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AA Past President & AA Alumnus Jim Eyre OBE has become the first architect to be awarded the prestigious Bodley Medal. The Bodley Medal is the highest honour of the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds in which the Bodleian is active: literature, culture, science, and communication. Eyre's practise, Wilkinson Eyre, have recently refurbished the Bodleian's Weston Library which will reopen in March 2015.

bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/news/2015/feb-03

Date Submitted: 20/2/2015

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."

http://www.architecture.org/cac-obama-library

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.

http://www.archdaily.com/tag/liget-budapest/

http://ligetbudapest.org/

http://www.l-e-a-d.pro/


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.


http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2014/Dec-31/282676-derelict-modernism-in-your-salon.ashx#sthash.LDyWMoyL.dpuf

 

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.

http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/events/wia/emerging-woman-architect-of-the-year-shortlist-vppr-architects/8675324.article

 

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

http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/story.aspx?storyCode=8675320

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.

http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/PUBLIC/WHATSON/exhibitions.php?item=301

 

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

http://www.kryeministria.al/en/newsroom/news/in-the-uk-with-the-language-of-european-culture

 

 

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. 


https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/393780/New_Years_Honours_2015_Queens_List.pdf


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 -
http://www.architecture.com/StirlingPrize/IntHonFells2015/HonoraryFellows2015.aspx

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

www.made-me.de

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
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