AA student work is the School’s greatest asset. In recognition of this, the AA awards prizes and distinctions at all levels. The list of prizes for the end of each academic year is announced at the Graduation Ceremony preceding the opening of Projects Review. In 2010/11 the prizes were awarded as follows:

Henry Florence Studentship

Established in 1916 in the name of the AA President 1878–79.
Hwui Zhi Brian Cheng Fourth Year, Diploma Unit 14
Tutors, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Barbara Campbell-Lange and Fenella Collingridge
Hwui Zhi Brian Cheng on Projects Review

Alex Stanhope Forbes Prize

For work in the field of colouimager.
Kanachai Bencharongkul Third Year, Intermediate Unit 12
Tutors, Sam Jacob and Tomas Klassnik, Diploma Unit 9
Kanachai Bencharongkul on Projects Review

AA Travel Studentship

To travel in the UK or abroad.
Vidhya Pushpanathan Second Year, Intermediate Unit 8
Tutors, Francisco Gonzalez de Canales and  Nuria Alvarez Lombardero
Vidhya Pushpanathan on Projects Review

Howard Colls Studentship

For best drawings at the end of Fourth Year.
Yuk Fung Geoffrey Cheung Fourth Year, Diploma Unit 13
Tutor, Oliver Domeisen
Yuk Fung Geoffrey Cheung on Projects Review

Alexander Memorial Travel Fund

Antoine Vaxelaire
Third Year, Intermediate Unit 7
Tutors, Maria Fedorchenko and Tatiana von Preussen
Tobias Scheepers
First year
Tutors, Valentin Bontjes van Beek, David Greene, Samantha Hardingham, Tobias Klein, Sarah Entwistle and Ingrid Schröder
Antoine Vaxelaire on Projects Review

Henry Saxon Snell Scholarship

To encourage design, construction of hospitals, convalescent homes and asylums.
Manijeh Verghese Fourth Year, Diploma Unit 9
Tutor, Natasha Sandmeier
Manijeh Verghese on Projects Review

William Glover Bequest

Established in 1913.
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu, Fifth Year, Diploma Unit 6
Tutors, Liam Young and Kate Davies
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu on Projects Review

Ralph Knott Memorial Fund

For necessitous students with promise.
Patricia Mato Mora Second Year Intermediate Unit 2
Tutors, Takero Shimazaki and Ana Araujo
Patricia Mato Mora on Projects Review

AA Prize

For significant contributions to the AA.
Jan Nauta Fifth Year Diploma Unit 10
Tutor, Carlos Villanueva Brandt
Jan Nauta on Projects Review

Holloway Trust

Traditionally awarded for work related to the building and construction industry.

Summer Islam Third Year, Intermediate Unit 2
Tutors, Takero Shimazaki and Ana Araujo
Summer Islam on Projects Review

Alexey Marfin Second Year, Intermediate Unit 3
Tutors, Nanette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos
Alexey Marfin on Projects Review

Nat Mosley Fifth Year, Diploma Unit 11
Tutor, Shin Egashira

Julia Wood Foundation Prize

Stefan Jovanovic Foundation Course
Tutors, Saskia Lewis, Matthew Butcher, Takako Hasegawa and Flora McLean
Stefan Jovanovic on Projects Review

Nicholas Boas Travel Award

Lionel Eid Third Year, Intermediate Unit 12
Tutors, Sam Jacob and Tomas Klassnik
Lionel Eid on Projects Review

Phung Hieu Minh Van Second Year, Intermediate Unit 12
Tutors, Sam Jacob and Tomas Klassnik
Phung Hieu Minh Van on Projects Review

Konrad Holtsmark First Year
Tutors, Valentin Bontjes van Beek, David Greene, Samantha Hardingham, Tobias Klein, Sarah Entwistle and Ingrid Schröder
Konrad Holtsmark on Projects Review

Michael Ventris Extraordinary Award in Architecture

Emmanouil Stavrakakis PhD Programme
Supervisor, Mark Cousins
PHD candidates on Projects Review

Foster & Partners Prize

The Foster Prize is awarded annually to the AA Fifth Year Diploma student whose portfolio best addresses the themes of sustainability and infrastructure. The essential aims of this new prize are to forge links between Foster + Partners and the AA and to encourage students to address themes that are of increasing relevance to architecture and contemporary architectural discourse more globally. Following a jury of shortlisted portfolios, the winner is presented with a cheque at the AA’s Graduation Awards Ceremony in June. The winner and shortlisted work are invited to exhibit their work in Foster + Partners’ studio gallery in September, when there will be a formal reception.
Aditya Aachi Fifth Year, Diploma Unit 7, Haiti Simbi Hubs
Tutors, Kenneth Frazer and Simon Beames
Aditya Aachi on Projects Review

Nicolas Pozner Prize

The Nicholas Pozner Prize for ‘Single Best Drawing’ is awarded annually in memory of Nick Pozner, as a tribute to the talent and promise he showed during his time at the AA, as reflected in dedication and impressive precision and beauty of his drawings. At the end of each academic year, drawings are selected from across the Undergraduate School during the end of year Reviews, with a final selection made by jury out of a shortlist of entries. The AA is grateful to his family and friends for the inspiration and dedication shown in setting up and supporting this prize of £1000.

Oliviu Lugojan Ghenciu
, Diploma Unit 6
Tutors, Liam Young and Kate Davies
Oliviu Lugojan Ghenciu on Projects Review

Frederik Hellberg
Fourth Year, Diploma Unit 13
Tutors, Oliver Domeisen and Tristan Simmonds
Frederik Hellberg on Projects Review

Dennis Sharp Prize for Excellence in Writing

Scrap Marshall Fourth Year, Diploma Unit 11
Essay: No Escape From Modernity and Modernism – Cary Grant, Shaving and the Uninhabitable Dream (pdf)
Aram Mooradian Fifth Year, Diploma Unit 6
Essay: Fly-In, Fly-Out. Fit-In or F*** Off (pdf)
Sylvie Taher Fifth Year, Diploma Unit 11
Thesis: Architects Vs. The City (pdf)

Philip Turner, Fourth Year, Diploma Unit 3
At War with Nostalgia, Truth is the First Casualty (pdf)
Honourable Mention for:
Henry Thorold, Fifth Year, Diploma Unit 11
Space Odysseys: From the Leibniz Clarke Correspondence to 2001 (pdf)

HTS Writing Awards 2012:
Radu Macovei, First Year
From Alberti to Koolhaas: Tracing an Urban Conception (pdf)
Federique Paraskevas, Second Year, Intermediate Unit 8
Tahrir Square and Haussmann’s Paris: Physical Manifestations of Political Doctrines (pdf)
Lingxiu Chong, Third Year, Intermediate Unit 1
Untitled (pdf)

Technical Studies Awards 2010/11

TS staff are delighted to announce that the following students have been awarded a high pass for their TS Design Project.

Third Year students: Chen Zhan Inter 1; Antonis Papamichael Inter 2; Basmah Kaki Inter 3; Seung Youb Lee Inter 3; Ariadna Barthe Inter 6; Golshid Varasteh Kia Inter 6; Ja Kyung Kim Inter 9; Charlotte Moe Inter 9 – High Pass with Distinction and prizewinner for best technical project in the Third Year. Stefan Laxness Inter 13; Georges Massoud Inter 13

Fifth Year students: Sarah Huelin Dip 3; Natapa Sriyuksiri Dip 3; John Ng Dip 5; Seung Joon Oh Dip 5; Edward Pearce Dip 6; Gustav Dusing Dip 8; Katerina Scoufaridou Dip 9; Jan Nauta Dip 10; Julin Ang Dip 11; Jon Lopez Dip 11 – High Pass with Distinction and prizewinner for best technical thesis in the Fifth Year. David Nightingale Dip 13; Calvin Chua Dip 14; Jerome Tsui Dip 14; Nicos Yiatros Dip 17; Eugene Duck Lee Dip 18

Of the 50 projects nominated from the Third and Fifth Year, the following students have been awarded a HIGH PASS.

Third Year: Hunter Devine, Intermediate Unit 12; Jyri Eskola, Intermediate Unit 2; Jenny Hill, Intermediate Unit 6; Tae Hyuk Kim, Intermediate Unit 3; Yueqi Li, Intermediate Unit 6; Alexey Marfi, Intermediate Unit 4; Lucy Morone, Intermediate Unit 9; Cliff Tan, Intermediate Unit 7; Mary Wang, Intermediate Unit 2; Guan Xiong Won, Intermediate Unit 7; Lara Yegenogulu, Intermediate Unit 6

Fifth Year: Hans Christian Buhl, Diploma Unit 11; Brian Cheng, Diploma Unit 17; Yheu Shen Chua, Diploma Unit 8; Hussam Dakka, Diploma Unit 8; Valeria Garci, Diploma Unit 17; Lyn Hayek, Diploma Unit 8; Beom Kwan Kim, Diploma Unit 8; Yoo Jin Kim, Diploma Unit 1; Sofoklis G Koutsourelis, Diploma Unit 16; Samantha Lee, Diploma Unit 6; Carrie Lim, Diploma Unit 4; Dessi Lyutakova, Diploma Unit 6; Scrap Marshall, Diploma Unit 11; Sam Nelson, Diploma Unit 14; Nora Nilsen, Diploma Unit 8, Elena Palacios Caral, Diploma Unit 9; Eugene Tan, Diploma Unit 8; Henry Thorold, Diploma Unit 11; Manijeh Verghese, Diploma Unit 9; Yvonne Weng, Diploma Unit 17; Yuma Yamamato, Diploma Unit 11, Amir Yousefi, Diploma Unit 18, Konstantinos Zaverdinos, Diploma Unit 16


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Welcome to 2019-20

Dear School Community,

The Architectural Association is a place where we forget our labels as architects, as artists, as economists, as writers, as poets, and we become citizens of the world – a world that we believe we can change, transform into something other, more interesting, more radical, more free, more equal, more us. The new academic year brings a series of important conversations to the forefront of architectural education and contemporary culture through new and familiar voices and projects. There are urgent tasks at hand. Our programmes throughout the school have accepted the challenge to address issues of climate and ethics. As architects we always speak on behalf of the other, but we also need to constantly ask ourselves, who has the right to speak, and on behalf of whom? How am I affecting the environment with my actions? How can I care more about others? 

This year I invite us all to practice radical empathy, to care about the planet, the other and the future. To listen, to ask, to share, to discuss, to debate, but ultimately to care. 

Like every year, new appointments and initiatives will expand both our academic and institutional horizons. Academic voices joining us are: filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, whose work focuses on experimental narratives and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture and the urban environment; Berlin-based architect Sam Chermayeff (AA Alumni), founder of the practice June 14; Didier Fiúza Faustino (AA Tutor 2010-16), an architect and artist working on the relationship between the body and space; Gabu Heindl, an architect and urban planner who is the head of GABU Heindl Architektur in Vienna, an interdisciplinary studio specialising in public interventions, cultural and social buildings; David Kohn, London-based architect and founder of David Kohn Architects working internationally on arts, education and residential projects; Viviana Muscettola, an associate director at Zaha Hadid Architects and an executive member of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; OMMX, a London-based practice led by Hikaru Nissanke and Jon Lopez; OFIS, an international architecture office based in Ljubljana and led by Špela Videčnik and Rok Oman (both AA Alumni); Superpool, an international research-based architecture practice located in Istanbul and led by Selva Gürdoğan and Gregers Tang Thomsen; and Bostjan Vuga (AA Alumni), architect and founder of SADAR+VUGA. Other people joining us include Eleanor Dodman, Liza Fior, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Lizy Huyghe, Guan Lee,  Melodie Leung, Gili Merin, Ivan Morrison, Anna Muzychak, Bushra Mohamed, Jonathan Robinson, Alvaro Velasco Perez and James Westcott. This diversity of new voices, will add to the units and programmes and will continue the multiplicity of agendas that the AA is known for. 

Every course, programme and unit throughout the school operates under a highly specific and idiosyncratic methodology, which offers every student a myriad of options and possibilities. More about the overall academic offerings can be found here. More about Experimental Programme units and staff can be found here; Diploma Programme units and staff can be found here and information about the unit selection process can be found here.

After more than a decade at the helm of the PhD Programme, Simos Yannas has stepped away to focus on the Sustainability and Environmental Design (SED) Programme that he leads at the school. The new Head of the PhD Programme, Pier Vittorio Aureli will shape the programme in the years to come. Elif Erdine will be the new Head of Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) after Mike Weinstock stepped down; however, he will continue to teach within the programme as Founding Director. 

Print Studio is transforming with a new Head of Publications, Maria S. Giudici who will – in addition to being the editor of AA Files – oversee new publications that continue to position the AA at the forefront of critical discussions through printed matter. Ryan Dillon is our new Head of Academic Communications, and will edit the annual AA Book, lead the relaunch of the AA Radio/Podcast, and oversee the content of the new website amongst other platforms to enable and facilitate all imaginable forms of communication and engagement within the AA School Community. In addition, Rory Sherlock, is joining us as Assistant Editor. 

These new voices join our renowned academic and administrative staff, who together, will surely provide for relevant discussions and debates throughout the entire school as we continue our journey into the future. As part of this, and our continued commitment to achieving Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) (a final decision on our application is expected this autumn), we have gone through a process of internal validation, adjusting nomenclature to reflect who we are and what we do, and to make sure our programmes maintain their identity. Former Complementary Studies is now Core Studies; Technical Studies is now Environmental and Technical Studies (ETS), Media Studies is now Communication and Media Studies (CMS), First Year and Intermediate School (years 2-3) is now the Experimental Programme, and Diploma School (years 4-5) is now the Diploma Programme.

The AA is committed to experimental methods in teaching and learning and this can be seen in the many initiatives being launched. In Term 3 Speculative Studies, a series of interdisciplinary seminars over five weeks, will present courses on politics, law, philosophy, ethics, art history, poetry, dance, gastronomy, social technology and microbiology. Other topics and courses will be added from proposals put forward by students in an Open Forum to be held in Term 1. These courses will introduce new areas of expertise and methodologies to our collective culture.

A four-day symposium titled Experimental Methods will bring our community together for a discussion and debate on what experimentation is and can be at the AA, which will take place during Open Week in both Terms 1 and 2. Tutors from across the school will lecture on their particular academic approach as well as their own professional practice and research. Each day will end with a keynote speaker and a round table discussion, and the week will culminate with an Open Jury in which students can present their work to a panel of invited critics. 

For the first time in the history of the school, Diploma students and Postgraduate students will be able to take joint classes as part of an expanded pool of Electives. These advanced seminars will be provided by our ten Postgraduate Programmes in areas of technology, criticism, sustainability, material culture, computation and more, allowing us to push the boundaries of architectural education and to have more dialogue across all parts of the school.  

This year we will continue with the Open Seminars; on Mondays, Plan the Planet, brings together experts across different disciplines to discuss the current ecological crisis in order to articulate new strategies, policies, relationships and spaces; on Tuesdays, Evidentiary Aesthetics investigates the technologies and politics of the body; and on Wednesdays, we will be able to study the Origins of Capitalist Urban Space.

Throughout the year, the Directions Series offers an open forum for conversations between AA Students, Academic and Administrative Staff and the AA Director. These events offer a platform to communicate and discuss the direction of the school. The first event of the Directions Series will take place on Monday 30 September at 7pm in the Lecture Hall when we can start raising questions and propose new agendas as we all work towards our future and jointly develop the AA 2020-25 Strategic Plan.

To broaden and strengthen our academic resources additional initiatives have been set up. The new Writing Centre aims to assist students with their essays and written work; the Student Care Centre is to provide mental health support; and the Student Affairs Office will provide students with logistical support during their time here at the AA, and advice in career placement and work opportunities in London and around the world for their year out and after graduation. 

To conclude the academic year we aim to introduce a new way of transmitting and disseminating the work of our fifth year students at the AA Forum/Final Presentation. Over two days after tables, all graduating students will present their project in an open format to a wide group of tutors, guest jurors, curators, press, friends and colleagues, making their last presentation at the AA a real moment for celebration and dialogue. The AA Forum/Final Presentation will be open to all students to attend, and will take place in any imaginable space throughout the school. 

This autumn we launch the AA Residence, a cultural platform exploring and studying new ideas and forms of practice at the intersection of architecture, art, technology, policy and design. It is composed of a series of independent labs that consist of an interdisciplinary cohort of resident fellows including architects, artists, policy makers, engineers, scientists and creative entrepreneurs that are all researching and producing experimental work. The AA Residence will work as an incubator in a shared workspace and professional development programme, providing architects and entrepreneurs the tools required to build new practices and initiate projects that impact, promote and amplify culture, and contribute to the re-imagination of the future. The 2019-20 labs will be announced in October. 

Last year’s Projects Review 2019 was produced with the goal to achieve zero waste, and has left us with some new pieces of furniture that we hope to enjoy throughout the year. As part of this exhibition, the first edition of the Press and Practices Preview took place the day before the opening, and proved to be a success. Fifth year students and those with scholarships and bursaries had the opportunity to explain their unit agendas and project aims to invited guests. They did this alongside volunteers who provided an introduction to the sometimes complex issues that the school and its programmes address. Thank you to all tutors, students and volunteers that committed time to this effort. The Projects Review exhibition received great press coverage and many positive responses. To continue this momentum the AA Book, together with a series of podcasts with staff and students, will be launched in the autumn.

Over the last year we have recognised and celebrated the amazing diversity of the Architectural Association, that consists of students and staff from 81 different nationalities. In an attempt to build on this great cultural resource we will launch Architecture in Translation, a project that celebrates the wealth embedded in the use of different languages as part of the production and dissemination of ideas, discourse and debate about architecture. This project will work across many areas within the school. Within HTS, Mark Cousins has produced a series of seminars that will explore the theoretical questions and opportunities of translation in architecture. In addition to this, juries in different languages will take place throughout the year and will be used to identify terms, concepts and values inherent to different linguistic and cultural contexts in order to produce a ‘multilingual dictionary of architectural terms’ for the twenty-first century. 

Last but not least, to start the year, a different kind of tradition is being introduced entitled, Plant a Tree, which will take place during Introduction Week and invites all new students and staff to Hooke Park, the AA rural campus in Dorset. While on-site, we will learn about the facilities and then ceremonially, each and every one of the 300 new voices joining the school, will plant a tree to contribute to the forest, offset carbon emissions, and take part in a dialogue of ideas about the future as responsible members of the AA and of this planet. Plant a Tree is more than a symbolic act, it is the commitment to a future that is ours to build.

As new and returning students and staff wander throughout the school, its spaces and places and within the corridors that build our intellectual home, you will find on the walls images of projects that each of the 779 students of the last academic year produced. With these drawings up on the walls, now is the time for identifying new debates and engagements. For those knocking on my door, and I encourage all of you to do so, you will see next to the Expanding Horizons poster – in a circular frame – what I suspect will be the most important image for many of you this year: this is of course an invitation to visit and share some of your ideas. 

I am looking forward to seeing all of you during Introduction Week and throughout the year ahead to discuss in detail the initiatives outlined above, and the ones that we will create together.



Eva Franch i Gilabert
AA School of Architecture