Diploma Honours 2013/14

AA Diploma Honours is the AA's highest award. Each Summer Term exceptional Diploma School students are chosen to present for Honours awards, which are given to the student or students who achieve an exceptionally high standard in the academic year. Those awarded Diploma Honours then exhibit their work early in the next academic year.

Eugenie Hanae BLIAH, Diploma Unit 14

Socks - Collective living for the japanese housewife

Tutors: Pier Vittorio Aureli, Maria Shéhérazade Giudici

"Cooking food, caring for children, and cleaning house, tasks often of as "woman’s work" to be performed without pay in domestic environments, have always been a major part of the world’s necessary labour." (Linda Gordon, 1977)

It is indeed intriguing as to how it has been predominately women that have become synonymous to the domestic domain. The housewife possesses an intimacy to the home which has best been illustrated by Christian Marazzi with his example of the "place for the socks," where he describes how the wife naturally puts her husbands socks back "where they belong."

Domestic labour and affective labour, a labour of emotions and of taking care, have become naturalised and as a consequence taken for granted. There is an urgency to readdress the spatial and social layout of housing in order to bring affective labour to the foreground.

The ShareHouse, for four or eight newly formed families, allows housework to be shared, liberates the housewife from isolation, exposes domestic labour and creates a non gendered realm where solidarity between women and between women and men is created.


Ioana-Corina Giurgiu, Diploma Unit 18

2050 Industrial Park

Tutors: Enric Ruiz Geli, Pablo Ros, Felix Fassbinder

The proposal addresses our relationship with nature by exploring the scenario of an alternative form of industry.

Rather than attempt to emulate nature, the focus is on understanding what the potential uses of naturally occurring processes might be. Thus, natural phenomena emerge as potential new modes of fabrication.

Discovering that salt-marsh ecosystems have the ability to perform like factories frames the project as a Factory of the Future that uses the marsh as the embodiment of the factory’s form, infrastructure and main method of production.

The ecosystem therefore becomes the industry that drives both human and environmental growth.


Summer Saud Islam, Diploma Unit 11

New Monuments to Nostalgia

Tutor: Shin Egashira

Tucked in amongst the listed terrace houses of Bloomsbury lie the city's new monuments to nostalgia. They are fragmented extensions of the British Museum, housing the bulk of the Museum's collection, 99 percent of which was formerly in storage. They are entombed in a concrete shell that keeps the traces and volume of the houses that once were.

The proposal negotiates the fictions of the British Museum and English Heritage's curation of London: fictions that the city is not removed from its past, and its objects are not removed from their origins. The stored objects are displayed in Bloomsbury, and the fragments of the houses that are demolished to make way for them are retained.

The proposal becomes a placeholder for an archive that is elsewhere, and the pieces of the listed house are kept - just in case.


Harry Thomas Kay, Diploma Unit 6


Tutors: Liam Young, Kate Davies

Each of our small acts of consumerism is the final stage of a long choreography through which landscapes are displaced, dispersed and deposited in foreign places. More matter is shifted around the planet through human activity than is moved by the force of all rivers, glaciers oceans or wind combined. Rare earth minerals extracted from Chinese fields, are refined into cosmetics, painted on faces for one wild night and then washed down the drains of London apartments to collect in sand banks downstream.

In the Division’s Bureau of Rare Earthworks Harry has conjured Jīngjù-on-Sea, a Peking Opera that performs an act of consumerism on a huge scale. Echoing the quantities and trajectories of the existing rare earth mineral supply chain, thousands of tonnes of earth are removed from the central Chinese landscape, and through the tools of the opera - as makeup, costume and set - are brought to London to be deposited in the Thames Estuary. Here, in the final Act, the ‘Dan’ [旦]; the embodiment of the refined rare earth oxide, launches herself into the Thames. The opera is a planetary scale performance that is played out every day; dictated by the beat of international supply of demand, forming a new land in the North Sea, act by act, scene by scene.


Vere Jacomijn Van Gool, Diploma Unit 10

Tutor: Carlos Villanueva Brandt

My London

Dear London,

Sorry to bother you, but who owns the city?

Very best,

Vere van Gool



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