Read the full story in the Guardian and find out more about Asao’s work at http://tokolo.com.

Date Submitted: 26/4/2016


PREVIEW: Wednesday 4 May, 6-8PM

EXHIBITION: 5 May - 5 June 2016

ADDRESS: 100 Central Street - LONDON EC1V 8AJ

Invitation to the AA community to attend a private view of MINIS, an exhibition of work by former AA tutor and AA alumnus, Tony Fretton of Tony Fretton Architects.

“In what I think is a pioneering exhibition, an architect’s personal digital sketches are presented not as incidental to other modes of architectural representation, such as models, renderings or hard line drawings, but as part of the primary process of design.
I say part because there is a prior range of pencil sketches that Tony Fretton produces to develop schemes with colleagues in his studio. Made in the moment, they are often inscrutable after the event and hence un-exhibitible. In contrast the digital sketches are descriptive-made for himself in order as he says ‘to understand the consequences of decisions made under the pressure of production, and the nature and possibilities of the design’. Their style reflects the rapid changes that have occurred in devices and programs for digital drawing.” Katherine Clarke


Date Submitted: 22/4/2016

Joshua Potter (Former AA 3rd year/ ex-Inter 11 student) has launched a kickstarter campaign to help fund the construction of a pavilion design using the mathematical theory of Pursuit Curvature at this Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA.

Joshua went to the festival last year and assisted in the construction of three projects, and this year he is hoping to continue his involvement by building his own project out there. The team is small at the moment, but already includes some AA students - if you are interested in applying to be part of the build team, please fill out the online submission form: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_mNTsQTUAk6VxaJCnx8V5UCejQcbJshzAVAW_w_shNo

To learn more about the project, support the campaign and get PURSUIT-related merchandise: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pursuitburn2016/pursuit-a-unique-art-installation-for-burning-man
The deadline to contribute is 16 May 2016 at 9pm.

Date Submitted: 20/4/2016

Zaha: No architect in the world had the affect you did on AA students, graduates, colleagues or other architects. Here, there or anywhere. You always knew this was your greatest talent amongst so many others: the ability to change other architectural minds in a time when that grows increasingly improbable.

Amazingly, for a person filled with unswerving opinion, this was also one of the very few things you never commented upon, uttered a word about, or hinted an explanation for.

You lit rooms, presentations and conversations a thousand different ways, as if one of your paintings. You wrote lightning-speed late-night text messages as if miniature, instantaneous 21st century manifestos.

Everyone everywhere today is remembering you this first day of April this first day after you by sharing pictures posting stories uploading links adding comments trading memories reminding each other of you with versions of your buildings and your drawings and your paintings and your words. Which no one else could have imagined, let alone could have made. Like you did, with such ease. Thank you.

You always knew your architecture was planetary from the start. Thanks for having the patience to let architecture catch up. It will hurt not having you in the future you always cared so much about. We all will love you the way you loved architecture -- in that future. Your future. Forever, Brett

Brett Steele
Director, AA School

(Image: Zaha Hadid 2002 @ the AA
Image credit: Valerie Bennett)

Date Submitted: 1/4/2016

Image Caption: AA SED winning entry for refurbishment and extension of Queen Hotel on Lake Como in Cernobbio, Italy. 

The competition held at the Fair of Milano 15-18 March 2016. The winning SED Team will receive a prize money and the opportunity to perform a stage in qualified firms or professional studios.

Labgrade is a non-profit organization aimed at spreading the culture of sustainability and circular economy for innovation and the reduction of CO2 emissions in the construction sector, in cooperation with international universities and industry.


Antonio Almeida, Irech Castrejon, Sheila Esteve, Irene Giglio, Andrea Rossi, Victoria Soto, Avgousta Stanitsa, Julia Torrubia, Pier Luigi Turco, with tutors Herman Calleja and Federico Montella.



Date Submitted: 23/3/2016

AA Alumnus Joseph Armakolas received Special Mention by the Architizer A+Awards 2016 jury for his latest realised project "THE BOX, a multi-purpose venue for the Applied Arts". The project was submitted under the category "Cultural/ Gallery".

THE BOX is a multi-purpose venue for the Applied Arts, that already hosts a vibrant community of emerging local artists. It is run by a private non-profit company, established to enable young professionals to connect, produce and showcase their work in present-day, crisis-ridden Athens.

The Architizer A+Awards 2016 international jury includes among others: Denise Scott Brown, Bjarke Ingels, Tom Kundig, AA Alumni Ben van Berkel, Nathalie de Vries, Sam Jacob and former AA chairman Mohsen Mostafavi.





Date Submitted: 17/3/2016

AA Alumnus and founder of Ksquared (www.ksquared.eu), Kasang Kajang, has been shortlisted finalist for the Art & About festival Sydney 2015-16. The project entitled "Arteria Rainbow" was shortlisted from over 300 applications to reach the final stage of proposals for the art and design festival with the possibility of being realised in Sydney, Australia within the forthcoming year.

Follow the link for more information on the festival :- www.artandabout.com.au

Date Submitted: 14/3/2016

AA Diploma 1 Unit Master Miraj Ahmed has a painting being exhibited at the 10th Arte Laguna Prize Exhibition 2016 at the Arsenale, Venice in Italy. The painting is an acrylic on canvas triptych titled 'On'. The exhibition will run from 19 March to 3 April 2016.


Date Submitted: 14/3/2016

AA Alumnus and co-founder of Feilden Fowles, Edmund Fowles, has been recognised in this year’s Building Design Architect of the Year Awards, as Feilden Fowles is awarded Young Architect of the Year, 2016. Fowles was a Baylight Scholar at the AA and completed his AA Diploma with Honours in 2009.

The Young Architect of the Year Award recognises the most promising new architectural practice in the European Union, with the category being open to fully qualified architects who have been practicing for 12 years or less.

Congratulations to Ed and his partner Fergus Feilden for their great achievement, and well deserved recognition as part of the “most promising architectural practice in the European Union”.

The photo of the Awards Ceremony shows (from left to right) Stephen Fry, who hosted the event, Fergus Feilden, Ed Fowles and a sponsor of the award.

Special mention and congratulations also to former AA tutor, Takero Shimazaki for being awarded the Refurbishment Architect of the Year Award.

Take a look at the evening in photos

Read all about the AYA winners

Date Submitted: 11/3/2016

Hooke Park Director Martin Self discusses how Hooke Park enables AA students to “develop an intuition” about how wood as a material performs, and looks at the relationship between architecture, material, and the rural landscape.

Watch the video on the CNN Style website

Date Submitted: 24/2/2016

This award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the highest level of integrity and character in their professional career.

After graduating from DRL in 2006, Sevil worked in the London office of Zaha Hadid Architects, an agency she’d always gained inspiration from.

‘I am fascinated by technology and innovation, and it is one of the most influential and technology-orientated architectural practices in the world,’ she says.

Now Assistant Professor at Ozyegin University in Istanbul and the founder of her own research company, Sevil organises seminars and symposiums to widen knowledge and increase awareness in her field.

She is also taking forward an innovative software idea she developed during her studies, which will increase efficiency in the design process.

‘My software will potentially enable architects and designers to interact with form, performance and material simultaneously,’ she says.

Sevil believes that the time she spent studying in the UK was a significant factor that has helped her achieve success in her professional life.

“My architectural career was radically influenced by studying at the Architectural Association,’ she says. ‘They enabled me to find my own research path and join distinguished professional and academic networks in London.’

Date Submitted: 19/2/2016

Plastic Spatial Machine (PSM) is an attempt to bring architectural design closer to a material condition which has become fundamental for understanding the conformation of our physical medium.

Since 1976, plastic, in its various shapes and forms, has become the most used material in the world. During 1979 the global economy entered what was officially known as the “plastic age” when its production exceeded the one of steel. (Meikle 1995) Since then, our material reality has gone through an ongoing ‘plastification’. Look around, it’s everywhere!

More than a project, PSM is a material, spatial and social experiment. Design, fabrication, and spatial reconfiguration is combined as the strategy to interrogate the relationships between the different material and social processes that gravitate around plastic, its opportunities and consequences. It’s a combined effort to link alternative design methodologies with the activation of public spaces through a material reality that, to a great extent, frames our relation with our physical environment, our idea of materiality, ecological future and forms of social interaction.

Design DECODE festival worked as a frame for the intervention, with the intense participation of the public, it propelled PSM to become an agent to explore the capacity to configure and articulate our material reality nested in the collective. 

Plastic Spatial Machine (PSM) was done as part of his PhD Thesis with the help of Ricardo Sosa (ex DRL 2010).

photos by Alejandro Revilla

Date Submitted: 17/2/2016

The AA will be visiting Abu Dhabi and Doha in February and March 2016, in collaboration with the London Universities International Partnership, ‘Building a Smart City’ showcase.

If you are interested in studying at the AA School, this will be a great opportunity to meet us, discuss the courses available and find out how to apply.

The River Thames Installation, which will be a highlight of the event, has been created by Omid Kamvari, a graduate of the AA Emergent Technologies and Design programme. Omid has been nominated for the Middle East young architect of the year award. 

The events are taking place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 28th February 2016 and Doha on Wednesday 2nd March 2016. For full details, please visit the LUIP website: http://www.luip.co.uk/middle-east/showcase

There is no need to register, just come along with your parents and friends. We hope to see you there! 

Date Submitted: 15/2/2016

One of the legendary juries of 1970 was conducted in a small flat near the TUC building, where Peter Cave demonstrated a working prototype of what he termed ‘Aquapad 1′: “consisting of an inflated mattress, a folding enclosure with its frame, a few water valves and some electrical apparatus. By means of simply moving about on the mattress, the user can control two different types of water spray, a fresh air supply, a light and the inflating mechanism for the mattress itself.”

For more information and photos visit the AA's Collections Blog 

Date Submitted: 10/2/2016

The AA is contributing to an EPSRC funded research on Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing (Aerial ABM). The research will develop an aerial robotic construction system that enables aerial robots to 3D print building structures autonomously. Additive Building Manufacturing (ABM), is already being trialled in many parts of the world by the construction industry. It involves the use of large robots on a building site that extrude building materials to construct buildings, similar to a 3D printer. This process has the advantage of reducing construction times, material and transport costs and easing traffic and environmental impacts. These technologies also have the potential to improve safety in the building industry. According to the International Labour Organisation, at least 60,000 people are killed every year on construction sites - around one death every 10 minutes. However, current approaches to ABM are all ground-based, only operating in easily accessible locations, where their ability to adapt to diverse site conditions are limited. The research team aims to miniaturise ABM and provide it with aerial capabilities so that it can be more mobile, able to manufacture complex building structures and adapt to diverse site scenarios. This miniaturisation will also enable parallel production, where swarms of aerial printers working together could potentially reduce construction times. The aerial robots would be able to fly above difficult ground conditions and land at a construction site where they could work together to construct a building from scratch. The research will enable safer construction in hard-to access and dangerous conditions often faced in construction work at-height and post-disaster reconstruction.
The AA will collaborate with UCL’s Computer Science Department where the AA’s Robert Stuart-Smith is a co-investigator on the research. Imperial College’s Director of the Aerial Robotics Lab, Dr Mirko Kovac is Principle Investigator. The multi-million pound grant involves researchers from a number of institutions including Imperial College London, the University of Bath, University College London and the Architectural Association School of Architecture. Industrial partners on the projects are leaders in construction, robotics and 3d printing and include the BRE Trust, Buro Happold, Cementation Skanska, Dyson Limited and Ultimaker BV. A podcast announcement on Imperial College’s website provides further information here.

Image Credits:
AADRL Studio Robert Stuart-Smith has been exploring the potential for an aerial swarm printed architecture
Architectural Association School of Architecture
Students: Liu Xiao, Sasila Krishnasreni, Duo Chen, Yiqiang Chen.
Supervisor: Robert Stuart-Smith. Technical consultants: Tyson Hosmer, Manos Matsis

Date Submitted: 8/2/2016


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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.