Architect Michael Ventris
19 North End, Hampstead, NW3 7HR

Tour led by Current AA Student Manolis Stavrakakis, PhD candidate

The house was designed by Michael and his wife Lois Ventris in 1952. They were both graduates of the AA (Michael Ventris graduated from the AA in 1948). He deciphered Linear B during 1951-1953. Michael Ventris died in a car accident in September 1956.
To register your interest you must be there at 1.30 pm on the day. Availability will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Due to the compact size of many of the rooms within the house the visitors will be divided into groups of 6 for each 20 minute tour.

Weblink to Michael Ventris house visit:

Date Submitted: 17/9/2013

Type Tasting – a display of creative typography, 14–19 September

Participants get away from their computers and get their hands dirty, experimenting with typography and exploring its expressive qualities while learning about type. 

See more of Maria's project.

Workshops (drop in workshops, no prior experience necessary)
14 & 15 September 2013
10am – 5pm

London Design Festival Hub
Design Studio, Sackler Centre


Date Submitted: 5/9/2013

Immanuel Koh (AAVS Taipei Director,AA Media Studies & AAIS Tutor) exhibited 'Generative Glass' at Taipei's Songshan Cultural & Creative Park with the architectural glass prototypes made during the recent AA Taipei Visiting School from 6th-20th August 2013.

Date Submitted: 16/8/2013

'Eupnea' is a film by artist Ilona Dorota Sagar made exclusively for Saturated Space, a research cluster at the AA. It explores the colour-space of healthcare environments in Britain, which to this day are guided in their design by colour analyses from the 1950s. This has created a historic and continuing relationship for millions of people between whole generations of memories and experiences across the gamut of life's most intense moments – from birth, to illness, dementia, and death – in which specific colours, surfaces and spaces become intertwined, active players in the pain, hope, fear and release of the NHS' countless visitors.

From the artist:

'The film focuses on the connection between colour, health and well-being through its manifestation in the design of hospitals. Hospitals can be seen as the site of a collision between internal and external languages in design, cognition and the human body. The external syntax of technical and functional systems clashes with an internal language which is messier, more visceral and emotional.'

Watch the film. 

Saturated Space is a forum for the sharing, exploration, and celebration of colour in Architecture.

Visit Saturated Space on Facebook.

Date Submitted: 30/7/2013

'Moscow Metro : The Networked Labyrinth' appears in SA issue 72. 

About the project:

'A hybrid underground mix of music and entertainment spaces hijacks Moscow’s most prominent public transportation system and becomes the ultimate social condenser in the Russian capital city. Strategically located in the heart of Moscow within four Metro station interchanges, the Labyrinth will feed on travelling commuters while sucking in pedestrians from the city surface, deep into the whirling pool of endless euphoria that snakes hundreds of metres below ground level.'

See the project on SuperArchitects

Atira on Projects Review 2013

Image: 01. Provocation Section, Atira Ariffin

Date Submitted: 30/7/2013

Reynolds designed a prototype for data centres as social spaces, involving the use of a data centre in Palm Springs as a testing ground for linking social functions and technological requirements.

View the project.

Reynolds is the cofounder of Palace

Patricia Tindale graduated from the AA. She started as an architect in the Ministry of Education in 1949, became the final chief architect at the Department of the Environment between 1982–86 and was the last architect in the Civil Service to shape government policy on the design of public house-building.

Date Submitted: 30/7/2013

The August issue – 'Pick of the Graduate Shows 2013' – features Taylor's drawing, titled 'The Ragpickers' Kite Festival' from his project, Ahmedabad’s Golden Temple of Trash.

From Projects Review 2013:

'Ahmedabad’s Golden Temple of Trash is an alchemical playground which spoons the five toxic mountains of this Indian city’s Asnani landfill. Converting the unending stream of electronic commodities discarded by the western world into nuggets of pure gold, it is fuelled by the productive efforts of the city’s swarm of informal ragpickers as an ensemble of temples, wells and factories weave themselves into a form to market luxury goods to the burgeoning ranks of India’s super-rich.'

Learn more about Robert's work on Projects Review 2013.

Date Submitted: 25/7/2013

The East London-based architect talks about life after school, making great work, and his drive to always do more.

'There’s something about imagining as far as you can go with an idea and then reaching it, and realizing you’re in another center again...And then you’re wondering, "Now, where can I go from here?"'

Read the full article

Photo Michael Pisarri

Date Submitted: 25/7/2013

The purpose of the proposal is to transform the social housing project of Tintoretto Tower, San Polo, Brescia, into a sociable, friendly and convivial architecture. The design introduces a new parking podium and generous balconies to shift the tone of the existing introverted architecture into an extroverted one.

With a compositional design of the balconies inspired by the futurist painting of Giacomo Balla 'Composizioni iridescenti n.7', the project also proposes an extensive renewable surge of energies such as integrated photovoltaic in the balconies and a geothermal heating system.

The idea is based on the realisation of balconies of varying depths that increase the surface area of each apartment, introduce open air landscapes to all apartments, establish dynamic building facades, and finally, save energy.

Find out More:

Tintoretto Tower

Luca Peralta Studio

Date Submitted: 25/7/2013

The exhibition will showcase his work, along with three other residents at the Design Museum from 4 September 2013 to 12 January 2014.

From the Design Museum:

'Adam will explore the concept of identity in "our globalised mass culture which at times can be a confusing and unstable" and presents his findings through blogs, objects and film. Identity Parade will chart the development of Adam's residency at the Design Museum.'

More information on Furman's project can be found on his dedicated project blog: http://identity-parade.blogspot.co.uk

Find out more about Designers In Residence.

Adam Nathanial Furman graduated from Diploma Unit 9 in 2008 and holds an AAGradDip from the Interprofessional course (2008–09). He is a designer at Ron Arad Associates, and he is co-director of the AA Research Cluster Saturated Space and Madam Studio. More of Adam's work can be found on his blog.  

Date Submitted: 22/7/2013

The British Council announced that two shortlisted teams for the British Pavilion will be given the opportunity to further develop and explore their proposed ideas before the committee makes a decision.

The two teams are David Knight/Oliver Wainwright/Finn Williams and FAT/Crimson/Owen Hatherley. Both will be awarded an honorarium of £750 and asked to refine their proposals before the Selection Committee reconvenes to make a final decision.

For more information visit www.britishcouncil.org/backoftheenvelope and follow @british_design / #BritishPavilion2014


Photo: British Pavilion, photo John Riddy

Date Submitted: 17/7/2013

Awarded annually, the prize is presented to an AA Diploma student whose portfolio best addresses the themes of sustainability and infrastructure.

Find out more on Projects Review 2013.

Naylor's project has been featured on Arch Daily and Design Boom.

See all AA award recipients.

Date Submitted: 26/6/2013

Friedrich Grafling, Diploma Unit 4
Contemporary Court - a `Großraumbüro´ for the Mittelstand and Wiesen

Ja Kyung Kim, Diploma Unit 5
"Oi! Your shadow’s over the line!”

Mond Qu, Diploma Unit 6
Aditnálta: An Island dispersed across the internet

Antoine Vaxelaire, Diploma Unit 9


Find out more about the projects.

See their work at pr2013.aaschool.ac.uk.


Image, Ja Kyung Kim

Date Submitted: 26/6/2013

AA student work is the School’s greatest asset. In recognition of this, the AA awards prizes and distinctions at all levels. The list of prizes for the end of each academic year is announced at the Graduation Ceremony preceding the opening of Projects Review.

Find out about the awards. 

Henry Florence Studentship
Matthew Critchley, Diploma 14

Alex Stanhope Forbes Prize
Liam Denhamer, First Year

AA Travel Studentship
Albane Duvillier, Jonathan Cheng and Lorenzo Luzzi, Intermediate Unit 1

Howard Colls Studentship
Sergej Maier, Diploma Unit 1

Alexander Memorial Travel Fund
Helen Solvay, Intermediate Unit 10

William Glover Bequest
Lili Carr, Intermediate Unit 2

Henry Saxon Snell Scholarship
Eleonore Audi, Intermediate Unit 3

Ralph Knott Memorial Fund
Joy Matashi, Intermediate Unit 8

Holloway Trust
John Naylor, Diploma Unit 16

Julia Wood Foundation Prize
Rosie Nicolson, Foundation

AA Prize
Georges Massoud, Diploma Unit 9

Beverly Bernstein Prize
Carlos Andres Nuñez Davila, Housing and Urbanism

AA Student Honours Prize
Ja Kyung Kim, Diploma Unit 5

Foster + Partners Prize
John Naylor, Diploma Unit 16

Nicholas Boas Travel Award
Joshua Penk, Intermediate Unit 10
Manolis Stavrakakis, PhD

Nicolas Pozner Prize
Frederik Bojesen, Diploma Unit 10

Dennnis Sharp Prize for Excellence in Writing
Chris C Bisset

Honourable Mention
Hessa Albader

HTS Writing Awards 2013
Sandra Kolacz
Radu R Macovei
Rory Sherlock
Lili Carr

Technical Studies Awards 2012/13
Sho Ito
Mond Qu


Image, Rosie Nicolson

Date Submitted: 26/6/2013

Design and Make The Cocoon

Design & Make's inhabitable and suspended Cocoon, designed by Hugo G Urrutia, Abdullah Omar, Ashgar Khan and Karjvit Rirermvanich, has been profiled online at Dezeen.

'The Cocoon represents a journey through the forest, inviting and challenging the visitor to anticipate, imagine, explore and discover the natural beauty of the forest from a completely different perspective,' says the design team.

See the full article

Find out more about Design & Make on Projects Review 2013

Date Submitted: 25/6/2013


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