Constructing (engaged) Practice traces the narratives of young firms from around the globe who are critically engaged in political, technological, intellectual and environmental conflicts. The daylong symposium features case studies and dialogues on designing, establishing, and maintaining a practice in today’s contradictory climate.

Find out more on the Columbia GSAPP website

Image: "Melgroube" from Highest Good, MAGAZIN Gallery, Vienna, 2019

Date Submitted: 29/3/2019

Nuria Álvarez Lombardero and Francisco González de Canales reflect on the political implications of the relationship between Aldo Rossi and Sevillian architects during Spanish democratic transition in the 1970s at the Journal of Architecture.

Abstract: In the second half of the 1970s, during the Spanish transition to democracy, a new generation of young architects in Seville reassessed the city in relation to Italian debates and their strong political drive. Concerned about the destruction of Seville’s historical centre by the Franco regime’s urban planning, these architects found in Aldo Rossi not only their main figure of reference, but also a powerful object of fascination. Moreover, Rossi’s presence in Seville between 1975 and 1978 had a fundamental influence on the early work of young Sevillian architects and the subsequent planning of the city under the first democratic administrations. However, a particular analysis of Rossi’s ideas in comparison to the works of that time in Seville showed how these young local architects did not always fully bring on board Rossi’s political position through their architectural projects. Rather, these architects’ reading of Rossi favoured figure over structure, visual aspects over relational ones, and ultimately had an important impact in the way the city’s historical centre developed in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Image: Aldo Rossi, Proposal for El Corral del Conde, Sevilla, 1975

Date Submitted: 29/3/2019

The AA is working with Wallpaper* Handmade this spring on a unique collaboration between the AA’s Digital Prototyping Laboratory (DPL) and artist Douglas Coupland. The exhibition will open on Tuesday 9 April to Saturday the 13 April as part of the Milan Salone.

Read Wallpaper*'s article online

Date Submitted: 28/3/2019

"Manufacturing has been one of the biggest and earliest adopters of robotics innovations in the last several years, but with that early movement has also come entrenchment: the industry is rife with expensive, oversized machines that often run on proprietary operating systems, making them hard to upgrade and use in consort with other robots.

Now a startup out of London called Automata is hoping to tap into an appetite for change, with the launch of a “desktop” robotic arm called Eva that it says is smaller, cheaper and easier to use than the rest — under $5,000 compared to a pricetag of $25,000 for the piece of equipment it’s aiming to replace — and it’s raised $7.4 million to help do that."

Read the full article on the TechCrunch website

Date Submitted: 28/3/2019

As part of his current project on steel reuse within the UK construction Industry, AA Diploma 18 student Samuel Little has written a short collaborative piece for the Farmers Guardian, one the oldest national newspapers for UK agriculture.

Through reusing portal frame buildings, the UK agricultural industry remain the guardians of a dwindling but fundamentally 'sustainable' construction practice to reuse structural steel. The abridged 'opinion' piece is about forging links between the agricultural and architectural communities and learning from, encouraging and celebrating the culture of reuse present within UK farming.

Read the full article on the Farmers Guardian website

Date Submitted: 28/3/2019

Monsoon [+ other] Grounds is the third in a series of symposia convened by the Monsoon Assemblages project. It will comprise a key-note address, inter-disciplinary panels, and an exhibition. The event will bring together scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines to engage in conversations about geologies, soils, histories, spatialities, and modifications of monsoon [+ other] grounds.

Jose Alfredo Ramirez (Co-Director of Landscape Urbanism & Groundlab) will chair [in] ground matters session on Friday 22 March, 15:00 - 16:00, at the University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS. Other speakers include: Eric GuibertUniversity of Westminster: Architectural Soils, Harshavardhan Bhat, MONASS: About a Monsoon Forest

More information and details to attend event can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/monsoon-other-grounds-symposium-tickets-53177045976

Date Submitted: 21/3/2019

Art in Ruins was founded in 1984 by alumna Hannah Vowles (AADipl 1977) and artist Glyn Banks and has been in limbo since 2001.

This "silence" is the subject of a publicly-funded artist's project, I was wondering what the silence was about, a video/publication which features reflection and speculation by critics, curators and gallerists from London, Berlin and elsewhere about Art in Ruins' involuntary collaboration with the art world.

The recently completed website artinruins.net documents exhibiting strategies, ironic history and frozen gossip around their activities. A collection of broken reflections and ruined intentions designated "archive as intervention."

Date Submitted: 19/3/2019

Debora Laub (AADRL MArch 2002) is organising an 18 day trip around the major cities of Brazil, exploring art and architecture, visiting residencies and ateliers, and experiencing Brazilian flavours, sounds and body movement. Email debora@deboralaub.com if you are interested.

Duration: 18 days
Dates: 09/09 - 26/09
Places to visit: São Paulo, Salvador, Brasília and Rio de Janeiro - three internal flights
Email Deborah if you are interested:
Contact: debora@deboralaub.com

Background: I was born in Porto Alegre, south of Brazil. I went to London to study at the AA to critically challenge my architectural background. The AA celebrates architecture, encourages learning and disseminates the culture of design. It has definitely influenced everything I’ve done after this period of my life. The first group trip I organised was in 2005 when I was living and teaching Architecture and Urbanism in Auckland, New Zealand. I had a wish to bring the students to Brazil for them to get to know my country, my culture and the place I come from. Our group was made up of 27 people, travelling for 30 days, through 9 cities. It was a great success and we celebrated by showcasing it in an exhibition, a book and lectures (http://deboralaub.com/en/portfolio/livro-fotografia-do-brasil/). I am now launching the third trip which will take place in September and invite anyone interested to find out more by emailing me.

Date Submitted: 19/3/2019

Eight women have been shortlisted for BD’s inaugural Female Architectural Leader of the Year award.

The list includes Shireen Hamdan (AADipl 2007 & AA Member) who became the first female member of Populous’s global board of directors last year; Madeleine Kessler (AADipl 2013 & AA Seminar Tutor) of Haptic Architects, who sits on the National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel, volunteers for the Stephen Lawrence Trust and has worked to establish a resource-sharing system for small practices; Sadie Morgan, co-founder of Stirling Prize-winning dRMM and chair of the National Infrastructure Commission and HS2 design panels; and Valeria Segovia Trigueros (AADipl 2006 & AA Member) who became a principal at Gensler last year, sits on the Hackney design review panel and is recognised for her teaching and advocacy of equality and diversity.

Others listed: Sue Emms, BDP; Tara Gbolade, Gbolade Design Studio; Joan McCoy, White Ink; Architects; Rita Ochoa, AFL Architects. The winner will be announced in May.

Image: Madeleine Kessler’s The Red City project, 2013

Date Submitted: 19/3/2019

Radical Practice Conference 2019 is a collective call for both students and the design community to reimagine the future ways of practicing for the 21st century. From distributed manufacturing, design-as-code, automation & IoT. To environmental breakdown, nutrient collapse and political stasis – our architectural profession is systematically failing to respond to the growing challenges of our time. We’ll be hosting practitioners at the fraying edge of the profession working to reinvent what it means to work as an architect – including guests from Arup Digital Studio, WeWork, Public Practice, User Group, DOMA, Extinction Rebellion, Cocoon Project, RUSS, Radical Childcare, Open Systems Lab, alongside Peter Buchanan, Alan Jones, and Bianca Wylie. We’ll be focusing on four key areas – practice, management, accounting, and regulation – in an effort to outline what radical practice looks like and why we urgently need it.

The event is free but registration is necessary. Register on eventbrite here

Date Submitted: 15/3/2019

The AA has reveived an award for recycling. In 2018, 1120kg was recycled saving 13 trees and 1570kg of CO2. 

Date Submitted: 14/3/2019

On 5 March, Dolorez Victoria Ruiz, Little Architect Programme Director, delivered a talk about Little Architect at the Universitat Politècnica de València as part of the Women Take Command programme.  Other speakers included Paula V. Alvarez, Lucia C. Perez-Moreno, Marta Parra and Maria Jose Marcos.

Little Architect is an education and learning platform for teaching architecture and sustainability in London’s primary schools led by the Architectural Association School of Architecture, promoting creative thinking and a better understanding of our built environment for future generations. Find out more about Little Architect

Watch the video of the talk in Spanish

Date Submitted: 14/3/2019

The Four-City Dinner Party Series 2019 for AA Chinese Alumni to come together and reconnect took place in Beijing, Shanghai, the Greater Bay Area and London between Jan-Mar 2019. If you would like to be part of the community and participate in future events, please contact AA Membership Office at events@aaschool.ac.uk 

Image above: Shanghai gathering

Alumni Gathering Beijing

Alumni Gathering Greater Bay Area

Alumni Gathering Taiwan

Alumni Gathering Taiwan

Alumni Gathering London

Date Submitted: 14/3/2019

IT IS is an immersive interdisciplinary performance installation piece created by Lumia Shurong Liu, this multifaceted work combines architectural installation, visual projection, choreography and music live performance, it is the art of resistance bringing to life the narrative of millions of silent asylum seekers. 






Scheme design and concept: Lumia Shurong Liu

Structures: Tim Tilong Fu/James Yufeng Zhai/Lumia Shurong Liu

Music: Remi Panossian/Nicolas Gardel

Video graphics: Emre Önol 

Choreography: Lumia Shurong Liu

Costume design and construction: Lumia Shurong Liu/Luisa Pereira Pires/SPECS Oxford

3D masks: Tim Tilong Fu

Dancers: Panayiotis Pavlopoulos/Guo Teng/Julian Nichols/Qin Nan/Rémy Rodriguez/Patricia Rodriguez Laso/Lumia Shurong Liu

Special thanks: 

The History of Chinese Science and Culture Foundation, New Movement Collective (NMC), Studio Wayne McGregor, AA Digital Prototyping Lab (AADPL)

Angel Fernando Lara Moreira/Henry Cleaver/Robert Temple/Olivia Temple/Renaud Wiser/Malgorzata Dzierzon/Maritza Regina Rubio Martin/Sean Gwee/Liss Riederer/Katerina Ostrogradskaya/Miguel Escallon/Andie Hu/Mona Camille/Lin Yingchi Eva/Nicolas Rawitscher Torres/Dahyun Kim/David McAlmont/Andrew Dean/Heiko Kalmbach/Joel Newman/Mauricio Pauly

Join Facebook event for the reservation (100 capacity only): https://www.facebook.com/events/410601199484488/ 

*Free tickets for AA members on presentation of AA card

The performance will take place on Saturday 16 March, 7.30pm - 10.30pm, at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL

Date Submitted: 7/3/2019

Portrait of Humans is an experimental performance installation created by the Masters students of the Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio (AAIS). In a deconstructed landscape of future visions and past theories, the piece investigates the notion of what is human in our ever changing world. This is a durational performance, audiences are invited to enter, move around and explore the space.

Creators: Nasha Bahasoean, Lier Chen, Denghui Lian, Justine De Penning, Yuan Gu, Aimee Lam, Aijin Ying

Tutors: Theo Lorenz, Tanja Siems, David McAlmont, Andrew Dean, Heiko Kalmbach, Joel Newman, Renaud Wiser, Malgorzata Dzierzon, Mauricio Pauly, Argyris Angeli and Kyriaki Nasioula.

Performers / Choreographers: Iris Athanasiadi, Katie Burks, Jana Velinova, Ting-Ning Wen, Ania Straczynska

Tutor: Tony Thatcher (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)

The performance will take place on Thursday 15 March, 7.15pm & 8.15.pm, and Friday 16 March, 6.45pm, 7.45pm & 8.45pm, at Stone Nest, 136 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5EZ. Admission is free, RSVP Required. Get your free ticket

Please email any allergies to food or drink to: 2018aais@gmail.com All edible items will be vegan

Date Submitted: 7/3/2019


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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.