AA Alumni Evening


Series: Membership & Alumni Event
Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: AA Alumni Evening


AA alumni from across the generations are warmly invited to return to Bedford Square for a drinks reception to meet and reconnect with fellow graduates.


Hosted by interim school director Samantha Hardingham and alumnus and AA past president Keith Priest, this is your opportunity to hear about the latest school news and developments.


Places are free, but limited. Click here to book your place.


This event is now fully booked.


Organised by John Andrews and Maria Theodorou


Series: Ricochet
Date: Tuesday 14 November 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: RICOCHET 1

RICOCHET 1 focuses on aspects of performance and architecture and the actuality of presence. Two discussants Sarah Akigbogun and Florencia Collo will entice responses from the audience by presenting works in progress; these range from actual performance acts, as in theatre, to the technical and architectural aspects of performance in the presence of assembled bodies and materials.


Theatre without walls: No Proscenium Arches Please  


What possibilities are opened up if one considers theatre as something that can happen anywhere? Appropri8’s interests lie in liberating theatre from its traditional spaces and exploring the potential this creates at the architectural and urban scales. We are interested in constructing narrative, activating dead spaces, creating communities and taking theatre to new places. The presentation includes a work in progress extract from ‘House’, part of the ‘Urban Histories’ series which explores themes of the city and memory.


Sarah Akigbogun, Architect, BSc Arch Eng AAdpl ARB RIBA, MA Central St Martins studio aki | appropri8


Syncing architecture with environmental technology


Atmos lab consults architects using environmental science to design out machinery. The technology available nowadays to evaluate the environmental conditions of a project is far ahead of its current architectural exploitation. The challenge lies in how to bring the artistic license into a world of data, how to convey the physical sensitivity with architectural language. Our endeavour is to curate the scientific evidence to make its architectural use become thinkable. 


The presentation will cover some of our latest work, both with an industry validated firm and with cult architects.


Florencia Collo, DipArch AAMSc, Director atmoslab www.atmoslab.io


The RICOCHET series is a platform for AA Members & alumni to bring works in progress to the school to be put under scrutiny by students and colleagues. Intended as an intensive discussion and exchange of ideas, RICOCHET assembles the AA’s bodies, humours and brains to exercise in the immersive environment of architectural gymnastics. Discussions themes are generated by proposals selected from a pool of submissions to the RICOCHET open calls. Watch out for the next RICOCHET 2 call for proposals in December 2018.


Little Architect - AA XX 100: Yes, she can


Series: Little Architect Family Workshops
Date: Saturday 11 November 2017 : 11.00
Speaker: Little Architect Family Workshop



AA Members, alumni, and the general public are invited to bring along the budding architects and designers in their life to this Little Architect Family Workshop as part of the AA XX 100 project, celebrating 100 years of women in the Architectural Association.


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Designed by Little Architect founder and director, Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido, this workshop invites boys and girls aged 7-15 to hear from and get creative with female architects working in the profession.


Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Places are free, but limited. Click here to book places.


The Architecture of Doom


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Tuesday 7 November 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening


Join us for an exclusive screening of The Architecture of Doom, a film by Peter Cohen.


Cohen postulates a theory that the Third Reich's obsessive pursuit of an ideal society was in part a fulfilment of its leaders' own aborted creative careers. Using archival footage underscoring National Socialism's obsession with purity and order, and contrasting it with the so-called "degenerate" work of the German avant garde, Cohen attempts to draw parallels between Hitler's own subjective aesthetic views and his systematic extermination of millions of European Jews.


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"Using archival footage and documents, familiar and unfamiliar, Cohen marshals his arguments and his evidence masterfully" - Washington Post


"A brilliantly written and visualized documentary" - Bright Lights Film Journal


Only open to AA students and Members. Book your seat at memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk




Westminster Underground Station


Series: AA Building Conversations
Date: Friday 27 October 2017 : 13.00
Speaker: AA Building Conversations with Taro Tsuruta

AA Members, students and alumni are invited to join the 2016 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize winner Taro Tsuruta (AADipl 1996) on this visit to the iconic Hopkins’ designed Westminster Underground Station and the accompanying parliamentary building of Portcullis House. Completed in 1999 and shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, Westminster Underground Station has been described as a “dramatic concrete well, woven with stacked banks of escalators that hang from a dynamic network of flying concrete beams and steel tubes”.


This event is ticketed. Click here to book your place


Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, AA Building Conversations combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. AA Building Conversations brings together practising architects and the AA community to discuss in-situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by AA graduate school students Alvaro Velasco Perez and Raül Avilla, but will be a collective construction among all those present.


Tsuruta Architects was established in 2006 by Taro Tsuruta, an experienced Japanese architect. Tsuruta worked with leading London design practices on complex multi-award winning projects before setting up his own studio. His original designs are informed by an exacting understanding of construction technology, combined with a deep respect for light, materials, context and the practicalities of everyday life. The practice has enjoyed critical acclaim for House of Trace – a radically different approach to home redevelopment. The project was warmly received in the press and gained numerous industry awards, most notably the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stephen Lawrence Prize 2016.


Please note you will require an Oyster Card of contactless payment card to access Westminster Underground Station as part of this visit. Due to security restrictions, the group will be unable to enter Portcullis House itself. 


Image: Mike Quinn, licensed under Creative Commons Licence


Civic Ground Walking Tour


Series: Members' Trips
Date: Saturday 14 October 2017 : 10.30
Speaker: Walking tour with Patrick Lynch

AA Members and alumni are invited to join Patrick Lynch on this walking tour as he traces the effects of two 19th century infrastructure projects upon the Civic Ground and architecture of London, to reveal the presence of what Alberti called ‘second nature’ in the architecture and artworks of London today. Designed to accompany Patrick’s new book, Civic Ground: Rhythmic Spatiality and the Communicative Movement between Architecture, Sculpture and Site, this walking tour reveals the potency and continuing inspiration of urban poetics upon the architectural imagination, and we will trace its influence on the 19th, 20th and 21st century civic architecture of London.


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We will begin on The Farringdon Road. This is in fact the lid of a tunnel that encloses the now canalised River Fleet. The erasure and burial of this ancient natural feature blurred what was previously a very obvious border between The City of London and The City of Westminster. Similarly, the creation of The Albert Embankment and the raising of a retaining wall to The River Thames has occluded and cauterized the previously open and rhythmic relationship that Somerset House enjoyed with the natural world, via its now truncated River Gate. Traditionally, the relationship between the natural topography of a city and its architecture was richly mediated, not only by a series of more or less porous thresholds, but also by ornamental art works and sculptures. The role that sculptures play in articulating a poetic and mythical sense of place is one of the most vital and interesting aspects of civic culture, and yet it is something that is most often overlooked in formalist and functionalist analyses of cities.


We will then descend into the thick underground layers of Blackfriars Station, travel along one of Bazelgette’s tunnels, emerging at Temple to continue our walk on top of this densely porous man-made topography. Seeking, along the way, traces of the relationships between the natural world and the city that was traditionally articulated in sculptural settings; ending our journey at Westminster City Hall on Victoria Street, where a new artworks by Rut Blees-Luxemburg and others occupy a public space designed by Lynch architects and Vogt landscape architects - an example of the collaborative continuity between architects, designers and artists that characterises the re-emergence of Civic Ground.


This event is ticketed. Click here to book your place.


Please note you will require a valid Oyster card or contactless payment card to travel on the London Underground.


Camden Housing Projects


Series: AA Building Conversations
Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017 : 17.00
Speaker: AA Building Conversations with Jon Lopez & Hikaru Nissanke


AA Members, students and alumni are invited to join OMMX principals Hik Nissanke and Jon Lopez on this visit to two Camden housing projects: Loudoun Road Housing and Workshops by Tom Kay, and the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate by 2018 RIBA Royal Gold Medal winner Neave Brown (AADipl 1955).


This event is ticketed. Click here to book your place


Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, AA Building Conversations combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. AA Building Conversations brings together practising architects and the AA community to discuss in-situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by AA graduate school students Alvaro Velasco Perez and Raül Avilla, but will be a collective construction among all those present.


OMMX produces architecture that responds directly to the exponentially changing setting of the modern world. In catering for both conscious and subconscious needs and desires, it seeks to challenge the misconceptions, aspirational hangovers, accepted norms, and prevailing orthodoxies that render societies impotent to enact meaningful change. The principals, Jon Lopez and Hikaru Nissanke, were formerly Fellows at Cambridge University, UCL & CSM, where they taught architecture as a vehicle to examine these phenomena, with urgency and without bias. The office resists advancing a formulaic approach to design to avoid the production of a formulaic architecture. Since its foundation in 2010, it has rapidly developed an international reputation as one of the leading studios of their generation.


Image: AA Photo Library


Saturday Gallery Talk: AA XX 100: AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017


Series: Saturday Gallery Talks
Date: Saturday 7 October 2017 : 11.00
Speaker: Elizabeth Darling & Lynne Walker


AA Members are invited to join the curators of AA XX 100: AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017, Elizabeth Darling & Lynne Walker, for an in-situ conversation about the exhibition's content and design.


Place are free for AA Members, click here to book


The story of women at the Architectural Association is at once a history of women’s presence within a very particular educational institution, a history of women’s presence within the architectural profession and a part of the history of twentieth-century architecture in both Britain and the wider world. The exhibition explores this story and begins with '1917' – a section that focuses on women’s admittance, the first students, their training and early work, and continues with a series of displays that set contemporary and historic examples side by side. Through photographs, models, drawings, and other archival material, the further themes presented are Collaborations, Beyond the Drawing Board, The AA Spirit, The Politics of Practice, Public Practice/Public Service and Local/Global, plus a special feature devoted to student work across the generations. Projects featured range from the very first building designed by AA women, recent museum projects by Amanda Levete Architects and an installation that focuses on Zaha Hadid’s connections to the AA.


Book your place at memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk.


Image: Valerie Bennett


Urbanized


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Tuesday 3 October 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening


Join us for an exclusive screening of Urbanized, a documentary by Gary Hustwit about the design of cities and the issues and strategies behind urban design, featuring some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.


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"Concerned inhabitants of the global village would do well to track this one down" - Time Out


"Even viewers with deep knowledge of modern urban planning are likely to learn something from the carefully selected images and thoughtful interviews that make up most of Urbanized" - New York Times


Only open to AA students and Members. Book your seat at memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk.












Projects Review 2017


Series: Members' Tours
Date: Friday 14 July 2017 : 17.00
Speaker: Members' Tour


AA Members and alumni are invited to join a private tour of the Projects Review 2017 exhibition.


Register here and meet in the AA Bar.


Projects Review 2017 offers an overview of the AA’s 2016/17 academic year. On display are hundreds of drawings, models, installations and photographs from all the AA’s units, courses and departments, documenting the diversity and experimental nature of the AA School.


At the AA architecture is pursued as a form of cultural knowledge across year-long design projects and portfolios. We believe that truly great schools don’t just nurture and support architectural talent, they also build audiences for experimentation, out of which new architectural ideas, visions and projects emerge.


Image: Valerie Bennett


My Architect


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 29 June 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Nathaniel Kahn, My Architect, 2003


Director Nathaniel Kahn barely knew his father, but many throughout the world did. He was renowned architect Louis Kahn, who designed noteworthy buildings in California, Texas and even Bangladesh. Nathaniel explores his father's past, interviewing architects such as Frank O. Gehry, as well as members of the multiple families started by the philandering Louis. What emerges is a portrait of a brilliant but unreliable man whose creations, which are featured prominently in the film, still astound.

Only open to AA Students and Members                                                                           

Not yet an AA Member? Join today.

The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.

Image: Louis Kahn & Gordon Sainsbury at the AA in 1961 (Courtesy of the Architectural Association Photo Library) 


Members' Evening 2017


Series: Members' Event
Date: Monday 26 June 2017 : 18.00
Speaker: Members' Evening

All AA Members and press contacts are invited to Members’ Evening 2017, an exclusive private view of the Projects Review exhibition on Monday 26 June.


Guests will have a chance to tour the end of year show in a relaxed setting with AA Students on hand to answer questions about their work.


This year's Members' Evening will also feature an exclusive preview of the forthcoming AAIS performance To Be Honest.Spain in the Gallery space at 6.30pm.


Complimentary drinks will be served.


If you are a journalist looking to cover the AA Projects Review exhibition and would like to attend, please e-mail events@aaschool.ac.uk.


London's Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest


Series: Members' Trip
Date: Wednesday 31 May 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: Members' Walking Tour

Coinciding with London Tree Week 2017 and the launch of Paul Wood’s new book, 'London's Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest', Members and students are invited on a walking tour setting off from the AA to explore London’s urban forest.


Looking specifically at street trees and their impact on the cityscape, Paul will provide a brief history of urban trees and their use in planning from the 19th century onwards and offer some thoughts on best practice for planners and architects. Taking in streets around the school in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, coincidentally spanning two boroughs – Westminster and Camden – we will look at trees in situ highlighting their impact on the city, the differences between local authority planting, and the remarkable variety of species to be found.


The tour will begin outside 36 Bedford Square.


This event is free for AA Members and students, but registration is necessary via the Members' event page:


Register now



Image: Paul Wood


The Forgotten Space


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 25 May 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening


Sit back and relax with a drink in the AA’s cosy private cinema for this exclusive Members’ Screening of Allan Sekula & Noel Burch’s 2007 film, The Forgotten Space.


The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, are somehow obsolete.

Only open to AA Students and Members.



Not yet an AA Member? Join today.

The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.


AA-DD: Asemic Architecture - Design Doodle


Series: The Shadow Series
Date: Thursday 18 May 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: Organised by John Andrews & Maria Theodorou With the support of Membership Office

The final discussion of the 2016-17 Shadow Series will be dedicated to the asemic mark; a mark containing no conscious meaning or specific semantic content. The term is often applied to the calligraphic fusion of image and text, but we will be examining the associated conceptual bridge between automatic drawing (the doodle) and architecture, being attentive to the primacy given to drawing in general. The doodle is usually read retrospectively as the start of the design process, but we are interested to focus on the asemic mark as the manifestation of a crisis in which rules, forms and structures crack and self-combust.


Speakers include:


Susanne Isa (AADipl), Tutor and archivist


Mark Morris, AA's Head of Teaching and Learning


Eleanor Audi, 2016 winner of the AA's Nicholas Pozner Prize for Single Best Drawing


Respondents include:


Ivana Wingham, Architect, academic, design researcher, ivanawingham.com


Oliver Domeisen, Trustee, Architectural Association and Teaching Fellow at The Bartlett


Eddie Farrell, Artist



The Shadow Series intends to turn the (usually) shadow condition of AA members and alumni into a shadowing force that debates architecture at the present scale of an expanded AA. Unlike the global school, in which the AA ventures across a variety of locations, the shadow series is an intimate event, held at the institution’s core, that assembles the AA’s bodies and brains to debate current architecture issues and processes. Held every third Thursday of the month, from 6.30–8.30pm, on a variety of topics.


Workshop: Illusion: Attention Control, Physical Deception and Illusion Design


Series: The Origin Story – Media and Making in Practice
Date: Saturday 13 May 2017 : 10.00
Speaker: Stuart Nolan

Following Stuart Nolan's talk on Friday, 12 May, there will be a practical workshop in which you will learn sleight-of-hand, illusion design and attention control; following which the session will teach you mindreading, drawing and ideometer responses.


This workshop is open to AA Students and AA Members - spaces are limited and booking is required at memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk


Talk: Magic, Innovation and Design


Series: The Origin Story – Media and Making in Practice
Date: Friday 12 May 2017 : 12.30
Speaker: Stuart Nolan

In this talk Stuart Nolan considers theatrical magic as an increasingly illuminating design discipline and explore show magicians have influenced design.


The talk is followed by a workshop on Saturday, led by Stuart Nolan.  Sign up here.


'If we can have the first slide and the lights off’


Series: AA Collections Talks
Date: Tuesday 9 May 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: Catalina Mejía Moreno

'If we can have the first slide and the lights off’

Catalina Mejía Moreno

Lecture Hall, 6.30pm

In the shape of a 35mm colour slide show this talk will reproduce some of Reyner Banham’s and Robin Evan’s slide collection archived at the AA Photo-library, projecting their still unknown photographic transparencies. The talk analyses the distinct use of the slides by these two aforementioned architectural historians. In doing so it reflects on the particularities of this architectural medium and exposes the tension between the double nature of the slide as public – performed for a collective audience – and private – as used for personal means of documentation.


This talk is part of the Mellon Multidisciplinary Research Project Architecture in/as Photography at the CCA in Montreal.

Speaker Bio:


Catalina Mejía Moreno is Senior Lecturer in Architectural Humanities at the University of Brighton and Adjunct Faculty member at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. She is currently PhD candidate in Architectural Theory and Criticism at Newcastle University and Mellon Researcher at the CCA in Montreal.

The lecture will be followed by the exhibition opening of Reyner Banham Photographs


Reyner Banham: America

Photo Library Corridor Gallery

37 Bedford Square, 7.30pm

British architectural historian Peter Reyner Banham was not only a vivid writer but also a compulsive snapshot photographer who described himself as an ‘observational historian.’ Banham repeatedly visited and recorded buildings, cities and landscapes with one of his many cameras and several Ecktachrome and Kodachrome films. This exhibition gives an insight into his America to which he moved in 1976 to join the University of New York in Buffalo. Industrial landscapes, car lots, ordinary houses, a view of the road; these photographs are only a selection of his hundreds of 35mm colour slides housed at the AA Photo Library that reveal his distinct photographic body of work.


 


Hooke Park Day / Weekend Trip


Series: Members Trip
Date: Saturday 6 May 2017 : 09.00
Speaker: Organised by the Membership Office with the support of Hooke Park staff


Members and students are invited to explore Hooke Park and its environs on the Annual Bluebell Open Day, with the option of an overnight stay at nearby Haselbury Mill.


Tours of the architecture campus buildings and talks on the development of Hooke Park as a unique place for learning, experimentation and self-sufficiency will take place throughout the first day, with the opportunity to undertake light forestry work among the vast and beautiful woodland on the second day.


This visit is open to AA Students and AA Members - spaces are limited.


Book your place now


Image: Hooke Park © AA Photo Library




Train times:


Saturday 6 May


Depart London Waterloo at 09.20 | Arrive Crewkerne at 11.48


Depart Crewkerne at 17.19 | Arrive London Waterloo at 19.49


Sunday 7 May


Depart Crewkerne at 15.22 | Arrive London Waterloo at 17.59


Sweet geometry: Edward Reynolds at the AA, 1956-8


Series: AA Collections Talks
Date: Tuesday 2 May 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: Geraint Franklin

A student at the Architectural Association from 1956-8, Edward Reynolds (1926-59) produced work of startling originality, including faceted and curvilinear geometries, zoomorphic forms and complex circulation systems. This talk sets Reynolds within the context of architectural discourse in 1950s London, exploring his connections with other students and his tutors Bill Howell, John Killick, James Gowan and others.


Geraint Franklin is an architectural historian specialising in British architecture since 1945. His book Howell Killick Partridge & Amis will be published by Historic England in June 2017.



Image caption: 'Concert Hall, Trafalgar Square; Edward Reynolds, Paul Drake, Alan Lee, 1958, 4th year (tutor: John Killick)'.


Caracas: The Informal City


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 27 April 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Rob Schröder, Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner, 


Caracas: The Informal City, 2007

CARACAS. The informal City is a groundbreaking documentary in two parts; the first explores the evolution of new informal urban developments that are arising as a result of globalization. The second part focuses on the most violent mega-city on the South American continent, Caracas, where more than four of its six million inhabitants live in self built constructions in the barrios where only the laws of the strong rule.

Only open to AA Students and Members                                                                           

Not yet an AA Member? Join today.

The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.


Into Eternity


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 23 March 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Michael Madsen, Into Eternity, 2010

One of the biggest problems facing countries who rely on nuclear energy is what to do with the highly toxic radioactive waste. In 1970, Finland began construction of a massive underground bunker designed to safely store its nuclear waste until it decays and becomes safe a process that takes 100,000 years. Through interviews with leading Finnish scientists and researchers, director Michael Madsen explores the consequences of nuclear energy and human fallibility.

Only open to AA Students and Members                                                                           

Not yet an AA Member? Join today.

The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.


Feeling the vertigo: At what plane architecture happens?


Series: The Shadow Series
Date: Thursday 16 March 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: Organised by John Andrews & Maria Theodorou With the support of Membership Office

Does architectural design today concern the vertical rather than the horizontal plane? Is the design of systems’ architecture replacing what was considered the standard practice of master-planning? Is the physicality of architecture just a query for emerging infrastructural operations? Following previous Shadow Series discussion which focused on architects’ agency to challenge norms, the debate on professional practice will conclude by revisiting the concepts of plan, planning and plane and will bring in current discussions on the ‘stack’, infrastructure, and other operational architecture categories.


The Shadow Series intends to turn the (usually) shadow condition of AA members and alumni into a shadowing force that debates architecture at the present scale of an expanded AA. Unlike the global school, in which the AA ventures across a variety of locations, the shadow series is an intimate event, held at the institution’s core, that assembles the AA’s bodies and brains to debate current architecture issues and processes. Held every third Thursday of the month, from 6:30–8.30pm, on a variety of topics.


Speakers and respondents include:


Horizontal practice in vertical space: logistics, borders, barricades, bodies - Charlotte Grace, architect, educator, activist, MA TUDelft http://www.antiuniversity.org/The-Architecture-of-the-Barricade  


INTENSIFICATIONS - John Palmesino, AA Diploma 4 Co-Master, founding member Territorial Agency https://transmediale.de/john-palmesino-territorial-agency-en


Rowan Moore, architecture critic and author https://www.theguardian.com/profile/rowan-moore 


Viviana MuscettolaAssociate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects http://www.zaha-hadid.com/people/viviana-muscettola  


Carlos Villanueva Brandt AA Diploma 10 Unit Master since 1986 www.villanuevabrandt.com


A Celebration Organised by the Hodgkinson Family in Association with the AA


Series: Memorial Event
Date: Saturday 11 March 2017 : 14.00
Speaker: Remembering Patrick Hodgkinson

An informal event hosted by the AA in association with the Hodgkinson family which celebrates the life and work of Patrick Hodgkinson (1930–2016) – perhaps the most adept of an extremely accomplished student cohort that joined the AA in the 1950s, and who later, working with Leslie Martin, excelled as the project architect of Harvey Court, Cambridge, before going on to establish his own office around the commission for the Brunswick Centre in Bloomsbury. From the mid-1970s onwards Hodgkinson’s career moved into academia, teaching at the AA, Cornell, and ultimately at Bath, where he proved to be a charismatic and enormously influential figure for an emerging generation of English architects. The event will be structured around a high tea, and will feature a number of informal speeches by Hodgkinson’s friends, colleagues and former students, as well as images of his life and work.


This is an open event and attendees are asked to RSVP at their earliest convenience at


https://memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk/events/patrickhodgkinson/#book-view


Marguerite Humeau Studio Visit


Series: The Origin Story – Media and Making in Practice
Date: Friday 10 March 2017 : 18.00
Speaker: Marguerite Humeau

Following Marguerite Humeau’s lecture on Wednesday, 8 March, there will be a visit to her studio as a unique opportunity to understand how she works and the environment within which she practices. 


For details on the lecture visit: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/VIDEO/lecture.php?ID=3642

For more information about Marguerite Humeau’s practice and projects visit: http://margueritehumeau.com/


This visit is open to AA Students and AA Members - spaces are limited.  
If you are interested in visiting Marguerite's studio please book a place via memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk.


Little Architect Family Workshop; Architecture on Other Planets


Date: Saturday 4 March 2017 : 11.00
Speaker: Workshop aimed at children from 5 to 12 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Little Architect is the AA's architectural programme for UK primary schools. Alongside space architect and NASA collaborator David Nixon, children will learn about futuristic architecture and design. They will have a chance to draw their own building, debate and compare their ideas before creating a collective future city on Mars. Parents and carers are also invited to dream of utopian buildings with us. The workshop is free but space is limited. Please book in advance at membersevents.aascool.ac.uk.


AA Building Conversations, Jamie Fobert tour of Bromley Hall School


Series: AA Building Conversations
Date: Friday 3 March 2017 : 09.30
Speaker: Jamie Fobert



A visit led by Jamie Fobert Architects, at which AA Members will be granted exclusive access to Bromley Hall School which is a former school for physically handicapped children. This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest. The architecture company, Jamie Fobert, have a reputation for innovative and inspiring architectural design in the residential, retail and arts sectors.


Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, this series of events combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members to discuss in situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by AA PhD candidate Sofia Krimizi, but will be a collective construction among all those present.


While Tower Hamlets have granted us special access, the building has been boarded off for years with no electricity or sanitary facilities Visitors must wear hard hats, carry torches, bring a bottle of water and be watchful of trip hazards (the AA can provide some hard hats and torches if you don’t have one – please let us know). Visitors will need to stay with the group throughout the visit, follow a set route to minimise the risk of trip hazards and refrain from accessing any areas not included in the tour.


Please click here to be directed to our events booking page and book your place.


A visit to Robert Adam's Chandos House


Series: AA Building Conversations
Date: Friday 24 February 2017 : 09.30
Speaker: Stephen Bates (Sergison Bates Architects)

A visit led by Stephen Bates of Sergison Bates Architects, at which AA Members will be granted exclusive access to Chandos House, designed in 1769 by Robert Adam, the most prominent architect in Georgian Britain.


Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, this series of events combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members to discuss in situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by AA PhD candidate Sofia Krimizi, but will be a collective construction among all those present.


Stephen Bates Biography


Stephen Bates is a founding partner of Sergison Bates Architects.  Stephen has taught at the AA, ETH Zurich, EPFL Lausanne, the Oslo School of Architecture, ETSAB Barcelona, the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is currently Professor of Urbanism and Housing at TU München. Established in 1996, Sergison Bates Architects has won numerous international awards, among them the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal and the Erich Schelling Medal for Architecture


www.sergisonbates.com


The series has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar, AA PhD (c), together with AA Membership.


Please note: This event is ticketed and tickets can be purchased at https://memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk/ Only open to AA Students and Members.


Disaster Playground


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 23 February 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Nelly Ben Haroun, Disaster Playground, 2014

We are so used to a particular version of disaster. We know what it looks like: Hollywood CGI. We know its characters: Bruce Willis as the ultimate hero, the scientist with terrible news, and the flawed president who is always presidential in a crisis. We know the dramatic rescues, the high-tech equipment, and the chain of command – that reassuring sense that someone, somewhere knows what to do…

The reality is, in fact, different. Disaster Playground is a ‘theatre of cruelty’, a critical platform where scientific surprise and its process can be more acclaimed than box-office success.

The film follows scientists leading the monitoring and deflection of hazardous Near Earth Objects and the real-life procedures in place in the event of an asteroid collision with the earth. From NASA and the SETI Institute to the White House and the United Nations, DISASTER PLAYGROUND follows the people who are responsible for protecting humanity from a potentially devastating asteroid impact.

Disaster Playground is a real film at the edge of space fiction: space decadence with a cutting edge approach through re-enactment of off-nominal situations by world-renowned space experts at NASA and the SETI Institute.

Only open to AA Students and Members                                                                           

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A visit to All Saints Margaret Street


Series: AA Building Conversations
Date: Friday 17 February 2017 : 09.30
Speaker: John O'Mara, Herzog and De Meuron Architects


This building visit led by John O'Mara will take place at All Saints, 7 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8JG.


Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, this series of events combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members to discuss in situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by an AA PhD candidate, but will be a collective construction among all those present.


John O’Mara studied architecture and technology of archtecture at Bolton Street Institute, Dublin, Southbank University, and the Architectural Association, London.  He joined Herzog & de Meuron in 2008 as Project Man­ager on the Tate Modern Project, and moved to London in 2009 to coordinate the UK office, directing projects such as the Blavatnik School of Government, the Tate Mod­ern Project, and One Wood Wharf and The Royal College of Art Battersea South.


The series has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar, AA PhD (c), together with AA Membership


Please note: This event is ticketed. Members can book tickets at https://memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk


Only open to AA Students and Members


Image: All Saints, Margaret Street, London ©Paul Dawson, 1998 (Courtesy of the Architectural Association Photo Library)


The Architects Attachment to Norms: normal /abnormal /hyper-normal


Series: The Shadow Series
Date: Thursday 16 February 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: Organised by John Andrews & Maria Theodorou, With Piers Taylor, Katie-Lloyd Thomas, Joseph Armakolas, Peter Wynne Rees, Jonathan Wimpenny and Paul Crosby


The architectural profession is highly regulated and application of rules produce specific effects that normalize built and unbuilt conditions. The discussion will question architecture’s professional practice as a set of rules to be followed, and consider instead the ways architecture regulations generate a set of conditions that produce and reproduce norms. A reflection on the categories of normal, abnormal, hyper-normal as manifested in the present, will be used as a means to turn away from the grip of professional normativity.


Three speakers select aspects of the proposed theme and present their approach, thoughts and experiences; each speaker has 10min max to present their case:


Piers Taylor Invisible Studio founder, former AA Studio Master  http://www.invisiblestudio.org/about/


Katie-Lloyd Thomas Co-Director of Architecture Research Collaborative (ARC) and Senior Lecturer in Architecture Design, School of Architecture Planning and Landscape Newcastle university http://www.ncl.ac.uk/apl/staff/profile/katielloyd-thomas.html#background


Joseph Armakolas AADipl, Part III Candidate (AAProfessional Studies Course) www.josepharmakolas.com



Three respondents pick their preferred speaker(s)or aspect(s) to comment on and challenge; each respondent has 10 min max to present their argumentation:


Peter Wynne Rees Professor of Places and City Planning, Bartlett, Planning Officer at City Corporation (1985 - 2014)and AA honorary member https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=PWREE64  


Jonathan Wimpenny Jonathan Wimpenny Architect, RIBA President Emeritus http://www.jonathanwimpennyarchitect.com/about


Paul Crosby Head AA Professional Practice


The Shadow Series intends to turn the (usually) shadow condition of AA members and alumni into a shadowing force that debates architecture at the present scale of an expanded AA. Unlike the global school, in which the AA ventures across a variety of locations, the shadow series is an intimate event, held at the institution’s core, that assembles the AA’s bodies and brains to debate current architecture issues and processes. Held every third Thursday of the month, from 6:30–8.30pm, on a variety of topics.


Troika Studio Visit


Series: The Origin Story – Media and Making in Practice
Date: Friday 27 January 2017 : 17.30
Speaker: Troika

Following Sebastien Noel’s lecture on Wednesday, 25 January, there will be a visit to Troika’s studio as a unique opportunity to understand how they work and the environment within which they practice.


For details on the lecture please visit: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/VIDEO/lecture.php?ID=3610
For more information about Troika’s practice and projects visit: http://troika.uk.com/


This visit is open to AA Students and AA Members - spaces are limited.  


If you are interested in visiting Troika in their studio please book a place via memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk.



Image: Troika with ‘Hardcoded Memory’ / © David Levene


DamNation


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 26 January 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Ben Knight & Travis Rummel, DamNation, 2014

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Only open to AA Students and Members

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Mittelmeerland - Salon de Recherche


Series: Saturday Gallery Talks
Date: Saturday 21 January 2017 : 11.00
Speaker: Stephanie Tunka and Medine Altiok


Mittelmeerland is a research project exploring the future of the Mediterranean Sea as a territory of water. Applying a comparative method and approaching cities from the sea, Mittelmeerland has travelled to six Mediterranean metropolises: Dubrovnik, Tangier, Beirut, Algiers, Alexandria and Izmir.  


The Salon de Recherche shows case studies and travel books which illustrate each city, their character, the coast, its usage and its users. It deals with urban conditions, politics and the urbanization processes along the Coast and the Sea.


Please join us for an informal talk by our exhibition curators Medine Altiok and Stephanie Tunka who will present the project and reflect on the findings. All welcome, complimentary drinks and refreshments provided. 


Website: www.mittelmeerland.org


Image Credit: Mittelmeerland Map, Medine Altiok, 2010


Martino Gamper Studio Visit


Series: The Origin Story – Media and Making in Practice
Date: Thursday 19 January 2017 : 17.30
Speaker: Martino Gamper

Following Martino Gamper’s lecture on Wednesday, 18 January, there will be a visit to his studio as a unique opportunity to understand how he works and the environment within which he practices. 


For details on the lecture visit: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/VIDEO/lecture.php?ID=3606

For more information about Martino Gamper’s practice and projects visit: http://martinogamper.com/

This visit is open to AA Students and AA Members - spaces are limited.  
If you are interested in visiting Martino at his studio please book a place via memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk.


Winged Creatures: where do architects go after they graduate? With confirmed speakers and respondents: Martha Rawlinson, Meneesha Kellay, Lilli Kudic, Carlos Peters, Angel Borrego Cubero, Gregory Volotalo,Takako Hasegawa and MAciej Woroniecki


Series: The Shadow Series
Date: Thursday 17 November 2016 : 19.00
Speaker: Organised by John Andrews & Maria Theodorou With the support of Membership Office

This second session focuses on the outcomes of architecture education to discuss the process by which graduates collide with the reality (or the Real) of the profession which they might have sporadically encountered during their studies. Speakers, respondents and attendees are invited to question both the ‘after’ and the ‘beyond’; they will reflect on the ways architecture education is usually celebrated and promoted as paving alternatives for its graduates, who can ‘design their own escape routes’ on a variety of professional paths, from fashion, stage design, to film-making, publishing etc.


The Shadow Series intends to turn the (usually) shadow condition of AA members and alumni into a shadowing force that debates architecture at the present scale of an expanded AA. Unlike the global school, in which the AA ventures across a variety of locations, the shadow series is an intimate event, held at the institution’s core, that assembles the AA’s bodies and brains to debate current architecture issues and processes. Held every third Thursday of the month, from 7–8.30pm, on a variety of topics.


Garbage Warrior


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 10 November 2016 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Oliver Hodge, Garbage Warrior, 2007


As a documentary following architect Mike Reynolds and his environmentally conscious "Earthship" houses, this film explores his struggle with the New Mexico government to change building code laws. Reynolds is a crusader for sustainable living, building structures almost entirely from discarded materials, including tires and aluminum cans. His houses are extremely self-reliant on top of being virtually 100 percent recycled and have been embraced in third-world countries hit by natural disasters.


Only open to AA Students and Members                                                                           


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The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.


The Education of an Architect: Robust Guesswork with confirmed speakers and respondents: Peter Zellner, Eleni Xilakis, Paul Shepheard, Albane Duvillier, Iain Boal, Nicholas Boyarsky, Rory Sherlock, AAgora, Graeme Brooker, Fred Scott and Odile Decq


Series: The Shadow Series
Date: Thursday 20 October 2016 : 19.00
Speaker: Organised by John Andrews & Maria Theodorou With the support of Membership Office

The first session of the Shadow Series is dedicated to 'Education', specifically the education of an architect. This seems appropriate since the Shadow Series is taking place in the A.A, itself a small school founded by a group of dissatisfied architectural draughtsmen in The Strand, London 1847. The session’s focus is on presenting- without-nostalgia some experimental models of education developed in the past, while scrutinizing-without-sentimentality the recent ones. Speakers, respondents and attendees are invited to engage on robust guesswork regarding the current ‘cruel optimism’ of architecture education.


The Shadow Series intends to turn the (usually) shadow condition of the members/alumni into a shadowing force that debates architecture at the present scale of an expanded AA. Unlike the global school, which ventures into a variety of locations, the shadow series is an intimate event at the institution’s core that assembles AA’s bodies, humours and brains. Organised by John Andrews & Maria Theodorou, with the support of Membership Office. All welcome


 


Cedric Price Memory Bank


Series: Saturday Gallery Talk
Date: Saturday 15 October 2016 : 11.00
Speaker: Jan Nauta & Viktor Vroegindeweij

Please join us on Saturday 15 October in the Front Members' Room for an informal talk by AA alumnus Jan Nauta and filmmaker Viktor Vroegindeweij. All welcome, complimentary drinks and refreshments will be served.


AA alumnus Jan Nauta and filmmaker Viktor Vroegindeweij discuss their series of interviews with collaborators, colleagues and friends of Cedric Price as documented in the project, Cedric Price Memory Bank. Memory Bank was originally commissioned by Bureau Europa. 


Ekümenopolis / City Without Limits


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 13 October 2016 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Imre Azan, Ekumenopolis/City Without Limits, 2012


Ecumenopolis is a word invented in 1967 by the Greek city planner Constantinos Doxiadis to represent the idea that in the future, urban areas and megalopolises would eventually fuse and there would be a single, continuous worldwide city as a progression from the current urbanisation and population growth trends. 


Ecumenopolis aims for a holistic approach to Istanbul, questioning not only the transformation, but the dynamics behind it as well. From demolished shantytowns to the tops of skyscrapers, from the depths of Marmaray to the alternative routes of the 3rd bridge, from real estate investors to urban opposition, the film will take us on a long journey in this city without limits. We will speak with experts, academics, writers, investors, city-dwellers, and community leaders; and we will take a look at the city on a macro level through animated maps and graphics. Perhaps you will rediscover the city that you live in and we hope that you will not sit back and watch this transformation but question it. In the end this is what democracy requires of us.


Only open to AA Students and Members                                                                           


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The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.


UNKNOWN FIELDS: The Dark Side of the City


Series: Saturday Gallery Talks
Date: Saturday 1 October 2016 : 11.00
Speaker: Liam Young and Kate Davies

Please join us on Saturday 1 October in the AA Gallery for an informal talk by exhibition curators and AA Visiting School Directors Kate Davies and Liam Young.
All welcome, complimentary drinks and refreshments.


Unknown Fields is a nomadic design studio that ventures out on expeditions through the shadows cast by the contemporary city to trace the alternative worlds, alien landscapes, industrial ecologies and precarious wilderness that its technology and culture set in motion.


Unknown Fields exhibition
Unknown Fields AA Visiting School


 


Image © Unknown Fields: Chile, Rockwood Lithium Pools


The Pruitt-Igoe Myth


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 15 September 2016 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Chad Freidrichs, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, 2011.


It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between? The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home. At the film’s historical center is an analysis of the massive impact of the national urban renewal program of the 1950s and 1960s, which prompted the process of mass suburbanization and emptied American cities of their residents, businesses, and industries. Those left behind in the city faced a destitute, rapidly de-industrializing St. Louis , parceled out to downtown interests and increasingly segregated by class and race. The residents of Pruitt-Igoe were among the hardest hit. Their gripping stories of survival, adaptation, and success are at the emotional heart of the film. The domestic turmoil wrought by punitive public welfare policies; the frustrating interactions with a paternalistic and cash-strapped Housing Authority; and the downward spiral of vacancy, vandalism and crime led to resident protest and action during the 1969 Rent Strike, the first in the history of public housing. And yet, despite this complex history, Pruitt-Igoe has often been stereotyped. The world-famous image of its implosion has helped to perpetuate a myth of failure, a failure that has been used to critique Modernist architecture, attack public assistance programs, and stigmatize public housing residents. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth seeks to set the historical record straight. To examine the interests involved in Pruitt-Igoe’s creation. To re-evaluate the rumors and the stigma. To implode the myth.


Only open to AA Students and Members                                                                           


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The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.


Walter’s Way - the Self-Build Revolution


Series: Saturday Gallery Talks
Date: Saturday 16 January 2016 : 11.00
Speaker: Jon Broome

Please join us on Saturday 16 January in the AA Gallery for a talk by Architect Jon Broome, who worked with Walter Segal on the Lewisham self-build projects in the 1980s. Jon Broome Architects is an award winning practice specialising in sustainable environmental design with innovations including modular, low-cost, timber frame houses designed and built by community based groups.


All welcome, complimentary drinks and refreshments will also be served. For more information please e-mail events@aaschool.ac.uk


Photo: Walter Segal on site in Lewisham, image courtesy of Jon Broome


Women in Architecture - 1/2


Series: AA XX 100
Date: Saturday 7 November 2015 : 10.00
Speaker: Helaine Blumenfeld, Mary Bowman, Judit Kimpian, Kate Mackintosh, Santa Raymond, Peter Murray, Helen Castle, and more

Forty years ago in August 1975 Monica Pidgeon, the editor of Architectural Design, was ‘egged on by young women libber’s at the AA’ to produce a special issue on Women in Architecture. AA XX 100 will be marking its 40th anniversary with a day long seminar celebrating women’s creativity and ingenuity.


Celebrated sculptor, Helaine Blumenfeld; landscape architect, Mary Bowman; environmental amazon, Judit Kimpian and other leading practitioners will be presenting alongside those involved with the 1975 issue including Kate Macintosh and Santa Raymond. Peter Murray will be talking about Monica Pidgeon and Helen Castle, editor of AD will be scouting for material for AD’s next issue on Women in Architecture planned for March 2017.


Helaine Blumenfeld worked with Russian Cubist sculptor Ossip Zadkine and exhibited alongside Henry Moore at a seminal exhibition in New York in 1985. Her work is a play with space form and light that is in constant visual dialogue with the built environment.


Kate Mackintosh and Santa Raymond have both had distinguished careers and were featured in the August 1975 issue of AD.


Judit Kimpian was responsible for setting up Carbon Buzz and is director of Sustainable Architecture and Research at AHR.


Mary Bowman studied at the AA and was one of the first female associates at Foster+Partners. She is a founding partner of Gustafson Porter LLP and her particular interest is the integration of landscape and architecture.


Moth-Eaten Old Students and Noisy Little Schoolboys – The AA in the Postwar Era Tuesday,


Series: AA XX 100 / AA Collections Series
Date: Tuesday 19 May 2015 : 18.30
Speaker: ZAMARIAN, Patrick

In 1945 the AA School returned from its wartime exile in rural Hertfordshire to Bedford Square, where, facilitated by the government’s Further Education and Training scheme, it soon grew to twice its pre-war size. The presence of a large number of mature, self-assertive and almost entirely male ex-service students had a considerable impact on the way the school operated. This talk will focus on the unprecedented activism these students unfolded at the AA, culminating – after years of confrontation with the school authorities – in a partial return of their voting rights in 1956.


Patrick Zamarian holds master degrees in architecture as well as the history and theory of architecture, both awarded by ETH Zurich. He is working on a PhD thesis on the AA in the postwar era at the University of Liverpool.


The New Synthesist: Proprietary Specification, Ripolin and Elizabeth Benjamin’s East Wall (1936)


Series: AA XX 100 / AA Collections Series
Date: Tuesday 12 May 2015 : 18.30
Speaker: THOMAS, Dr Katie Lloyd

In 1936 the AA-trained architect Elizabeth Benjamin designed a modernist reinforced concrete house at Gerrards Cross for the Ripolin paint executive Arnold Colaço Osorio that was acclaimed at the time and featured in F.R.S Yorke’s The Modern House in England (1937). This talk examines their intense correspondence around the specification of proprietary products – from paints to boilers and electric clocks – and the enormous escalation in the manufacturing and marketing of building products during the interwar period. It argues that this is the moment that the architect becomes ‘shopper’ on behalf of the client and as one journalist put it at the time a ‘synthesist’ in ‘the fellowship of art, science and industry’. Behind and alongside the polemics of modernism is a transformation of the architect’s relationship to industry that goes beyond issues of aesthetics or even the management of work on site, to give them a new role in the expansion of manufacture.


Dr Katie Lloyd Thomas is Lecturer in Architecture at Newcastle University where she co-directs ARC, the Architecture Research Collaborative, and is an editor of the international journal arq. Her research is concerned with materiality in architecture and with feminist practice and theory. Her monograph Preliminary Operations: Material theory and the architectural specification is in preparation and a new anthology Industries of Architecture is forthcoming (Routledge, 2015).


These talks (hosted by AA Membership) are being held as part of a wider series, leading up to the centenary of women at the Architectural Association in 2017. This series, organised by AA XX 100 with the collaboration of the Library, Photo Library and Archives, will feature academics who examine different periods of Architectural Association history, focusing on architects and tutors who helped shape architectural practice and profession globally. One of the talks on the immediate postwar period will show how students activism influenced the ethos of the school. The lectures will also highlight the AA’s collections and there will be displays of unique historic material from the AA Collections at each talk.


From Croydon to Chandigarh: Jane Drew and the creation of Tropical Modernism


Series: AA XX 100 / AA Collections Series
Date: Tuesday 28 April 2015 : 18.30
Speaker: JACKSON, Iain

Jane Drew was one of the most prolific, international architects of the 20th Century. She practiced from the mid 1930s until the 1980s, spending a considerable portion of that time in practice with her husband, Edwin Maxwell Fry. She was very much a leader and driving force in the practice, always retaining her own independence and developing a highly collaborative approach to design that was most unusual at the time.


This lecture will take us on a journey of Drew’s major works starting in the UK, but focusing on her works in the Middle East, West Africa and India, as well as discussing her influences, collaborators and literary works. Drew’s work in Chandigarh is particularly important and we will consider her housing, schools and health projects in the city that informed the creation of the Department of Tropical Architecture with Otto Koenigsberger. Drew has sometimes been derided as a ‘poor designer’, she was also sometimes considered a divisive figure, but this lecture will challenge these premises that were surely rooted in the prejudices of the time.


Iain Jackson is a senior lecturer in architecture at the Liverpool School of Architecture. He is the B.A. Director of Studies and his research is concerned with transnational architecture, in particular British architects working in colonial and post-colonial settings. He has recently finished a Leverhulme funded research project investigating the significance of Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew and written a monograph (coauthored with Dr. Jessica Holland) on this work, published by Ashgate.


These talks (hosted by AA Membership) are being held as part of a wider series, leading up to the centenary of women at the Architectural Association in 2017. This series, organised by AA XX 100 with the collaboration of the Library, Photo Library and Archives, will feature academics who examine different periods of Architectural Association history, focusing on architects and tutors who helped shape architectural practice and profession globally. One of the talks on the immediate postwar period will show how students activism influenced the ethos of the school. The lectures will also highlight the AA’s collections and there will be displays of unique historic material from the AA Collections at each talk.


Director’s State of The Association 2014


Series: School Community
Date: Friday 14 November 2014 : 13.00
Speaker: STEELE, Brett

Brett Steele will meet with the School Community to highlight his key achievements as Director of the AA School and to present his vision for the next five years. All are encouraged to attend. A Q&A session will follow the Director’s presentation.


Not What, But How


Series: Saturday Gallery Talk
Date: Saturday 30 November 2013 : 11.00
Speaker: WORKSHOP Architecture

[slideshow_deploy id='1075']Photos by Joanne McCluskeyAll 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 Howwrkshp.orgImage © WORKSHOP Architecture


Researching a Life in Education and Architecture. Mary Medd 1907-2005


Series: Members' Talk
Date: Wednesday 27 November 2013 : 18.30
Speaker: Dr. Catherine Burke

[slideshow_deploy id='1006']The significance of the early years and the AA in the career of Mary Medd 1907-2005First Floor Front, 33 Bedford Square, 6.30pmFree 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 ArchivesAA Collections weblinks:AA Library aaschool.ac.uk/aalife/library/libraryIntroduction.phpAA Photo Library photolibrary.aaschool.ac.uk/index.phpAA Archives aaschool.ac.uk/aalife/library/archive.php


Institute of Making


Series: 10r Building Visit
Date: Friday 22 November 2013 : 10.45
Speaker: Gaurav Sharma

[slideshow_deploy id='983']Photos by Byron BlakeleyArchitect: Gaurav SharmaFee: £5 Members /£8 non-MembersFriday 22 November, 10.45amMeeting point: 36 Bedford SquareAs 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.ukImage: Aerogel © UCL Institute of Making


1963 50 Year Reunion


Series: Reunion
Date: Wednesday 6 November 2013 : 18.00
Speaker:

[slideshow_deploy id='996']Photos by Valerie BennettOn 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


Series: Members' Evening
Date: Tuesday 8 October 2013 : 00.00
Speaker:

[slideshow_deploy id='1088']Photos: Valerie BennettTo 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 CollectiveDJ Andy Boilerhouse Poet Murray Lachlan YoungSingers David McAlmont and Sam ObernikVideo art Metamind visuals


San Rocco: Book of Copies


Series: Saturday Gallery Talk
Date: Saturday 5 October 2013 : 00.00
Speaker: Giovanni Piovene and Pier Paolo Tamburelli

[slideshow_deploy id='1024']Photos by Joanne McCluskeyGiovanni Piovene and Pier Paolo TamburelliAA 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.infoinfo/bookofcopiessalottobuono.netpiovenefabi.itbaukuh.itImage: SAN ROCCO Book of Copies at Museum of Copying at the 13th Venice Biennale © Giovanna Silva


Woodland day trip at Hooke Park


Series: Hooke Park
Date: Saturday 29 June 2013 : 00.00
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[slideshow_deploy id='1031']Photos by Byron BlakeleyWith travel* £45 for AA Students / £55 for MembersWithout travel** £25 for Members/AA StudentsPlease 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 events@aaschool.ac.uk.Caretaker's House photo Valerie BennettRecent footage of Hooke Park by Safwat+WilliamsHooke Park projects include:EmTech Pavilion 2013The Cocoon by Design & Make 


Weekend Trip to Madrid


Series: Members Trip
Date: Friday 18 May 2012 : 00.00
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AAIS 24-hr Event and Contemporary Architecture Guided Tour

Tickets including 2 nights 3* B&B: £295pp sharing twin room/£365pp single room2-Day Pass exluding B&B : £165ppThose 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 AAISTo book please call 020 7887 4034 or email: events@aaschool.ac.ukFlights are NOT included.IMAGE: Cineteca by Churtichaga + Cuadra Salcedo © FG+SG


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