Main goal and scope
The main goal of the Visiting School is to explore the complexity of Guatemala with a special focus on finding out the connections between the global or general conditions and the local or specific responses, looking at two directions. First, looking at the way a dramatic or a radical —environmental, social or economic — context may shape our culture, our society and our built environment; and second, looking at the way people’ behavior or small scale processes may affect or determine territorial or global dynamics. Each year, the VS explores a different topic or issue, particular of Guatemala, through a 10-day workshop. You can get information about the upcoming 2017 workshop through this link.
Institutions supporting the Visiting School
The Guatemala Visiting School counts on the support of a qualified staff and local relevant institutions. The VS is organized in partnership with the Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM). The UFM School of Architecture will host the AAVS workshops, providing their facilities for them to be developed in an optimum environment in the Guatemala City UFM campus. Furthermore, since this year the Visiting School will be focused on the Lake Atitlán, and part of the workshop will take place there, the VS is also supported by the Asociación de Amigos del Lago Atitlán, providing accommodation and access to their facilities during our stay at the Lake. Finally, the VS is also supported by the Ciudad de Guatemala City Hall (Municipalidad de Guatemala), which offer accommodation for different talks, conferences or other public events.
Visiting School Academic Certificates
The students attending the Visiting School will be awarded a certificate by the Architectural Association School of Architecture and a certificate by the Universidad Francisco Marroquín.