Alicia Nahmad Vazquez
Unit/Programme:DRL
Position:Studio Master, DRL, AA Graduate School
Bio: Alicia is an architect who explores design through the integration of materials and technology in relation to context specific environments. She is also the founder of architecture extrapolated (R-Ex). Her professional and research work has focused on exploring the relationship between architecture, technology and fabrication. She is a Ph.D. research fellow at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University where she explores human- robot collaboration in the design processes. She has also been an Artist-in-Residence at Autodesk Pier 9 where she
Umberto Napolitano
Unit/Programme:Diploma 5
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 5, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Founder of LAN (Local Architecture Network) with Benoit Jallon in 2002, he also conducts a theoretical work through research projects, exhibitions and conferences all around the world. Umberto was professor at the Columbia University GSAPP of New York (USA) and currently teaches at the AA (Architecture Association) School of Architecture in London (UK). He is a member of the French Academy of Architecture since 2016 and was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2018.
Kyriaki Nasioula
Unit/Programme:AAIS
Position:Course Consultant, AAIS, AA Graduate School
Bio: Kyriaki is a licenced architect, choreographer, dancer and educator whose practice intertwines a range of creative fields. She is a co-founder of Gesamtatelier, an interdisciplinary artists platform with a body of work which involves the conception, design and realisation of installations, site-specific or stage-based performances and sets, and interactive audiovisual environments, incorporating audience engagement.
Jose Navarrete Jimenez
Unit/Programme:Diploma 8
Position:
Ryan Neiheiser
Unit/Programme:Experimental Unit 15
Position:Unit Master, Experimental Unit 15, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Ryan Neiheiser is a co-director of Neiheiser Argyros, a London-based multidisciplinary architecture practice with projects in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Greece. Neiheiser Argyros were curators of the Greek Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, and recently opened phase 1 of The Tide, a linear park located in east london co-designed with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Neiheiser received his Masters degree in 2008 from the Princeton University School of Architecture after earning a dual Bachelors degree in Engineering and Art from Swarthmore College in 2001. Neiheiser has worked at a number of award winning firms in Europe and the United States, including the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam and Diller Scofidio and Renfro in New York City. Neiheiser has taught master’s level thesis at Princeton University and has been teaching a design studio at the Architectural Association since 2014. Neiheiser is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and has lived in Rotterdam, Brussels, and New York prior to moving to London in 2014.
Francesco Neri
Unit/Programme:Foundation
Position:
John Wing Kay Ng
Unit/Programme:First Year
Position:Studio Master, First Year, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: John Ng studied architecture at the University of Bath and the AA, where he has taught since 2011. He is also a visiting lecturer at the RCA. He founded ELSEWHERE and practises architecture in London. His work has been shortlisted for, and has won, a number of international competitions.
Ana Maria Nicolaescu
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Diploma Course Tutor - Term 1, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Ana Maria Nicolaescu is a writer and digital artist based in London. Her work explores the relationship between media, technology and popular culture today. Ana works with images, game technologies and words as a way to survey the present moment, particularly current shifts in notions of identity, authorship and everyday life.
Yuthika Nissanke
Unit/Programme:Experimental Unit 18
Position:Unit Master, Experimental Unit 1, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Hikaru co-founded OMMX. OMMX build, draw and write about architecture. They believe that architecture gives form to our collective desire to understand and express who we all are. It can construct intimate portraits of different communities, from individuals and families, to companies, landscapes, cities and nations. OMMX is committed to this biographical process, to creating spaces that we can relate to and that help us relate to one another. They have served a broad mix of private, social and public sector institutions, working on housing, private residences, galleries, offices, public spaces, festivals, exhibitions and shops. Selected clients include the V&A, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Design Museum, English Heritage, the British Library, Clerkenwell Design Week, Naked House and Marian Goodman Gallery. This year they have been nominated for the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture and the Lisbon Triennale Début Award. They have also had recent successes in competitions organised by the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the National Infrastructure Commission and the British Council. They were shortlisted to represent the UK at the Venice Biennale in two of the last three national competitions. Their work has been published widely and we regularly contribute to architectural critique and discourse at institutions across Europe, recently participating in the Architecture Foundation event Introducing New Housing—“a presentation of the best architects and most progressive developers working in the UK today”—and at the Building Centre panel discussion Rethinking The Way We Live.
Luca Nostri
Unit/Programme:Foundation
Position:
Bio: I was born in Lugo in 1976, where I currently live and work. After a degree in Sociology from the University of Bologna, I moved to Rome where I lived for 7 years and where I started my photographic practice. My photographs have been exhibited at the Rencontre d’Arles in 2008, at the American Academy in Rome in 2010, at the MACRO Museum in Rome in 2013. In 2005 I established the Lugo Land project in my home-town, Lugo.

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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Certificate), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.

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