AA Files 57–71

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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 – thomas.weaver@aaschool.ac.uk. 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 Submissions can range in length from 1,000 to 10,000 words, with accompanying archival and ideally previously unpublished images also encouraged.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 71 features contributions by William Firebrace, Andrew Crompton, Thomas Weaver, Kevin Roche, Piers Gough, Hamed Khosravi, Nicholas Olsberg, Andres Kurg, Cristóbal Amunátegui, Adrian Forty, Eva Branscome, Charles Rice, Chris Blencowe & Judith Levine, Andri Gerber, Thomas Daniell, Hiroshi Hara, Pier Vittorio, Niall Hobhouse & Tina Di Carlo
    176 pages, extensive col & b/w ills
    297 x 245 mm, paperback, 2015
    ISBN 978-1-907896-73-3


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AA Files 57–71

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The AA has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:


The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that we are making commendable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Educational Oversight.