Urbanized


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Tuesday 3 October 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening


Join us for an exclusive screening of Urbanized, a documentary by Gary Hustwit about the design of cities and the issues and strategies behind urban design, featuring some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.


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"Concerned inhabitants of the global village would do well to track this one down" - Time Out


"Even viewers with deep knowledge of modern urban planning are likely to learn something from the carefully selected images and thoughtful interviews that make up most of Urbanized" - New York Times


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















Saturday Gallery Talk: AA XX 100: AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017


Series: Saturday Gallery Talks
Date: Saturday 7 October 2017 : 11.00
Speaker: Elizabeth Darling & Lynne Walker


AA Members are invited to join the curators of AA XX 100: AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017, Elizabeth Darling & Lynne Walker, for an in-situ conversation about the exhibition's content and design.


Place are free for AA Members, click here to book


The story of women at the Architectural Association is at once a history of women’s presence within a very particular educational institution, a history of women’s presence within the architectural profession and a part of the history of twentieth-century architecture in both Britain and the wider world. The exhibition explores this story and begins with '1917' – a section that focuses on women’s admittance, the first students, their training and early work, and continues with a series of displays that set contemporary and historic examples side by side. Through photographs, models, drawings, and other archival material, the further themes presented are Collaborations, Beyond the Drawing Board, The AA Spirit, The Politics of Practice, Public Practice/Public Service and Local/Global, plus a special feature devoted to student work across the generations. Projects featured range from the very first building designed by AA women, recent museum projects by Amanda Levete Architects and an installation that focuses on Zaha Hadid’s connections to the AA.


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Image: Valerie Bennett





Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate


Series: AA Building Conversations
Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017 : 17.00
Speaker: AA Building Conversations with Jon Lopez & Hikaru Nissanke


AA Members, students and alumni are invited to join OMMX principals Hik Nissanke and Jon Lopez on this visit to two Camden housing projects: Loudoun Road Housing and Workshops by Tom Kay, and Neave Brown's Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate.


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Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, AA Building Conversations combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. AA Building Conversations brings together practising architects and the AA community to discuss in-situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by AA PhD students Raül Avilla and Alvaro Velasco Perez, but will be a collective construction among all those present.


OMMX produces architecture that responds directly to the exponentially changing setting of the modern world. In catering for both conscious and subconscious needs and desires, it seeks to challenge the misconceptions, aspirational hangovers, accepted norms, and prevailing orthodoxies that render societies impotent to enact meaningful change. The principals, Jon Lopez and Hikaru Nissanke, were formerly Fellows at Cambridge University, UCL & CSM, where they taught architecture as a vehicle to examine these phenomena, with urgency and without bias. The office resists advancing a formulaic approach to design to avoid the production of a formulaic architecture. Since its foundation in 2010, it has rapidly developed an international reputation as one of the leading studios of their generation.


Image: Richard Summers, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.





Civic Ground Walking Tour


Series: Members' Trips
Date: Saturday 14 October 2017 : 10.30
Speaker: Walking tour with Patrick Lynch

AA Members and alumni are invited to join Patrick Lynch on this walking tour as he traces the effects of two 19th century infrastructure projects upon the Civic Ground and architecture of London, to reveal the presence of what Alberti called ‘second nature’ in the architecture and artworks of London today. Designed to accompany Patrick’s new book, Civic Ground: Rhythmic Spatiality and the Communicative Movement between Architecture, Sculpture and Site, this walking tour reveals the potency and continuing inspiration of urban poetics upon the architectural imagination, and we will trace its influence on the 19th, 20th and 21st century civic architecture of London.


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We will begin on The Farringdon Road. This is in fact the lid of a tunnel that encloses the now canalised River Fleet. The erasure and burial of this ancient natural feature blurred what was previously a very obvious border between The City of London and The City of Westminster. Similarly, the creation of The Albert Embankment and the raising of a retaining wall to The River Thames has occluded and cauterized the previously open and rhythmic relationship that Somerset House enjoyed with the natural world, via its now truncated River Gate. Traditionally, the relationship between the natural topography of a city and its architecture was richly mediated, not only by a series of more or less porous thresholds, but also by ornamental art works and sculptures. The role that sculptures play in articulating a poetic and mythical sense of place is one of the most vital and interesting aspects of civic culture, and yet it is something that is most often overlooked in formalist and functionalist analyses of cities.


We will then descend into the thick underground layers of Blackfriars Station, travel along one of Bazelgette’s tunnels, emerging at Temple to continue our walk on top of this densely porous man-made topography. Seeking, along the way, traces of the relationships between the natural world and the city that was traditionally articulated in sculptural settings; ending our journey at Westminster City Hall on Victoria Street, where a new artworks by Rut Blees-Luxemburg and others occupy a public space designed by Lynch architects and Vogt landscape architects - an example of the collaborative continuity between architects, designers and artists that characterises the re-emergence of Civic Ground.


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Please note you will require a valid Oyster card or contactless payment card to travel on the London Underground.





Westminster Underground Station


Series: AA Building Conversations
Date: Friday 27 October 2017 : 13.00
Speaker: AA Building Conversations with Taro Tsuruta

AA Members, students and alumni are invited to join the 2016 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize winner Taro Tsuruta (AADipl 1996) on this visit to the iconic Hopkins’ designed Westminster Underground Station and the accompanying parliamentary building of Portcullis House. Completed in 1999 and shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, Westminster Underground Station has been described as a “dramatic concrete well, woven with stacked banks of escalators that hang from a dynamic network of flying concrete beams and steel tubes”.


This event is ticketed. Click here to book your place


Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, AA Building Conversations combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. AA Building Conversations brings together practising architects and the AA community to discuss in-situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by AA PhD students Raül Avilla and Alvaro Velasco Perez, but will be a collective construction among all those present.


Tsuruta Architects was established in 2006 by Taro Tsuruta, an experienced Japanese architect. Tsuruta worked with leading London design practices on complex multi-award winning projects before setting up his own studio. His original designs are informed by an exacting understanding of construction technology, combined with a deep respect for light, materials, context and the practicalities of everyday life. The practice has enjoyed critical acclaim for House of Trace – a radically different approach to home redevelopment. The project was warmly received in the press and gained numerous industry awards, most notably the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stephen Lawrence Prize 2016.


Please note you will require an Oyster Card of contactless payment card to access Westminster Underground Station as part of this visit. Due to security restrictions, the group will be unable to enter Portcullis House itself. 


Image: Mike Quinn, licensed under Creative Commons Licence





The Architecture of Doom


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Tuesday 7 November 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening


Join us for an exclusive screening of The Architecture of Doom, a film by Peter Cohen.


Cohen postulates a theory that the Third Reich's obsessive pursuit of an ideal society was in part a fulfilment of its leaders' own aborted creative careers. Using archival footage underscoring National Socialism's obsession with purity and order, and contrasting it with the so-called "degenerate" work of the German avant garde, Cohen attempts to draw parallels between Hitler's own subjective aesthetic views and his systematic extermination of millions of European Jews.


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"Using archival footage and documents, familiar and unfamiliar, Cohen marshals his arguments and his evidence masterfully" - Washington Post


"A brilliantly written and visualized documentary" - Bright Lights Film Journal


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







Little Architect - AA XX 100: Yes, she can


Series: Little Architect Family Workshops
Date: Saturday 11 November 2017 : 11.00
Speaker: Little Architect Family Workshop



AA Members, alumni, and the general public are invited to bring along the budding architects and designers in their life to this Little Architect Family Workshop as part of the AA XX 100 project, celebrating 100 years of women in the Architectural Association.


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Designed by Little Architect founder and director, Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido, this workshop invites boys and girls aged 7-15 to hear from and get creative with female architects working in the profession.


Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Places are free, but limited. Click here to book places.





Organised by John Andrews and Maria Theodorou


Series: Ricochet
Date: Tuesday 14 November 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: RICOCHET



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 will assemble the AA’s bodies, humours and brains to exercise in the immersive environment of architectural gymnastics.


Information about speakers will be released soon.





AA Alumni Evening


Series: Membership & Alumni Event
Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: AA Alumni Evening


AA alumni from across the generations are warmly invited to return to Bedford Square for a drinks reception to meet and reconnect with fellow graduates.


Hosted by interim school director Samantha Hardingham, this is your opportunity to hear about the latest school news and developments.


Places are free, but limited. Click here to book your place.





The End of Suburbia


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Tuesday 5 December 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening


Join us for an exclusive screening of Gregory Greene's The End of Suburbia, 2004.


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Arguing that modern life as we know it is doomed to end as oil reserves begin running out, this documentary focuses on the intertwining histories of the energy industry and the suburbs. Prompted by the desire to move away from dangerous, dirty urban spaces, American suburbia emerged in earnest after World War II, enabled by the rapid growth of the automobile industry. In interviews, experts predict a grim future, with nations fighting over oil and the collapse of food-supply chains.


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





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