Night SchoolArchitectural Association, London
The AA Night School will begin as a speculative project dealing with alternative models of architectural education. Though we often imagine the idea of architectural education to be a natural and inevitable phenomenon, it is of course as much an accidental by-product of educational politics and economics, of demands of professional training and of murkily subjective disciplinary ideas. Against a background of turmoil within both higher education and the profession, Night School will o#er timely experiments in other ways of learning, other forms of generating knowledge and expertise.
As much as it promises new pedagogical platforms, Night School also recalls the origins of the AA School itself, which began as evening classes in the 1860s.
The AA’s composition of school and membership provides a unique landscape in which to reconsider relationships between education and practice. Night School proposes a pedagogical platform aimed at students and members alike, offering continuing professional development and student engagement with professional practice. By crossing established lines of practice and education, Night School hopes to invigorate both.
Before launching, Night School will begin as a series of discussions within the AA to shape the nature of the programme