AA Files 57–71

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AA Files is the Architectural Association School of Architecture’s journal of record and the successor to a long line of AA house journals (including titles such as AA Notes, AA Journal, Arena and AAQ) that began with the school’s founding in 1847. Launched in 1981 by the AA’s then chairman, Alvin Boyarsky, the journal appears twice a year and is sent out to members of the Architectural Association, individual subscribers and is distributed to a global network of bookshops. Since 2007 AA Files has been under the editorship of Thomas Weaver, the fourth of its editors, following Mary Wall, Mark Rappolt and David Terrien, who, with issue 57, initiated a redesign that saw the introduction of a new graphic design template, developed and still produced by the John Morgan studio, and a shift of focus in terms of its content towards more writerly models of scholarship, criticism and investigation, prompted not only by work, exhibitions and events from within the school, but by a rich and eclectic mix of architectural enquiry from all over the world.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to AA Files, the preferred model for AA Files texts is that they are conceived and written as essays not academic papers – that is, the journal encourages writing that privileges ideas over references, an originality of argument over the reiteration of existing positions, a good title and anything with a sense of wit, nuance or style. Submissions can range in length from 1,000 to 10,000 words, with accompanying archival and ideally previously unpublished images also encouraged. No issue is themed in any way and deadlines are typically late January for the spring/summer (May) issue, and early September for the autumn/winter (December) issue.

Subscriptions can be ordered online through the AA website, and current and back issues are also available online or from the AA Bookshop and other booksellers worldwide. For subscriptions, sales and distribution enquiries please contact publications@aaschool.ac.uk. A complete digital archive of every AA Files is available in the AA Members' site and also via www.jstor.org.

  • AA Files X Even the most casual visitor to the AA’s club-liked premises at Bedford Square where the school, the London and International networks make contact in a series of elegant eighteenth-century public rooms, cannot but be caught up in the momentum of the daily events which have made the AA a centre for the public discussion and display of architecture on a unique and unprecedented scale. Unfortunately, until the advent AA Files,’ writes AA Chairman Alvin Boyarsky in 1981 in the opening pages of the first issue of the long-running journal, ‘few glimpses have been available and certainly no documents exist recording aspects of this all-important phenomenon.’ In this student-edited issue AA Files 76 looks back on 37 years of not only glimpsing architecture as it happened at the AA, but also of writing about architecture and, through the idiosyncrasies, interests and generosity of its authors and editors, extending those conversations far beyond Bedford Square. Presented in facsimile, AA Files X revisits the voices, ideas, drawings and designs that have filled its pages for nearly 
four decades.

    208 pages, illustrated, Paperback
    29x24cm, 2018
    AA Files X £30.00


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AA Files 57–71

Selected inserts

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