Call for entries: villa Noailles – Design Parade 9, 9th International Festival of Design

4–6 July, 2014, villa Noailles, Hyères, France

31 March, 2014

Jury presidents
Carole Baijings and Stefan Scholten

This competition presents 10 shortlisted designers in a collective exhibition in the villa Noailles, they will have been selected by a jury composed by professionals from various design fields. The jury meets the designers in the villa Noailles and chooses the winners who will receive creative residencies in Sèvres – cité de la céramique, and at CIRVA Marseille (international centre on research of glass) and a grant of 5000 euros given by kreo Gallery in Paris.

Download the competition rules
Visit the festival archives

Date Submitted: 22/1/2014

Fourth Year Students – Thesis Option to fulfil HTS Fifth Year requirements

Friday 31 January, 1.00
Lecture Hall

Fourth Year students wishing to register their interest in this option are invited to attend this meeting.

Mark Campbell will present the timeline and framework for undertaking this option, which allows Fourth year students to follow a defined seminar programme for the research and production of a Thesis and completion of same by the end of Term 1 of the Fifth Year. In addition to attending the meeting, Fourth Year students wishing undertake the Thesis option must formally confirm this intention by emailing Belinda Flaherty: 

Date Submitted: 22/1/2014

Third and Fifth Year TS tutorial online booking system

Students are reminded that the online booking system is now up and running and tutor availability will be updated each week. Please refer to the email correspondence (15/1/14) from Belinda to all Third and Fifth Year students outlining booking procedures (and retain for ongoing reference): 

Date Submitted: 22/1/2014

MArch Juries and Keynote Lectures Monday 20 – Friday 24 January

AA MArch candidates present their dissertation projects, with evening keynote lectures throughout the week. Lectures take place in the Lecture Hall. 
Mon 20
Housing & Urbanism Jury
10am, Rear Second Presentation Space
Tue 21
SED Jury
Lecture Hall, 10.15am
Wed 22
EmTech Jury
Lecture Hall, 10am
Design & Make Jury
Rear Second Presentation Space, 4pm
Thu 23
(A&U) DRL Jury Day 1
Lecture Hall, 10am
Fri 24
(A&U) DRL Jury Day 2
Lecture Hall, 10am
Date Submitted: 15/1/2014

Term 2 Registration for all Students

Re-registration for all students will take place during Week 1 (13-17 January 2014) of Term 2. Undergraduate students, please register with Sabrina in the Registrar’s Office. Graduate students, please register with Clem and Danielle in the Graduate School Office.

Date Submitted: 10/1/2014

2014 Michael Ventris Memorial Awards for Architecture 

The Trustees of the Michael Ventris Memorial Fund would like to invite applications for the 2014 Michael Ventris Award of £2000 for an architectural project. Applicants should have a first degree in architecture, or a relevant subject, and the award is open to applicants from all countries.

This Memorial Fund was founded in 1957 in appreciation of Michael Ventris’s internationally acclaimed contribution to the fields of Minoan and Greek Archaeology and architecture, and his supreme achievement of deciphering the ancient Linear B script. It is intended that the Award should support a specific project, rather than a continuing programme of study.

Applicants should give particulars of their qualifications and academic record, and should outline the work they intend to pursue in the event of an award being made to them, including projected costs.

Applications should not exceed 6 single-sided pages (A4). They may be submitted either as:

hard copy – labelled with the words ‘Michael Ventris Application’ and sent to:

Andrea Ghaddar, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, UK.

or sent by e-mail (PDF files are preferred and attachments should be compatible with Word 2007) prefixing their email subject box with the words ‘Ventris Award’ to:

Applications must be written in English, and must reach Andrea Ghaddar at the Architectural Association, complete with the two required references not later than 1st February 2014. Applicants must also supply the names and addresses of two referees and ask those referees to write independently in support of their applications, sending their references by the 1st of February directly to Andrea Ghaddar to qualify for the award.

For further information on the award please contact

The Awards are made by a Panel under the auspices of the Trustees of the Michael Ventris Awards in conjunction with the Architectural Association. Payment of awards will be made in a single instalment, payable after the announcement of the award and successful candidates will be required to submit a written report to the Advisory Committee on the work that the Award has enabled him/her to complete. S/he may also be invited to make a public presentation of the results at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

The Life of Michael Ventris

Michael Ventris

 Michael Ventris

1922 - 1956

Architect and Decipherer of Linear B

Michael Ventris was born on 12 July 1922 to an Indian Army officer and the daughter of a wealthy Polish landowner. He was educated on the continent and at Stowe School in England. He spoke several languages at an early age and showed a precocious interest in ancient scripts, having bought a book on Egyptian Hieroglyphs when he was seven.

His interest in Linear B began in 1936 when he went with a school group to an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the British School at Athens. Sir Arthur Evans, then 85 years old, happened to be present in the gallery and showed the boys his finds from Knossos, including the Linear B documents. His teacher remembers Ventris asking: “Did you say the tablets haven’t been deciphered, Sir?” Thus began a life-long fascination with “the Minoan problem”.

Ventris wrote to Evans — who kindly wrote back — and soon published his first article on the subject, when he was just 18 years old. This came out in the American Journal of Archaeology in 1940. The same year, Ventris began a course at the Architectural Association School in Bedford Square to embark on his chosen profession as an architect.

In 1942 Ventris married Lois Knox-Niven, a fellow student at the Architectural Association. Later that year, in August, he was called up and joined the Royal Air Force. After a training course in Canada in 1943, he served as a navigator. Throughout his war service, he never forgot the Aegean scripts problem. Evans had died in 1941 — just in time to be spared news of the occupation of Crete — and Ventris corresponded thereafter with Sir John Myres, who had been entrusted by Evans with the publication of Scripta Minoa II, the Linear B tablets of Knossos.

When the war ended, instead of being demobilised Ventris was sent to Germany because of his excellence with languages. In addition to German he spoke Russian, and helped liaise with the Russian Army. He was finally demobilised in 1946 and immediately on his release visited Myres in Oxford, where he was invited to help publish the Knossos tablets. Ventris was too busy with architecture at the time, so declined the offer but stayed in touch with Myres.

Ventris finished his architectural degree in 1948, and was again invited to help with Scripta Minoa II. Myres had at this point also brought in the American scholar Alice Kober, and Ventris went to meet both of them in Oxford in August. The meeting was not a great success, and Ventris again withdrew, although he still corresponded with Myres. It has been said that Ventris withdrew because, as an amateur, he was intimidated by academia. While this may be partly true — and by all accounts, many academics themselves found Kober and Myres rather formidable! — a crucial factor was disagreement over how the tablets should be classified. Great progress on this was being made by Emmett Bennett, who was publishing the Pylos tablets found in 1939, and Ventris felt that if Scripta Minoa did not adopt Bennett’s scheme, the publication would be obsolete almost as soon as it appeared. In this he was justified, and a new set of transcriptions were later prepared by himself, Chadwick and Bennett.

In 1950 Ventris circulated a “Mid-Century Report” on Linear B, which he intended to be his last work on the subject. But the problem would not leave him alone, and he soon gave up his architectural job to work full-time on Linear B. His progress was recorded in a series of “Work Notes” which he circulated, at his own expense, to a group of scholars in various countries who were also working on the script.

Ventris was well on what would turn out to be the right track by February 1952 when he wrote to Myres about the Knossos place names. By May, he felt the code was “breaking” and that, to his astonishment, the Linear B documents were, after all, written in Greek.

Ventris had been invited to give a talk on the BBC Third Programme about Myres’s publication of the Knossos tablets, which was then about to come out. He took the opportunity to announce the decipherment and it was broadcast to the world on 1 July 1952. The talk was heard by John Chadwick, a newly-appointed lecturer in the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge, who got hold of Ventris’s material and was the first to write to him with congratulations. At this point Ventris needed the help of a professional philologist and invited Chadwick to publish the decipherment with him in JHS. They collaborated closely together for the next four years.

Ventris’s work with Linear B kept him busy, but he did not altogether neglect architecture. He designed a house for the family in Highgate, and in January 1956 began an Architectural Research Fellowship, working on the classification of data for architects.

In 1954 and 1955 he worked for the British Excavations at Emporio, on Chios, under the directorship of John (now Sir John) Boardman.

At the height of his fame and just weeks before the publication of his great joint work with Chadwick, Documents in Mycenaean Greek, Ventris died in a tragic car accident on 6 September 1956.

Ventris was awarded an OBE and an annual award in his honour, the Michael Ventris Award, was established in 1957. These awards, given to young Linear B scholars and architects, continue to the present day, under the auspices of the London Institute of Classical Studies and the Architectural Association, where Ventris took his degree.

Date Submitted: 10/1/2014

2014/15 Fees

AA Council has approved tuition fee levels for the upcoming academic year, listed below.

(New) £17,640

(New & Returning) £18,990


(New) £23,262

(Returning) £28,680
(New) £30,684
AA March costs include all 4 terms (Yearly = 22,264 at 2013/14 levels)

(Returning) £19,275
(New) £20,950

(New, Year 1) £20,950

Date Submitted: 8/1/2014

Planned webservice outage for 1 February

This website will be unavailable for approximately 20 minutes between 20.00 and 00.00 on 1 February as it undergoes necessary upgrades.

Date Submitted: 6/1/2014

Call for Entries: European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014

The European Prize for Urban Public Space, founded in 2000, aims to recognise and promote the creation and improvement of public space, which is understood as a clear indicator of the civic and collective health.

The Prize is a biennial initiative of the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona and is currently co-organised by the Architektur Zentrum Wien (Vienna), The Architecture Foundation (London), the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (Paris), the Museum of Finnish Architecture (Helsinki), the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (Frankfurt) and the Museum of Architecture and Design (Ljubljana).

Find out how to apply.

Date Submitted: 4/12/2013

AA Photo Library cards are on sale in the Photo Library and the AA Bookshop until the end of term 

Includes postcards and folded cards

Special seasonal price: ten cards for £10

Date Submitted: 2/12/2013

Reminder: 5 December lecture by Tom Emerson is postponed

The lecture will take place on Thursday 13 March 2014, not on Thursday 5 December (this week) as originally advertised.

Date Submitted: 27/11/2013

Notice: Term 2 Complementary Studies 

All Term 2 Complementary Studies Courses will commence in Week 1 of Term 2 (week of Monday 13 January 2014). Please refer to the Complementary Studies Course Booklet for the full schedule of Term 2 required courses.

Date Submitted: 27/11/2013
Date Submitted: 27/11/2013

Join the Third Year TS students for the Destructive Testing Session, this Thursday

28 November, 2–5pm, Lecture Hall

TS Structures: Third Year Model Similitude

In the TS3 Structures Course, students are introduced to the use of 'dimensionless ratios' as a tool for predicting the load-carrying capacity of their designs, from test results of small-scale models.  For this final session of the course, each student-team will load-test to destruction a model of its design for a tower, bridge or arena roof. This a lively annual testing event, and all are welcome to drop in.

Date Submitted: 25/11/2013


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