ACADEMIC

Director’s Office

Interim Director

Samantha Hardingham

Director’s Assistant

Roberta Jenkins (maternity leave)
Amy Nicholson (maternity cover)

School Facilitator DAP

Christopher Pierce

Head of Teaching

Mark Morris

Complementary Studies

History and Theory Studies

Head

Mark Cousins

Course Lecturers/Course Tutors

Pier Vittorio Aureli
Fabrizio Ballabio
Doreen Bernath
Shumi Bose
Edward Bottoms
Mark Campbell
Mollie Claypool
Nerma Cridge
Ryan Dillon
Pol Esteve
Gabriela García de Cortázar
Galleguillos
Winston Hampel
Francesca Hughes
Costandis Kizis
Roberta Marcaccio
Alison Moffett
Caroline Rabourdin
Mercedes Rodrigo Garcia
Emmanouil Stavrakakis
Brett Steele
Sylvie Taher
Zaynab Dena Ziari

Media Studies

Head

Kate Davies
Inigo Minns (maternity cover)

Department Staff

Miraj Ahmed
Charles Arsène-Henry
Kasper Ax
Shany Barath
Sue Barr
Chris Dunne
Shin Egashira
Andrew Haas
Andres Harris
Matej Hosek
Anderson Inge
Sergio Irigoyen
Alex Kaiser
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Antoni Malinowski
Alison Moffett
Nicholas Mortimer
Flavien Menu
Joel Newman
Thomas Pearce
Caroline Rabourdin
Miguel Rus
Mattia Santi
Francesca Silvi
Antoine Vaxelaire
Emmanuel Vercruysse

Technical Studies

Head / Diploma Master

Javier Castañón

Intermediate Master

Kenneth Fraser

Department Staff

Francesco Anselmo
Laura de Azcarate
Carolina Bartram
Simon Beam
Giles Bruce
Malik Ciaran
Chris Davies
Christina Doumpioti
Ian Duncombe
Wolfgang Frese
Helen Groat
Evan Green
Evan Greenberg
Pablo Gugel
David Illingworth
Robert Knight
Antiopi Koronaki
Alistaire Lenczner
Tim Marcot
Emanuele Marfisi
Nacho Martí
Federico Montella
Yasaman Moussavi
Ioannis Rizos
Camila Rock
Nina Tabink
Paul Thomas
Giancarlo Torpiano
Andrew Usher
Manja van de Worp
Anna Wai
Lei Zheng
Mohsen Zikri

Professional Studies

Programme Head

Theo Lorenz

Course Master

Javier Castañón

Head of Part 3

Paul Crosby

Visiting School

Director

Christopher Pierce

Coordinator

Andrea Ghaddar

Assistant

Jolene Lao (Maternity Leave)
Dorotea Petrucci (Maternity Cover)

Grant Writer

Sally Stott

Foundation

Course Director

Saskia Lewis

Studio Staff

Umberto Bellardi Ricci
Juliet Haysom
Taneli Mansikkamki

First Year

Head of First Year

Monia De Marchi

Studio Staff

Shany Barath
Pol Esteve
John Ng
Alexandra Vougia

Intermediate School

Unit 1

Lara Lesmes
Fredrick Hellberg

Unit 2

Ana Araujo

Unit 3

Nannette Jackowski
Ricardo de Ostos

Unit 4

Arantza Ozaeta Cortazar
Alvaro Martin Fidalgo

Unit 5

Ryan Dillon

Unit 6

Jeroen van Ameijde Brendon Carlin

Unit 7

Marco Vanucci

Unit 8

Francisco González de Canales
Nuria Alvarez Lombardero

Unit 9

Christopher Pierce
Christopher Matthews
Amandine Kastler

Unit 10

Valentin Bontjes van Beek
Winston Hampel

Unit 11

Manuel Collado Nacho Martín
Nerea Calvillo

Unit 12

Tyen Masten
Inigo Minns

Unit 13

Soomeen Hahm

Unit 14

Joseph Grima
Pernilla Ohrstedt

Unit 15

Ryan Neiheiser
Xristina Argyros

Unit 16

Selma Mikou
Salwa Mikou

Diploma School

Unit 1

Miraj Ahmed
Martin Jameson

Unit 2

Didier Fiuza Faustino
Kostas Grigoriadis

Unit 4

John Palmesino
Ann-Sofi Rönnskog

Unit 5

Cristina Díaz Moreno
Efrén Ga Grinda
Benjamin Reynolds

Unit 7

John Walter
Samantha Hardingham

Unit 8

Maria Fedorchenko

Unit 9

Natasha Sandmeier
Emmanouil Stavrakakis

Unit 10

Carlos Villanueva Brandt

Unit 11

Shin Egashira

Unit 13

Lily Jencks
Jessica Reynolds

Unit 14

Pier Vittorio Aureli
Maria Shéhérazade Giudici

Unit 15

Giulia Foscari
Ekaterina Golovatyuk
Harikleia Karamali

Unit 16

Jonas Lundberg
Andrew Yau

Unit 17

Theo Sarantoglou Lalis
Dora Sweijd

Unit 18

Enric Ruiz-Geli Simon Taylor

Graduate School

DRL

Director

Theodore Spyropoulos

Founder Director

Patrik Schumacher

Studio Masters

Shajay Bhooshan

Course Tutors

Pierandrea Angius
Doreen Bernath
Apostolos Despotidis
Ryan Dillon
Mostafa El-Sayed
Soomeen Hahm
Tysen Hosmer
Suzan Ibrahim Abed
Alicia Narmad Vasquez (maternity leave)
Alexandra Vougia

Technical Tutor

Albert Taylor

Emergent Technologies

Director

Michael Weinstock

Studio Master

Evan Greenberg

Studio Tutors

Manja van de Worp
Elif Erdine

History and Critical Thinking

Director

Marina Lathouri

Programme Staff

Mark Cousins
John Palmesino
Douglas Spencer
Caroline Rabourdin

Housing & Urbanism

Directors

Jorge Fiori
Hugo Hinsley

Programme Staff

Lawrence Barth
Nicholas Bullock
Elad Eisenstein
Dominic Papa
Elena Pascolo
Anna Shapiro
Alex Warnock-Smith
Naiara Vergara

Landscape Urbanism

Directors

Alfredo Ramirez
Eduardo Rico

Programme Staff

Clara Oloriz Sanjuan
Gustavo Romanillos Arroyo
Douglas Spencer
Tom Smith
Giancarlo Torpiano

Sustainable Environmental Design

Director

Simos Yannas

Programme Staff

Paula Cadima
Jorge Rodriguez Álvarez
Klaus Bode
Gustavo Brunelli
Herman Calleja
Mariam Kapsali
Byron Mardas

Design & Make

Directors

Martin Self
Emmanuel Vercruysse

Programme Staff

Charley Brentnall
Mark Campbell
Zachary Mollica
Jez Ralph

Projective Cities

Programme Director

Sam Jacoby
Programme Staff
Mark Campbell
Maria Shéhérazade Giudici
Platon Issaias

Media Practices

Programme Head

Mark Campbell

AA Interprofessional Studio

Director

Theo Lorenz

Programme Staff

Tanja Siems
David McAlmont
Mauricio Pauly

PhD Programme

Directors of Studies & First Supervisors

Pier Vittorio Aureli
Mark Cousins
Jorge Fiori
Marina Lathouri
Michael Weinstock
Simos Yannas

Second Supervisors

Paula Cadima
Mark Campbell
Maria Shéhérazade Giudici
George Jeronimidis
Sam Jacoby
Adrien Lahoud
Nina Power
Douglas Spencer
Thanos Zartaloudis

ADMINISTRATIVE

Registrar’s Office

School Registrar

Belinda Flaherty

Compliance Officer

Krishna Songera

Student Aid & Qualifications Officer

Sabrina Blakstad

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Emma Newbury

Undergraduate and Complimentary Studies Coordinator

Rachel Sim

Graduate School Coordinator / OU Administrator

Clement Chung

Professional Studies Coordinator

Jenny Anderson

Filing Assistant

Linda Keiff

Admissions Office

Head of Admissions

Kirstie Little

Undergraduate Admissions Coordinators

Jenny Pitkin
Simone Rogers

Graduate Admissions Coordinators

Imogen Evans (P/T)
Saira Soarez
Peter Vlahos

Human Resources

Head

Tehmina Mahmood

HR Administrator

Mark Ball
Cheyenne Moses

Association

Secretary

Nicholas Eldred (Interim)

Secretary’s Office Assistant

TBC

Development & External Engagement

Director

Nicole Gillham

Director's Assistant

Eleanor Harvey

Head of Development

Sophie Hussey

Development Assistant

Eleanor Harvey

Membership & Alumni

Head

Alex Lorente

Membership Manager

Eva Shannan

Events & Communications Manager

Guy Norton

Membership & Alumni Assistant

Julie Olusegun

AA Foundation

P/T Administrator TBC

Data Protection Officer

Simine Marine

Accounts Office

Finance Director

Lisa Simmonds Davies (Interim)

Finance Manager

Andrew Imbrah

Accounts Staff

Lisa Simmonds Davies
George Brown
Angie Denney
Margaret Hayde
Aneta Krygier
Sandra Simmonds
Megan Driscoll

Audiovisual Lab

Head

Joel Newman

Audiovisual and Media Technician

Peter Szots

Computing

Head

Julia Frazer

Assistant Head of Computing

Mattie Bielecki

Database Administrator

Paul Fairman

Database Developer

Martin Frost

IT Team Leader

Alexander Medrano

Support Staff

David Hopkins
Wesley Faure
Joshua Tharby
Connor McFarlane

Print Centre Manager

Photios Demetriou

Assistant

Tom Hatzor

Digital Photo Studio

Head

Sue Barr

Workshops

Head of Wood and Metal Workshops

William Fausset

Workshop Technician

Robert Busher

Model Making Technician

Trystrem Smith

Head of Digital Prototyping

Angel Lara Moreira

DPL Technician

Henry Cleaver

Robotic Technician

Alvaro Lopez Rodriguez

P/T Workshop Tutors/

Technicians
Trevor Hewett
Bill Hudson
Allison MacKenzie

Hooke Park

Head

Martin Self

Robotics Developer

Michael Arnett

Caretakers

Charles Corry-Wright
Chris Sadd

Estate & Development Manager

Jeremy Ralph

Administrative Coordinator

Laura Anne Kaddey

Assistant Workshop Technician

Edward Coe

Library

Librarian

Eleanor Gawne

Deputy Librarian

Aileen Smith

Archivist

Edward Bottoms

Cataloguer

Beatriz Flora

Serials/Systems Librarian

Simine Marine

Photo Library

Librarian

Valerie Bennett

Photo Library Assistant

Byron Blakeley

Facilities

Head of Estates

Anita Pfauntsch

Assistant Manager

Peter Keiff

Maintenance & Security

Lea Ketsawang
Ebere Nwosu
Colin Prendergast
Leslaw Skrzypiec
Mariusz Stawiarski
Marcin Falfus
Arkadiusz Osman
Sam Dargan
Arkadiusz Olszewski

Health & Safety administrator

Natalie Daniel

Facilities Co-ordinator and Health & Safety Officer

Jeanette Spenceley

Front of House

Head Receptionist

Joanna Skarviken

Receptionist

Hiroe Shin Shigemitsu

Catering/Bar

Head of Catering

Pascal Babeau

Deputy Manager/Barman

Darko Calina

Catering Assistants

Aya Ghislaine Djan
Samy Hedin
Helga Rotter

AA Curatorial Projects

Head

Shumon Basar

Head of Lectures and Public Programme Curator

Manijeh Verghese

Research

David Greene
Think Tank
John Palmesino
Ann-Sofi Rönnskog

Exhibitions

Head

Vanessa Norwood

Exhibitions Project Manager

TBC

Exhibitions Coordinator

Sebastian Craig

Print Studio

Manager/Editor AA Files

Thomas Weaver

Publications Editor

Pamela Johnston

Editorial Assistants

Clare Barrett
Sarah Handelman

Graphic Designers

Jan Blessing
Boris Meister

AA Publications

Marketing & Distribution

Kirsten Morphet

AA Bookshop

Manager

Andrew Whittaker (Interim)

Senior Bookshop Associates

Isabel Hardingham
Bookshop Assistant
Raluca Grada Amandi

Digital Platforms

Head

Zeynep Görgülü (Interim)

Web Designer / Developer

Simeon Simeonov

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Welcome to 2019-20

Dear School Community,

The Architectural Association is a place where we forget our labels as architects, as artists, as economists, as writers, as poets, and we become citizens of the world – a world that we believe we can change, transform into something other, more interesting, more radical, more free, more equal, more us. The new academic year brings a series of important conversations to the forefront of architectural education and contemporary culture through new and familiar voices and projects. There are urgent tasks at hand. Our programmes throughout the school have accepted the challenge to address issues of climate and ethics. As architects we always speak on behalf of the other, but we also need to constantly ask ourselves, who has the right to speak, and on behalf of whom? How am I affecting the environment with my actions? How can I care more about others? 

This year I invite us all to practice radical empathy, to care about the planet, the other and the future. To listen, to ask, to share, to discuss, to debate, but ultimately to care. 

Like every year, new appointments and initiatives will expand both our academic and institutional horizons. Academic voices joining us are: filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, whose work focuses on experimental narratives and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture and the urban environment; Berlin-based architect Sam Chermayeff (AA Alumni), founder of the practice June 14; Didier Fiúza Faustino (AA Tutor 2010-16), an architect and artist working on the relationship between the body and space; Gabu Heindl, an architect and urban planner who is the head of GABU Heindl Architektur in Vienna, an interdisciplinary studio specialising in public interventions, cultural and social buildings; David Kohn, London-based architect and founder of David Kohn Architects working internationally on arts, education and residential projects; Viviana Muscettola, an associate director at Zaha Hadid Architects and an executive member of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; OMMX, a London-based practice led by Hikaru Nissanke and Jon Lopez; OFIS, an international architecture office based in Ljubljana and led by Špela Videčnik and Rok Oman (both AA Alumni); Superpool, an international research-based architecture practice located in Istanbul and led by Selva Gürdoğan and Gregers Tang Thomsen; and Bostjan Vuga (AA Alumni), architect and founder of SADAR+VUGA. Other people joining us include Eleanor Dodman, Liza Fior, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Lizy Huyghe, Guan Lee,  Melodie Leung, Gili Merin, Ivan Morrison, Anna Muzychak, Bushra Mohamed, Jonathan Robinson, Alvaro Velasco Perez and James Westcott. This diversity of new voices, will add to the units and programmes and will continue the multiplicity of agendas that the AA is known for. 

Every course, programme and unit throughout the school operates under a highly specific and idiosyncratic methodology, which offers every student a myriad of options and possibilities. More about the overall academic offerings can be found here. More about Experimental Programme units and staff can be found here; Diploma Programme units and staff can be found here and information about the unit selection process can be found here.

After more than a decade at the helm of the PhD Programme, Simos Yannas has stepped away to focus on the Sustainability and Environmental Design (SED) Programme that he leads at the school. The new Head of the PhD Programme, Pier Vittorio Aureli will shape the programme in the years to come. Elif Erdine will be the new Head of Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) after Mike Weinstock stepped down; however, he will continue to teach within the programme as Founding Director. 

Print Studio is transforming with a new Head of Publications, Maria S. Giudici who will – in addition to being the editor of AA Files – oversee new publications that continue to position the AA at the forefront of critical discussions through printed matter. Ryan Dillon is our new Head of Academic Communications, and will edit the annual AA Book, lead the relaunch of the AA Radio/Podcast, and oversee the content of the new website amongst other platforms to enable and facilitate all imaginable forms of communication and engagement within the AA School Community. In addition, Rory Sherlock, is joining us as Assistant Editor. 

These new voices join our renowned academic and administrative staff, who together, will surely provide for relevant discussions and debates throughout the entire school as we continue our journey into the future. As part of this, and our continued commitment to achieving Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) (a final decision on our application is expected this autumn), we have gone through a process of internal validation, adjusting nomenclature to reflect who we are and what we do, and to make sure our programmes maintain their identity. Former Complementary Studies is now Core Studies; Technical Studies is now Environmental and Technical Studies (ETS), Media Studies is now Communication and Media Studies (CMS), First Year and Intermediate School (years 2-3) is now the Experimental Programme, and Diploma School (years 4-5) is now the Diploma Programme.

The AA is committed to experimental methods in teaching and learning and this can be seen in the many initiatives being launched. In Term 3 Speculative Studies, a series of interdisciplinary seminars over five weeks, will present courses on politics, law, philosophy, ethics, art history, poetry, dance, gastronomy, social technology and microbiology. Other topics and courses will be added from proposals put forward by students in an Open Forum to be held in Term 1. These courses will introduce new areas of expertise and methodologies to our collective culture.

A four-day symposium titled Experimental Methods will bring our community together for a discussion and debate on what experimentation is and can be at the AA, which will take place during Open Week in both Terms 1 and 2. Tutors from across the school will lecture on their particular academic approach as well as their own professional practice and research. Each day will end with a keynote speaker and a round table discussion, and the week will culminate with an Open Jury in which students can present their work to a panel of invited critics. 

For the first time in the history of the school, Diploma students and Postgraduate students will be able to take joint classes as part of an expanded pool of Electives. These advanced seminars will be provided by our ten Postgraduate Programmes in areas of technology, criticism, sustainability, material culture, computation and more, allowing us to push the boundaries of architectural education and to have more dialogue across all parts of the school.  

This year we will continue with the Open Seminars; on Mondays, Plan the Planet, brings together experts across different disciplines to discuss the current ecological crisis in order to articulate new strategies, policies, relationships and spaces; on Tuesdays, Evidentiary Aesthetics investigates the technologies and politics of the body; and on Wednesdays, we will be able to study the Origins of Capitalist Urban Space.

Throughout the year, the Directions Series offers an open forum for conversations between AA Students, Academic and Administrative Staff and the AA Director. These events offer a platform to communicate and discuss the direction of the school. The first event of the Directions Series will take place on Monday 30 September at 7pm in the Lecture Hall when we can start raising questions and propose new agendas as we all work towards our future and jointly develop the AA 2020-25 Strategic Plan.

To broaden and strengthen our academic resources additional initiatives have been set up. The new Writing Centre aims to assist students with their essays and written work; the Student Care Centre is to provide mental health support; and the Student Affairs Office will provide students with logistical support during their time here at the AA, and advice in career placement and work opportunities in London and around the world for their year out and after graduation. 

To conclude the academic year we aim to introduce a new way of transmitting and disseminating the work of our fifth year students at the AA Forum/Final Presentation. Over two days after tables, all graduating students will present their project in an open format to a wide group of tutors, guest jurors, curators, press, friends and colleagues, making their last presentation at the AA a real moment for celebration and dialogue. The AA Forum/Final Presentation will be open to all students to attend, and will take place in any imaginable space throughout the school. 

This autumn we launch the AA Residence, a cultural platform exploring and studying new ideas and forms of practice at the intersection of architecture, art, technology, policy and design. It is composed of a series of independent labs that consist of an interdisciplinary cohort of resident fellows including architects, artists, policy makers, engineers, scientists and creative entrepreneurs that are all researching and producing experimental work. The AA Residence will work as an incubator in a shared workspace and professional development programme, providing architects and entrepreneurs the tools required to build new practices and initiate projects that impact, promote and amplify culture, and contribute to the re-imagination of the future. The 2019-20 labs will be announced in October. 

Last year’s Projects Review 2019 was produced with the goal to achieve zero waste, and has left us with some new pieces of furniture that we hope to enjoy throughout the year. As part of this exhibition, the first edition of the Press and Practices Preview took place the day before the opening, and proved to be a success. Fifth year students and those with scholarships and bursaries had the opportunity to explain their unit agendas and project aims to invited guests. They did this alongside volunteers who provided an introduction to the sometimes complex issues that the school and its programmes address. Thank you to all tutors, students and volunteers that committed time to this effort. The Projects Review exhibition received great press coverage and many positive responses. To continue this momentum the AA Book, together with a series of podcasts with staff and students, will be launched in the autumn.

Over the last year we have recognised and celebrated the amazing diversity of the Architectural Association, that consists of students and staff from 81 different nationalities. In an attempt to build on this great cultural resource we will launch Architecture in Translation, a project that celebrates the wealth embedded in the use of different languages as part of the production and dissemination of ideas, discourse and debate about architecture. This project will work across many areas within the school. Within HTS, Mark Cousins has produced a series of seminars that will explore the theoretical questions and opportunities of translation in architecture. In addition to this, juries in different languages will take place throughout the year and will be used to identify terms, concepts and values inherent to different linguistic and cultural contexts in order to produce a ‘multilingual dictionary of architectural terms’ for the twenty-first century. 

Last but not least, to start the year, a different kind of tradition is being introduced entitled, Plant a Tree, which will take place during Introduction Week and invites all new students and staff to Hooke Park, the AA rural campus in Dorset. While on-site, we will learn about the facilities and then ceremonially, each and every one of the 300 new voices joining the school, will plant a tree to contribute to the forest, offset carbon emissions, and take part in a dialogue of ideas about the future as responsible members of the AA and of this planet. Plant a Tree is more than a symbolic act, it is the commitment to a future that is ours to build.

As new and returning students and staff wander throughout the school, its spaces and places and within the corridors that build our intellectual home, you will find on the walls images of projects that each of the 779 students of the last academic year produced. With these drawings up on the walls, now is the time for identifying new debates and engagements. For those knocking on my door, and I encourage all of you to do so, you will see next to the Expanding Horizons poster – in a circular frame – what I suspect will be the most important image for many of you this year: this is of course an invitation to visit and share some of your ideas. 

I am looking forward to seeing all of you during Introduction Week and throughout the year ahead to discuss in detail the initiatives outlined above, and the ones that we will create together.

 

Yours,

Eva Franch i Gilabert
Director
AA School of Architecture

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