Want to join the next EASA? We hope these answers clarify a few things you might be wondering.
Who can participate?
All students are welcome to participate EASA, but the priority is always for architecture students. You can also participate as a young professional even if you have already graduated.
What do you speak during the event?
The official language of the assembly is English. Participants should speak English at a certain level to be able to communicate and connect with people. At times it gets to fairly advanced vocabulary, especially when talking about theoretical approaches, construction methodologies, lectures, etc. Therefore why people who can’t speak reasonable English will most likely struggle to get the best out of the event.
How much is the participation fee and what does it cover?
There is a fee (the Participant’s Fee) to attend EASA. To encourage diversity and a wide range of attendees, participants from different countries pay a different percentage of this fee based on the economic situation of their country. The fee includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, workshops, lectures debates and parties for two weeks. This year at EASA Commons, we are waivering participation fees for the Ukrainian team. You have to cover your own travel and visa expenses; but the organisers will issue you an official letter of information if a visa is required. To lower expenses, assisting the organisers, make people more active on-site and keeping up EASA spirit, participants are expected to attend to day-to-duties relating to the upkeep of the location and the well-being of the participants. Every country is assigned two or three duties over the course of the assembly: these are never tiring and hard, and some are even fun. Within the EASA locations, pocket money is exchanged into tokens. We recommend to buy these from us as all the profit is used to cover some of the costs of the event. This money is for additional personal consumption such as drinks and snacks, you will be grateful to have our yummy toasties from time to time!
If I come as a tutor or helper, do I need to pay the fee?
Yes, but at a reduced rate communicated by the organisers in good time before the event. Even as a helper or tutor, there is still plenty of time managed for you to enjoy EASA too, and just as much making part of the community, your fee helps cover your accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, lectures, and evening activities for two weeks. As a tutor, the costs for your workshop will be covered by the organisers, but it is appreciated and encouraged if you participate in seeking sponsors for your workshops' required resources.
What is the accommodation and food like during EASA?
EASA is decidedly a no frills operation, wherever it is held. Participants generally sleep communally with little privacy and are expected to bring their own sleeping bags and ground mats. While it may not always be the most comfortable of set-ups, the communal spirit makes up for it. Showers and toilets are generally basic; there may be problems with hot water. People sometimes are not happy about these things but it’s never been such a problem to make somebody leave the camp. Participants should remember that the organisers are trying their best, and not be too critical. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by the organisers. Participants are required to bring their own cutlery, plates and cups. We aim for the food to be sourced locally but this may vary depending on the location. Allergies and other special dietary needs will be taken into account before the event so we can adapt the menus before hand. Dinner is a communal activity, where participants can catch up with each other and exchange news.
Must I be a member of EASA to participate? should I talk to a professor for a recommendation?
EASA has no standing connections with professors, academic bodies or professional bodies. You don’t need to register to an organisation, association or company or pay a periodic fee. If you want to get involved, contact the EASA representative – the National Contact or NC – of your country.
What should / shouldn't I expect from the assembly?
One truth is that EASA will not make you a drastically better architect or significantly benefit you academically over a two week period. However, it will allow you to participate in experimental workshops which you may not otherwise get the chance to in your academic year. You’ll also meet a range of people with hugely different personalities and from hugely different backgrounds with whom you share at least two important links: an interest in architecture, and an interest in better understanding other cultures. Expect the unexpected, most likely certain activities may need to be adapted due to weather conditions or other activities overlapping for example. We need to keep in mind that EASA is run by voluntary collaborations and we are all learning in the process. However these may not turn out as planned but we always make the best out of it!
How do I join?
Reach out on the Contact page for a National Contact, either from the country you live, study or come from.
When do I apply?
For past EASA events, the chronological order of call announcements went from tutors, to participant, to helpers and finally guests. As a brief idea, tutor’s deadline is around the end of March, this application should be considered as soon as you start recollecting ideas and research to then adapt them to the required submission format. For both participants and helpers, keep an eye on our social media pages and your national team platform for the call announcement. This tends to happen around March/April. Usually there is approximately a month from the date of the call to the deadline, giving you enough time to prepare your submission. Guests call opens just after these two and also lasts for several weeks. Please do remember that this is a guideline which may vary for future events.