Image courtesy of Smout Allen
Saturday Gallery Talks
Smout Allen + BLDGBLOG: The Britisth Exploratory Land Archive (BELA)
Mark Smout and Laura Allen
Saturday 16 November, 11am
AA Lecture Hall
Free event, all welcome. Complimentary fresh coffee and pastries.
An informal walk around the exhibition space for Smout Allen + BLDGBLOG : The British Exploratory Land Archive (BELA) led by Mark Smout and Laura Allen. See the AA Exhibitions listing for more information.
UCL Institute of Making © Gaurav Sharma
Institute of Making
Architect: Gaurav Sharma
Fee: £5 Members/£8 non-Members
Friday 22 November, 10.45am
Meeting point: 36 Bedford Square
Admin fee: £5 for members, £8 for non-members. To book a place call 02078874034.
The first in our new series of building visits looking at local architecture within 10 minutes walking distance from the AA. Architect Gaurav Sharma, alongside curators and managers at the Institute, will lead a tour of the space and talk about its unique collection and activities. The Institute of Making is a cross-disciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities. The home of the Institute of Making at UCL’s Bloomsbury campus has been created by adapting and inhabiting an existing delivery & service bay, including a 10-tonne platform lift & gantry crane. A range of materials and techniques and materials, new/ forgotten, cutting-edge/ traditional were deployed in the making of the space and its fitted and loose furniture.
The library contains over 1500 materials including uranium glass, steel cloth, magnetic liquid, concrete that can heal itself using embedded bacteria, and rock that acts as a naturally occurring optical fibre. Alongside the library sits the MakeSpace, which gives members the chance to boil, bake, turn, mill, mend, spin, print, cut, cast, drill, sand, scrape and make. The facilities include 3D printing, sewing machines, ovens, soldering irons and even a crane. The Institute as a whole aims to let users experience first hand the relationships between materials and tools that constitute processes of making.
Mary Crowley profile courtesy of AA Archives
Dr. Catherine Burke
Researching a Life in Education and Architecture. The significance of the early years and the AA in the career of Mary Medd 1907-2005
Wednesday 27 November
Front Members' Room, 6.30pm
Free event. All welcome.
Mary Medd (née Crowley) was an important but, until recently, overlooked 20th century architect whose influence however was international in scope. After qualifying at the AA she spent some years on housing projects before finding her vocation designing environments supporting the education and welfare of young children. In her recently published book A life in education and architecture: Mary Beaumont Medd (Ashgate, 2013), the historian of education, Catherine Burke used a range of sources including the archives of the Institute of Education and the AA Collections. In this talk, Dr Burke will discuss Mary Medd's important influence, first at Hertfordshire and later at the Ministry of Education, on innovative designs for school buildings in post-war Britain, and she will discuss the sources and methods used in writing her book. There will be a display and a brief talk about books, archives and images from the AA Collections that relate to Medd's work and postwar school building.
Catherine Burke is a Reader in History of Childhood and Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Her research interests and projects focus on the relationship between pedagogy and building design in the history of education. She is vice president (president elect) of the History of Education Society UK and edits the Sources and Interpretations section of the Journal History of Education.
© WORKSHOP architecture
Saturday Gallery Talks
Not What, But How
Saturday 30 November, 11am
Front Members' Room
Free event, all welcome. Complimentary fresh coffee and pastries.
An informal walk around the exhibition space for Not What, But How led by WORKSHOP architecture whose recent projects in India were carried out in partnership with the British Council. See the AA Exhibitions listing for more information.
Not What, But How
Mies van der Rohe's Villa Tugendhat. Photo © David Zidlicky
Member's Trip to Brno and Vienna
Mies van der Rohe
Spring 2014 date tbc
The Membership office is organising a weekend trip in Spring 14 to visit Mies van der Rohe's Vila Tugendhat in Brno. The house underwent major restoration and renewal work between 2010 -2012 with both the structure and garden restored to their original 1930s appearance. The interiors are now equipped with exact replicas of the original furnishings. In addition to taking an in-depth tour of Vila Tugendhat in the Czech Republic we are working on a number of visits in Vienna, Austria.
More details to come.
If you have an idea for an event, please contact Joanne McCluskey on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7887 4034.
Mies Van der Rohe's Tugendhat House
Weekend trip to Vienna and Brno
4/4/2014 - 15:00
The Membership office is organising a weekend trip to Austria in April 2014. In addition to exploring Viennese architecture the trip will include a tour of Mies van der Rohe's Vila Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic. The house underwent major restoration and renewal work between 2010 -2012 with both the structure and garden restored to their original 1930s appearance. The interiors are now equipped with exact replicas of the original furnishings. In addition to taking an in-depth tour of Vila Tugendhat in the Czech Republic we are working on a number of visits in Vienna, Austria. Ticket pricing and more details to come. Image © Stillman Rogers / Alamy/Alamy
AA Membership and AA Film Club Presents
Members' Screening of Unfinished Spaces
21/3/2014 - 19:00
AA Membership together with the AA Film Club look forward to welcoming you to our second Members' event at the AA Cinema. Please join us for the screening of Unfinished spaces, directed by Benjamin Murray and Alysa Nahmias.
Cuba’s ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro’s Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece.
Tickets £5pp including drinks and snacks. Book here.
Runtime: 86 minutes. Tickets £5pp, drinks and snacks included.
The AA Cinema has a 20-seat capacity.
Out of Mies
3/3/2014 - 18:00
Refreshments will be available. All are welcome.
Leading our next Members’ Talk is choreographer, curator and researcher Lynda Gaudreau whose often minimalist work, developed through series, is essentially a play on quantities of time, space and movement.
Out of Mies is an installation containing three short films, each responding to one of the buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe in Montreal during the 1960s: Tourelle-Sur-Rive (1962), Westmount Square (1967) and the Nuns’ Island Filling Station (1969). The three films, each of which runs for approximately 10 minutes, are projected in separate but adjoining spaces.
Lynda’s talk will lead you from the morning light of the apartment building to the night of the gas station with both the man-made and the natural as ever present factors.
Conrad Koslowsky, Scrap Marshall, Frederik Bo Bojesen and Yannick Guillen
Second House First
1/3/2014 - 11:00
Front Members’ Room
All welcome. Complimentary fresh coffee and pastries available.
Our Saturday Gallery talks continute with an informal walk around the exhibition space for Second House First in the Front Members’ Room with Conrad Koslowsky, Scrap Marshall, Frederik Bo Bojesen and Yannick Guillen.
The exhibition explores the tension between two contrasting forms of domestic dwelling – the vernacular architecture of the cabin and the ubiquity of the suburban house – through an exploration of the cottages and cabins that surround the lakes of Manitoba. Five cottages in the form of fragmented images and models are shown – isolated from their wilderness context – exposing the material use, misuse and reuse that forms these unique structures and compelling interiors. In Second House First the cabin becomes a conceptual tool to explore and question the contemporary nature of our increasingly disaggregated and dispersed living environment.
See the exhibition listing for more information.
AA Film Club Presents
Additional Screening of the Human Scale (FULLY BOOKED)
28/2/2014 - 19:00
Due to popular demand we have added another screening of the Human Scale, directed by Andreas Dalsgaard.
The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. THE HUMAN SCALE meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. Runtime: 83 minutes.
This is a free event and places are limited so we ask that you kindly RSVP by using the booking form
AA Film Club Presents
Screening of the Human Scale (FULLY BOOKED)
21/2/2014 - 19:00
A study of human behaviour in cities, The Human Scale, by Andreas M Dalsgaard, meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people at the forefront of our urban planning.
This event is now Fully Booked. To attend our additional screening on Friday 28 February kindly RSVP by using the microsite booking form. The AA Cinema has a 20-seat capacity.
Michael Ventris: How did the architect decipher the script?
19/2/2014 - 18:30
New Soft Room
This evening talk is open to Members and the general public. All are welcome. No RSVP required.
Everyone would agree that Michael Ventris’ decipherment of Linear B is one of the great moments of decipherment in the twentieth century. It is widely acknowledged that his discovery was the more remarkable because he was not a professional scholar. He was an architect, who trained at the AA. His decipherment was accompanied by a curiosity as to how he had been able to make this achievement. At his death some obituaries suggested that perhaps it was something to do with his training as an architect. There the matter has rested. It is the hypothesis of my thesis that while he lacked others’ experience in the field, his advantage came not just from the conventional category of his ‘brilliance’ but was indebted to the forms of analysis, which he had acquired as part of an architectural training. The lecture will focus on the matter. The talk will also highlight how Emmanouil has used the AA Collections in his research, and there will be a small display of relevant material from the Collections.
Emmanouil Stavrakakis is an architect. He is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Architectural Association, thesis title, ‘The Architecture of Linear B’, (Director of Studies, Mark Cousins, Supervisor, Spyros Papapetros). For his Ph.D. he is receiving funding by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation and by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY)
Image: Michael Ventris copying Linear B inscriptions from Arthur Evans’s Scripta Minoa, 1953 © Tony Blau/Camera Press/Redux
Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén García Grinda
Tour of Third Natures exhibition
18/1/2014 - 11:00
An informal walk through of Third Natures in the AA Gallery with exhibition curators and AA tutors Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén García Grinda.
Third Natures presents 15 years of speculations, projects and built proposals by the Madrid-based duo of Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén García Grinda and their collaborators, ranging from the beginnings of the practice in 1997 to their latest works, completed in 2013.
For more information see the exhibition listing here. The book Third Natures: A Micropedia, published by the AA, will accompany this exhibition. Complimentary fresh coffee and pastries will be made available. All are welcome. No RSVP required.
Great Estates Exhibition
13/12/2013 - 9:45
Meeting Point - 36 Bedford Square
[slideshow_deploy id='1140'] Photos by Alexander Furunes Meeting point: Architectural Association entrance 36 Bedford Square As part of AA Membership’s ongoing 10r Series of events looking at institutions and developments within 10 minutes walk of Bedford Square, a tour of the current New London Architecture exhibition Great Estates: How London’s landowners shape the city will be given by curator and founder of the NLA Peter Murray on the morning of Friday 13th December. “Great Estates” both traces the evolution of London's estates such as Bedford, Cadogan, City of London, Crown, Grosvenor, Howard de Waldon and Portman estates and examines how they have influenced contemporary regeneration schemes such as Canary Wharf, Kings Cross and the Olympic Park. “The concept of 'estates' is a part of London's DNA that is both resilient and reflects a long-term attitude to investment, development and management. Regeneration of Marylebone High Street by the Howard de Walden estate in the 1990s had a significant impact on our understanding of High Streets and how independent retail areas can survive in the face of competition from tightly managed malls. As London continues to develop larger brownfield, postindustrial sites through the London Plan’s Opportunity Areas we can look back at the estates over the centuries and learn from their success and longevity. Estates have much to teach us in the long-term management of the city and in the creation of great places.” - Peter Murray, chairman of NLA and curator of the exhibition Included will be a tour of Pipers Central London Model a 1:1500 scale model of the city centre and centrepiece of NLA’s permanent galleries at the Building Centre, documenting major recent buildings and proposed additions to London urban environment. Peter Murray is the current chairman of New London Architecture and curator of the exhibition. A former AA Councillor and AA Alumnus, he founded the New London Architecture in 2005 as well as having previously founded Blueprint Magazine, Wordsearch Marketing and the London Architecture Festival. Image: Great Estates exhibition © New London Architecture by Agnese Sanvito www.newlondonarchitecture.org
O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects
[slideshow_deploy id='1043'] Photos by Valerie Bennett Meeting point: Architectural Association entrance 36 Bedford Square Next in our ongoing 10r Series of events looking at institutions and developments within 10 minutes walk of Bedford Square is a site visit to the new Saw Swee Hock Students’ Centre at the London School of Economics led by John Tuomey of O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects who were selected following a two-stage international design competition in June 2009. The first new building at LSE for over 40 years, this vast new students' centre includes a reception, offices, bars, a fitness centre, event and media facilities. "The building is designed to embody the dynamic character of a contemporary Student Union. The complex geometries of the site provided a starting point for an unconventional arrangement of irregular floor plates, each one particular to its function and each working into the next by an intricate system of trapezoidal spatial configuration. Space flows freely in horizontal plan and vertical section, with stairs gently twisting and slowly turning to create a variety of diagonal break-out spaces at landings and crossings throughout the building." - O'Donnell + Tuomey The Saw Swee Hock Students' Centre is located at the corner of Sheffield Street and Portsmouth Street, just east of Kingsway, on the London School of Economics’ main urban campus: Site Location Map. It is a short walk south down the side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields from Holborn Station on the Central/Piccadilly Underground Line, or northward from Temple Station on the District and Circle Lines. Image: newly completed Students' Centre © O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects odonnell-tuomey.ie
Not What, But How
30/11/2013 - 11:00
Front Members' Room
[slideshow_deploy id='1075'] Photos by Joanne McCluskey All welcome. Complimentary fresh coffee and pastries available. An informal walk around the exhibition space for Not What, But How led by WORKSHOP architecture whose recent projects in India were carried out in partnership with the British Council. See the AA Exhibitions listing for more information. WORKSHOP architecture is a non-profit design/make studio that focuses on collaboration, learning by doing, and cultivating deep understanding of place. Their works include Project Tacloban (2010/2011) which was a collaboration between Studio Tacloban, a local NGO called Streetlight, and the families of the Seawall slum in Tacloban, the Philippines. The Study Center was sadly destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan on 8th November 2013. Please see the ‘Tacloban Rebuild’ page for more information about how to help. www.wrkshp.org/tacloban-ii Not What, But How wrkshp.org Image © WORKSHOP Architecture
Dr. Catherine Burke
Researching a Life in Education and Architecture. Mary Medd 1907-2005
27/11/2013 - 18:30
Front Members Room - Architectural Association
[slideshow_deploy id='1006'] The significance of the early years and the AA in the career of Mary Medd 1907-2005 First Floor Front, 33 Bedford Square, 6.30pm Free event. All welcome. Mary Medd (née Crowley) was an important but, until recently, overlooked 20th century architect whose influence however was international in scope. After qualifying at the AA she spent some years on housing projects before finding her vocation designing environments supporting the education and welfare of young children. In her recently published book A life in education and architecture: Mary Beaumont Medd (Ashgate, 2013), the historian of education, Catherine Burke used a range of sources including the archives of the Institute of Education and the AA Collections. In this talk, Dr Burke will discuss Mary Medd's important influence, first at Hertfordshire and later at the Ministry of Education, on innovative designs for school buildings in post-war Britain, and she will discuss the sources and methods used in writing her book. There will be a display and a brief talk about books, archives and images from the AA Collections that relate to Medd's work and postwar school building. Catherine Burke is a Reader in History of Childhood and Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Her research interests and projects focus on the relationship between pedagogy and building design in the history of education. She is vice president (president elect) of the History of Education Society UK and edits the Sources and Interpretations section of the Journal History of Education. Image Mary Medd (née Crowley) profile courtesy of AA Archives AA Collections weblinks: AA Library aaschool.ac.uk/aalife/library/libraryIntroduction.php AA Photo Library photolibrary.aaschool.ac.uk/index.php AA Archives aaschool.ac.uk/aalife/library/archive.php
Institute of Making
22/11/2013 - 10:45
The Institute of Making
[slideshow_deploy id='983'] Photos by Byron Blakeley Architect: Gaurav Sharma Fee: £5 Members /£8 non-Members Friday 22 November, 10.45am Meeting point: 36 Bedford Square As part of AA Membership’s ongoing 10r Series of events looking at institutions and developments within 10 minutes walk of Bedford Square, Architect Gaurav Sharma, alongside curators and managers at the Institute, will lead a tour of the space and talk about its unique collection and activities. The Institute of Making is a cross-disciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities. The home of the Institute of Making at UCL’s Bloomsbury campus has been created by adapting and inhabiting an existing delivery & service bay, including a 10-tonne platform lift & gantry crane. A range of materials and techniques and materials, new/ forgotten, cutting-edge/ traditional were deployed in the making of the space and its fitted and loose furniture. The library contains over 1500 materials including uranium glass, steel cloth, magnetic liquid, concrete that can heal itself using embedded bacteria, and rock that acts as a naturally occurring optical fibre. Alongside the library sits the MakeSpace, which gives members the chance to boil, bake, turn, mill, mend, spin, print, cut, cast, drill, sand, scrape and make. The facilities include 3D printing, sewing machines, ovens, soldering irons and even a crane. The Institute as a whole aims to let users experience first hand the relationships between materials and tools that constitute processes of making. Members can book a place either online or by calling the Membership office on 02078874034. Please note non-Members can book by phone only. instituteofmaking.org.uk Image: Aerogel © UCL Institute of Making
Mark Smout and Laura Allen
Smout Allen + BLDGBLOG
16/11/2013 - 11:00
[slideshow_deploy id='1014'] Photos by Joanne McCluskey Free event, all welcome. Complimentary fresh coffee and pastries available. AA Saturday Gallery Talks with Mark Smout and Laura Allen of Smout Allen who will lead an informal walk through the exhibition Smout Allen + BLDGBLOG: The British Exploratory Land Archive (BELA), in the AA Gallery. smoutallen.com bldgblog.blogspot.co.uk +
1963 50 Year Reunion
6/11/2013 - 18:00
33 Bedford Square
[slideshow_deploy id='996'] Photos by Valerie Bennett On the 6 November 2013 a special reunion event was held at the AA, to mark the 50 year anniversary of the 1963 student intake to the school. Over 35 alumni from across the UK and Europe were in attendence for the evening, with speeches, drinks, dinner as well generous donations to the AA archives.
AA Birthday Party
8/10/2013 - 0:00
[slideshow_deploy id='1088'] Photos: Valerie Bennett To celebrate 166 Years since the first meeting of the Architectural Association at Lyons Inn Hall on 8 October 1847, the AA School and it's Member held a special birthday in Bedford Square featuring piñatas, competitions, singing, readings, video, music and a special race around Via Cristina, With prizes, cakes and gifts awarded throughout the evening, and a special Black & White dress code, the Birthday Party was the first in what is set to become an annual tradition at the school. Dance New Movement Collective DJ Andy Boilerhouse Poet Murray Lachlan Young Singers David McAlmont and Sam Obernik Video art Metamind visuals
Giovanni Piovene and Pier Paolo Tamburelli
San Rocco: Book of Copies
5/10/2013 - 0:00
[slideshow_deploy id='1024'] Photos by Joanne McCluskey Giovanni Piovene and Pier Paolo Tamburelli AA Saturday Gallery Talks begin this term in conjunction with San Rocco: Book of Copies with Giovanni Piovene and Pier Paolo Tamburelli leading an informal tour through the exhibition. See the AA Exhibitions listing for more information. Free event, all welcome. Complimentary fresh coffee and pastries available. Giovanni Piovene is founder and editor of the architecture magazine San Rocco and co-founder of architectural office PIOVENEFABI. He has previously worked for Shrinking Cities Office in Berlin and co-founded the Salottobuono office in Venice (2007-2012). He studied at both the Università IUAV di Venezia (Italy) and at the École Nationale Supérieure de Paris-Belleville (France), taught at the Università IUAV di Venezia and ISIA Urbino, and worked at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (CH). He has lectured at the Università IUAV di Venezia, Politecnico di Milano, Proqm Berlin and Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio. Pier Paolo Tamburelli is co-founder and editor of the architecture magazine San Rocco and co-founder of BAUKUH and is currently unit professor at the Berlage Institute. Tamburelli has published: “So Much Damned Bad Work”. Notes on the Architectural Production of McKim, Mead & White (in Hunch, 12, Spring 2009) and has been guest editor of OASE 79 James Stirling 1964-1992. A Non-Dogmatic Accumulation of Formal Knowledge. He took part in the exhibition “Mutations” (2000) and collaborated with “Domus” from 2004 to 2007. Tamburelli studied at the University of Genoa and at the Berlage Institute Rotterdam. He has lectured at a number of schools and cultural institutions, including the Architectural Association, Cornell University, FAU São Paulo, FESTARCH, FFAR Stockholm, Höchparterre Bücherei Zurich, IUAV Venice, Kunsthal Rotterdam, MAXXI Rome, RWTH Aachen, Tongji University Shanghai, Triennale di Milano, TUM Munich, and the USI Mendrisio. Tamburelli has taught at the PUSA Aleppo (Syria), at the Milan Politecnico, at TUM Munich. sanrocco.info info/bookofcopies salottobuono.net piovenefabi.it baukuh.it Image: SAN ROCCO Book of Copies at Museum of Copying at the 13th Venice Biennale © Giovanna Silva
Woodland day trip at Hooke Park
29/6/2013 - 0:00
Hooke Park, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3PH
[slideshow_deploy id='1031'] Photos by Byron Blakeley With travel* £45 for AA Students / £55 for Members Without travel** £25 for Members/AA Students Please join us on Saturday 29 June for a day trip to Hooke Park. Our 350 acre woodland in Dorset is a unique site for experimentation and fabrication for visiting groups of AA tutors and students, to run activities in the workshop or within the forest itself as an alternative to the central London environment of Bedford Square. Staff and students will lead the group on a tour of Hooke Park incorporating the recently completed new student accommodation building and Caretaker's House. There will be free time in the afternoon to explore Hooke's vast and beautiful woodland. Tickets with travel* include return train fare from London Waterloo to Crewkerne, taxi ride to Hooke Park from Crewkerne, tour of Hooke Park new buildings, lunch and refreshments. Tickets without travel** for those wishing to drive to Hooke directly include a tour of Hooke Park new buildings, lunch and refreshments. To book onto this day trip call Joanne McCluskey on 02078874034 or email email@example.com. Caretaker's House photo Valerie Bennett Recent footage of Hooke Park by Safwat+Williams Hooke Park projects include: EmTech Pavilion 2013 The Cocoon by Design & Make
Projects Review Exhibition 2013
24/6/2013 - 0:00
[slideshow_deploy id='1035'] Photos Valerie Bennett On Monday 24 June AA Membership hosted it's annual Members' Evening for AA Projects Review 2013. Giving AA Members and members of the press a chance to view the exhibition in a relaxed environment, students were also on hand to answer questions about their work. Complimentary food and drinks were served with ales from Hackney Brewery and Five Points Brewery, and Pizza from Pizzeria Malletti.
Building Visit: Ott's Yard
29/5/2013 - 15:00
Tufnell Park, London N19 5BJ
Tatiana von Preussen of YAYA-nominated London practice vPPR ARCHITECTS, will lead a tour of the new residential development Ott's Yard, in North London. The project replaces an existing derelict joinery workshop with two eco-houses. The plans are based on an abstraction of the existing triangular geometry: two houses, each with their own garden and a shared communal courtyard, emerge from a pin-wheel fractal pattern. Not yet completed, the landscaping of the lush, sloping roofs will adhere to the same geometry and will be designed with landscape architect Arabella Lennox-Boyd.
To book a place call 02078874034. To book a place call 02078874034. For a complete listing of upcoming membership events see here.
Building Visit : Canada Water Library
3/5/2013 - 10:00
21 Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7AR
Piers Gough, alongside members of the London-based CZWG team, will lead a tour of the firm's recently completed Canada Water Library. The building's ground-level inverted pyramid form consists of a café, performance space, internet points and popular books all accessible within a small footprint, whilst the expanding shape above enables the containment of the main library within a single, galleried and skylit double volume. The whole is clad in aluminium sheets, anodised by a light bronze with sequined perforations. (source czwg.com)
For more information watch a mini documentary by Living Projects, which explores the library with CZWG's Piers Gough, Hanif Kara of structural engineers AKT II and Southwark Council's Adrian Whittle, Head of Culture, Libraries, Learning and Leisure.
Admin fee: £5 for members, £8 for non-members. To book a place call 02078874034.
For a complete listing of upcoming membership events see here.
Maison de Verre
Day Trip to Paris for Members
18/4/2013 - 7:00
*Fee: £240 for members, £220 for AA students (Eurostar return included)
The AA Membership Office is organising a spring day trip to visit Pierre Chareau's Maison de Verre (1928–32) in Paris. Architect and architectural historian Mary Johnson will lead the tour. The day's itinerary also includes a visit to Maison La Roche (Le Corbusier, 1923–25), a guided tour of Rue Mallet-Stevens and a walking tour of Saint Germain-des-Près.
*The trip price includes a return Eurostar train from London to Paris, entry to both the Maison de Verre and Maison La Roche, a Paris travel pass, tour guides and 3-course evening meal.
This trip is now fully booked but if you are interested in being added to the waiting list call Joanne McCluskey on 02078874034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete listing of upcoming membership events see here.
Watch Maison de Verre short film here. Both the image and video are © Bob Vickery (AA Alumnus) courtesy of AA Photo Library Collection.
Pierre Chareau: Maison de Verre is available at the AA bookshop. Text by Yoshio Futagawa (in Japanese and English). Edited and photographed by Yukio Futagawa. aabookshop.net
Honorary Members' Evening
Invitation Only Event
5/3/2013 - 18:00
AA Lecture Hall
This highest classification of AA membership is reserved as a special honour granted to those members of the organisation whose contribution to the work and development of the Architectural Association or to the education or profession of architects in general, is particularly noteworthy. The six people who were nominated this year are as follows:
Saturday Gallery Talks
19/1/2013 - 11:00
AA Gallery Talks return in Term 2 with ScanLAB Projects: 3D Scanning for Architecture, Engineering and The Creative Industries. Matthew Shaw and William Trossell will lead an informal tour through the exhibition, Frozen Relic: Arctic works by ScanLAB in the AA Gallery.
Free event starting at 11.00, all welcome. Complimentary fresh coffee and pastries available from 10.30.
For more Members' Events listings see here
Saturday Gallery Talks
Toni Cumella in Conversation with Christopher Pierce and Chris Matthews
29/9/2012 - 11:00
AA Gallery Talks return this academic year with industrial engineer and ceramicist Toni Cumella as the first guest. Ceràmica Cumella: Shaping Ideas, curated by Mis-Architecture with AA exhibitions, presents the work of Toni Cumella and the application of his ceramics in some of contemporary architecture's most significant projects focusing on the four main fabrication processes in use at Ceràmica Cumella - extruding, casting, pressing and revolving. Marking the opening of the exhibition Toni Cumella, joined by Christopher Pierce and Chris Matthews of Mis-Architecture, will lead an informal tour through the Gallery. The event will start at 11.00 with complimentary coffee and pastries available from 10.30.
For more information on Toni Cumella and Ceràmica Cumella: Shaping Ideas see the exhibition listing here.
AA Book Launch at the Barbican
In Search of a Forgotten Architect: Stefan Sebök 1901–1942 by Lilly Dubowitz
9/8/2012 - 18:30
The Garden Room (opposite the gallery on level 3), Barbican Centre
RSVP to email@example.com
Launched to coincide with the Barbican's Bauhaus: Art as Life exhibition, which will close the same week (August 12), In Search of a Forgotten Architect: Stefan Sebök 1901–1942 (AA Publications) looks at the work of the Hungarian-born architect. His niece, Lilly Dubowitz, explores his work with, among others, Walter Gropius in Dessau and Berlin in the late 1920s and fellow Hungarian emigré László Moholy-Nagy on his famous Light Prop.
Several of Sebök's illustrations feature in the Bauhaus exhibition. A discounted rate of £10 (standard price £12) for the exhibition, open to 22.00 that night, is available from the Membership Office. Call 020 7887 4034 to book.
Read more about Bauhaus Art as Life at barbican.org.uk
AA Talks: London 2012
Emerging Architects & the Park
18/7/2012 - 20:00
Speakers: Assemble Studio, We Made That, Studio Weave, Asif Khan & Pernilla Ohrstedt and The Klassnik Corporation
The Park constructed in Stratford for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is one of the largest urban parks created in Europe for more than 150 years. This event brings together young architects and designers who have realised projects in and around the Park. An opportunity to discover more of how emerging practices have engaged in creating experiences and legacies for this area of London. The talk will be chaired by Oliver Wainwright.
This event is now FULLY BOOKED
Sugarhouse Studios, 107 High Street, Stratford, London E15 2QQ
Sugarhouse Studios www.sugarhousestudios.co.uk
The Klassnik Corporation www.klassnik.com
Assemble Studio www.assemblestudio.co.uk
We Made That www.wemadethat.co.uk
Asif Khan & Pernilla Ohrstedt www.pernilla-asif.com
Studio Weave www.studioweave.com
Image: Fantasticology, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, by The Klassnik Corporation, We Made That & Riitta Ikonen
2012: A Story To Tell
With Saskia Sassen, Will Self, Anna Minton and Stephen Gill
5/7/2012 - 19:45
Image: Fun Palace, perspective (1960–61, unrealised), Cedric Price, now the site of Zaha Hadid's Olympic Aquatics centre; both AA graduates and former tutors.
LIMITED TICKETS AT £8 FOR AA MEMBERS, call 02078874034 to book
Tickets £10 from the Southbank Centre. Click here to book.
The visionary architect Cedric Price once imagined a 'Fun Palace' occupying the site now taken over by the 2012 Olympic park. The empty industrial landscapes of Hackney have been host to hundreds of projects over several decades, dreams of possible futures by residents, architects, writers, artists and politicians. A panel of speakers – Saskia Sassen, Will Self, Anna Minton and Stephen Gill – will explore how the Olympic regeneration has frozen these dreams in time, while opening the doors to a new set of plans and hopes for East London. The talk will be chaired by Sam Jacob, AA tutor and director of FAT.
This event has been organised by the AA Membership Office and is part of both the London Festival of Architecture and the London Literature Festival.
Private opening, Projects Review
25/6/2012 - 18:00
Please join us for the private opening and Members' Evening at the AA Projects Review exhibition. The evening offers the opportunity to socialise and to view hundreds of drawings, models, installations and photographs documenting the 2011/12 academic year at the AA. Students will be on hand to answer questions about their work.
'We believe that truly great schools don't just nurture and support architectural talent: they build audiences for experimentation, out of which new architectural ideas, visions and projects emerge. please join us as part of this audience, which the AA remains committed to promoting at the cutting-edge of architectural culture, practice and learning.'
Processing Environments Symposium at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
With: Iñaki Abalos, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Juan Herreros, Eva Castro and Alfredo Ramirez, et al
19/6/2012 - 9:00
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Auditorium, Spain
AA Members are invited to attend a one-day symposium where professionals and researchers in the field of art and architecture will share environmentally-friendly alternative work methods at Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The event is free of charge. To register for your place follow this link.
Eva Castro and Alfredo Ramirez (Director and studio master of Landscape Urbanism programme respectively) will lecture at the event, along with Inaki Abalos, Alejandro Zaera Polo, Douglas Spencer.
Led by AA tutors and Visiting School directors Maider Llaguno Munitxa and Clara Oloriz Sanjuan, Processing Environments Symposium takes place on 19 June from 9am to 8pm. This event runs in conjunction with the upcoming Bilbao-San Sebastián Visiting School, Computing Topos, 16 to 27 July.
Weekend Trip to Madrid
18/5/2012 - 0:00
AAIS 24-hr Event and Contemporary Architecture Guided TourTickets including 2 nights 3* B&B: £295pp sharing twin room/£365pp single room 2-Day Pass exluding B&B : £165pp Those joining this weekend trip to Madrid will be able to participate in, and have exclusive access to, Angles of Incidence (AoI) 40°, 3° by AAIS. The Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio present a 24-hour creative exchange spanning from 22.00–22.00 (19-20.5.12) evolving from the intimate setting of a private dinner through to a local market, featuring architectural installations, DJs and culinary delights. The project aims to expose a hidden ‘worknet’ between multiple professions and their products. Over the course of the weekend project architects from architectural firms including: West 8, Burgos y Garrido, Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos and Churtichaga+Cuadra Salcedo will take the group on guided tours of recently completed work including the Matadero arts complex and Madrid Río. Set in 148,300 square metres the redevelopment of Matadero Madrid has seen the transformation of a dilapidated slaughterhouse into a sleek and modern space for the arts. Madrid Río, designed by West 8 and three Madrid-based firms led by Ginés Garrido Colomero, is the largest intervention in the city, converting a disused section of motorway into parkland. Trip Includes: - Two night stay at central 3* hotel with breakfast, 18.5.12 check-in, 20.5.12 check-out. - Unique opportunity to participate in Angles of Incidence 40°, 3°, a 24-hour creative exchange by AAIS (see above) - Insider contemporary architectural city tour with Project Architects, comprising work by: West 8, Burgos y Garrido, Churtichaga + Cuadra-Salcedo Architects, Ensamble Studio, Langarita-Navarro Architects. - ‘The Supper’, an exclusive dining event curated by Ariadna Cantis together with the AAIS To book please call 020 7887 4034 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Flights are NOT included. IMAGE: Cineteca by Churtichaga + Cuadra Salcedo © FG+SG
Foraging Workshop with Georgie Corry-Wright
Hooke Park Spring Events 2012
5/5/2012 - 8:00
Ticket: £75 including return train fare from London, taxi to and from Hooke Park, foraging, cooking, lunch and all refreshments
This intimate workshop with Hooke Park resident and IRCH (International Register of Consultant Herbalists) Medical Herbalist, Georgie Corry Wright, is open to a maximum of 12 people. The morning will be spent foraging the extensive forest at Hooke Park with Georgie who will then guide participants through creating a menu for lunch with the fresh ingredients.
Cooking and eating will take place in the famed ABK Prototype House (above), now used as the Hooke Park kitchen and dining space. Georgie's knowledge of the medicinal and herbal plants of the UK is unsurpassed and her passion for the subject, natural teaching style, and keen sense of humour make her a joy to learn from.
To book a place, please contact Joanne McCluskey at email@example.com or call
020 7887 4034.
Image: Hooke Park entrance. Photograph © Valerie Bennett
Hooke Park Bluebell Watch
Saturday Day Trip
28/4/2012 - 11:00
AA Membership will lead a series of spring events at Hooke Park this bluebell season.
Hooke Park Open Saturdays will take place during bluebell season with dates to be confirmed dependant on the bluebell calendar.
See Bluebell Watch, www.aaschool.ac.uk/aalife/hookepark/hooke.php for updates.
In addition, on Saturday 28 April AA members are invited to a special tour of the site that will incorporate existing buildings designed by collaborations between ABK, Frei Otto, Buro Happold and Edward Cullinan, as well as the recently completed Big Shed (see below). After lunch, the group will be led on a ramble through the bluebell-adorned woodland, weather permitting.
For more information, see www.aaschool.ac.uk/membership/benefits/events.php
Including return train from London: Members £55pp, AA Students £45pp
Excluding travel: Members and Students £25pp
The AA’s Hooke Park is a 350-acre working forest in Dorset, southwest England. It is a unique site for experimentation and fabrication for visiting groups of AA tutors and students, to run activities in the workshop or within the forest itself as an alternative to the central London environment of Bedford Square.
An exciting new phase of development is underway at Hooke Park – the AA aims to develop the campus as a site for exploring rural architectures, crafts of construction, and sustainable timber technologies. A new graduate design course, Design & Make, based at Hooke Park is now in its second year. Together with students in Diploma 19, this year they have designed and built the first of a series of planned new structures. This is part of a strategic plan for Hooke Park, which has been developed by the AA in consultation with West Dorset Council, the local community and professional advisors and consultants.
Ahrends, Burton and Koralek
18/4/2012 - 18:30
Ahrends, Burton and Koralek (ABK) was established in London in 1961 by three AA graduates, Peter Ahrends, Richard Burton and Paul Koralek. By the 1970s, ABK had become known as one of the most creative and versatile of Britain's younger practices, its workload ranging from college buildings in Dublin, Oxford and Chichester to housing, public libraries, retail and industrial buildings. The book covers 50 years of practice.
Written by architectural author, critic and current AA councillor, Kenneth Powell, and with an introduction by Richard Rogers,
this book was commissioned as part of the Twentieth Century Architects series by RIBA Publishing, English Heritage and The Twentieth Century Society.
To book a place, please contact Joanne McCluskey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7887 4034.
The Prototype House featured in the image was designed by ABK and Frei Otto with Buro Happold. Built in 1985, it uses an experimental structure that consists of roundwood A-frames from which a tent-like tensile timber roof is suspended. Today, the building contains the kitchen and dining space for staff and students at Hooke Park.
Image: ABK Prototype House, Hooke Park, Dorset © James Davies, English Heritage
Read more at:
RIBA Publishing www.ribapublishing.com
English Heritage www.english-heritage.org.uk
Twentieth Century Society www.c20society.org.uk
LIMITED PLACES AVAILABE: White Cube Bermondsey Tour
Casper Mueller Kneer Architects
10/3/2012 - 11:00
White Cube Bermondsey, 144–152 Bermondsey Street London SE1 3TQ
Marianne Mueller, Olaf Kneer and Jens Casper of Casper Mueller Kneer Architects, based in London and Berlin, will lead a tour of the recently completed White Cube Bermondsey, the largest of the gallery's three London sites. Originally a warehouse dating from the 1970s, the gallery offers more than 5440 square metres (58,000 square feet) of interior space on a site of 1.7 acres (74,300 square feet). The building has been altered to include three principal exhibition spaces, substantial warehousing, private viewing rooms, an auditorium and a bookshop.
The gallery tour takes place on the opening weekend of the new Gilbert & George exhibition, London Pictures.
See whitecube.com and www.cmk-architects.com
Tickets: Members £5.00, non-Members £8. To book a place, please contact Joanne McCluskey at email@example.com or call 020 7887 4034
Image: White Cube Bermondsey photographed by (c) Paul Riddle
FULLY BOOKED: King’s Cross Regeneration Tour
9/3/2012 - 9:00
9:00 to 13:00Architect Benedict O'Looney will lead a tour of the King's Cross Regeneration area that is undergoing significant redevelopment. Joining the tour associate architect Jonathon Broughton will give an in-depth talk on the Allies and Morisson masterplanning of the King's Cross site. In addition to this Stanton Williams architect Richard Wardle will lead a tour through CSM. Richard is the associate responsible for the new campus for the University of the Arts London for Central Saint Martins, where 40,000m2 of studio, teaching, performance and public space has been created within the historic King's Cross Goods Yard.
This event is now FULLY BOOKED. If you would like your name added to the wait list please do contact us.
Fee £12 for AA Members, £15 for non-Members.
Call 020 7887 4034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Image: University of the Arts Central Saint Martins by Stanon Williams, photographed by (c) Hufton + Crow
RSVP: Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre In Conversation with Paolo Rosselli
Followed by Gallery Talks led by Ana Araujo and Catalina Mejia
25/2/2012 - 14:00
Rosselli, author of Sandwich Digitale and grandson of Gio Ponti, will talk in-depth about his own work and theories along with photographer, former Goldsmiths lecturer and photojournalist, Bujedo Aguirre who was recently specially comissioned by the AA to photograph the works of Lina Bo Bardi.
Following the talk co-curators of Lina & Gio and The Works of Lina Bo Bardi, Ana Araujo and Catalina Mejia, will lead a tour of the exhibitions in the Gallery and Front Members' Room.
This event is open to the public with priority given to AA members. Complimentary refreshments will be available.
To register your interest please email email@example.com
Image: Sesc Pompeia community centre by Lina Bo Bardi (São Paulo), photographed by Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre
Graduating with a degree in architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1977, Paolo Rosselli began his career in architectural photography under the guidance of art historian Arturo Schwarz, documenting temples throughout India. Since then his approach to architecture through photography has seen him focus on contemporary architecture, such as his work with quarterly magazine Lotus, and on modern architects such as Giuseppe Terragni. Rosselli has exhibited works at the XLV Venice Biennial (1993, 2004 and 2006 respectively) and has lectured in photography at both Milan Polytechnic and Goldsmiths, University of London. With a back catalogue of more than 20 books published Rosselli’s most recent work is Sandwich Digitale (Quodlibet, 2009). He is currently working on a photography and text project documenting the changing world of India. Rosselli lives and works in Milan.
Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre
With a degree in social sciences and journalism Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre worked as a photojournalist for a newspaper in the south of Spain before moving to London in 1995. He obtained an MA in Photography from Goldsmiths, where he later taught as a visiting tutor. His work in architectural photography began in 1997, working for architectural firms, designers, magazines, newspapers and publishing companies as well as interning at Magnum Photos. In 2002 and 2003 Iñigo was shortlisted for the PhotoEspaña Descubrimientos Award. He has contributed to the AA Photo Library. A list of exhibitions of his work can be found on his website listed below. Based in Barcelona, Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre works as a freelance architectural photographer whilst also exploring his passion for documentary photography. He regularly gives talks and workshops.
Free Event: Gallery Talk
Critical Territories and HORTUS
14/1/2012 - 11:00
An informal conversation with curators from GroundLab and Plasma Studio in the AA Gallery and curators from ecoLogicStudio in the Front Members' Room. Members are welcome and encouraged to ask questions of their own.
Complimentary coffee and pastries will be available in the AA canteen from 11 with the talk starting at half past the hour.
AA Members’ Discount Sale
20 per cent discount at AA Bookshop on Thursday 8 December
8/12/2011 - 10:00
Members (staff/students/subscribing members) will receive a 20 per cent discount sale on all books at the AA Bookshop on Thursday 8 December, 10.00–8.00. Members will need to present their AA card in order to be eligible for the discount.
Please note: The Bookshop will be open to 8.00 on Thursdays 1, 8, 15 December to 8.00.
Open until Friday 23 December; normal hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 19–21 December; then 11.00–6.30 on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 December.
AA Members' Event
Venice Biennale Trip
25/11/2011 - 8:00
The Beyond Entropy project, which started with an exhibition held at the Giorgio Cini Foundation during last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, is to host this special event for AA Members in Venice. The central theme of the Biennale, ILLUMInations, and its relationship to Energy and Space, will be covered in a series of roundtable discussions with internationally renowned curators.
The programme includes a three-day entry to Biennale sites and a series of visits and discussions. Beyond Entropy host a lecture by Adam Lowe and Jerry Brotton, curators of Piranesi and ‘Penelope’s Labour: Weaving Words and Images’ exhibitions held at the Giorgio Cini Foundation. Afterwards there will be a visit to the Biennale followed by an open panel discussion in the Arsenale with Paolo Baratta, Bice Curiger, Germano Celant, Massimiliano Gioni, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Letizia Ragaglia, Diana Baldon, Giovanni Carmine, Okwi Enwezor, Beatrix Ruf and Vicente Todoli.
A second roundtable discussion, also in the Arsenale, will take place on Sunday with Paolo Baratta, Bice Curiger, Francesco Bonami, Daniel Birnbaum, Maria de Corral, Rosa Martinez and Robert Storr.
Cost* £325 for AA Members £285 for AA students
I ncludes: Friday and Saturday accommodation at the Vittore Branca Center Residence on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
Three-day entry to biennale sites
Private event with Adam Lowe and Jerry Brotton
Roundtable discussions with key international curators
An evening meal with the group
For reservations, please call 020 7887 4034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Flights are NOT included.
*The listed prices are based on single or double room accommodation. Members or students can take a friend at the same rate.
Read more at http://www.cini.it/en/centrobranca