Research at the AA Planetary Architecture II Exhibition Opening, 1983. Photo by Valerie Bennett

Research at the Architectural Association


Research at the AA arises from our abiding engagement with the cultural and scientific discourses of architecture across the world, and is guided by the belief that Architecture is the most complex human endeavour, a manifestation of collective values and individual expression. We are committed to seeking and creating new knowledge that contributes to the quality of life of people, to the construction and materialisation of the prototypes of the future, and to the enrichment of all.


Research Themes


Urban and Landscape Ecologies

Research proceeds from a fundamental understanding that the dynamics of climate and ecological changes perturbed and accelerated by human activities, and from a shared concern for the consequences of those changes to society and the natural world. In this area of research, the production of artefacts and sustainable systems are developed through iterative computational processes of serial experimentation and analysis, generative propositions and simulations.

Cultural and Critical Histories

Humanities research at the AA focuses on the interpretation and creation of texts, analysis of precedent, manifestoes, and the exploration of architectural theory as a basis for design analysis and speculation. Current projects staff are engaged with include the politics of space, formal evolution of cities, creation of new media and interdisciplinary performance, and futurology. Extensive use is made of the AA Archives, Photography Collection and Library.

Computation, Prototyping and Robotics

Exploring the widest possible range of design tools, the AA interrogates how manufacturing technologies, virtual reality and 1:1 modelling can be used against the grain, hybridised and reinvented. Research venues include the Digital Prototyping Lab, the Design Research Lab, facilities at our Hooke Park campus. Each Unit and Graduate Programme, as well as Technical and Media Studies, forms a part of this research culture linking to industry leaders and research bodies worldwide.

Radical Pedagogical Agendas

The education of architects has been an abiding research project at the AA since its founding. Globally recognised contributions to pedagogical structures and teaching methods -- including the Unit system, Visiting School, and full academic integration of Public Programmes -- form a legacy that the School builds upon, questions and reinvents. An experimental laboratory of learning, the AA continues to develop and test new educational models; documenting and disseminating its findings in wide-ranging conferences, symposia and events.

Territorial Investigations

Year to year, the AA examines a specific territory as a vehicle to create new ideas, designs, discourses, exhibitions and performances. In 2019-2020, Antarctica will become the focus of a dedicated research led by the AA Polar Lab. Read more about the programme



Research Fellowships


The inaugural AA Research Publications Fellows will be Sue Barr and Clara Olóriz Sanjuán. Read more.


Research Profiles






Amica Dall,

Unit Master, Intermediate 7, AA Undergraduate School , , AA School

Research Interest: Urban childhood Cultural Infrastructure Social and political role of architecture

Aljosa Dekleva, Mr

Course Lecturer, Nanotourism - Honolulu, AA Visiting School Course Lecturer, Nanotourism - Cusco, AA Visiting School...

Research Interest: Research by design and design by research, Architecture as a matter of change, Bottom up architectural processes, Experimental teaching, Nanotourism as a creative critique of c...

Tina Marie Dicarlo, Ms

Course Consultant, History and Critical Thinking, AA Graduate School

Research Interest: Drawings from the sixteenth century to the present day, as they are collected, exhibited and published.

Aude-Line Duliere, Ms

Unit Master, Diploma 18, AA Undergraduate School

Research Interest: Crafted images: Practices, Techniques and Reuse in Set Design A research project on set construction practices and material uses in the movie industry. Through the lense of the ...

Elif Erdine, Dr

Studio Master, Emergent Technologies, AA Graduate School Programme Head, Istanbul , AA Visiting School Programme Hea...

Research Interest: Elif Erdine’s interests are the integration of algorithmic generative design with large-scale digital fabrication tools, and in physical computing. Her PhD thesis was focused on...

Maria Fedorchenko, Ms

Unit Master, Diploma 8, AA Undergraduate School

Research Interest: Research and design theories and methods; new approaches to urban analysis and diagnostics; diagram and infrastructure; disciplinary project on form and program.

Jorge Fiori, Mr

Programme Co-Director, Housing and Urbanism, AA Graduate School PhD Director of Studies Supervisor, PhD, AA Graduate S...

Research Interest: Has participated in several research projects in Britain and abroad. In Britain, research has been mainly related to work at the Development Planning Unit (UCL) and Housing & Urban...

William Firebrace, Mr

Thesis Master, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School

Research Interest: Edge spaces

Murray Fraser, Professor

PhD External Second Supervisor, , AA Graduate School

Research Interest: In research terms, I have published extensively on architectural design, architectural history & theory, urbanism, globalisation, post-colonialism, design research and cultural stu...

Octavian Mihai Gheorghiu, Mr

Software Tutor, DRL, AA Graduate School

Research Interest: Geometry Computation, Robotics, Interaction Design

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