Tour of exhibition Eric Parry: Drawing


Series: Membership and Alumni Event
Date: Friday 24 May 2019 : 10.00
Speaker: Eric Parry

Join us for a tour of the exhibition 'Eric Parry: Drawing' at the Sir John Soane’s Museum, led by Eric Parry himself.


For Eric Parry (AADipl 1979 and AA Past President) drawing is integral to his practice as an architect: not just as a design tool, but as a way of conceiving, reflecting on and analysing buildings and the places they occupy. Across projects as diverse in typology, scale and context as the new buildings at Pembroke College, Cambridge, the Holburne Museum in Bath, the renewal of St Martin-in-the-Fields, One Eagle Place on Piccadilly, 30 Finsbury Square (in the City of London) in Islington and the more recently completed 4 Pancras Square at King’s Cross and Fen Court in the City of London – drawing is always fundamental to Parry’s creative process.


This exhibition offers a never seen before insight into the extraordinary range of drawings Parry has created over the last four decades: from the sketchbooks that present a near continuous thread of ideas and observations, and the design drawings that document how projects have evolved, to the computer-generated construction drawings that show with immaculate precision the inner workings of his buildings.


Drawing is also a fundamental component of the Soane Museum, reflecting its importance to Soane’s conception and practice of architecture. Taking its cue from Soane’s example, Parry’s drawings will be displayed around the Museum, in a stimulating and sometimes surprising dialogue with Soane’s collection and spaces.


Image: French + Tye and courtesy of Sir John Soane’s Museum. 


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AA Building Conversations


Series: Membership and Alumni Building Visit
Date: Tuesday 28 May 2019 : 13.00
Speaker: Danish Embassy and Duke of York Restaurant with Alan Dempsey

This building visit led by Alan Dempsey of Nex—, will start at the Danish Embassy designed by Arne Jacobsen and move to the Duke of York Restaurant designed by Nex—. The conversation will be co-led by Naina Gupta (AA PhD candidate).


The Danish Embassy


The Danish Embassy in London was designed by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. It is a purpose-built embassy in modernist design, which houses the chancellery functions as well as the ambassador’s residence. The design was made in respect to the scale and the traditional composition of buildings in the area, while at the same time creating a functional entity. The visible structure of the embassy comprises of stacks of glazed boxes, cantilevered out from concrete walls.


The Duke of York Restaurant


Designed by Nex—, The new Duke of York Restaurant occupies a prominent position on the King’s Road. The form of the building responds sensitively to the adjacent Grade II listed screen wall of the Duke of York Headquarters.  A counterpoint spiral of ribbon like off-white concrete leads to a public roof garden, supported on glazed arches. At ground level, the interior is designed with a desire to create a restaurant for all seasons, which connects interior and exterior. A technical world first — the innovative curved glazing can lower into the basement, allowing alfresco dining in fine weather.


Alan Dempsey


Alan is the founding Director of Nex—, Alan leads the design of all projects at Nex— , a London based architecture studio that designs buildings and spaces defined by place, people and atmosphere.  Alan graduated from the AADRL in 2002 and taught undergraduate and post-graduate courses at the AA from 2005-2013. Alan’s work has been recognised with awards and commendations from the D&AD, The Architects Journal, UK Technology Strategy Board, World Architecture Network, Building Design, and the Architecture Foundation. He has been an invited speaker at the AA, NAI, CAFA Beijing, ETH, MIT and other international venues.  


AA Building Conversations


AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members 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 an AA PhD student, and will be a collective construction among all those present. This project has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar (AAPhD 2016), and realised by AA membership and AA PhD candidates Sofia Krimizi & Alvaro Velasco.


Image: © AA Photo Library, Alan Blanc, 1992


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AA Building Conversations


Series: Membership & Alumni Event
Date: Thursday 6 June 2019 : 13.00
Speaker: Sivill House with Tyen Masten

A building visit led by Tyen Masten of PHASE3, of Sivill House by Skinner Bailey & Lubetkin, co-led by Sofia Krimizi, AA PhD candidate.


Sivill House


Sivill House was completed in 1962 in the Constructivist style and designed by Douglas Bailey, Francis Skinner and Berthold Lubetkin, the successors to the Tecton Group. The 76-flat council housing block on Columbia Road has 19-storeys, at a total height of 59m and is nearby to the Dorset Estate which was also designed by the same team.


Tyen Masten


Designer Tyen Masten is founding director of PHASE3, an architecture practice with work that goes beyond traditional expectations of building. PHASE3 operates as a platform that connects architecture, thinking and design to create big, serious, thoughtful projects. Tyen was a tutor at the AA in both the Diploma and Intermediate School between 2005-2017. During his tenure at Zaha Hadid Architects (2004–12) he successfully led the design on a multitude of projects in the Middle East and across the UK.


AA Building Conversations


AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members 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 an AA PhD student, and will be a collective construction among all those present. This project has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar (AAPhD 2016), and realised by AA membership and AA PhD candidates Sofia Krimizi & Alvaro Velasco.


Open to AA Members. Click here to book your place.





Workingman's Death


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Tuesday 11 June 2019 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

Join us for a screening of Workingman's Death (2005) Directed by Michael Glawogger


Workingman's Death is an unflinching portrait of the state of manual labour in the 21st century. The film is composed of six chapters, the first five are portraits of heavy manual labour around the world, the sixth shows contrasting scenes of youths in a former German industrial complex which had been converted into a leisure park.


In Ukraine, a group of men spend long days crawling through cramped shafts of illegal coal mines. Sulfur gatherers in Indonesia brave the smoky heat of an active volcano and the treacherous trip back down. Blood, fire and stench are routine for workers at a crowded open-air slaughterhouse in Nigeria. Pakistani men use little more than their bare hands to dismantle an abandoned oil tanker for scrap metal. Steelworkers in China fear they could be a dying breed...


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