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Image: 1:1 model of Maison Domino at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, by AA Tutor Valentin Bontjes Van Beek. Photo by Valerie Bennett of AA Photolibrary.

If you’re heading to Venice this summer, look out for AA representation in both the Giardini and the Arsenale venues.

Particularly noteworthy this year are the contributions of recent AA graduates Jack Self and Shumi Bose, who are part of the curatorial team in the British pavilion, Home Economics commissioned by the British Council. Others involved in this project include AA Councillor Vicky Richardson, AA academic staff members Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria Giudicci, and AA alumna Julia King.

Another pavilion not to be missed is the Australian pavilion, The Pool – Architecture, Culture and Identity in Australia, which is co-curated by AA graduate and Director of Aileen Sage ArchitectsAmelia Holiday.

AA ALUMNI INVOLVEMENT

NATIONAL PARTICIPANTS

AUSTRALIA
The Pool – Architecture, Culture and Identity in Australia
Amelia Holliday

BALTIC STATES (ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA)
The Baltic Pavilion
Niklavs Paegle 
Jonas Žukauskas 

BELGIUM
BRAVOURE
Christoph Grafe

BRAZIL
Rodrigo Azevedo

GREAT BRITAIN
Home Economics
Jack Self 
Shumi Bose 
Julia King

GREECE
#ThisIsACo-op
Ana Melpomeni Danou

ISRAEL
"A is for Architecture, B is for Biology"
Ariele Blonder-Afek

LUXEMBOURG (Grand Duchy of)
Tracing transitions
Claude Ballini

MONTENEGRO
Project Solana Ulcinj
Claudia Pasquero 
Marco Poletto

SEYCHELLES (Republic of) 
Between Two Waters, Searching for Expression in the Seychelles
Alex Ellenberger 
Makoto Saito

SLOVENIA (Republic of)
Home@Arsenale
Aljoša Dekleva 
Tina Gregoric

THAILAND
Class of 6.3 
Varudh Varavarn

PARTICIPANTS

Sir David Chipperfield
Eyal Weizman
Manuel Herz
Lord Richard Rogers of Riverside
Graham Stirk
Andrew Freear

If you are an AA alumni involved in this year’s Biennale and are not listed above, please do get in touch. events@aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 25/5/2016

This year the Design Museum opens the doors to its new home in Kensington. The Designers in Residence of 2016 will join the museum on this journey. Through a focussed and rigorous proposal, the museum asked designers to submit creative responses to this year’s theme OPEN.

AA Part 1 graduate and Lacey Green Visiting School Director Clementine Blakemore was selected as one of the four designers in residence alongside Alix Bizet, Andrea de Chirico and Rain Wu. Her residency will be focused on the potential of collaborative construction processes.

The Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum is a core part of the museum's activity, and exists to provide emerging designers, across any discipline, with time and space away from their regular environment to reflect, research and consider new ways of developing their practice.

To read more, visit: https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/designers-in-residence-2016-open
http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/laceygreen

Date Submitted: 18/5/2016

Anupama Kundoo: High-speed Housing

Roca London Gallery 

Open until 18 June 2016, free admission 

Through her High-speed Housing project, acclaimed Indian architect Anupama Kundoo has developed an affordable, lightweight and resilient solution for housing and sanitation. The skills required to build the homes can be acquired by anyone: simple enough to pass on to local craftspeople yet sophisticated enough to withstand seismic shocks. Elements of Kundoo’s Full Fill home prototype and Easy WC are on display and reveal the fascinating making process behind the project.

For further information visit: rocalondongallery.com

Date Submitted: 12/5/2016

AA tutor, Nuria Alvarez Lombardero, has won the XIII Spanish Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) prize for best research work for her book "ArquitectAs. Redefiniendo la profesión" - "ArquitectAs. Redefining the practice" (2015, Recolectores Urbano) . The edited book summarizes the work of thirty international authors reflecting on a professional practice of architecture more equitable in terms of gender and some recent examples of young women architects

 More information: http://www.bienalesdearquitectura.es/index.php/es/muestra-de-pfc-e-investigacion/resultados-i-convocatoria-de-investigacion-divulgacion/5779-investigacion-xiii-beau-divulgacion-arquitectas2

Date Submitted: 11/5/2016

dRMM’s newest built residential scheme, Trafalgar Place, has won a London RIBA Award. Trafalgar Place is the first phase to be delivered as part of Lendlease’s regeneration of Elephant and Castle. Comprising 235 tenure blind, high-quality homes, including 25% affordable housing, integrated within a vibrant landscape and mature trees, the project transforms the built environment whilst referencing the historic fabric of the neighbourhood.

dRMM’s Founding Director, Sadie Morgan, is a former AA Council President and current AA member.

Please see the attached PDF for more information or visit www.drmm.co.uk

Date Submitted: 11/5/2016

Alexandros Kallegias (Programme Director / AA Athens and AA Greece Visiting Schools, AA Summer DLAB) and Elif Erdine (Studio Tutor / AA EmTech Graduate Design Programme, Programme Director / AA Istanbul Visiting School and AA Summer DLAB) present their paper from the final outcome of Summer DLAB 2015, titled “Modelling Natural Formations: Design and Fabrication of Complex Concrete Structures” in SimAUD (Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design) 2016. Hosted by the Bartlett, UCL, the conference will take place during 16 – 18 May 2016. 

Elif Erdine (Studio Tutor / AA EmTech Graduate Design Programme, Programme Director / AA Istanbul Visiting School and AA Summer DLAB) also present her PhD paper, titled “Rethinking Conceptual Design: Computational Methods for the Simultaneous Integration of Tower Subsystems” at SimAUD 2016 Conference.

Hosted by the Bartlett, UCL, the conference will take place during 16 – 18 May 2016. For further details visit: http://simaud.com/2016/

Date Submitted: 10/5/2016

The talk focused on the importance of good architecture in our everyday life and how good design in every scale can affect our quality of life.

The talk is now available to view online by the TEDx platform.

 

Date Submitted: 5/5/2016

In 2015 the Museum of Capitalism announced an architecture competition in the form of a call for ideas that answered the question “What should a Museum of Capitalism look like?” AA graduates Elaine Yik Ling Tsui, AADipl2014 and Xinyue Zhang, AADipl2015 received an honourable mention for their entry "Museum of Capitalism"

For more details please visit: www.museumofcapitalism.org/architecture-competition

Date Submitted: 27/4/2016

Read the full story in the Guardian and find out more about Asao’s work at http://tokolo.com.

Date Submitted: 26/4/2016

TONY FRETTON  MINIS

PREVIEW: Wednesday 4 May, 6-8PM

EXHIBITION: 5 May - 5 June 2016

ADDRESS: 100 Central Street - LONDON EC1V 8AJ

Invitation to the AA community to attend a private view of MINIS, an exhibition of work by former AA tutor and AA alumnus, Tony Fretton of Tony Fretton Architects.

“In what I think is a pioneering exhibition, an architect’s personal digital sketches are presented not as incidental to other modes of architectural representation, such as models, renderings or hard line drawings, but as part of the primary process of design.
I say part because there is a prior range of pencil sketches that Tony Fretton produces to develop schemes with colleagues in his studio. Made in the moment, they are often inscrutable after the event and hence un-exhibitible. In contrast the digital sketches are descriptive-made for himself in order as he says ‘to understand the consequences of decisions made under the pressure of production, and the nature and possibilities of the design’. Their style reflects the rapid changes that have occurred in devices and programs for digital drawing.” Katherine Clarke

bettsproject.com 
tonyfretton.com 


Date Submitted: 22/4/2016

Joshua Potter (AA Part 1/ ex-Inter 11 student) has launched a kickstarter campaign to help fund the construction of a pavilion design using the mathematical theory of Pursuit Curvature at this Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA.

Joshua went to the festival last year and assisted in the construction of three projects, and this year he is hoping to continue his involvement by building his own project out there. The team is small at the moment, but already includes some AA students - if you are interested in applying to be part of the build team, please fill out the online submission form: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_mNTsQTUAk6VxaJCnx8V5UCejQcbJshzAVAW_w_shNo

To learn more about the project, support the campaign and get PURSUIT-related merchandise: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pursuitburn2016/pursuit-a-unique-art-installation-for-burning-man
The deadline to contribute is 16 May 2016 at 9pm.

Date Submitted: 20/4/2016

Zaha: No architect in the world had the affect you did on AA students, graduates, colleagues or other architects. Here, there or anywhere. You always knew this was your greatest talent amongst so many others: the ability to change other architectural minds in a time when that grows increasingly improbable.

Amazingly, for a person filled with unswerving opinion, this was also one of the very few things you never commented upon, uttered a word about, or hinted an explanation for.

You lit rooms, presentations and conversations a thousand different ways, as if one of your paintings. You wrote lightning-speed late-night text messages as if miniature, instantaneous 21st century manifestos.

Everyone everywhere today is remembering you this first day of April this first day after you by sharing pictures posting stories uploading links adding comments trading memories reminding each other of you with versions of your buildings and your drawings and your paintings and your words. Which no one else could have imagined, let alone could have made. Like you did, with such ease. Thank you.

You always knew your architecture was planetary from the start. Thanks for having the patience to let architecture catch up. It will hurt not having you in the future you always cared so much about. We all will love you the way you loved architecture -- in that future. Your future. Forever, Brett

Brett Steele
Director, AA School

(Image: Zaha Hadid 2002 @ the AA
Image credit: Valerie Bennett)

Date Submitted: 1/4/2016

Image Caption: AA SED winning entry for refurbishment and extension of Queen Hotel on Lake Como in Cernobbio, Italy. 

The competition held at the Fair of Milano 15-18 March 2016. The winning SED Team will receive a prize money and the opportunity to perform a stage in qualified firms or professional studios.

Labgrade is a non-profit organization aimed at spreading the culture of sustainability and circular economy for innovation and the reduction of CO2 emissions in the construction sector, in cooperation with international universities and industry.

AA SED Team

Antonio Almeida, Irech Castrejon, Sheila Esteve, Irene Giglio, Andrea Rossi, Victoria Soto, Avgousta Stanitsa, Julia Torrubia, Pier Luigi Turco, with tutors Herman Calleja and Federico Montella.

 

 

Date Submitted: 23/3/2016

AA Alumnus Joseph Armakolas received Special Mention by the Architizer A+Awards 2016 jury for his latest realised project "THE BOX, a multi-purpose venue for the Applied Arts". The project was submitted under the category "Cultural/ Gallery".

THE BOX is a multi-purpose venue for the Applied Arts, that already hosts a vibrant community of emerging local artists. It is run by a private non-profit company, established to enable young professionals to connect, produce and showcase their work in present-day, crisis-ridden Athens.

The Architizer A+Awards 2016 international jury includes among others: Denise Scott Brown, Bjarke Ingels, Tom Kundig, AA Alumni Ben van Berkel, Nathalie de Vries, Sam Jacob and former AA chairman Mohsen Mostafavi.

http://architizer.com/projects/box-4

http://awards.architizer.com/winners/list/

www.facebook.com/theboxathens

www.josepharmakolas.com

Date Submitted: 17/3/2016

AA Alumnus and founder of Ksquared (www.ksquared.eu), Kasang Kajang, has been shortlisted finalist for the Art & About festival Sydney 2015-16. The project entitled "Arteria Rainbow" was shortlisted from over 300 applications to reach the final stage of proposals for the art and design festival with the possibility of being realised in Sydney, Australia within the forthcoming year.

Follow the link for more information on the festival :- www.artandabout.com.au

Date Submitted: 14/3/2016
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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:

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/reviews-and-reports/provider?UKPRN=10008071

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.

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