The Museum of Architecture is offering a 30% discount to AA Alumni and Members for the Grow your Business course, run by Rupert Merson. The course is aimed at directors and owners of small practices looking to expand and improve their services. Please see below for more information.

COURSE: Grow Your Practice
DATES: Friday  7, 14, 21 October, 4,11,18 November and 9 December (make-up/review)
TIME: 9:00am to 12:30pm
LOCATION: Co-working space - Air Space, 29/31 Oxford Street, W1D 2DR London
COST: £1500 (£250/6 half day session + 1 half day make-up/review day)
LECTURER: Rupert Merson, Adjunct Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School and visiting adjunct professor at INSEAD

Grow Your Practice is a series of 7 half-day educational workshops taught by Rupert Merson - 'Teacher of the Year 2015' from both INSEAD and London Business School, aimed at particular business needs of architects and related professionals, and will consider the specific business and management problems facing professional service firms.

The course will include case studies, the latest academic thinking, group discussion and networking, and the structured application of insight to the particular problems of participants and their practices.

More information: rebecca@museumofarchitecture.org

Date Submitted: 29/9/2016

The Annual Student Design Charrette was for many years held at the AA in the Lecture Hall, and the event usually has always enjoyed an AA student team participating and placing among the winning teams.

This year The Annual Student Design Charrette will take place on 22 Oct at the Zaha-designed Roca London Gallery

Find out more

Date Submitted: 21/9/2016

London Design Festival at the Victoria and Alber Museum has invited AA Staff, students and guests to attend the below event FREE OF CHARGE.

The events are ticketed, so for free tickets, please use the code GDFcomp

This code can be used for any Global Design Forum event – full programme here: http://www.globaldesignforum.com/_2016-programme

Fabrication Futures: Architecture, Engineering and Robotics

22 September

13:30 - 14:30

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum

Join a discussion about what the so-called ‘fourth industrial revolution’ of new robotic fabrication technologies might mean for the future of architecture, engineering and making. Featuring a line-up of leading practitioners, including experimental architect Achim Menges (ICD University of Stuttgart) from the design team behind the V&A’s Elytra Filament Pavilion, and chaired by V&A Engineering Season co-curator Zofia Trafas White. Part of the V&A Engineering Season.


Date Submitted: 15/9/2016

Former AA student, journalist, and media personality Janet Street-Porter was recently interviewed at the AA as part of a BBC documentary that looks at Britain during the 1960s. Generation '66 is a revealing portrait of '66 told by the generation that shaped it, featuring Michael Palin, Janet Street-Porter, Peter Stringfellow, Nina Baden-Semper and Geno Washington.

Street-Porter was interviewed in one of the AA Diploma unit spaces, where she spoke about her time studying at the AA between 1965 and 1968.

Generation '66 will air this Sunday 31 July at 9pm on BBC FOUR

For more information, please visit: www.bbc.co.uk

Image: AA in 1968 - Annual Dinner. Courtesy of AA Photo Library 

Date Submitted: 25/7/2016

Joe Walkling, tutor with the AAIS MFA/MA in Spatial Performance and Design, is involved in a new performance event featuring acclaimed artists ScanLAB Projects, composer and cellist Oliver Coates and award winning performers of New Movement Collective. Using pioneering image capture techniques, live and electronic music and striking choreographic imagery, Collapse celebrates the imperfect and accidental in today’s technology dependent world, probing the complexities of time, group memory and the cyclical nature of societal evolution. Are we survivors or fossils in the journey of tomorrow?


Saturday 30 July – Preview 6pm

Monday 1 – Saturday 6 August 7.30pm and 9pm


£20 / £12 (preview only) booking fees may apply

Purchase tickets in advance online www.newmovement.org.uk/collapse


Spirit Level Gallery (Yellow Room), Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX


The stage set for Collapse will be open to the public as a gallery show from 2 – 20 August 2016, in the Spirit Level, Southbank Centre.

Exhibition opening times: Tue 2 – Fri 5 10am – 4pm, Sat 6 10am – 2pm, Sun 7 – Sat 20 10am – 10pm.

Collapse is commissioned by Southbank Centre and performances are part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love 

Image: Jonathan Goddard © Spiros Politis

Date Submitted: 21/7/2016

Arthur Mamou-Mani (AADipl ARB 2008) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the construction of an architectural installation for the Burning Man Festival 2016 in Nevada, USA.

Rising to 30 feet high Tangential Dreams is a twisting tower with thin wooden tangents swaying in the wind featuring inspiring sentences written by people around the world - it is a statement for a new kind of architecture in which the Architect is also the Maker.

The technique behind the designs are open-source, and can be realised and improved in most makerspaces around the world. Throughout the process the digital models (Rhinoceros3D, Grasshopper3D) are linked with fabrication tools such as LaserCut and 3D Printers to improve the design and make the project possible, using algorithms to maximize inexpensive materials such as timber or bio-plastic. 

With the belief that everyone is creative, the team behind Tangential Dreams hope that this project will inspire young generations to reach their dreams and empower everyone to create.

To learn more about the project, support the campaign and get Tangential Dreams-related merchandise visit: www.kickstarter.com

The deadline to contribute is Thursday, Jul 21 2016 at 10:08 AM BST

Image: Night View of Tangential Dreams from the Sky

Date Submitted: 8/7/2016

The award was given for the model titled “Fusion Superseding Tectonics: Multi-Material Building Envelope Detail” that was exhibited as part of the Architecture Showcase of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016. The judges felt that the multicolour 3D printed sandstone model “challenges the traditional ways of using crafted models to think and conceive of architecture, new forms, assemblies and ways of making. This materialises digital creativity and points the way to new architecture.”

More information about the RA Summer exhibition can be found here: https://se.royalacademy.org.uk/

Date Submitted: 5/7/2016

AA graduate, AA Visiting School Director and former AA Unit Master Marianne Mueller, of Casper Mueller Kneer Architects, has designed an installation with artist Fran Cottell to reflect on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground as the dream site for Jeremy Bentham's experimental panopticon, the real Millbank Penitentiary, a military parade ground and now university campus, outdoor gallery and thoroughfare to Tate Britain. 

The intervention re-enacts a scaled version of the prison's infamous plan, editing and reinterpreting it into a more socially active figure: a flower shaped bench. Each of the six pentagons or petals - originally shaped to facilitate social control and designated for solitary confinement - now invites informal gathering. The intervention plays with ideas of exclusion and segregation while offering a generous place within the larger barren square.

The installation has been extended, and will now run until 14 August 2016.


Fran Cottell and Marianne Mueller will be on site Saturdays 9, 16, and 23 July from 1 – 3pm to discuss the project.




Date Submitted: 30/6/2016

Omid Kamvari  (AADip 2006, AA EmTech 2007), founder and director of Kamvari Architects, has been nominated for a national seat on the RIBA council. He is currently directing Tehran and Baku Visiting Schools. Balloting will start on 5 July and end on 8 August following an announcement of the results on 11 August.

His Election statement:

The Future of the City

In recent times, we seem to have become victims of the city rather than wilful participants in its development. The modern metropolitan area and its architecture have come to symbolize the commercial success of a nation. For centuries, the primary inspiration for architecture and urbanism has always been people, But in recent times, attention has shifted toward economic gain and the aesthetic that serves it. Statistics indicating that three-quarters of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050 further reinforce the need for new urban strategies rooted in human culture . One might argue that the city’s designers should be aiming to balance its economy, social makeup, and environment in order to create suitable environments for all, regardless of wealth. Yet at a time when innovation is sorely needed, we no longer celebrate extraordinary proposals that challenge the status quo.

The beginning of this century has seen the emergence of a new generation of architects who are making every attempt to reconceive the ways in which buildings are designed and built. Informed and skillful, these individuals are at the forefront of developing a more balanced urban condition, I would like to be a voice for them.

We as architects have a responsibility to insure that cultural social and environmental aspects of our society are reflected within our work, this requires us make every attempt to re engage with the wider public in regards to our work.

Date Submitted: 28/6/2016

AA graduate, former tutor and former council member Will Alsop has won the first prize in the architecture room at this year's Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. The £10,000 prize was awarded to Alsop for a model of a 15-storey COR-TEN steel clad tower that is planned for a site in Battersea, and scheduled to go on site this summer. The model was submitted in response to the 'Unbuilt' theme of the architecture room this year, chosen by Royal Academicians and architecture curators Louisa Hutton and Ian Ritchie.

Will Alsop curated the architecture gallery for the 2009 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. 

For more information, see the AJ news article: http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/culture/will-alsop-wins-top-prize-at-royal-academy-summer-exhibition/10007378.article?blocktitle=News-features&contentID=15922

Date Submitted: 23/6/2016

The Mayor of London’s official promotional company London & Partners is trying to find the city’s most talented and innovative international students. If you are developing or have developed anything you think showcases talent and innovation, either individually or within a team, consider applying. Because London and its university sector is so diverse this will be reflected in the competition.

Categories include:
• Fashion • Art & Design
• Medicine and Science • Technology

Your entry should show commercial potential and an independent panel of judges will assess your entry.
The overall winner will receive £10,000 to develop their idea further.
The overall winner and category winners will win a place on a business mentoring course and incredible networking opportunities. The Innovation Awards will potentially be publiscised in worldwide media.
Entering could not be simpler and will only take 10 minutes of your time.

Click HERE for more information and visit www.studentinnovation.london to submit your entry.

Date Submitted: 20/6/2016

The New Museum’s open call for IdeasCity Athens is live! 

IdeasCity invites emerging practitioners working at the intersection of art, community activism, design, economy, and urbanism from around the world to join its residency program in Athens, Greece from September 19-24, 2016. The five-day residency will focus on designs for the future city in the context of radical alternative economies and global migration flows. IdeasCity Athens will culminate in a high-profile public conference.

Applications close on June 15, 2016. Selected participants will receive an honorarium and all food and accommodation in Athens will be provided. More information at ideas-city.org.

Date Submitted: 7/6/2016

Material Re-Informed Design & Fabrication Process

The talk will unfold an innovative method of a fabrication process, developed by Design + Make programme based at Architectural Association's, Hooke Park campus where the design is inspired by the material’s intelligence. The process is explained through the fabrication of a structural element in a building, a complex truss made from organically shaped forks of beech trees for harvesting its inherent structural strength along the direction of its fibres. The project results in a Wood Chip Barn building at Hooke Park. Computational design and modern fabrication methods using photogrammetry and robotic milling techniques are integrated with traditional timber construction methods.


Professional Background

Pradeep Devadass is a Computational Designer & Robotic Fabrication Specialist, currently working at The Architectural Association, Hooke Park collaborating with Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England to develop innovative robotic fabrication methods for manufacturing complex geometries using organic timber elements through a material re-informed design process. The research also focuses on developing a ‘smart’ programming environment to bridge the gap between design and fabrication processes. The research is supported by the is supported by  and the government-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme. He is the co-founder of rat[LAB]-Research in Architecture & Technology an independent research & development organisation based in India which offers computational design consultancy. He has worked with various prominent organisations across the globe. His research work also includes adaptive technologies, advanced fabrication techniques and algorithmic design methods which have been published and exhibited internationally.

Date Submitted: 31/5/2016

Image: British Pavilion Home Economics exhibition. Photo by Valerie Bennett of AA Photo Library.

If you’re heading to Venice this summer, look out for AA representation in both the Giardini and the Arsenale venues.

Particularly noteworthy this year are the contributions of recent AA graduates Jack Self and Shumi Bose, who are part of the curatorial team in the British pavilion, Home Economics commissioned by the British Council. Others involved in this project include AA Councillor Vicky Richardson, AA academic staff members Pier Vittorio Aureli,Maria Giudici, and Fabrizio Ballabio and AA alumni Julia King, Jesper Henriksson, Magnus Casselbrant, Alessandro Bava, Luis Ortega Govela, and Octave Perrault.

Another pavilion not to be missed is the Australian pavilion, The Pool – Architecture, Culture and Identity in Australia, which is co-curated by AA graduate and Director of Aileen Sage ArchitectsAmelia Holiday.

Also, within the Israeli pavilion Shany Barath and Gary Freedman, AA academic staff members and alumni, and Directors of Shaga Shyovits Architects are exhibiting BEHAVE, an interactive installation in collaboration with Biologist Erez Livneh. BEHAVE is an holographic microscope that extends advancements in genetic engineering to the realm of spatial and interactive design by programming synthetic living materials with harvested biomarkers from the human body.

Another exhibition that has been brought to our attention is at the Kuwaiti Pavilion where four AA alumni have worked in collaborastion, Fortune Penniman with Hussam Dakkak, Basmah Kaki, and Hessa Al Bader, founders of Studio Bound and Directors of AA Jeddah Visiting School.



The Pool – Architecture, Culture and Identity in Australia
Amelia Holliday

The Baltic Pavilion
Niklavs Paegle 
Jonas Žukauskas 

Christoph Grafe

Rodrigo Azevedo

Home Economics
Jack Self 
Shumi Bose
Julia King
Jesper Henriksson
Magnus Casselbrant
Fabrizio Ballabio
Octave Perrault
Alessandro Bava
Luis Ortega Govela 

Ana Melpomeni Danou

"A is for Architecture, B is for Biology"
Ariele Blonder-Afek
Shany Barath
Gary Freedman

Between East and West, A Gulf
Hessa Al Bader
Hussam Dakkak
Basmah Kaki
Fortune Penniman

LUXEMBOURG (Grand Duchy of)

Tracing transitions
Claude Ballini

Project Solana Ulcinj
Claudia Pasquero 
Marco Poletto

SEYCHELLES (Republic of) 
Between Two Waters, Searching for Expression in the Seychelles
Alex Ellenberger 
Makoto Saito

SLOVENIA (Republic of)
Aljoša Dekleva 
Tina Gregoric

Class of 6.3 
Varudh Varavarn


Sir David Chipperfield
Eyal Weizman
Manuel Herz
Lord Richard Rogers of Riverside
Graham Stirk
Andrew Freear

If you are an AA alumni involved in this year’s Biennale and are not listed above, please do get in touch. events@aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 25/5/2016

This year the Design Museum opens the doors to its new home in Kensington. The Designers in Residence of 2016 will join the museum on this journey. Through a focussed and rigorous proposal, the museum asked designers to submit creative responses to this year’s theme OPEN.

AA Part 1 graduate and Lacey Green Visiting School Director Clementine Blakemore was selected as one of the four designers in residence alongside Alix Bizet, Andrea de Chirico and Rain Wu. Her residency will be focused on the potential of collaborative construction processes.

The Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum is a core part of the museum's activity, and exists to provide emerging designers, across any discipline, with time and space away from their regular environment to reflect, research and consider new ways of developing their practice.

To read more, visit: https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/designers-in-residence-2016-open

Date Submitted: 18/5/2016


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