Calvin Chua, AA alumnus (AADipl RIBA) is shaping the next generation of North Korean Architects. Founder of Spatial Anatomy design firm, Chua also runs the AA Visiting School program, which with the non-profit Choson Exchange program provides training to North Koreans.  Singapore-based Chua, along with international architecture students visit North Korea for 10 days to work with architects and local students on different design approaches in urban development.

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Date Submitted: 16/11/2016

Exhibition Models examines new curatorial practices, scholarship, and institutional experiments that are redefining the agency of architecture exhibitions. Presentations and panels offer casestudies and consider the format, role, and impact of exhibitions in different settings ranging from academic venues, alternative spaces, and well-established institutions to project-based architecture biennials and triennials.

For more information visit arch.columbia.edu.

Date Submitted: 7/11/2016

Lianou Chalvatzis Architects, led by AA alumna Natassa Lianou and AA alumnus Ermis Chalvatzis, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award in IFAI International Achievement Awards for their project  London Iconic Pavilion.

Natassa Lianou and Ermis Chalvatzis graduated from the AA in 2011 receiving their MArch in Architecture and Urbanism from Design Research Laboratory (DRL) with distinction.

The International Achievement Awards (IAA) are an annual competition recognising Design Excellence in special structures. For nearly 70 years, the awards have recognised innovation, technical skill and design excellence. Entries are judged by industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals who were selected for their knowledge in particular field of study or product area.

Read more here.

Image: London Iconic Pavilion. Courtesy of Lianou Chalvatzis Architects.

Date Submitted: 25/10/2016

AA alumna Maria Jose Orihuela (AA MA HCT 2014) has been awarded a shared First Prize, in collaboration with Chiara Montgomerie, in the International Ideas Competition launched by the TWRB Foundation based in Finland. The competition brief questioned how to share the art & design collection of Tapio Wirkkala & Rut Bryk, with more than 5000 objects ranging from drawings to sculptures, textiles, photographs, everyday design objects and ceramics. Maria Jose and Chiara were invited to present their work at a Seminar held last Tuesday 18 October at EMMA (Espoo Museum of Modern Art). 

Their proposal explores the mechanisms of curation that permeate daily life, creating a parallel between everyday decision making and curation. A physical open archive/museumis unveiled thanks to a digital platform which allows the visitor to curate a selection of works. Based on this choice, a map through the physical space is suggested, including a wider selection of objects connected by a narrative. The prospective archive exhaustion is solved by digitally curated wayfinding through the physical space, which is conceived as an interplay of solid and void, archive and museum, preserving and sharing. 

The jury, composed by Eva Franch i Gilabert (Chief Curator and Executive Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture), Mikko Heikkinen (Architect, Professor), Pilvi Kalhama (Director, EMMA), Emmi Keskisarja (Architect, SAFA Representative), Juhani Pallasmaa (Architect, Professor Emeritus) and Laura Sarvilinna (Programme Director, The Finnish Fair Corporation) selected five entries for a shared First Prize. All the entries, the brief, and the jury report are available at http://wirkkalabryk.fi/juhlavuosi/ideas-competition/

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Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation
Helsinki Design Week
Architects Sweden

Date Submitted: 24/10/2016

Image: The MAAT museum in Lisbon by AL_A. Credit: HUFTON + CROW

AA alumna, former co-director of Future Systems, and founder of architectural practice AL_A, Amanda Levete (AADipl RIBA), has made waves internationally with her latest project involving high-tech ceramics. AL_A recently unveiled its Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology building in Lisbon, the first in a number of major projects to be realized by and her studio in coming years. Among the more notable are a new wing for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and a fundamental redesign of the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris.

Read more here:  

New York Times – Art and Design



Date Submitted: 13/10/2016

Image: courtesy of Caruso St John Architects  

Former AA Councillor, Lecturer, and AA Alumnus, Peter St John (AADipl), and his partner Adam Caruso received recognition last Thursday as Caruso St John Architects were awarded the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2016 for the UK’s best new building. The transformation of almost an entire street of listed industrial buildings in south London into a free public gallery for artist Damien Hirst was described by the judges as ‘a bold and confident contribution to UK architecture’.

This is the first time that Caruso St John Architects have taken home the prize despite being shortlisted twice before for Brick House in west London in 2006 and the New Art Gallery in Walsall in 2000. They were honoured at a special ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects last Thursday evening. Turner Prize winner Damien Hirst paid tribute to Caruso St John Architects, thanking them for realising his ambition to “create an unobtrusive and beautiful series of buildings that work perfectly as a space to exhibit great art”.

Read more here:


The Guardian


Architects Journal

Building Design

Date Submitted: 11/10/2016

AA alumnus and founder of Tsuruta Architects, Taro Tsuruta (AADipl), has been recognised in this year’s RIBA Awards as Tsuruta Architects’ was awarded the 2016 Stephen Lawrence Prize for an unconventional extension to an end-of-terrace family home in South London.

The £247,000 London house extension saw off competition from Ash Sakula’s’ Exhibition Mews, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects’ Mellor Primary School, Coffey Architects’ Modern Side Extension, The Observatory by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Henning Stummel’s Tin House to win the prize, which recognises a project built for under £1 million.

Demolishing the house’s original extension, the practice incorporated its memory into the rear elevation of the new extension to create the ‘surprising and delightful’ winning scheme.

Read about it here:

Architects Journal

Stephen Lawrence Prize 2016

Tsuruta Architects 

Image: Trace House - Tsuruta Architects

Date Submitted: 11/10/2016

To coincide with the launch of his first residential building in Britain, AA alumnus and former lecturer Peter Salter AADipl(Hons) will be giving a talk about his Walmer Yard drawings in the Piano Nobile gallery, followed by a tour of Walmer Yard this Wednesday evening. 

*Invitation open to AA members, students and alumni. RSVP to Piano Nobile Gallery. Details below.

Date Submitted: 10/10/2016

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


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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 Certificate), 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.