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.





Costantino di Sambuy

A graduate of the AA School of Architecture, Costantino is an Italian architect who lived in L.A. and Seoul, Korea, where he apprenticed at the studios of Wes Jones and Byoung Soo Cho.

Currently he lives in New York City where he designs for Peter Marino Architect.


Lance Walters

Lance is an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture where his teaching focuses on foundational design and technology. He received his MArchII from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and an MArch and BA in Environmental Design from Montana State University. A third generation pilot from the state of Alaska, his experience with flying, aircraft construction and technology are deeply embedded in his architectural pedagogy.


Benjamin Albrecht

Benjamin is an architect and a researcher working jointly with the MIT Department of Architecture and Rafi Segal Architecture and Urbanism. His emerging art practice explores speculative futures through media and draws on his previous experiences working for Morphosis Architects in Los Angeles and for various architecture firms in Europe.  Benjamin received a Master of Science in Architecture and Urbanism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied as a Fulbright scholar and held a full-tuition scholarship from the department. Benjamin also holds a Master of Arts in Architecture from the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, and studied at the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris.





BORJA MUGUIRO — A graduate of the AA 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.



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.