The AA Archives
The Architectural Association Archives, located at the rear of no. 32 Bedford Square, consist of in excess of 10,000 architectural drawings, student projects, paintings and works on paper, together with over 800 cubic feet of textual documents. The Archives serve to document the educational and administrative history of the AA and preserve examples of the Association’s material culture and graphic output.
Formal cataloguing of the AA Archives were instigated in 2010, with the online catalogue being launched in 2013. Cataloguing of the substantial back-log of material (dating back to the 1840s) is an ongoing process and at present there are descriptions of the AA’s core governance and administrative records available online, alongside a portion of the Archive's holdings of historic student portfolios, graphic materials and models. Further descriptions will be added on a daily basis, as cataloguing progresses.
It is advised that if material cannot be located on the catalogue, queries should be made to the Archivist:firstname.lastname@example.org
Term-time Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 10:00–18:00
Archive Easter Opening DatesDuring the Easter Vacation the AA Archives will be closed from 25th March to 12th April inclusive.
Recent Additions to the AA Archives
The AA Archives has recently received an important donation of drawings from John Miller, CBE, including student projects and drawings by his contemporary AA students, Alan Colquhoun, Kenneth Frampton and Neave Brown. Alongside these works we have also been donated significant works from, or relating to Alison Smithson, Bill Howell, John Killick, Stephen Macfarlane and Jill Sarson.
Online Articles / Resources
Edward Bottoms, ‘The Malaren Queen’, AA Files 60, 2010. [Article looking at work by the Swedish artist, Einar Forseth, held in the AA Archives] Online Access for AA members, log in required.
Video of introductory lecture on the History of the AA History of the AA given to the Twentieth Century Society and Archives For London, February 2010.
Download mp3 version of AAIR Radio interview with Paffard Keatinge-Clay [Recalling work with Le Corbusier, Sigfied Gideon and Frank Lloyd Wright]
Scrap Marshall, ‘A Bigger or Smaller Picture’, AArchitecture, Issue 7.[Article examinig drawings by the Smithsons in the AA Archives].
‘Burlington's Copy of I Quattro Libre’, AArchitecture, Issue 7.
Edward Bottoms, ‘The Royal Architectural Museum in the Light of New Documentary Evidence’, Jnl of History of Collections, 19:1, 2007. [AA’s Relationship with the 19th-century Cast Museum].
‘If Crime Doesn’t Pay: The Architects' Revolutionary Council’, AArchitecture, Issue 5 [AA Archive's collection of ARC posters].
‘Corb At The AA’. AArchitecture, Issue 4 [Corbusier’s 1947 Lecture at the AA ].
The Purple Patch To SexyMachinery: 100 Years of AA Student Journals, AArchitecture, Issue 1.
List of Architectural Association Presidents, 1847– 2008
Professor Walter Bloom and Edward Bottoms: ‘The Banister Fletcher Medallion’. Conference paper at the XIV International Numismatics Conference, Glasgow, September 2009.[AA’s Architectural Medal Collection]
For all enquiries please contact AA Archivist, Edward Bottoms
Tel: 020 7887 4049