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

WINNER: Natalie Ow and Kien Pham


WINNER:  Paul Loh, David Leggett and Amanda Ngieng

The AA is pleased to announce two winning teams for the design ideas competition for Wakeford Hall, to be designed and built in the heart of the AA’s Hooke Park, in Dorset. 

The jury convened on Friday 29th January selected entries by Natalie Ow and Kien Pham, and by Paul Loh, David Leggett and Amanda Ngieng as the winners, and two further entries, by Joanna Gondek and by John Ng for design commendation. The AA would like to thank all entrants for their hard work, thoughtful entries, and inspiring ideas – all of which, in their own ways, will contribute to the growing culture of experimentation and innovation already underway at Hooke Park. 

Full announcement (PDF)

See all the winning entrants' submission panels

Date Submitted: 3/2/2016

AA graduate and director of MArch-MSc Landscape Urbanism Eduardo Rico and Enriqueta Llabres, director of Relational Urbanism, win the competition for landscape design of Play Park design in Ballyfermot, Dublin. The design managed to combine skate park areas with a wide range of leisure activities in a coherent spatial whole made out of interlocking topographies and low level grassed buffers. The design was carried out after a phase of interactive design workshops, where general members of the public were invited to use a physical model toolkit to define the skate park they wanted. The models were then captured digitally and further incorporated into the overall plan. The work with these tools was part of a process of incorporating feedback from local groups which was praised by different members of the jury.

The Play Park Project is being funded by The Matheson Foundation in partnership with Dublin City Council, and is being delivered by Irish Architecture Foundation.


Project Credentials:

Lead Designers:
Enriqueta Llabres
Eduardo Rico

Coding Direction: Immanuel Koh
Project Leader: Giulio Dini
Landscape Architects: Lida Driva, Dimitra Bra, Israel Luna Mino
Rendering: Virtual Polygon
Cost Consultant: Arcadis

Date Submitted: 3/2/2016

ReThink, Balmond Studio competition.

See things differently? Show Balmond Studio your idea. Enter their Re-think competition and your work could be showcased on TiP, Balmond Studio’s influential online ideas lab. The winner will also receive a  £100 iTunes voucher and enjoy a private call with Cecil Balmond himself, one of the world’s leading thinkers on space form and structure.

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 really are an infinite number of possibilities. Your entry could be a standout design project, architecture research, a pioneering artistic expression, a unique mathematical observation…the list goes on.

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.

Click here to find out more.

Date Submitted: 19/1/2016

Jae Seung David Koo (Current 4th Year Student) and Ahmad Altahhan (Former AA Student) were commissioned to design a table display for the launch of the premier 15/16 collection Opus Magnum by the London Footwear Designer, Karina IK at Grace Belgravia, London. 

The Design; as a collection of tables, through its curves, works to break the symmetry of the room. Yet, are presented as individual displays that as singular objects, work to compliment the bespoke designs of the Footwear. Each Table, as a singular, works its own feminine personality and form, reflecting the identity of the Footwear. The singular tables, cut with different angles, are elevated on a collection of slender columns, which allows the collection of tables to appear elevated on a field of slender columns which contributes to the elegance of the Footwear.



Date Submitted: 18/1/2016


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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.