the roles present during EASA
(not as relevant in 2021 gatherings)
The biggest part of the EASA community are the participants. Primarily students of architecture, coming from different cultures and backgrounds to seek knowledge beyond architecture schools. They are the most important “product” of the workshops. Not the pavilions, neither the publications.
For applying as a participant we advise you to keep yourself updated on the EASA social media national page of the country you are from or currently study or live in. This is important as each country may have a different application procedure and deadline. You can directly get in touch with the National Contacts of your country - see the contact section.
The NCs (National Contact) are the key communication link between organisers and participants, as well as on the relation between EASA as an international and a local community. They are primarily responsible for distribution of all the information among the EASA network, such as bulletins, briefs, open calls etc. on a national level (architecture and design schools, student groups and other media). However, their role is much more important than this. NC are the ones explaining to the newcomers the ideas and the aims of EASA as well as their responsibilities to the community, prior to the assembly and by being an example themselves during the assembly (the mood setters). Moreover, NCs are the ones agreeing upon every year’s EASA theme and location and by this, they form the future of EASA itself. Given that this year, things are obligated to function differently, the role of NCs has expanded and dispersed to more than just two individuals. They are the ones that are encouraged to take initiative and curate the event on the national level, if possible.
If you want to be involved in the organisational aspect of the event, you can apply as a Helper. These applications are lead by the organizing team of the specific event; helpers are picked internationally. Some of the tasks as a helper tend to be working on info-point, taking care of the tool-box, helping in the kitchen, driving materials to workshops, tending the bar, etc. It is also appreciated if helpers can come before and/or stay after the event to help setting up and dismantle. All these tasks will be split into shifts, making sure there is some free time to experience the event.
Another option could be applying as a Tutor. For this role you also need to be aware of the organizing team selection process. Their aim throughout the year is to inform the general public with further details about the event. Within this time, they will call out for potential tutors to go and visit the site and have further discussions about it physically. It is not compulsory but highly recommended so you get a better idea of what you can work with. After this phase, a deadline will be given for submitting the propose workshops. As a potential tutor, you have the option to team up into a group of up to four people. Tutors do not need to be only architects and architecture students, EASA is an open platform for interdisciplinary exchange. It is expected of the tutors to be close to the organizers and regularly communicate with them months before, as well as during the event.
Lastly, if you are unable to attend the whole event or just want to check out EASA without any obligations, we recommend you to be our Guest. You don’t need to be an observer if you don’t want to, you can also ask and help out in your particular interests!