Christina Varvia, AADipl

Unit Master, Diploma 3, AA Undergraduate School

Professional qualifications


Research Interest

Forensic Architecture, Investigative Architecture, Evidentiary Aesthetics, Media, Memory, Imaging Technologies, Human Rights, Political Studies, Forensic Research, Activism, Civil Society/Grassroots Investigations, Environmental Studies, Trauma Studies, Philosophy of Science, Spatial Politics, Law and Media, Biopolitics


Christina Varvia is an architectural researcher, and the Deputy Director of Forensic Architecture. She has graduated from the AA School of Architecture with a previous degree from Westminster University. Her research concentrates on architectural evidentiary techniques, and more broadly digital media and memory, as well as the perception of the physical environment through scanning and imaging technologies. She has worked with multiple NGOs, published and exhibited internationally. She recently joined the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court.


2019, Christina Varvia, ‘The NSU Case’, in Markus Miessen and Zoe Ritts (eds.), Para-Platforms: On the Spatial Politics of Right-Wing Populism, Sternberg Press

2018, Christina Varvia, On the Retrieval of Depth, MIT Press, PERSPECTA: THE YALE ARCHITECTURAL JOURNAL, Beyond Media, 51

2017, Christina Varvia, Shipping Tales, The Funambalist Magazine, Islands, 9


2018, Christina Varvia, 360/OS OPEN SOURCE SUMMIT, Forensic Architecture

2017, Christina Varvia, 4T 2017 CROSS(-)ABILITIES IN DESIGN, 12TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AND DESIGN HISTORY SYMPOSIUM, Forensic Architecture: Data Complexes

2017, Christina Varvia, TRANSFORMING MAZE/ LONG KESH PRISON, The Architecture of Memory, ULSTER UNIVERSITY

2016, Eyal Weizman, Christina Varvia, Ana Noami de Sousa, Steffen Kramer, LOGAN CIJ SYMPOSIUM, Methods and Tools for Visual Investigations


2018, Forensic Architecture, Counter Investigations, Institute of Contemporary Arts
Counter Investigations is the first UK survey exhibition of the work of Forensic Architecture

2017, Forensic Architecture, Towards an Investigative Aesthetics, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

2017, Forensic Architecture, Towards an Investigative Aesthetics, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC)

2017, Forensic Architecture and Society of Friends of Halit, 77sqm_9:26min, documenta.14

2016, Forensic Architecture, Reporting from the Front, Forensic Architecture, La Biennale di Venezia 2016

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.