Edward Bottoms

Archive Lecture - Brief Encounter: From Bedford Square to the Oscars

Date: 5/2/2013
Time: 17:00
Venue: Lecture Hall & Archives
Running time: 49 mins

For a period of five years, from c1927-32, a succession of AA graduates embarked upon careers in the British film industry. Employed primarily as art directors, they dominated the field, setting new standards well into the 1950s, working with directors such as Hitchcock, Powell & Pressburger, David Lean, Lawrence Olivier and Joseph Losey. This talk will use original archival material to trace their careers and examine the impact and the role of their architectural training at the AA.

Part of the open evening at the archives.

Open Evening: 6.30 – 8pm, AA Archives, 32 Bedford Square

Celebrating the AA Archive’s first birthday in its new home in 32 Bedford Square, an Open Evening is being held following the above lecture. Displayed within the Archives rooms will be some of the major new acquisitions received over the past 12 months, including work by Peter Wilson, Mehmet Konuralp, Robin Evans, Bill Greensmith and Paul Shepheard. The event will also be a chance to further explore what is one of the most significant collections of original material in the UK relating to the history of architectural education.


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