Kostas Grigoriadis (AA Diploma Unit 2 Staff) wins the 2018 RIBA President’s Award for Research within the Design and Technical category for his paper Computational Blends: The Epistemology of Designing with Functionally Graded Materials. Read more about the project on the RIBA website

Camille Bongard (Intermediate 5 Student) has received a Commendation in the Bronze Medal Category of the 2018 RIBA President’s Medal Award for her project A Choreographed Timeline, Rewriting RIBA Building Contract. Read more about the project on the RIBA website

Jingru Cheng (AA PhD) has received a Commendation in the 2018 RIBA President's Awards for Research within the Cities and Community category for her paper Care and Rebellion: The Dissolved Household in Contemporary Rural China. Read more about the project on the RIBA website

Image credit: Camille Bongard, A Choreographed Timeline, Rewriting RIBA Building Contract

Date Submitted: 5/12/2018

AA Landscape Urbanism Co-director Jose Alfredo Ramirez will be a key note speaker in the Seminar on Governance and Urban Growth organized by the Inter-American Development Bank in Bogota Colombia on 5th December 2018.

The event will focus on a couple of metropolitan studies the Inter-American Development Bank has been developing recently in the region to promote and support metropolitan coordination with local governments.  The research includes study cases in Colombia and Chile and will discuss the idea of Metropolitan Landscapes and the future of Metropolis presented by Jose Alfredo Ramirez as part of an ongoing research on Metropolitan regions and its emergence as a design discipline.

For more information visit the AALU website

Date Submitted: 4/12/2018

The AA Dining Room is one of the 140 unusual bars and restaurants featured in this new book written by Hannah Robinson and Rachel Howard. The book features places with eye-popping decor, eccentric owners, and unusual menus and is an indispensable guide for those who thought they knew London well, or who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.

Join the authors for the book launch on Thursday December 6th from 6-8pm, at the hidden bar in the Museum of Comedy, beneath St George’s church, Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2SR.

Date Submitted: 3/12/2018

Vere van Gool (AADipl(Hons) 2014) is the curator of the exhibition and lecture series Screen Spaces, a geography of moving image in New York. On from December 1-7 2018, the series has been organised for Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Dutch institute for Architecture and Design and Digital Culture.

Screen Spaces presents ten site-specific installations showcasing the work of video and time-based media artists. Spanning across a myriad of locations in New York, the project aims to unveil the identities, ideologies and imaginaries that are set in motion by video culture today. Through a series of conversations and public programs, Screen Spaces explores the material, spatial and political dimensions of the space of the screen and the territories it mediates, rendering video and time based media as sites for reality production and circulation.

For more information visit the Screen Spaces website  

Date Submitted: 3/12/2018

As a part of their studio project, AA Diploma 15 students spent two weeks collaborating with Samuel Ross’ A Cold Wall and NikeLab to conceptualise and execute an immersive sound installation for the capsule collection launch event.

Students presented three ideas related to notions of decay, preservation, display and the distribution of the garments embracing air, clay and sound as the main motifs of the brads’ collaboration.

In a week-long fabrication period, the Diploma 15 studio was transformed into a clay slip-casting factory with a production line of 700 pieces per day. The total number of pieces for the installation was 4500.

The pieces were installed on the vinyl-coated of the NikeLab showroom in Shoreditch and during the launch event visitors of the show were encouraged to interact with the piece, crushing the clay casts into chunks, shards and dust thus employing the impact of the foot strike as a literal beat generating the sound.

Read the article on the Dezeen website here

Date Submitted: 2/12/2018

Much of what constitutes ‘private space’ today has been compressed into an individual room and this has precipitated changes in how we interact with objects, buildings and each other. Given the scarcity of affordable housing, an increasing number of people now find themselves living in shared accommodation well into their 30s. In this talk OMMX will explore how design might embrace these changes and discuss how architecture that looks forward, to both incremental and transformational change, can create space for co-authorship and adaptation. The talk will illustrate how this context has influenced their practice and how they set about preparing their buildings for change.

London-based OMMX was established in 2011 by directors Hikkaru Nissanke and Jon Lopez. They have since developed a significant portfolio of international projects while contributing to the wider architectural culture through their teaching and research practices. The practice has recently been nominated for the 2018 Mies van der Rohe prize for their Stele House project.

The talk will take place at the offices of Jonathan Tuckey Design, 58 Milson Road at 7pm, Wednesday 5th December 2018. Please join for a drink before, or after, the talk.

RSVP to rsvp@buildingonthebuilt.org to reserve a place.

Date Submitted: 30/11/2018

John Palmesino, Territorial Agency and AA Diploma 4 Tutor, will partake in the panel discussion - Palais des Nations: How Architecture, Art, and Heritage Can Help us Reimagine Spaces for Future Diplomacy on Tuesday 4th December. Other panellists include Tomaz Mencin, Olivier Hoehne and Véronique Neissat.

Geneva has one of the richest histories of international collaboration among nations and citizens, including hosting the League of Nations and the United Nations. The Palais des Nations, built in 1930, is one of the busiest conference centres in Europe. Decisions taken at this iconic venue have a global impact on living standards, human rights and well-being of all peoples. Under the Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP), the Palais is about to undergo a complete renovation to modernize work spaces while preserving its historical legacy. This transformative project has to adapt to today’s complex socio-economic realities and enable spaces for future diplomacy and governance to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Library Talk will bring together the views of architects, art experts and diplomats coupled with an artistic photo exhibition.

For more information visit the United Nations Library Geneva website.

Date Submitted: 29/11/2018

The third exhibition in the Digital Turn series at The Building Centre features the current work, practices and research agendas of the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (AADRL). Founded over 20 years ago as a space to interrogate architecture through design research, AADRL aims to challenge how we discuss, design, fabricate and live within architecture and urbanism.

Through the work of AADRL graduates, the exhibition displays how innovative digital design and research tools are put into practice, changing the conventions of design and fabrication. Their work speculates on ways in which the built environment could participate and evolve with us, reflecting the idea that architecture can be used as a framework to investigate and respond to the challenges of today.

The Digital Turn series at The Building Centre takes the format of a physical and metaphorical exhibition platform, demonstrating how digital tools are changing ways of thinking about and producing our built environment. Previous exhibitors in the series include Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design Research Group (ZHCODE) and Design Computation Lab.

The exhibition is open from the 26 November 2018 until 26 January 2019. For more information, visit the Building Centre website

Date Submitted: 27/11/2018

A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing has opened to the public at the Victoria and Albert Museum and features six pioneering experiments in social housing, including Denys Lasdun’s Keeling House and Neave Brown’s Alexandra Road Estate.  Denys Lasdun and Neave Brown were both alumni and past vice-presidents at the AA.

The exhibition has been collated from both the RIBA and V&A Archives and includes original architectural drawings, photographs and building models. The exhibition will be on display until Sunday 30 June 2019 in the Architecture Rooms (127 and 128a) at the V&A. For more information please visit the V&A Website.

Image Credit: Alexandra Road Development-London, Reyner Banham, 1978, AA Photo Library

Date Submitted: 26/11/2018

Thesis Now (Saturday 1 December, The Cooper Union, New York) will address the agency, relevance and history of the thesis studio in architecture curricula. The symposium will be moderated by Hayley Eber, Nader Tehrani and Eva Franch i Gilabert and divided into three sessions – Agency and Legacy, Research and Pedagogy.

To find out more and reserve a space please visit The Cooper Union website

Image: Laurie Hawkinson, "Cinetrain," Thesis 1982-83. Faculty John Hedjuk, Anthony Candido, Peter Eisenman, Donald Wall, and Regi Weile.

Date Submitted: 26/11/2018

Ceryth Wyn Evans, who taught at the AA between 1989 - 1995, has won the £30,000 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture for his giant instrument made of 37 crystal pipes. The pipes, arranged in two overlapping, hanging arcs, emit what the Guardian described as a “low and mournful hum”. The other shortlisted artists this year are Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Phillip Lai and Magali Reus.

The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture recognises a British or UK-based artist of any age, at any stage of their career, who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture. It is named after Barbara Hepworth, a sculptural pioneer in her own time, who benefited from prizes throughout her life.

An exhibition of work by the shortlisted artists is on at The Hepworth Wakefield gallery in West Yorkshire until 20 January. Find out more on the Hepworth Wakefield gallery website

Image Credit: Installation shot of Cerith Wyn Evans in The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture 2018. 26 October 2018 - 20 January 2019. Photo, Stuart Whipps

Date Submitted: 20/11/2018

This year, AAVS Moscow completed its first series of multi-scalar design explorations in the area surrounding Shabolovka, south of Moscow's city centre. AAVS Moscow selected this site as an example of the urban environment in a transitional state. Over the course of this initial three-year series, AAVS Moscow explored the urban challenges and potential of the area through investigating its various scales.

The first workshop focused on designing speculative urban design projects, with participants exploring the potential of the area and proposing scenarios for its development. The second workshop concentrated on a city object that could drive the area’s transformation from within. Exhibitions in local galleries and book publications followed both workshops, which initiated discussions between AAVS Moscow and the general public.

The final workshop of the series was dedicated to the design-and-build process that led to the realisation of the AAVS Moscow Шар (Ball) Pavilion, which now acts as a point-of-interest to draw greater numbers of people to the marketplace area. The Pavilion sits along the axis of the main entrance to the market, in front of Danilovsky Market building – a place of cultural heritage designed by architects Gavriil Akulov and Felix Novikov, built between 1979 and 1986. 

The brief for the AAVS Moscow Шар (Ball) Pavilion was that it had to be light, interactive and adapt to the requirements of different events.  The Pavilion can host up to 30 people, seated inside, but is also a focus for outdoor summer events, including lectures, master classes, dinners and parties. Its giant sphere can even serve as a media screen where movies and illustrations are projected.

The Pavilion has been recognised by Felix Novikov (architect of the Soviet Modernism) as having a positive influence on the marketplace area, both aesthetically and functionally, and there are plans for it to be made a permanent feature.

The series of workshops concluded with a lecture on Recipes for Food and Architecture, by Christopher Pierce (Head of AAVS). This brought together the themes of architecture and food – the two integral parts of Danilovsky Market and AAVS Moscow Шар (Ball) Pavilion.

To find out more on the project, visit AAVS Moscow

Image credit: Natalya Kupriyanova

Date Submitted: 14/11/2018

Anise Gallery in London will be transformed by (Ab)Normal, a collective of four architects that construct architecture through experimental imagery, on Thursday 29 November 2018. (Ab)Normal creates exhibition datasutra, setting and immersing visitors into the abnormal with their experiment in architectural representation – avoiding any traditional structure that builds the contemporary or familiar visual notions of space to produce an allegory of a culture that instead, revolves obsessively around the internet, gaming and religion. Datasutra (data as anything that contains a descriptive fragment of information, and Sutra as scripture in which most Hinduist and Buddhist dogma resides) is an attempt to manifest the liturgic digital routines embedded in our daily life – in the architecture supporting this body of rituals – as a consequent landscape. Federica Sofia Zambeletti (AADipl2017) takes part in datasutra with her project KooZA/rch, an online platform that translates between architecture, art, and drawing.

Image credit: Anise Gallery

Datasutra by (Ab)Normal opens 29 November 2018

Read an interview on AA Conversations with Federica Sofia Zambeletti, co-founder of online platform KooZA/rch

KooZA/rch Website

Date Submitted: 14/11/2018

Theo Sarantoglou Lalis (AA Diploma 17 Tutor/LASSA Director) will be discussing how the democratisation of digital design and manufacturing techniques is redefining the role of the architect while enabling new tectonic possibilities.

TEDx Brussels will be taking place on 10 November starting at 12:00 at CAD – Brussels 25, rue Roberts-Jones, 1180 Brussels. 

For more info: https://www.tedxcadbrussels.com/

Date Submitted: 8/11/2018

Petting Zoo, a project by Theodore Spyropoulos (DRL Programme Director) of Minimaforms, has opened to the public at the Guangdong Science Centre in Guangzhou, China, as part of the Barbican’s Digital Revolution.

The project, comprising of a speculative life-like robotic environment, raises questions of how future environments could actively enable new forms of communication with the everyday. Artificial intelligent creatures have been designed with the capacity to learn and explore behaviors through interaction with participants. Within this immersive installation interaction with the pets fosters human curiosity and play, forging intimate exchanges that are emotive and evolving over time.

Conceived as an immersive installation environment, social and synthetic forms of systemic interactions allow the pets to engage and evolve their behaviors over time. Pets interact and stimulate participation with users through the use of animate behaviors communicated through kinesis, sound and illumination. These behaviors evolve over time through interaction enabling each pet to develop personalities. Pet interactions are stimulated through interaction with human users or between other pets within the population. Intimacy and curiosity are explored as enabling agents that externalize personal experience through forms of direct visual, haptic and aural communication.

The exhibition will run until March 2019. Watch a video of the Petting Zoo here.

Image credit: © Minimaforms

Date Submitted: 6/11/2018


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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.