VALLEY HOUSE SUMMER RETREAT 2018

The Valley House Summer Retreat offers an intensive full week program that includes cultural and architectural tours, visits to internationally known architect studios, meetings, lectures with invited architects and an architectural design and self-construction workshop with compressed earth blocks, amongst other activities.

The participants will work as a team (with individual tasks) and develop a project that will be executed on a 1:1 scale, supported by a team of architects who will provide support throughout the process using natural inorganic soil found locally. The construction will use compressed earth blocks made manually with a mechanical press.

Participants will develop conceptual design skills and work themselves it’s materialization on site. This workshop is an excellent opportunity to meet and work with a team of renowned architects, that will teach and support participants to build soft skills in each phase of a project, from initial concept, to design and building. The hand as the instrument of thought and practice.

Guilherme Machado Vaz was born in Porto (Portugal) in 1974. Graduated in Architecture at the ‘Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto’ (FAUP). Worked as a collaborator for Eduardo Souto de Moura in 1996 and 1997.Project teacher at the architecture course of the ‘Universidade Lusófona do Porto’ since 2012 and invited teacher at Politecnico di Milano in 2017/2018.As architect for the Matosinhos City Hall has designed and built Custóias Civic Center, Custóias Football Club and, more recently, Casa da Arquitectura in Matosinhos. At his own office he has developed several housing projects.His works have been published in portuguese and international architecture magazines.

Guilherme Machado Vaz, Workshop Leader


During this Summer Retreat at the Valley House, participants will have the chance of socialize and meet people from different cultures but similar interests. The workshop will host daily presentations held by guest architects such as Camilo Rebelo, Graça Correia, Fala Atelier and others. These presentations will be held during dinner in an informal setting. There will be visits to architectural studios, cultural and architectural tours in the cities of Porto, Braga and to the north of Portugal to see some amazing vernacular architecture. Walks in the woods and yoga sessions at the pool will be part of this amazing week.

This Retreat is the perfect escape from civilization, offering an unique atmosphere to meditate and work on understanding architecture and nature.


SKREI . DIOGO AGUIAR . GRAÇA CORREIA RAGAZZI  FALA ATELIER . CAMILO REBELO . JOÃO PEDRO SERÔDIO . NUNO GRAÇA MOURA . NUNO PIMENTA  FAHR 021.3 . FRANCISCO VIEIRA DE CAMPOS    NUNO BRANDÃO COSTA . CÉSAR MOREIRA


The registration to the Valley House Summer Retreat must be done by email until June 29, 2018. Please note that each workshop has a limited number of participants wich will be therefore assigned by order of registration.

REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR APPLICATION:

. Choose a workshop between date 1 and date 2

. Name (first and last)

. Date of birth

. Nationality

. ID card / Passport Number

. Adress

. Contact number

. Student / Professional architecture / Other

. University / Degree

. Brief CV in pdf format

. How did you hear about us (facebook, instagram, website, professor)

 

COSTS

Tuition fee of 1500 euros.

 

The fee includes:

. Transportation (to excursions and workshop)

. Full accomodation (8 days) at the Valley House (twin rooms)

. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included (1 dinner at Souto de Moura’s Pousada Santa Maria do Bouro)

. Coffee and snack refreshments

. All excursions, visits, events

. Lectures and guest lectures

. Support at self-construction workshop

. Material for designing and building

. Insurance

. Certificate of participation

 

The fee do not include travel expenses and transportation from/to the meeting point in Porto.

 

PAYMENT METHOD

Payments will be made by bank transfer to the account number that we will provide you per e-mail. After sending copy of bank transfer registration will be confirmed.

The workshop will take place at the Valley House, Vieira do Minho, Portugal. The house was designed by Guilherme Machado Vaz and it’s located in a beautiful natural landscape yet untouched by mankind. The participants will have the opportunity to stay in this isolated shelter and experience this unique relation between architecture and natural space.

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Still have questions?

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