Christopher’s proposal is to undertake a study of the Ōtsuka Museum of Art in Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture – the largest exhibition space in Japan, which houses more than one thousand full-size ceramic reproductions of major works of art, including the Sistine Chapel, Scrovegni Chapel, triclinium of the Villa of the Mysteries and Guernica. The works are transfer-printed from photographs before being fired and retouched. Christopher has proposed to explore the notion and implications of copying art in Japan, and by extension for us all.

The subject was seen as a good introduction into a number of contemporary issues, in a rapidly evolving world where growing populations around the world will never have the opportunity to see the originals of these pieces how can reproduction be affected to ensure that people can be exposed to the wide range of experiences predicted on visits to places such as the Sistene Chapel.

This promises to be a very interesting project, and the judges look forward to the final outcome of Christopher's field work.

Learn more about the Michael Ventris Award.

Christopher is also the recipient of the Dennis Sharp Writing Prize.

Date Submitted: 24/5/2013

Edited by Jesko Fezer and Matthias Görlich

Published by Bedford Press

Bedford Press has published the first ebooks to be released by the AA. The Civic City Cahier series is now available, beginning with the out-of-print editions 1 and 2 by Margit Mayer and Gui Bonsiepe. The books are distributed worldwide, through Amazon for Kindle and on the iBookstore for Apple devices. A free Kindle reader app is also available for most smartphone and tablet platforms.

Please visit the Bedford Press website to purchase and for more information

Date Submitted: 21/5/2013

Amita Kulkarni (AA MArch 2005) and Anna Muzychak (AA part I 2012)  from Studio Amita Vikrant are invited to tutor in the Vertical Studio program at Cardiff University with a unit titled “Gardens of Fictions”, running over April and May. The studio asked 1st and 2nd year students to create an imaginative spatial narrative exploring gardens as spaces between the outside and inside worlds and translate their concepts into a layered drawing.

For more information on the unit please see:


Date Submitted: 9/5/2013

The following students have been awarded a high pass for Technical Studies.

  • Inter 1 – Albane Duvillier
  • Inter 2 – Carlotta Conte
  • Inter 3 – Alvaro Fernandez
  • Inter 4 – Hao Wen Lim , Dionysios Xynogiannakopoulos
  • Inter 5 – Juliet Haysom
    *** Sho Ito *** High Pass with Distinction – best TS Project in the 3rd Year
  • Inter 6 – Qin Zhao (Lexie)
  • Inter 7 – Martin Brandsdal
  • Inter 11 – Andreas Stylianou
  • Inter 13 – Richard Kai Ching Leung , Federique Paraskevas , Xingyue Zhang
  • Dip 1 – Kin Pong Ho , Soon il Kim
  • Dip 2 – Olivia Crawford
  • Dip 4 – Friedrich Grafling
  • Dip 5 – Maud Sanciaume
  • Dip 6 – William Gowland
    ***Mond Qu*** High Pass with Distinction – best TS Thesis in the 5th Year
  • Dip 8 – Sanem Alper , Gary Dupont , Borja Muguiro
  • Dip 9 – Georges Massoud , Antoine Vaxelaire
  • Dip 10 – Peter Sagar
  • Dip 11 – Karl Karam , Conrad Koslowsky
  • Dip 14 – Hissah Al-Bader , Matthew Critchley , Octave Perrault , Jing Qiao
  • Dip 16 – John Naylor , Ashkan Sadeghi
  • Dip 17 – Pavanjeet Birdi
Date Submitted: 3/5/2013

Read the interview, 'Unknown Fields Divison', in TiP.


Photo: Johnathan Gales

Date Submitted: 29/4/2013


The competition, organised by International Art Consultants, is being held for the fourth time since its launch in 2007 and has had Keith Priest, AA President, on the Judging Panel in the last two series (2011- 2013)

Entries are still open until the 30 April 2013 at http://www.architectseye.co.uk/

Date Submitted: 25/4/2013

The collaboration between Bilgi University and Vertical Studio at Cardiff University runs from 20 – 24 April.

Hosted by Bilgi University, the Vernal workshops aim to bring together a multidisciplinary team to foster an atmosphere of exchange and collaboration within an international platform. This is integrated with ‘Articulating Istanbul’, this year’s vertical studio unit at Cardiff University, which focuses on students making an architectural artefact/intervention in Istanbul while creating the opportunity to work with students from the two different cities.

More information on the unit can be found on the Bigli University and Cardif University websites, and by visiting the programme's homepage

Date Submitted: 24/4/2013

Stationed in front of the AA, Ascending and Descending converts the everyday vernacular of a building site and its implicit expenditure of human labour power, into a sisyphian duration performance, as a worker loads earth onto conveyor belts, relentlessly moving earth back to the hole from where it came.  

Tatzu Nishi (Japan) creates out-of- scale and out-of-place encounters in public spaces around the world, transforming street lights, parked cars and monuments.

The installation is part of Cultural Hijack, which opens at the AA on Thursday 25 April. Cultural Hijack occurs in three parts: a survey exhibition of documented artworks from across the globe, supported by a programme of artists’ talks; a programme of live-interventions, in which artists arrive in London to agitate and infiltrate the urban territory, starting in Bedford Square and moving out across the city; and CON(tra)VENTION, in which the programme culminates in a carnival weekend of lectures, symposia, screenings, participatory actions, interventions, dinners and debate.

Date Submitted: 24/4/2013

AA graduate and former President Adrian Gale, who worked with Mies van der Rohe from 1958, will be giving a lecture on several of the architect's projects, particularly Mies’ use of brick in Chicago. 

ABA Gallery 70 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EJ

Doors at 6.30, lecture at 7.00

Tickets: £8.00, £6.00 for students

To book, reach Phillip Boyle on 020 7253 6624, or email phillip.sboyle@btinternet.

Date Submitted: 22/4/2013

Ricardo de Ostos (NaJa & deOstos/AA Inter 3 tutor) to speak at Columbia University The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation annual symposium on April 20th. For more information please click on link below:


Date Submitted: 18/4/2013

18–25 August

Led by AA graduate Tomas Pohnetal, the workshop will introduce key techniques of creating architectural space. Through direct, hands-on engagement with materials, participants will explore two distinct working methodologies – linear and non-linear, planned and spontaneous, ordered and chaotic – in order to recognise their distinct influence on architectural proposition.

Application Deadline: Friday, 31 May 

Find out more about the workshop.

Date Submitted: 17/4/2013

The theme of this year's Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe conference is 'Future Traditions' – Rethinking traditions and envisioning the future of Architecture through the use of Digital Technologies; 4–5 April, at FAUP in Porto, Portugal

Verma and Devadass will also present their project with CAADRIA 2013 at NUS, Singapore, which will be held from 14–18 May 2013.

Both London-based graduates now work at RoboFold Ltd and are pursuing independent research.

Find out more about their thesis project.

Date Submitted: 20/3/2013

Friday 15 March, 2013

The conference is organised by Zelena Akcija / Friends of the Earth Croatia, with Transparency International Croatia.

Date Submitted: 20/3/2013

Photo, Valerie Bennett

Date Submitted: 19/3/2013

Koh was selected to present a full paper at the annual Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia. This year's conference theme is 'Open Systems' and is hosted at the National University of Singapore.

Koh will also lead the workshop 'Open-Work 1.0', which will give participants the opportunity to explore the conference’s theme both philosophically and technically, through a series of hands-on design exercises and concluding with simple integrated prototypes that use processing, Arduino, X-Box Kinect and an assortment of simple sensors/actuators. 

Other paper contributions include those from Havard, MIT, ETH Zurich, CMU, RMIT, Delft and UC Berkeley. Workshop topics include 'Parametric Robot Control' and an introduction to Grasshopper and Kangaroo systems.

Date Submitted: 13/3/2013


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