AA Alumni Evening at Venice Biennale 2018

Series: Membership & Alumni Event
Date: Friday 25 May 2018 : 18.00
Speaker: Eva Franch i Gilabert & Samantha Hardingham

AA alumni visiting the 16th International Architecture Exhibition are warmly invited to join AA Interim Director Samantha Hardingham and Director-elect Eva Franch i Gilabert to toast the opening of The School of Athens, the exhibition curated by AA Intermediate 15 unit masters Xristina Argyros and Ryan Neiheiser at the Greek Pavilion.

The event will take place from 6pm–7pm on Friday 25 May at the Greek Pavilion, 11 Viale IV Novembre, Venice 30132, Italy.

RSVP to events@aaschool.ac.uk

(1927–2017) Ticketed event, open to all

Series: Membership & Alumni Event
Date: Saturday 26 May 2018 : 15.30
Speaker: An Evening to Remember Paul Oliver

We extend a warm invitation to this event at the Architectural Association remembering Paul Oliver – influential former AA tutor and world-authority on blues music and vernacular architecture.

Programme of Events

3.30–4.00 pm Arrival and refreshments

4.00–5.30 pm Informal speeches: Memories of Paul, chaired by Alyn Shipton

5.30–7.00 pm Drinks reception and music

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Date: Wednesday 30 May 2018 : 18.30
Speaker: RICOCHET 3

RICOCHET3 explores the potential for experimentation at the physical, digital and thinking planes of architecture. Three discussants set the stage for an immersive group interaction on architecture moves and tropes that include touching, viewing the invisible, and laughing; can the scientific genealogy of experimentation be turned on its head or is experimentation already a redundant, but still ‘cool’ concept for architects? Join to debate with discussants Takako Hasegawa, Yorgos Berdos, Katerina Zacharopoulou and organisers John Andrews and Maria Theodorou.


Architecture as movement

While architecture’s physical existence might be perceived permanent, its experience is never static; it is in constant flux in relation to the broad context including changes in time, our body and mind. By firmly bringing back the ‘body’ in conversation, the performative presentation, with Kristina Hertel and Pablo Rimoldi, will question what happens if we, architects, start to move. Will the dynamic dialogue with space lead to an alternative creative process offering yet new experience of space embodying its shift and change?

            Takako Hasegawa AADipl, GradDipl(AA) approaches architecture through choreography, and as choreography. By engaging with movement as an agent for architectural thinking and process, she searches for new ways of articulating and creating architecture and its experience.



Digital innovation and crowd-based online platforms are drastically affecting domesticity and mobility in cities on a pace that architecture struggles to follow. Blockchain technologies introduce new models for peer-to-peer exchange, governance and ownership in the city. Where does this seemingly weightless digital expansion rest? Is data the new oil? What would that mean to architecture?

Yorgos Berdos DipArch, AAMSc EmTech, PhD Cand UoE is a practicing architect (ARB) and teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh. His current research revolves around the sharing economy and the understanding of the complex traces that the processes of rapid urbanisation and technological advancement are leaving on the globe. Yorgos’ work often tries to explore ways in which architectural design and thinking are not limited to their prescribed roles.


‘A joke of a building’: Humour as a design tool

Calling a building a joke does not sound exactly like a compliment. Still, there have been architects consciously using humour in their designs. Not surprisingly, such intentions are often rejected as not serious enough, or are hidden behind more elevated terms, like ‘irony’ or ‘satire’. But if humour can function as a tool for communication and a mode of thinking outside the box, is architecture really incompatible with it? And how can humour operate as a platform for experimentation, having a deeper impact than just provoking a laugh?

Katerina Zacharopoulou studied architecture in Greece. After completing the History and Critical Thinking MA at the AA, she is currently an AA History & Theory tutor. Her research revolves around humour in an architectural context, a topic on which she aims to pursue doctoral studies.

The RICOCHET series is a platform for AA Members & alumni to bring works in progress to the school to be put under scrutiny by students and colleagues. Intended as an intensive discussion and exchange of ideas, RICOCHET assembles the AA’s bodies, humours and brains to exercise in the immersive environment of architectural gymnastics. Discussions themes are generated by proposals selected from a pool of submissions to the RICOCHET open calls.

City of Ghosts

Series: Membership & Alumni Event
Date: Wednesday 6 June 2018 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

Join us for an exclusive screening of Matthew Heineman's City of Ghosts, 2017.

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Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award), City of Ghostsis a singularly powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core as it elevates the canon of one of the most talented documentary filmmakers working today.

Captivating in its immediacy, City of Ghosts follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” – a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

Only open to AA Members. Book your seat at memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk

Open to all AA Members & alumni

Series: Membership & Alumni Event
Date: Monday 25 June 2018 : 18.30
Speaker: Members' Evening 2018

AA Members and press contacts are invited to an exclusive private view of the Projects Review exhibition on Monday 25 June 2018, from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

Guests will have a chance to tour the end of year show in a relaxed setting with AA Students on hand to talk and answer questions about their work.

Complimentary food and drink will be served.

If you are a journalist looking to cover the AA Projects Review exhibition and would like to attend, please e-mail events@aaschool.ac.uk.

Invisible ink with Dolores Victoria Ruiz and Toby Melville-Brown

Series: Bedford Square Festival
Date: Saturday 7 July 2018 : 10.00
Speaker: Little Architect Family Workshop

Little Architect, the AA’s architectural programme for children and young people, invites you and your little ones to a fun-filled morning of creative activities, reflecting on what London and Bedford Square might look like years from now.

Little Architect director Dolores Victoria Ruiz, will work in partnership with the artist Toby Melville-Brown using invisible inks to imagine a better future.

Places are free, but limited. Click here to register.

Your ticket includes free entry to the Festival Picnic, taking place inside Bedford Square Gardens.

This event is part of Bedford Square Festival, for the full list of events please visit www.bedfordsquarefestival.co.uk


Tour of RAF Museum Hendon

Series: Membership & Alumni Event
Date: Tuesday 10 July 2018 : 15.30
Speaker: Alan Dempsey

AA Members and alumni are invited to join this exclusive tour of the new Royal Airforce Museum in north Londno, led by alumnus and former tutor Alan Dempsey (AADRL 2002), founding director of architecture practice Nex. 

Nex has completed a large-scale redevelopment programme of the museum, opening in June to coincide with the Royal Air Force centenary in 2018.

The multi-million-pound project is the realisation of a masterplan by Agence Ter and Nex, and the result of an international competition win in 2014. The scheme sees the creation of new exhibition and visitor facilities alongside new landscaping that improves visitors’ understanding of the site and the museum’s connections with surrounding communities.

Place are free, but limited - click here to reserve your place.

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