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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 

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): 

*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 &, 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: All edible items will be vegan

Date Submitted: 7/3/2019

"Afterparti is a fresh-thinking, architecture-infused zine born out of the New Architecture Writers (N.A.W) collective in 2018. It unpacks big ideas on contemporary urban space through the lenses of identity and race. The zine is twinned with a preceding public event - and becomes a printed platform for reflective writing and imagining.

Issue #00 takes its departure point and guiding themes from the N.A.W-curated public debate The Time for Failure is Now hosted in the summer of 2018. The zine not only keeps those on-stage conversations alive, but forms new arguments and critiques from them. 

 We believe in platforms for radical, under-represented voices. We advocate a culture of collaboration and inclusivity. We want to fail better."

There will be a launch party to celebrate the release of Issue#00 on Tuesday 12 March at Diddy’s Bar, Hackney. Get your ticket online now:

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Instagram: @afterpartizine

Date Submitted: 6/3/2019

The Walls of Jerusalem (Wiley Blackwell, March 2019) is a study of the creation and evolution of the modern State of Israel. The book explores the actions of four extraordinary men — Theodor Herzl, Chaim Weizmann, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, and David Ben-Gurion — and follows their influence on subsequent leaders and the political and military decisions that have shaped Jerusalem, and formed the nation. The text considers the resulting physical shift in vision from the broad utopian ideals present at the State’s conception to the Separation Barrier and settlement enclaves that increasingly divide both Jewish and Palestinian cultures.

The book’s heart is drawn from the author’s travels across the West Bank into the Israeli settlements and along the barrier dividing Israel from Palestine, seeking to better understand the evolving reality that will define the stage for the future relationship between the two territories. It offers a vivid journey through a century-and-a-half of dreams and conflicts that lead to a divided Jerusalem.

A copy will be available in the AA Library soon and is also available for purchase on Amazon

Image: © Alan Balfour

Date Submitted: 6/3/2019

The AA Archives and Birkbeck, University of London are pleased to announce the launch of a Collaborative Doctoral Award which will enable the cataloguing of one of the AA Archives’ most extensive and important collections - the Otto Koenigsberger Papers.

Entitled ‘Shaping Postcolonial Worlds: Otto Koenigsberger and the networks of the international planning consultant’, this funded PhD is supported through the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership and is available to UK and EU students for a three year or six-year part-time Collaborative Doctoral Award.

For full details of the award, please visit the Birkbeck website

Otto Koenigsberger

Otto Koenigsberger (1908-1999) had an extraordinary life and career. Studying at the Technische Hochschule Charlottenburg and working at the Berlin State Architecture Department, he was forced to flee by the rise of the National Socialist Party. From Egypt, where he worked as an archaeologist, he moved to India to work as architect for the princely state of Mysore, where he first developed forms of tropical architecture. Having experienced post-independence India, Koenigsberger moved in 1951 to London. During this period Koenigsberger acted as an international planning consultant to many newly independent nations including those of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ceylon and the Philippines. He also played a leading role in numerous UN missions and programmes to countries including Singapore (where his ‘Ring Plan’ concept, developed in association with Charles Abrams and Susumu Kobe was formally adopted in 1971), Burma, Zambia and Lagos. Koenigsberger’s advisory powers also extended into architectural education, working with the UN Technical Assistance Programme to plan the first syllabus for the Escuela de Arquitectura (University of Costa Rica). He was instrumental in establishing and running the Architectural Association’s Department of Tropical Architecture (1954-1970), which recruited to its teaching ranks many of the leading theorists and practitioners in this area and had a global impact through its training of many leading postcolonial architects and planners, including Ram Karmi, Denise Scott Brown, Muzharul Islam and Valentine Gunasekara.

Date Submitted: 5/3/2019

Serie Architects has announced that the practice have completed three projects in the last three months: a contemporary art gallery; and polyclinic; and a school of design. 

The Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai opened in December 2018.  Including an exhibition space, artist residence and creative enterprise incubator it is the first public gallery in the Arab world dedicated to MENA art.  The project has been widely published in the architectural and mainstream press.

The 27,000 square metre Punggol Polyclinic opened in January 2019.  The building features retail and community centre and serves the wider Punggol neighbourhood of Singapore. 

The new building for the NUS School of Design and Environment was formally opened by the Minister for Finance in February 2019.  It is one of the first purpose-built net-zero energy buildings in the tropics.  With 8,500 square metres of studio space, workshops and library the building features re-configurable facades and over 1,000 pv cells.

Serie will complete two further buildings this summer: the 120 apartment Carrick House at Royal Wharf on the Thames; and the 25,000 square metre Science Park Drive R&D building in Singapore. 

Find out more about Serie Architects

Date Submitted: 4/3/2019

The Graz Architecture Lectures bring international architects, artists and theorists to Graz in order to present their latest projects and research on urban development, cultural theory, the social practice of architecture, the interface between architecture and art, and digital design. The lectures reflect the diverse fields studied by the institutes within the Faculty of Architecture at TU Graz. Together, these fields stand for a comprehensive concept of architecture that relates to all social-cultural aspects of life: integral architecture!

The event will take place on March 11, 2019, starting at 9:00am at Kronesgasse 5, 8010 Graz (first floor). 

For more info about the The Graz Architecture Lectures , visit the Graz Architecture Lecture website


Date Submitted: 4/3/2019

Luke was one of the first-generation architects in modern China. Born in Hong Kong, he studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. In 1929 Zhang Jia’ao (Chang Kia-ngau), the then Bank of China’s Vice President, met Luke in London and offered the 25-year-old architect the post of heading the bank’s architectural department.

Read the full article on the Shine website

Date Submitted: 4/3/2019

'We want to revolutionise the interior design industry,’ says Adel Zakout, CEO of digital platform Clippings, which he co-founded with friend and former AA student Tom Mallory in 2014. ‘The industry is currently very old-fashioned and inefficient. A designer might spend 70 per cent of their time trying to find products. It’s also incredibly opaque, with a lack of transparency and information, particularly on pricing,’ he adds.

Clippings is an online marketplace that streamlines the process of furniture and product procurement, delivery and installation for architects and interior designers, but Zakout and Mallory’s strategy extends further than simply retail and logistics. If these two succeed at their next endeavor then soon industry professionals across the globe will be using their recenty rolled out software daily to design and implement interior projects, in the same way a graphic designer might rely on Indesign, or a picture editor use Adobe Photoshop.

Read the full article on the Wallpaper* website

Date Submitted: 4/3/2019

Alumna Julia Koerner, an award-winning designer working at the convergence of architecture, product and fashion design, has collaborated with costume designer Ruth Carter to bring to life the stunning costumes seen in Marvel’s latest blockbuster Black Panther, using 3D printing technologies.

Speaking in an interview for UCLA Julia comments: "Based on the initial costume design sketches by Ruth Carter, I developed a series of African-inspired 3D patterns and designed the Zulu Hat and the Shoulder Mantle so that it had corresponding elements in the pattern. It was important that the fashion pieces did not look hand-crafted and incorporated the technological look of something generated parametrically by algorithms by a computer. Therefore, we used visual programming software to develop the geometries for the pieces and experimented with the material intricacy and behavior."

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Date Submitted: 4/3/2019


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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.