Media Practices Still from La Jetée, Chris Marker, 1962

Director Mark Campbell, Programme Staff Pier Vittorio Aureli, Yoni Bentovim, Polly Braden, Mark Cousins, Reuben de Lautour, Eva Stenram, Laura Tunbridge

In an era defined by the instant transmission of information, the five-term taught MPhil in Media Practices questions how various types of media can inform and represent a reading of architecture, a discipline often characterised by its own laborious rate of production. Media Practices draws on a broad spectrum of experts and approaches to help students spark and engage in wider architectural discussions. Stemming from the argument that the conventional techniques of how architecture is produced and understood - ie, drawing, modelling, talking and writing - now require expansion, the programme considers the potential of alternative practices - such as film- and sound-based work, documentary and forms of publishing - to elicit a new investigation of contemporary architecture. Students will look to historical and traditional modes of architectural representation before moving their research into alternative and expanded practices, a trajectory ultimately leading to the production of a thesis that draws on diverse media practices as a means of investigating current disciplinary issues.

The course aims to help students develop both the intellectual framework and skills-based knowledge necessary to employ a range of novel and unconventional practices as they begin to hone a fuller understanding of possibilities within the discipline. The first year provides the basis for each student's final research project - through seminars, workshops and research modules, students will explore topics such as investigative methodologies, project development, contemporary discourses, documentation, archiving, publishing and radical architectural media practices. In the second year students will develop a self-initiated thesis, conceptualising and realising their work at an advanced graduate level. In addition to a written component, the thesis can take a number of forms - such as an extended photo-essay, cine-essay, film- or sound-based work, or non-traditional publication materials - thus allowing the author to test and deepen arguments through practice. The programme draws on the diverse and intellectually rich resources of the AA faculty, as well as a number of cultural institutions and invited consultants and collaborators including academics, writers, journalists, critics, publishers, sound and media artists, filmmakers, experimental documentarians and others. The course is directed towards students with a degree in architecture and an interest in developing a critical consideration of their subject.


Mark Campbell directs the MPhil in Media Practices at the AA School. He completed his PhD and MAas a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton University. Currently a visiting professor of architecture at Southeast University, Nanjing, he has taught at the Cooper Union, Princeton and Auckland University. Previously managing editor of Grey Room and the Cooper Union Archive, he is most recently the author of Paradise Lost (AA Publications).

Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. His research and projects focus on the relationship between architectural form, political theory and urban history. He is Louis Kahn Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture at Yale University and the author of The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (2011) and The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Architecture (2008). He is co-founder of Dogma, an architectural studio focused on the project of the city.

Yoni Bentovim is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a graduate of the London Film School. He has directed a number of films - from short dramas to broadcast television documentaries - and has collaborated on projects with figures such as Abbas Kiarostami, Ashvin Kumar and Etgar Keret.

Polly Braden is a documentary photographer who explores the relationship between everyday life, work, leisure and economics. She works on long-term, self-initiated projects and commissions for international publications. Her work has been widely published and exhibited.

Mark Cousins directs History and Theory Studies at the AA School. He was educated at Oxford and the Warburg Institute. Previously visiting professor at Columbia University, he is now guest professor at Southeast University in Nanjing, China.

Reuben de Lautour is a composer, sound artist and musician. He composes and teaches at Istanbul Technical University's Centre for Advanced Studies in Music, where he founded the programme in sonic arts.

Eva Stenram identifies as a photographic archaeologist, sifting through past and present artefacts, interacting with and reinterpreting the imagery she encounters. Her work has been widely exhibited and published.

Laura Tunbridge is associate professor of music at St Catherine's College, Oxford. Dditor of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, she is also completing a book on early recordings, radio and sound film.

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