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Two AA projects – the Nomadic Bookstore and the Saw-Mill Shelter – have made the final list of designs in Archdaily’s ‘The Best Student Design-Build Projects Worldwide 2017’, a competition now in its third year that receives hundreds of submissions from around the globe.

Designed by AA Museum Lab (Diploma Unit 15) students, the Nomadic Bookstore sought to highlight the relevance of books in the context of the expansion of the digital.

Stocking books by Lars Müller Publishers, whose titles were displayed on the hovering LED-lit roof of the pavilion, the store was located in the heart of the Brera Design District in Milan and open to the audience attending the prestigious Salone del Mobile which took place from 4-9 April 2017.

Also making the final list was the AA Design + Make Saw-Mill Shelter at Hooke Park, the school’s experimental woodland campus in Dorset.

Inspired by an existing Hooke Park structure, Frei Otto & ABK’s Prototype House, students investigated the limits of timber in tension by fabricating a lightweight anticlastic timber net, and explored the possibility of large-scale steam bending of whole trees.

Find out more about the AA Museum Lab’s Nomadic Bookstore here, and the Design + Make Saw-Mill Shelter here.

Image: © Iwan Baan

Date Submitted: 19/7/2017

AA graduate Nicholas L.C. Ho (AADipl 2010) has been recognised as one of 50 ‘Generation T’ listers who have changed or shaped their industries in the last 18 months by Hong Kong Tatler. The list recognises young, up-and-coming figures who are shaping the city’s future.

Since graduating from the AA, Nicholas has gone on to become deputy managing director of Ho & Partners Architects (hpa), an award-winning, multidisciplinary architectural practice headquartered in Hong Kong.

He was recently elected to the council of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and of Lingnan University in Hong Kong. He was also appointed to the Economic Development Commission’s Working Group on Professional Services by the Hong Kong government.

Nicholas’s recent projects include the design of New Manila Bay City of Pearl, a mixed-use scheme covering 407 hectares in the Philippine capital.

Find out more here.

Date Submitted: 18/7/2017

Laurens Paulmann has been highly commended for his SPA - SANA PER AQUAM design in the Open Award category of the Architects for Health Student Design Awards 2017. Laurens, a student in Diploma Unit 13 – Sick City Rehab: London City of Care – graduated from the AA last month. His project intends to establish a new kind of holistic healthcare, integrating body and mind, the human and the city machine.

Now in its tenth year, the Architects for Health Student Design Award is an annual design competition for students. As well as promoting good design, AfH is also committed to encouraging the next generation to remain passionate about the quality of design for health and social care settings. AfH work closely with hospital trusts – such as Guy’s and St Thomas’s – who act as proxy clients, to support the London project that encompasses both their hospital and community sites.

Architects for Health was co-founded by AA Alumna Susan Francis (AADipl 1976) who very sadly passed away earlier this year.

Find out more about Laurens’ project at

Image: Laurens Paulmann

Date Submitted: 13/7/2017

IVI, the architectural interactive prototype from the AA Greece Visiting School in Chania ( is travelling to Berlin as part of the Adaptation expo.

Adaptation ( will be hosted as a satellite event with Tech Open Air, a yearly festival held in Berlin of around ideas of tech, music, art and science. The exhibition will be held in Agora Rollberg, an experimental center for sustainable and artistic practices in the heart of Neukölln. 

Opening: 11th July 6pm-10pm
Exhibition: 12th-14th July, 10am-6pm

Get your free ticket at:

Date Submitted: 5/7/2017

What is the role of architecture in the political economy of infrastructure?

Date: 3 July 2017
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Tickets: £15, concessions £12
Venue: The Building Centre
Speakers: Hilary Satchwell (chair), Director, Tibbalds
Eime Tobari, Associate Director, Space Syntax
Mark Middleton, Managing Partner, Grimshaw
Clare Donnelly, Director, Fereday Pollard

MoA’s thematic programming on Architecture and Citizenship explores the relationship between politics and the built environment with the aim of helping architects become active agents of social change.

In recent months, architecture and the built environment have been put at the centre of political debates on both sides of the Atlantic in discussions that extended from better investment in infrastructure to the physicality of national borders. Beyond polarising political arguments, infrastructure projects are closely tied to broader shifts in national and international policies that range from energy agreements, compliance with legislation on public health and the environment, or coping with the pressure of rising population. In the UK, infrastructure development relies heavily on the private sector for investment and delivery. However, according to the Institute for Government, decisions about infrastructure involve long-term commitments and require the government’s involvement to develop policy and regulatory framework, as large infrastructure projects tend to have important land use implications.

In this context, what is the role of architects and designers? How can they impact investment decisions to improve infrastructure systems and define how services are delivered? With vast infrastructure systems set to affect the way we live for years to come, it is crucial for architects and designers to mediate the relationship between aspirations of the country’s citizens and long term policies of the state. 

This event is organised in partnership between the Musuem of Architecture and the Built Environment Trust.

To book tickets visit:

Designing a Code of Ethics for Architecture

Date: 10 July 2017
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Venue: Future Cities Catapult 
Panellists:  Alastair Parvin, Director, WikiHouse Foundation
Kyle Buchanan, Director, Archio
Gemma Ginty, Urban Futures Lead, Future Cities Catapult

MoA’s thematic programming on Architecture and Citizenship explores the relationship between politics and the built environment with the aim of helping architects become active agents of social change.

In the context of today’s political, cultural and social challenges, should architecture have a code of ethics? As a conclusion of our year-long programming on Architecture and Citizenship, MoA is inviting architects, designers and built environment professionals to join a participatory session on designing a code of ethics for architecture.

While RIBA’s Code of Professional Conduct defines the roles and responsibilities of architects in professional practice, this session will seek to broaden the discussion to examine architects' role in the wider world. What responsibility do architects have in relation to broader social challenges? Should architects be more closely involved in politics? What is architects' social responsibility? How can we define morality in relation to architecture? What constitutes ethical practice? Join us to set out the values that you think should underpin and guide the industry today.

In light of recent events that make this discussion even more pressing, MoA will donate proceeds from the talk to the London Fire Relief Fund.

To book tickets visit:

Date Submitted: 29/6/2017

Call for Submissions: If you attended the AA in the 21st century and would like to be part of the AA XX 100 exhibition at the AA this autumn, titled AA XX 100: AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017 (6 Oct - 9 Dec), please submit an image of your project with a caption (details on the poster) to by 30 June. 

The exhibition is one of the strands of the AA XX 100 project to commemorate the centenary of women’s admission to the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in 1917. To date it has comprised a host of complementary enterprises including an annual lecture series and an ongoing programme to conduct filmed interviews with AA alumnae. The project culminates in autumn 2017 with an exhibition, a book and an international conference convened in collaboration with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

For more information, please visit:

Date Submitted: 26/6/2017

The AA congratulates two graduates of the school who have been recognised for their services to architecture in the Queen’s birthday honours list for 2017.

Amanda Levete (AADipl 1982) becomes a CBE, whilst rising star Asif Khan (AADipl 2007) earns himself an MBE.

Both architects have recently unveiled high-profile schemes around the world, with Amanda Levete’s practice AL_A completing its striking Central Embassy tower in Bangkok, and Asif Khan’s design for the UK Pavilion – We Are Energy – unveiled at Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

After graduating from the Architectural Association, Levete worked for Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989. Whilst there she designed the Media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground with her then husband, the late Jan Kaplicky, winning the 1998 Stirling Prize.

Asif Khan, a former Baylight scholar at the AA, founded his architecture practice in 2007. The studio works internationally on projects ranging from cultural buildings to landscapes, exhibitions and installations.

Current projects include the forthcoming new Museum of London at West Smithfield, and various works at Expo 2020 Dubai. Notable past projects include MegaFaces Pavilion at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Coca-Cola Beatbox at London 2012 Olympics. In 2015 Khan’s design for the Guggenheim Museum Helsinki was shortlisted.

Image of Amanda Levete by Matt Holyoaks

Image of Asif Khan courtesy of Asif Khan Ltd

Date Submitted: 19/6/2017

First year student Caspar Schols has received an honourable mention for his design in the annual Radical Innovation contest, a hospitality concept competition run by The John Hardy Group.

Caspar’s Garden House design combines a timber structure with a double-glass inner shell, topped by a steel roof. The outer shell is fully insulated and a small Norwegian stove heats the space, eliminating any requirement for artificial climate control.

Find out more about Caspar's project at 

Image: Jorrit ‘t Hoen (



Date Submitted: 16/6/2017

Little Architect, the AA’s education and learning platform for primary schools directed by Dolores Victoria (Lola) Ruiz-Garrido, has been selected by the Greater London Authority to provide expertise in architectural education for children.

An open resource for primary school teachers has been publicly launched by the Mayor of London and can be downloaded here

The content for these resources, created by Lola, will bring a diverse range of architectural projects and practices to the fore in London's primary school classrooms, including Archigram, Peter Cook, Mark Fisher, Alison Brooks, Yona Friedman, Benedetta Tagliabue, AHMM, CJLim, MRDV, Herzog and De Meuron and DOSIS among others.

Lola said of the partnership: "I’m thrilled that the AA and the Little Architect Visiting School, working with the GLA, now have the opportunity to reach so many children especially in deprived areas of London".

The printed resources will be sent to more than 250 primary schools in London, familiarising and inspiring thousands of London’s children with the city’s contemporary architecture.

Date Submitted: 15/6/2017

Continuing the To Be Honest Festival sequence of events started in London in March 2017, AAIS have developed To Be Honest.Spain to raise awareness on how truth, trust and integrity rely on our day-to-day life.

The Hidden Silence invites the audience to reimagine how a story is been told. The piece questions what has been experienced, the valid and the forgotten, the narrative and the memory. 

An exclusive preview of Tobehonest.Spain will be featured at the Projects Review Members' Evening on Monday 26 June at 36 Bedford Square.

By invitation only; contact if you have not yet received your invite.

Date Submitted: 14/6/2017

Please submit your interpretation, essay, drawing, image on the theme of silence by Friday 30 June.


Date Submitted: 13/6/2017

Sunday, 18 June 2017 - 1pm
Tickets: £11.04 (£30.03 including brunch)
Room 100, Ace Hotel London, Shoreditch

The symposium, UNBUILT: CONSIDERING THE UNBUILT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, will be an afternoon bringing together women in architecture to reflect on and highlight the achievements, ideas, and dialogues which may have never been built, yet profoundly contribute to the built environment that surrounds us. Any design practice, as well as the architecture industry as a whole, exists as the result of a continually evolving body of work and collaborative associations. To consider the impact and intention of this process before they fall from memory, is to acknowledge how the ideas which shape tomorrow are rooted in the transformation of the designs of yesterday and today.

The symposium will include Alison BrooksEva JiricnaHélène BinetKate Goodwin, Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator at Royal Academy of ArtsJane DuncanFrancesca Hughes, Francesca Sarti of Arabeschi di LatteLily JencksMadelon Vriesendorp, Melissa Woolford of Museum of ArchitectureSarah Castle of IF_DO, Tatiana von Preussen of vPPR, Lisa Rammig of Eckersley O’CallaghanSara Klomps, Lily Jencks of Jencks Squared, Manijeh Verghese, Head of Lectures at the Architectural Association and Suzanne Trocme. Curated by Melodie Leung of Zaha Hadid Architects, a series of panels will reflect on the values and strategies embraced in the Design Process such as Abstraction, Innovation, Evolution, Revolution, and Longevity.

Tickets will be available on the door but can also be purchased in advance here.

The event will begin with An Unbuilt Brunch in collaboration with Arabeschi di Latte. Book tickets to the brunch as well as the talks here.

The proceeds of this event will be donated to charities selected by London Festival of Architecture.

Date Submitted: 12/6/2017

Jocelyn Sivakorn Arnold wins $10,000 with his project 'Craft and Cultural Identification in Thailand'. He proposes an examination of the traditional crafts, arts, and customs that unite Thailand in this historic moment, across four regions with distinct characteristics. Planned collaborations include a workshop with Atelier Rudee, which specialises in an ancient loss wax casting technique using moulds made from clay, straw, and buffalo dung. Expressions of physicality, from architecture to performance, are increasingly the most legitimate form of cultural identification when faced with an age of digital commerce, and a mass media disinterested in promoting individuality.

Thailand’s identity is built on many pillars. One is the syncretism between Theravada Buddhism and native folklore. Another is the monarchy. The inclusiveness of both pillars means that Thailand is the only nation where the large Chinese migration from the Teochew, Hakka, and Hokkien clans was assimilated while maintaining their heritage and beliefs. Last year, Thailand lost one of these pillars - and a source of stability - in the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The nation is now in a formal, yearlong period of mourning.

Each year, Kohn Pedersen Fox presents three $10,000 awards to students who are in their penultimate year at one of the 26 design schools with whom KPF has chosen to partner. The goal of the award is to allow students to broaden their education through a summer of travel before their final year at school. 

Image credit: Model photograph from Jocelyn’s 4th Year Project. The blending of wall and floor destabilise the user, inciting intention and engaging physically.

Date Submitted: 8/6/2017

Re-Think: Share your ideas with the world
Think Brave 

All humanity’s potential lies within the mind. Ideas are a testament to this fact. They change how we live, how we interact, how we feel. Ideas are everything. So now it’s time to show us yours.
Balmond Studio's annual Re-Think competition is back!
Enter for a chance of having your work published on TiP, Balmond Studio’s influential, interdisciplinary ideas lab. The winner will also get a US$150 Amazon voucher plus a copy of the bestselling blockbuster informal, signed by Cecil Balmond.
The two runner up entries will each receive a US$60 Amazon Voucher, and also have their work published on TiP.
Show us how to change the world.
We can’t wait to see your ideas.

What is a Re-think? 
Anything with an original idea at its core is a Re-think. To put it simply – a piece of work that challenges the norm. Something that pushes the boundaries, creating an alternate way of thinking.

What work can I enter?
There are an infinite number of possibilities. Your entry could be a standout design project, groundbreaking research, a pioneering artistic expression, a unique mathematical observation…the list goes on. Last year MIT graduate Curtis Roth bagged our top prize for his produced backwards short movie, Afterval.

What format do I need to submit? 
Submissions can be in any format – from a photo essay, written report or animation, to renders, audio files, interviews, essays or documentaries.

What are the mandatories?
To qualify for entry simply visit the TiP homepage and subscribe.
Each entry must be submitted with the following:
-A brief introduction (no more than 500 words) stating why your work is a Re-Think.
-Your full name, age, profession, country of residence.

How do I submit?
Send your entry to   You can send larger files via WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive or any other file sharing service.  The deadline is 26th June 2017.

What are you waiting for?
Your idea could inspire the world. But there’s only one way to find out.
Enter now.
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Date Submitted: 6/6/2017

Two AA students are taking part in a double exhibition at Brussels' CIVA Foundation questioning the idea of the archive as the most important device in a museum.

Love Di Marco, who will begin his fourth year studies at the AA in September, is presenting Freeport – The Archive as Urban Catalyst, a project which puts forward a new solution for the European archive, once an important cultural and political symbol, centrally located and accessible to the public, but now a private affair, hidden behind closed facades on the peripheries of our cities.

Love’s project, which was developed during the 2015/16 academic year under the direction of Peter Swinnen and Flavien Menu in Intermediate Unit 13, sits alongside Savage Architecture curated by AA PhD student Davide Sacconi.

Savage Architecture is described as a journey to the root of the relationship between architecture and man in four episodes and concentrates on the work of Gian Piero Frassinelli and architectural practice 2A+P/A.

The exhibition runs from 24 May to 16 September 2017. Find out more at

Image: Love Di Marco, Freeport – The Archive as Urban Catalyst

Date Submitted: 31/5/2017


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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.