Book I

The AA Visiting School Hawaii is an architectural workshop dedicated to the investigation of flying machines through fabrication and geometry as well as performance and choreography.


From their earliest use as measurement tools for the city, the 2000 year old history of flying machines is deeply rooted in architectural investigations.


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


The participants will be organized in groups each responsible for the design and creation of one kite, intended as an abstract architectural machine, a modern scientific toolbox or a folly worth of a tropical Grand Tour.


Design, construction and flying techniques are going to be the main subject of our first year of investigations.

In parallel to that we will be building a drone as a tool to record and document our efforts as well as to interact with our other air-crafts.


We will be testing and flying our air-crafts on the beaches and mountains of Oahu Island as wells as the roofs of Honolulu, gearing up for our final take off, when all we’ll have built will collapse into one great play.


Costantino di Sambuy

A graduate of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, Costantino is an Italian Architect and Photographer who recently worked in Los Angeles Seoul, where he previously directed the AA Visiting School Korea and taught Byoung Cho’s Seoul Studio for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He lives and works in New York City.


Lance Walters

A third generation pilot native of the state of Alaska, Lance studied architecture at Montana University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He worked in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Montana before joining the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he was the resident faculty director of the Shanghai Global Track program. Currently is an adjunct professor of architecture at U.H. in Honolulu.



Borja Muguiro

A graduate of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, Borja is a Spanish architect, model maker, and amateur mechanic. He’s worked in Los Angeles, Spain and is currently based in London practicing  at Rogers, Stirk  Harbour and Partners.


Benjamin Albrecht

Benjamin is a German Architect who studied in Paris and Stuttgart where he received his Masters Degree in Arts & Architecture. He worked for Morphosis Architects in Los Angeles and various architecture firms in Europe. As a Fulbright Scholar he is currently in the SMArchS program for Architecture and Urbanism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also works as a researcher and teaching assistant.


The AAVS Hawaii is kindly hosted by:




JUNE 6TH - 17TH 2016



The workshop (June 6-17) is intended for architecture and design student but it is open to all interested participants.


Complete the On-line Application following the link below or email  to arrange your payment.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £750 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised or arranged in the local student facilities, depending on availability.


Students need to bring their own laptops, photographic equipment and model making tools.


Students are required to bring their own laptop equipped with Rhinoceros 4 or 5 and the Adobe Creative Suite.


Applicants who already have permission to study in the USA can apply immediately online via the Visiting School AA website. Students who do not have the required USA permission/visa should contact the Visiting School Coordinator at: . Please note this is a short recreational course, which is not for credit towards a degree or academic qualification.