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 long 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. Our cross-disciplinary approach integrates knowledge from the natural sciences, computational and material experimentation, cultural and professional practices across the world. We seek to develop experimental designs and new models, propositions with principles of implementation capable of adapting to diverse circumstances or environments. Our research is conducted with rigour and precision. We encourage methodological innovation, particularly in research agendas with collective engagements such as live construction and participatory design.


Research Themes


There are four broad themes under which Research at the AA is conducted:

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.



Research Fellowships


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


Research Profiles






Miraj Ahmed, Mr

Member, , AA Teaching Committee School Unit Master, Diploma 1, AA Undergraduate School Course Master, Media Studies,...

Research Interest: I have been interested in the way that architecture informs art and vice versa. This has been reflected in my teaching - foundation through to Diploma within architecture school a...

Lucia Nuria Alvarez Lombardero, Dr

Member of the Undergraduate Management Committee, AA Undergraduate School Unit Master, Intermediate 8, AA Undergraduat...

Research Interest: Politics, architecture and the city.Form in architecture and Urban typologies Gender studies, Architecture and Urbanism. Digital fabrication and Public space.

Francesco Anselmo, Mr

Course Lecturer - Diploma TS4, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer - Diploma TS5, Technical Stu...

Research Interest: Daylighting design Lighting design Lighting simulation Weather and climate analysis Parametric design Physical computing Interaction design Internet of Things Artificial in...

Ana Araujo, Ms

Unit Master, Intermediate 2, AA Undergraduate School

Research Interest: Psychoanalysis Feminism

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