Elif Erdine (DRL'06, current PhD in Design, DLAB Programme Director), Alexandros Kallegias (DRL'11, DLAB tutor) and Daghan Cam (DRL'12, DLAB tutor) will showcase the final prototype of AA DLAB 2012, Fallen Star, during Kinetica Art Fair 2013 in London

27 February – 3 March, in London

For more information, visit the Kinetica Art Fair website

Date Submitted: 20/2/2013


A 'manifesto' for the curious architect/designer/artist in search of depth, but in love with plenty, in the saturated world of the 21st Century.

In a world where grazing is the norm, in which the bitesize is the ideal that conflates ease of consumption with value, where yoghurts are increased in sales price by being reduced in size and packaged like medicines, downed in one gulp; in a world where choice is a democratic obligation that obliterates enjoyment, forced on consumers through the constant tasting, buying and trying of ever more gadgets; a world in which thoughts, concepts -entire lives- are fragmented into the instantaneous nothings of tweets and profile updates; it is in this world, where students of architecture graze Dezeen dot com and ArchDaily, hoovering up images in random succession with no method of differentiation or judgement, where architects -like everyone else- follow the dictum ‘what does not fit on the screen, won’t be seen’, where attentions rarely span longer than a minute, and architectural theory online has found the same formula as Danone’s Actimel (concepts downed in one gulp, delivered in no longer than 300 words!), conflating relevance with ease of consumption; it is in this world of exponentially multiplying inputs that we find ourselves looking at our work and asking ‘what is theory, and what is practice?’, and finding that whilst we yearn for the Modernist certainties of a body of work, of a lifelong ‘project’ in the context of a broader epoch-long ‘shared project’ on the one hand, and the ideas against which these projects can be critically tested on the other; we are actually embedded in an era in which any such oppositions, any such certainties have collapsed, and in which it is our duty –without nostalgia, but with bright eyes and bushy tails untainted by irony- to look for new relationships that can generate meaning, in a substantial manner, over the course of a professional life. This film is a short section through this process from May 2012.

Date Submitted: 18/2/2013

AA Life Member George Unwin died suddenly but not unexpectedly on 17th January 2013 in Papworth Hospital, Cambridgeshire, at the age of 91.

He began his architectural training in Liverpool, but his studies were interrupted when he joined the Navy in 1941 as a volunteer. After the war he completed his studies at the AA in London graduating in 1950 and went to work in Coventry for WS Hattrell. He was made a partner in the firm in 1961 and set up their Manchester office, where he worked until his retirement. He leaves a legacy of many fine, well made public buildings.

Date Submitted: 15/2/2013

Excerpt from AJ:

"The Sustainable Environmental Design (SED) unit at the Architectural Association has a focus on the relationship between buildings and the urban environments which they form and occupy.

With projects located in 14 different countries the student schemes combine new developments with proposals for refurbishment of buildings, as well as outdoor spaces, engaging in architectural research through issues of environmental design. The projects encompass a wide range of contexts that include both extreme climates and high levels of energy consumption."

To read the full article please follow visit the AJ link

Date Submitted: 15/2/2013

Very sadly we have learnt that Mark Hayduk, who studied at the AA under Peter Salter graduating in 1991, died last week after a short illness at the age of 53. Mark was Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader at the University of East London’s School of Architecture where he led the celebrated Diploma Unit 3. A service and reception will be held in the New Year.

A service will be held on Wednesday 13 March 2013, followed by a reception at the AA. For more information please contact alex@aaschool.ac.uk.

Date Submitted: 14/2/2013

The scholarship aims to support applicants in their personal, professional and academic development within the architectural field by providing them with an opportunity to undergo a period of imaginative and original research and travel.

In 2013, one scholarship worth £5,000 is available to individuals or groups of students and graduates for a period of international travel (which can also tie in with a period of international work experience). Applications for funding international travel associated with architecture-related work in non-governmental organisations or as part of broader research at postgraduate level (namely towards Masters or PhD/MPhil programmes) are also welcome.

The scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Boyd Auger, following a generous donation from his widow, Mrs Margot Auger. Since then, it has funded eight architecture students and graduates to travel outside the United Kingdom to work or conduct research on topics and in locations of their choice.

The deadline to apply is Monday 3 June 2013. For more information, visit www.architecture.com/studentfunding 

Students should contact Hayley Russell (hayley.Russell@riba.org or 020 7307 3678) for help with their applications.

Date Submitted: 13/2/2013

Read the full article in Urbanista

Image: Urbanista

Date Submitted: 6/2/2013

Round circles, props and edges is a collection of new works by Fowler, which explores the relationship between visual artwork and space and directly responds to the RIBA award-winning architecture of the Siobhan Davies Studios, designed by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. 

Siobhan Davies Studios, London SE1
18 January – 24 March 2013
Admission free

For more information: www.siobhandavies.com/lilahfowler

Date Submitted: 23/1/2013
Date Submitted: 22/1/2013

The project will host the Museum and Libraries Council of the Chilean Government. Alan Chandler (AA Diploma 1996) from Arts Lettres Techniques served as conservation consultant. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Competition Winner

For more information, visit plataformaarquitectura.cl

Date Submitted: 11/12/2012

Benjamin Reynolds

The competition, organised by the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan, asked participants to investigate the concept of orientation and its relationship to ecological issues through the form of a proposal. Reynolds' work explores the physical organisation and thermal behaviour of a gigantic datacentre located in Palm Springs, California.

For more information, visit his project page: http://competition.ntutarch.com/2012Awards.html

Date Submitted: 5/12/2012

Walton Pretty Please copyright smg

Image © SMG


The project "Pretty Please Nightclub" located in St Kilda, Melbourne with the practice "Travis Walton Architecture" was shorlisted from over 2000 entries in the "Best Interior design catergory for Bars and Restaurants".

The project has also received a commendation at the Australian Interior Design Awards 2012 and won the 2012 Australian "Eat-Drink-Design Award" for best bar.

Date Submitted: 3/12/2012

Douglas Spencer (tutor in the AA’s graduate school programmes in Landscape Urbanism and History and Critical Thinking) was conferred his Doctorate in Architectural History and Theory at the University of Westminster on 26 November 2012.

Examined by Anthony Vidler and Matthew Charles, his thesis, ‘Smooth Operators: Architectural Deleuzism in Societies of Control’, is a critique of the role of contemporary architecture in shaping social subjects through and for new modes of governmentality, whilst claiming a progressive and liberatory character to its projects through its appropriations of Deleuze, complexity theory and the ‘new materialism’.

Date Submitted: 27/11/2012

The Biennale will take place at the Benaki Museum in Athens, 22 November 2012–13 January 2013.

For more information, visit the Biennale website. 


Date Submitted: 21/11/2012

AA Milan: CyberGardening the City directed by Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto has been recently featured in DOMUS
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Date Submitted: 20/11/2012


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