The Architectural Association (AA) and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (University of West of England, Bristol) have started a two-year collaborative programme financially supported by the UK government’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme. An new role of Architectural Robotics Developer will be employed by UWE and based at Hooke Park, to work closely with staff from UWE’s Engineering, Design and Mathematics department using the Bristol Robotics Laboratory’s facilities, and with AA staff at Hooke Park to develop innovative robotic arm fabrication processes.

This will include developing a ‘smart’ programming environment to accommodate the cutting of natural material, and embedding scanning and robotic capability in automated production of complex geometric structural timber elements for architectural applications.

You can learn more about the project initiative here


Application is on the University of the West of England website


Date Submitted: 11/7/2014

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlists for the President’s Awards for Research 2014. The awards promote and champion high-quality research and encourage its dissemination to the profession; they raise the profile of those architects and academics engaged in research, and highlight the need for research across the profession to foster innovation and strategic thinking.

Juan Montoliu Hernandez's shortlisted Master's Degree Thesis " CRISIS Architecture: Colonizing existing concrete structures" can be read online at the SED site.


Date Submitted: 7/7/2014


Sevil Yazıcı (AA DRL. 2006) won "The Best Thesis Award of Year 2013" from the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Graduate School of Science, Engineering and Technology in the field of Construction Sciences with her dissertation titled "A Material-Based Integrated Computational Design Model in Architecture", which she completed at the ITU Department of Architecture last year.

By working in various pioneering & innovative architectural design projects and award winning competitions world-wide, Dr. Yazıcı examined the current architectural design process and developed a novel method that allows reconsideration of the process through increasing efficiency. Dr. Yazıcı developed a Software Model, which can be used for form-finding, structural performance simulation and structural optimization. The method is currently pending for a Patent (No: PT 2014/00551).

Date Submitted: 5/7/2014


GeMo an Army of 3D printed Vases

They need to be born.

Mehran Gharleghi (EmTech) and Amin Sadeghy from studio INTEGRATE, are seeking support to launch a crowd funded exhibition of an army of 3D printed vases in London. Through the use of cutting edge technology, the vases are 3D printed in stainless steel, ceramic, resin and nylon. With a keen i

nterest in exploring the legacy of Middle Eastern art, combined with advanced methods of digital fabrication, they have created an army of over 500 mass customized 3D printed vases, called GeMo. GeMo utilizes the potentials of 3D printing technologies by creating a non-repetitive series of objects that are otherwise very cumbersome to manufacture using conventional methods. The form of each vase is generated from one of the fundamental components of Islamic art. It is made of two symmetrical octagons that merge into each other by using an algorithm. The algorithm uses repetition, rotation and symmetry to merge and develop the original shapes. This method is often used in creating traditional Islamic drawings and art. The word algorithm itself originates from, Al-Khwārizmī (c. 780-850), a Persian mathematician, astronomer, geographer and scholar. Digital tools were used to capture these steps to create over 500 unique variations that can only be realized by a 3D printer. By using this method, GeMo retained its cultural roots while leading to a novel set of artefacts. Each 3D printed GeMo is individually unique, yet partially resembles its neighbouring relative which is called "Genetically Modified" (GeMo). Around 10% of the geometries that are generated out of this algorithm are mutants and due to their centre of gravity cannot stand. So, these will not to be 3D printed. GeMo embodies the potential of what 3D-print fabrication is offering to contemporary design culture. Hence, with the aim of raising awareness of the possibilities of 3D printing, Mehran and Amin are turning to Kickstarter to raise funds to launch an exhibition in London, showcasing their army over 500 individually unique 3D printed vases. Their supporters will become the only owners and exhibitors of GeMo, which will be sent to them after the exhibition. By supporting the GeMo campaign, you will help a one-of-a-kind and exclusive design become recognised by a wider audience of art and design enthusiasts from around the world. Each GeMo(s) will be named after its (their) supporter. GeMo will be printed in multiple materials, such as stainless steel, plastic, resin and alumide. This is a possibility that has emerged from the world of digital design and production. Now, the army of GeMo is ready and they need them to be born.

Date Submitted: 3/7/2014

Ahmad Sukkar (PhD candidate, MRes, London Consortium; MArch AADRL; BArch, Dip.Arch Damascus University) has presented a paper entitled “Structures of Light: The Body and Architecture in Premodern Islam” at Setting Out, the 11th Annual PhD Research Symposium of the Architectural Humanities Research Association. The symposium was hosted by the School of Architecture, Landscape and the Built Environment, University College, Dublin, on May 19th 2014. Ahmad’s panel session had contributions dealing with aspects of philosophies of language, which was chaired by Professor Adam Sharr, Newcastle University. The symposium included a keynote presentation by Professor Anthony Vidler, Brown University.

Supervised by Professors Samer Akkach (University of Adelaide), Nader El-Bizri (American University of Beirut), Neil Leach (University of Southern California), and Mark Cousins (Architectural Association) at the London Consortium, Birkbeck, University of London, his doctoral thesis looks at the intricate relationship between philosophy, mysticism, cosmology, and architecture in relation to human reality. It is an architectural commentary on a critical edition of an Arabic manuscript, Miftah al-Futuh fi Mishkat al-Jism wa-Zujajat al-Nafs wa-Misbah al-Ruh (The Key of Openings Concerning the Niche of the Body, the Glass of the Soul, and the Light of the Spirit), which is written by an eminent Sufi Damascene scholar ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi (d. 1143/1731).



http://settingoutsymposium.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/setting-out-timetable_8.pdf (4th presentation)

http://settingoutsymposium.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/setting-out_programme_a3-size-14-05-2014.pdf (1st page, 2nd line, 4th presentation)



Date Submitted: 30/6/2014

AA’s Diploma 6, The Unknown Fields Division will be screening a selection of films and animations developed across their last 4 years of global expeditions at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Friday late program on June 27 2014.

Victoria and Albert Museum’s Friday Late event: It’s All Yours


Unknown Fields: Architecture Film Series
18.30-19.45, 20.45-21.45
The Unknown Fields Division, a course run by Liam Young and Kate Davies at London’s Architectural Association, is surely among the most radical and bizarre educations out there. This film series brings together a selection from the latest batch of students, exploring the intersection between fiction, reality, narrative, documentary and architecture. 

Date Submitted: 26/6/2014
Date Submitted: 16/6/2014

Paula Velasco (EmTech 2011) from MoVe arquitectos (www.movearchitects.com , Paula Velasco (EmTech 2011) and Alberto Moletto (SED 2009) have been invited to collaborate with New Perspectives: A Celebration at Balford Tower on June 21, 12 noon - 7pm, as part of the London Festival of Architecture.


Date Submitted: 11/6/2014

16 May to 28 June 2014 (new extended closing date)

Opening times: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 – 6 pm

Betts Project presents a series of drawings by Peter Märkli from 1980 to 2013, alongside study reliefs by the artist Hans Josephsohn.

There is no hierarchy between Peter Märkli’s drawings. Each has the same status; they are ideas. They can be seen independently or together as a series – an idea or ideas in motion. Märkli states: 'The important thing with these drawings is to work with elements or situations. They are for studying.' The drawings are not directly connected to Peter Märkli’s buildings. They are precursors,  constituting a reservoir of forms from which he draws elements according to the buildings he is designing. 

1st Floor, 111-113 St. John Street - Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JA 

Visit the Betts Project for more on the exhibition

Date Submitted: 9/6/2014

Monolith Controversies comprises more than seven years of research by Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola

From the jury:

The jury recognises Chile with the Silver Lion for revealing a critical chapter of the history of global circulation of modernity. Focusing on one essential element of modern architecture – a prefabricated concrete wall – it critically highlights the role of elements of architecture in different ideological and political contexts.

Panel, an exhibition by Alonso and Palmarola, is on view at the AA in the Front Members' Room until Saturday 14 June.

Date Submitted: 9/6/2014

1:1 Dom-ino Pavilion at the Venice Biennele 14th International Architecture Exhibition has been commissioned by Brett Steele, Director of the AA.


One hundred years ago, a structural system was introduced as the basis for a new form of architecture, supporting all the physical elements of a future dwelling and with them the hopes and dreams of a whole generation of architects. In the years that followed, a sense of expectancy only ever grew, in spite of the fact that the system was never realised. Now a century later, 1:1 Dom-ino brings all these fantasies to life - a piece of mannerism, expressly designed, engineered and constructed, and a building which one enters through a drawing.

Original Design:

Le Corbusier, 1914, with thanks to the Foundation Le Corbusier, Paris.


Project Architect:

Valentin Bontjes van Beek (vbvb studio, Unit Master Intermediate 10



Sreerag Palangat Veetil

Joshua Penk

Thomas Weaver


Structural Engineering:

Juerg Stauffer (Just SWISS)



Neue Holzbau AG



AA Exhibitions



Date Submitted: 4/6/2014

Brave New Now Ebook on sale now
1,49€ (iTunes), 1,78€ (Amazon) *


Editor: Liam Young

Authors: Warren Ellis, Tim Maughan, Jonathan Dotse, Bruce Sterling, Rachel Armstrong, Samit Basu, Anil Menon.

Photographers: Michael Wolf, Greg Girard, Neil Chowdhury, Vincent Fournier, Thomas Weinberger, Charlie Koolhaas, Greg White, Daniel Beltrá, Victoria Sambunaris, Christina Seely, Brice Richard, Bas Princen.

Concept Art: Hoving Alahaidoyan, Daniel Dociu.


Brave New Now is a collection of specially commissioned short stories set in a fictional future city developed by speculative architect Liam Young of the AA’s Diploma 6 Unknown Fields pision for the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Authors have been invited to inhabit the city, to breathe life into its characters and cultures and give form to its streets and spaces through narrative. It is a speculative urbanism, an exaggerated present, in which we can imagine the wonders and possibilities of emerging biological and technological research.


“A projective fiction is a critical tool that is both an extraordinary vision of tomorrow and a provocative examination of the pertinent questions facing us today.” Liam Young


This digital publication was commissioned by Close, Closer chief curator Beatrice Galilee, Art Direction by Zak Group and graphic design by Raquel Pinto.


*The support of The British Council has enabled a discounted distribution price of Brave New Now ebook.


[Image Credit: Hoving Alahaidoyan]

Date Submitted: 2/6/2014

A team of three recent graduates from the Housing and Urbanism Graduate programme have won first prize in the UN Habitat Competition for Brazil.

Mushit Fidelman

Alok Kothari

Neris Parlak 

The next stage is competing for "regional level" first prize which will be given to the one of the "national level" winners.

UN statement:

Once again we would like to thank all participants for having been part of this exciting competition. We are glad we have had 97 teams from 35 countries from the six regions around the world. Your contributions have definitely enriched the intellectual exchange aimed at by the competition. As announced earlier, the national winners are now published on the competition website

The submission on issuu - http://issuu.com/aaschool/docs/un_habitat_report?e=1383209/8067779

UN site. - http://www.masshousingcompetition.org/results/entry/761 

This work developed from The Recife Intensive Workshop 2013 published as the book Housing as Urbanism.

Date Submitted: 30/5/2014

Congratulations to Joshua Penk who has been nominated as the AA’s candidate for internship at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.  He'll be spending 6 months as part of the RPBW team in Genoa.



Date Submitted: 21/5/2014

Alumnis: Mehran Gharleghi (Emtech Graduate and current studio tutor). Amin Sadeghy (Emtech Graduate) from studio INTEGRATE win 2013 Golden A' Design Award.


More information about the award



More information about Studio Integrate

Date Submitted: 20/5/2014


The AA School in realtime



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