Historically known as the Inca laboratory of agriculture and architecture, the ruins of Moray are the new location for restaurant MIL, led by head chef Virgilio Martínez and renovated by the architect Rafael Freyre. The space also houses Mater Iniciativa, the research arm of the restaurant. Conceived as a multi-disciplinary research and interpretation centre, it re-discovers the natural and cultural diversity of Peru, through hands-on engagement with the surrounding ecosystems and neighbouring communities.
Operating at the confluence between gastronomy and architecture as a new form of articulating and understanding a specific territory, this programme will be located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes at 4000 meters above sea level and will speculate on the role of tourism within the historic site of Moray and the newly established research centre. It will give an insight into local architectural and agricultural techniques, an understanding of nature and specific local materials, climates and ecosystems, as well as the broader Andean cosmology, where all natural elements and its cycles are intricately interwoven in a vertical way.
Course Head / Mentor
Aljoša Dekleva (b. 1972) graduated at Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana and Architectural Association DRL (M.Arch with distinction) in London (2002). At the AA co-founded +RAMTV. In 2003 he co-founded the architectural practice ‘dekleva gregoric architects’.
Course Head / Mentor
Rafael Freyre (b. 1978) studied architecture in Ricardo Palma University lead by the tutor architect Juvenal Baracco. He later acquired a Master in Fine Arts in Plymouth University in England and Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, Holland, developing a research on migration and mobility, by which he got the promotion prize. Living in Rotterdam for two years he attended masterclasses and lectures at the Berlage Institute. He worked as an architect and designer in Rotterdam and later in Rome, with Massimiliano Fuksas Architetto. Afterwards he worked a short period in New York and Bali with theatre director Robert Wilson, who influenced his practice. Nowadays he works as architect and actor in Lima.
Course Assistant / Mentor
Jakob Travnik (b.1991) graduated in architecture from University of Applied Arts Vienna, Institute of Architecture (Mag. Arch. with distinction). Active as consultant and designer at Atelier LUMA, Arles, France. Currently teaching and working on his PhD on the topic of nanotourism at TU Vienna.
Graduated at Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana and Architectural Association DRL (M.Arch with distinction) in London (2002). At the AA co-founded +RAMTV. In 2003 she co-founded the architectural practice ‘dekleva gregoric architects’. Since 2014 full-professor and Head of the Department for Building theory and Design, Institute of Architecture and Design, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
Educator, writer, curator and designer. He completed his architecture studies at Virginia Tech and gained a PhD in architectural history at the University of Edinburgh. For the last eight years he has been Director of the Architectural Association (AA) Visiting School as well as an Intermediate Unit Master (Inter 9). He is co-founder of his London-based practice Mis-Architecture.
Peruvian chef, restaurateur and researcher. Head chef and owner of restaurant Central in Lima, MIL Centro in Cusco and several other restaurants in Dubai, Hong Kong and London. Promotor of Peruvian cuisine worldwide.
Biologist, researcher, head of Mater Iniciativa, the research arm of restaurant Central in Lima and MIL in Cusco.
The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.
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Fees do not cover flights or accommodation. Participants are advised to book accommodation collectively via airbnb or similar platforms.
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