Light House Visit

Series: Membership and Alumni Building Visit
Date: Tuesday 2 October 2018 : 13.00
Speaker: Gianni Botsford

A visit led by Gianni Botsford at which AA Members will be granted exclusive access to Light House.

Completed in 2005, the key challenge Gianni Botsford Architects faced with Light House was maintaining privacy while also optimizing daylight and sunlight penetration into the house. The starting point of the project became to represent the empty volume of the site as a 3D grid of data points, producing a database of solar and daylight conditions throughout the year. This, alongside the client’s preferences and lifestyle, formed the basis of the design process.

As a result, the section became inverted, placing the bedrooms on the ground floor and the living spaces on the first floor. Terraces and gardens create internal courtyard volumes into which the surrounding spaces face. The inward looking nature of the site in conjunction with the inverted section led to the development of a completely glazed roof which functions as an environmental moderator, filtering sunlight and daylight through layers of transparency and opacity.

Only open to AA Members. Book your place here.

Image Credit: © Nick Kane

The Sun Rain Room Visit

Series: Membership and Alumni Building Visit
Date: Tuesday 9 October 2018 : 17.30
Speaker: Tonkin Liu

A visit led by Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin of Tonkin Liu Architects, at which AA Members will be granted exclusive access to The Sun Rain Room. The award winning two-storey extension and restoration of a Grade-II Listed Georgian townhouse serves as both a studio for the practice and a home for the partners’ family.

Each of Tonkin Liu’s projects embodies our relationship to nature. In Sun Rain Room the perimeter walls of the rear courtyard support a plywood roof, curved in plan and section to allow maximum light into a patio garden. Rainwater gathered at the top of the townhouse falls through a pipe, following the roof’s curving leading edge to a spout over a long rainwater harvesting tank. The tank floods the patio at the push of a button, transforming it into a reflecting pool, and bouncing raindrops are illuminated by a beam of light.

Only open to AA Members. Click here to book your place.

Image Credit: © Alexander James

Wayward Eye – Exhibition Tour with Marie Coulon

Series: Membership and Alumni
Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018 : 18.00
Speaker: Denise Scott Brown

Join us for a tour of ‘Wayward Eye’ an exhibition of photography of the 1950s and 1960s by legendary architect-planner and theorist Denise Scott Brown. This tour will be led by Marie Coulon, Director and Founder of Betts Project.

'I’m not a photographer. I shoot for architecture — if there’s art here it’s a byproduct. 

Yet the images stand alone. Judge what you see.’

—Denise Scott Brown

Taken between 1956 and 1966, these photographs reveal Scott Brown’s formative explorations into urban systems, Pop Art, and the complexity of the American vernacular — interests that she and partner Robert Venturi would later develop in the pivotal Learning from Las Vegas. The photographs offer a glimpse into the social transformations of the 1960s as seen through the wayward eye of one of architecture’s most influential practitioners.

Exhibition is open until Saturday, 20 October 2018

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Image Credit: Denise Scott Brown, Pico Boulevard - Santa Monica, 1966, pigment on paper, 28 x 43 cm. © Denise Scott Brown. Courtesy Betts Project.

Human Flow

Series: Members' Screening
Date: Tuesday 23 October 2018 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

Join us for an exclusive screening of Ai Weiwei's Human Flow, 2017.

More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.

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New Town Utopia

Series: Members' Screening
Date: Tuesday 13 November 2018 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

Join us for an exclusive screening of Christopher Ian Smith's New Town Utopia, 2017.

New Town Utopia is a documentary feature about utopian dreams and concrete realities… the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex.

A journey of memory, place and performance guided by the artists, musicians and poets of Basildon. Facing austerity, adversity and personal battles they are individuals driven by their creative spirit to improve their community through art, poetry, music… and some rather angry puppets.

New Town Utopia features Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent (Iris, Topsy-Turvy, Moulin Rouge) as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP. Directed by Christopher Ian Smith ( and Executive Produced by Margaret Matheson (Scum, Sid and Nancy, Sleep Furiously). You can follow our progress on Facebook, Twitter + Instagram by clicking below.

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Tour of Smithson Plaza

Series: Membership and Alumni Building Visit
Date: Tuesday 20 November 2018 : 13.00
Speaker: DSDHA

Completed by Alison and Peter Smithson in 1964 for the Economist and acquired by Tishman Speyer in 2016, the Economist Plaza has now been renamed ‘Smithson Plaza’ in honour of the original architects.

DSDHA are proud to be restoring this iconic complex: one of London’s most significant urban landmarks and public spaces; widely appreciated internationally as a triumph of Brutalist architecture. 

Having considered the impact of incremental changes since 1964 – the Smithsons themselves made alterations to their project before SOM architects’ major reworking in the 90s – DSDHA have assessed what might be preserved or changed and have developed a phased restoration framework for the complex’s sensitive restoration and substantial upgrade.

DSDHA’s interventions create sustainable workspaces and new flexible facilities as well as maintaining this unique public space for the city. Their design has been guided by a rigorous methodology, devised in conversation with distinguished scholars and experts and informed by extensive historical research and in-depth forensic investigations on the fabric of the Plaza.  

Only open to AA Members. Click here to book your place.

Image Credit: 2018 © Michael Carapetian


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Tuesday 11 December 2018 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

Join us for an exclusive screening of Jennifer Peedom's Mountain, 2018.

Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives? From Tibet to Australia, Alaska to Norway armed with drones, Go-Pros and helicopters, director Jennifer Peedom has fashioned an astonishing symphony of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heliskiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers. Willem Dafoe provides a narration sampled from British mountaineer Robert Macfarlane's acclaimed memoir Mountains of the Mind , and a classical score from the Australian Chamber Orchestra accompanies this majestic cinematic experience.

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