AA Files is the Architectural Association School of Architecture’s journal of record and the successor to a long line of AA house journals (including titles such as AA Notes, AA Journal, Arena and AAQ) that began with the school’s founding in 1847. Launched in 1981 by the AA’s then chairman, Alvin Boyarsky, the journal appears twice a year and is sent out to members of the Architectural Association, individual subscribers and is distributed to a global network of bookshops. Since 2007 AA Files has been under the editorship of Thomas Weaver, the fourth of its editors, following Mary Wall, Mark Rappolt and David Terrien, who, with issue 57, initiated a redesign that saw the introduction of a new graphic design template, developed and still produced by the John Morgan studio, and a shift of focus in terms of its content towards more writerly models of scholarship, criticism and investigation, prompted not only by work, exhibitions and events from within the school, but by a rich and eclectic mix of architectural enquiry from all over the world.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal to AA Files please contact Thomas Weaver – email@example.com. The preferred model for AA Files texts is that they are conceived and written as essays not academic papers – that is, the journal encourages writing that privileges ideas over references, an originality of argument over the reiteration of existing positions, a good title and anything with a sense of wit, nuance or style. Submissions can range in length from 1,000 to 10,000 words, with accompanying archival and ideally previously unpublished images also encouraged. No issue is themed in any way and deadlines are typically late January for the spring/summer (May) issue, and early September for the autumn/winter (December) issue.
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- AA Files 72 features contributions by Davide Spina, Thomas Daniell, Itsuko Hasegawa, Mario Tedeschini-Lalli, Laurent Stalder & Moritz Gleich, Colin Rowe, Daniel Naegele, Irénée Scalbert, Peter St John, Silvia Micheli & Léa-Catherine Szacka, Paulo Berdini, Daniel Sherer, Hubert Damisch, Nicolas Kemper, Thomas Weaver, Alexander Brodsky, Emma Letizia Jones, Henrik Schoenefeldt, Max Moya
176 pages, extensive col & b/w ills
297 x 245 mm, paperback, 2016