rat[LAB] (Founding Partner and Research Head Sushant Verma (Emtech Grad 2013) ) exhibits a large-scale prototype of ‘Cellular Morphology Façade’ at Alliance Française de Delhi, as a part of 20under35 Exhibition 2015.

London-originated organization, now has a studio in New Delhi, and aims to be the first independent research laboratory for design & architecture implementing cutting-edge computational technology in the discipline in India.

Cellular Morphology Façade is an algorithmically designed façade system that can be optimized for any climatic context and building typology, controlling heat, light & visibility in a space.

Exhibition at Alliance Française de Delhi

Sushant Verma / rat[LAB] was shortlisted as one of the 20 designers from Delhi (5 from architecture / habitat category) to be a part of 20under35 Exhibition 2015 by DesignXDesign, a joint initiative of Alliance Francaise de Delhi and Studio IF. rat[LAB] presented a large scale prototype of ‘Cellular Morphology Façade’ system that can potentially be optimized to changing solar insolation & daylight requirements of a building. The component-based building skin is parametrically designed through an algorithm that can control the apertures of each component based on views, visibility & environmental criteria. The mathematically driven prototype consists of 917 unique cells made of 5,392 non-identical surfaces & 5,227 customized joints fabricated through digital prototyping techniques.

On the day of inauguration at the gallery, rat[LAB] co-founder Sushant Verma spoke about the need of computational technology in India and how he aims to bring in the new breed of designers – computational designers to the country. This, he added, can change the way architects and designers conceive a project and how designs are realized in the industry. rat[LAB] uses cutting-edge computational and parametric techniques and works with designers to facilitate them on projects of all scales and typology. 

Date Submitted: 18/2/2015

Liam Young, of the AA’s Diploma 6- Unknown Fields Division and think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be performing at Android Paranoid: Architecture, Invisibility and Digital Culture in Munich on February 24th 6pm. http://www.we-are-plan-a.com/en/project/android_paranoid-symposium

He will also be performing at the Sonic Acts Festival in Amsterdam on March 28th. Liam will also be running a master class titled ‘Reimagining the Present, Scenes from a film that doesn't exist’ at the same festival. http://www.sonicacts.com/2015

Date Submitted: 16/2/2015
Magnificent Obsessions
The Artist as Collector 
Barbican Art Gallery 
12 February – 25 May 2015 
Media View, Wednesday 11 February 2015
10am – 1pm
Former AA graduates Max Kahlen and Christopher Dyvik have designed 
the next Barbican Art Gallery exhibition : Magnificent Obsessions : The Artist as Collector. The exhibition will present fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. The objects will be displayed alongside key examples of their work to provide insight into their inspirations, influences, motives, and obsessions.
More information on Dyvik Kahlen Architects:
Barbican Press release:
Date Submitted: 10/2/2015

Fashion and Architecture will meet again this spring, when 10 Architects take over the retail windows in Shanghai’s most famous shopping plaza and showcase their talents during Shanghai Fashion Week for the RIBA Shanghai Windows Project 2015.

Jeroen van Ameijde is co-founder and director of Urban Systems, an office specialising in generative design methodologies which is currently developing several large scale projects in China.

Marco Vanucci is the founding director of OPENSYSTEMS Architecture, an architectural practice that bridges experimental design and practical solutions through computational protocols.

Date Submitted: 9/2/2015

"The primary function of the Barack Obama Presidential Library would be to serve as public forum and archive of his years in office, rather than as a memorial. The building would be divided into eight levels of differing heights, with openings offering various views of Chicago. Each level archives a single year of Obama’s presidency."

"The amphitheater at the base of the building is designed without any glass, or walls, and would provide Chicagoans with a public forum for free speech. The ground floor of the Library is shaped like a peace sign to represent the hope felt during Obama’s first year in office, and serve as a bridge connecting the three riverbanks. The peace sign shape changes on each level representing the distortion of hopes over time."


View the whole brief

Date Submitted: 5/2/2015

Laboratory of Explorative Architecture and Design (LEAD) won 3rd place in the anonymous international open competition for the design of 2 museums in Budapest.




Date Submitted: 28/1/2015
Date Submitted: 27/1/2015

“0.91 Cubic Metre” is the most recent show of work by 200 Grs. – the metric nomenclature Rana Haddad and Pascal Hachem chose for their collaboration.



Image: http://carwangallery.com

Date Submitted: 27/1/2015

The shortlist for The Architectural Journal's "Women in Architecture Awards" has been announced.


Jessica Reynolds (Inter 13 Unit Master) and Tatiana von Preussen (NYLON Visiting School Director) are founding partners of vPPR Architects and are shortlisted for Emerging Woman Architect of the year.



Sally Lewis (Professional Practice Student), founding director of Stitch Architects has also been shortlisted for the Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award


Image: Stich architects' South Acton Estate Regeneration

Date Submitted: 26/1/2015

Potential Monuments of Unrealised Futures presents work by two Albanian artists: Edi Hila and Adrian Paci.



Article about the exhibition on The Albanian Prime Minister's Office Website




Date Submitted: 23/1/2015

Jane Wernick has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen in this year's honours list. 


This is an exceptional and high honour only very rarely bestowed on an engineer. Jane is a long serving Council Member and previous TS and Diploma Unit Tutor of the AA.

Image: Dune House © http://www.wernick.eu.com/

Date Submitted: 14/1/2015

Retiring Registrar Marilyn Dyer and former AA Staff awarded RIBA Honorary Fellowships for 2015

The RIBA Honorary Fellowships for 2015 have been announced, including retiring Registrar Marilyn Dyer and several former AA Staff.
RIBA Honorary Fellowships are awarded annually to people who have made a particular contribution to architecture in its broadest sense. This includes its promotion, administration and outreach; and its role in building more sustainable communities and in the education of future generations.

The 2015 RIBA Honorary Fellowships will be awarded to:
Marilyn Dyer – Retiring Registrar of the AA who has worked at the AA for over 40 years
Dalibor Vesely former AA Councillor, Honorary AA Member & former Diploma Unit 1 Tutor from 1973-83
Former academic staff members Mark Swenarton & Professor Peter Carl
The 2015 RIBA Honorary Fellowships will be awarded at a special event at the RIBA on 2 February 2015.

A full list of those awarded can be found at -

Date Submitted: 12/1/2015

The Global Architecture Graduate Awards (GAGAs) at The Architectural Review recognise that the work produced at the start of a career can be its most daring and projective. "At that fertile threshold between the academy and practice, uncertain graduates can be years ahead of more assured and mature colleagues in the creative risks they are willing to take." Will Hunter AR.

Jongwon on Projects Review 2014 and GAGA Awards

Antonis on Projects Review 2014 and GAGA Awards

Date Submitted: 12/1/2015


MADE is a didactically organized teaching model for the methodical and systematic design of structures. 
The individual steps of the teaching model which lead to the design are shown in the

MADE Process Plan .
Starting with a design task (referred to as the "project task"), the
 MADE Process Plan encompasses all the activities with which the skills required for the specification, preparation, implementation and production of a design are acquired.
It must however be emphasized that a project task in its totality cannot be solved by objective, formalizable means alone, for it also requires intuition, and intuition cannot be learned. 
In consequence, 
MADE is to be understood as one of the "tools of the trade", with which intuition can (and should) be properly crafted.

This teaching/learning model was employed in the Architectural and Building Science Departments of the University of Essen, Germany.

Date Submitted: 8/1/2015

Image : Harshini Sampath Kumar

AA SED Projects in India opens on Tuesday 16 December 2014 at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India on the occasion of the PLEA 2014 International Conference to be held there on Sustainable Habitat for Developing Societies. AA SED Projects in India celebrates the work of twelve recent graduates of the AA School’s MSc and MArch in Sustainable Environmental Design.

Projects in India Leaflet


Over the last ten years some fifty architects from different parts of India have been to London to attend the Architectural Association Graduate School for its post-professional MSc and MArch courses in Sustainable Environmental Design (AA SED). This exhibition presents the final projects of twelve of these graduates, highlighting the range of design briefs, urban contexts, climatic conditions and environmental design responses addressed. The posters provide a visual summary of the projects’ research outcomes and architectural agendas. The projects are backed by extensive analytical work and supported by fieldwork and empirical studies presented in the written dissertations, also on display here. Key objectives of the AA SED Masters programme are to improve environmental conditions and quality of life in cities, achieve independence from non-renewable energy sources and develop an environmentally sustainable architecture able to adapt and respond to changing urban environments.

The locations of the twelve projects shown here range from Pondicherry and Bangalore in the south to Ahmedabad, Assam, Jaisalmer and New Delhi in the north. While encompassing considerable variations in climate and urban environments, a common strategy is the conception of “outdoor rooms” designed to be usable for much of the year providing extra space and reducing the need for mechanical airconditioning. In their choice of research agendas and design briefs the projects divide between work, living and learning environments. Shravan Pradeep’s (AA SED MArch 2014) project explores new design strategies for the 24-hour office environment. Control of humidity is the objective of Rudrajit Sabhaney’s (AA SED MSc 2009) research, resulting in proposals for a passive dehumidification system that is integrated with the building skin. Sanyukta Pande’s (AA SED MArch 2014) design proposals for corporate work environments evolve around an open courtyard surrounded by interlocking blocks and transitional spaces. Fieldwork and analytical studies by Shashank Jain (AA SED MSc 2010) lead to proposals for the  use of earth ducts and earth-air heat exchangers for natural cooling. The intolerable environmental conditions commonly experienced by fishermen and their produce on their way to the market provide the incentive for Harshini Sampath Kumar’s (AA SED MArch 2014) designs of climate-enhancing architectural interventions along the southern coast. Climatic adaptation of the greater one-horned rhinoceros is the preoccupation of Rupalim Choudhury’s (AA SED MSc 2013) study which follows the animal from its home in the tropics to the zoos of northern Europe. Atishay Jain’s (AA SED MSc 2012) research focuses on traditional techniques to provide affordable housing for low-income households. Traditional architecture is also the inspiration for Kartikeya Rajput’s  (AA SED MArch 2014) project in the Thar desert of Rajasthan, aiming at self-sufficiency. Kanika Agarwal Mahadevwala’s (AA SED MArch 2008) proposal for a residential cluster in Ahmedabad evolves from the old city’s Pol housing with its dense built form and shaded streets and courtyards. By contrast Rohit Garg’s (AA SED MArch 2012) scheme for an extended family in New Delhi accommodates the different generations of occupants in low-rise pavilions with outdoor spaces to suit daily and seasonal cycles. Two of the projects are concerned with the environmental design of learning environments. Payal Chaudhari’s (AA SED MSc 2012) study focuses on adaptive strategies for primary school classrooms in the south of the country. Megha Nanaiah (AA SED MSc 2013) pays homage to, and draws lessons from, two of the country’s modern architectural landmarks.

I am grateful to Rajan Rawal and the organising committee of the PLEA 2014 Conference for hosting this exhibition. Mileni Pamfili in London and Kanika Agarwal Mahadevwala in Ahmedabad have made this possible with their generous and dedicated help in the preparation and display of the material. Thanks to all the contributors whose work is presented here for their prompt and enthusiastic response. Thanks to Brett Steele, Director of the AA School, for his continued support and encouragement, and to colleagues who worked with me on the AA SED masters programme in the academic years in which these projects were produced: Klaus Bode, Gustavo Brunelli, Paula Cadima, Ruchi Choudhary, Werner Gaiser, Joana Goncalves, Raul Moura, Jorge Rodriguez Alvarez, Rosa Schiano-Phan.  

Date Submitted: 15/12/2014


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