Simon Withers,

Studio Master

Professional qualifications

HEA pending

Research Interest

'Captivating the Attention of Strangers' is a research project using photography, film, scanning, sound and text to develop new forms and techniques of representing architecture within the field of museology. Interpretation is becoming a key area of inquiry as museums and architectural sites search for new methods to make evident to visitors complex and often hidden or obscured architectures and histories. I am currently photographing, recording and scanning Hawksmoor's St Alfege chu

Biography:

Simon Withers is currently researching models and techniques of representation of architecture within museology. Hawksmoor’s St Alfege church is the initial focus and site for ‘Captivating the Attention of Strangers’. Previous experience includes partnership in an architectural practice, fashion design, electronics and teaching.

Exhibitions

2018, Future Cies 7: Atmospheres, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich

2015, Unit Fifteen Research: Mike Aling, Nic Clear, Hyun Jun Park, Simon Withers, Royal Academy Summer Show, The Gold Mine: A Utopian Post Scarcity City
Large model selected for the architecture room at the Summer Show.

2015, Simon Withers , East of Eden: Works in Progress, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich
Photographs taken for This Curious Device research project. https://blogs.gre.ac.uk/architecture/2015/04/07/a-department-of-architecture-and-landscape-exhibition-east-of-eden-works-in-progress/

2015, Unit Fifteen Research: Mike Aling, Nic Clear, Hyun Jun Park, Simon Withers, Greenwich at the Royal Academy, The Gold Mine: A Utopian Post Scarcity City, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich
Large model selected for the architecture room at the Summer Show exhibited at Greenwich. https://blogs.gre.ac.uk/architecture/2015/09/21/greenwich-at-the-royal-academy/

Symposia

2017, Simon Withers, Urban Futures of the Recent Past: A Department of Architecture & Landscape Conference, A response to the Late Excessive Growth of Infidelity, Heresy and Profaneness
Paper on the scanning of, Hawksmoor's architectural sources for, and the drawings of Hawksmoor's St Alfege and the first showing of the scans. https://blogs.gre.ac.uk/architecture/2017/09/19/urban-futures-of-the-recent-past-a-department-of-architecture-landscape-conference/

2015, Simon Withers, Future Cities 4: Reconciling Opposites, This Curious Device
A Paper on This Curious Device research project https://blogs.gre.ac.uk/architecture/2015/03/30/an-avatar-conference-future-cities-4-reconciling-opposites/

Publications

2015, Simon Withers, This Curious Device: Allurer of Abundance, Intellect Books , Design Ecologies, Volume 4, Issue 1-2
Essay from This Curious Device research project. ISSN 2043-068X / https://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-issue,id=3039/

2015, Simon Withers, East of Eden: This Curious Device, Department of Architecture & Landscape, University of Greenwich
Essay from This Curious Device research project. 978-1-909155-09-1 / https://blogs.gre.ac.uk/architecture/2015/06/22/east-of-eden-book-launch/

Installations and Constructions

2014, Unit Fifteen Research: Mike Aling, Nic Clear, Hyun Jun Park, Simon Withers, LonCon 3: The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, The Gold Mine: A Utopian Post Scarcity City, ExCel, London

The Architectural Association, Inc. is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (No.171402) and registered as a charity (No. 311083). Registered office: 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, 020 7887 4000

Click here to read the AA’s latest review report.

Click here to read the AA’s latest action plan.

close

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 Certificate), 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.

close