Alexandra Vougia, PhD

- Studio Master, First Year, AA Undergraduate School - Course Tutor, DRL, AA Graduate School - PhD 2nd Supervisor, PhD, AA Graduate School - Course Teaching Assistant - First Year, History and Theory Studies, AA Undergraduate School

Professional qualifications

- Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE-TCG) Registered Architect in Greece, membership no. 122557 - Architects Registration Board, registration no. 094095J

Research Interest

My research investigates the relation between architecture - both as a practice and as a production of discourse - and ideology. The particular interest began with the PhD (completed at the AA in 2016 with the title “Estranging Devices: Architectural Modernism and Strategies of De-alienation”), which examined the ways that architectural modernism of the interwar era functioned against the dominant (bourgeois) ideology. In particular, it addressed the ways which abstraction (in the work of Hannes Meyer and Mart Stam) operated as a device against alienation. During the past couple of years this relation has been reviewed touching on more contemporary examples of the disciplinary production, also through the reexamination of the more complex conditions of today's neoliberalist new economy. This part of the research has been published in a series of smaller essays, which have been part of the books "The Building" (edited by José Aragüez, Baden: Lars Müller Publishers, 2016) and “Power / Architecture” (edited by Jorge Carvalho, Ricardo Carvalho, Pedro Bandeira in collaboration with Casa da Arquitectura, Baden: Lars Müller Publishers, 2017).

Biography:

Alexandra Vougia (Thessaloniki, 1983) graduated in 2007 from the Faculty of Architecture of the Aristotle University, Thessaloniki – Greece, and holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design - MS AAD from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation - GSAPP, Columbia University (2008). in June 2016, she was awarded her PhD by the AA. Alexandra has worked as an architect in New York (Morris Sato Studio) and Athens (A. N. Tombazis & Associates Architects) and has been teaching at the AA since 2012; currently studio and History and Theory Studies in the First Year and the DRL.

Publications

2018, Alexandra Vougia, “En Contra del Cinicismo” , PLOT, 44 (Aug/Sept 2018)

2017, Alexandra Vougia, book editor: Jose Araguez, The Building, Lars Muller Publishers
Contributed the following essays: - "Soft Boundaries - Moriyama House," 154-161 - "Architectural Iconolatry - Dubai Renaissance (OMA)," 248-255

2017, Alexandra Vougia / book editors: Jorge Carvalho, Pedro Bandeira, Ricardo Carvalho, Power/Architecture, Lars Muller Publishers, Casa de Arquitectura
Contributed the essay: - "Against Cynicism," 42-47

Symposia

2017, Alexandra Vougia, MNYMOsin: Alien Memory Symposium as part of the London Festival of Architecture, Alienation and Abstraction

2016, Alexandra Vougia, Object-Project - part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 'The Form of Form', 'After All, One Red', curator: Godofredo Pereira

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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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.

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