The New Museum’s open call for IdeasCity Athens is live! 

IdeasCity invites emerging practitioners working at the intersection of art, community activism, design, economy, and urbanism from around the world to join its residency program in Athens, Greece from September 19-24, 2016. The five-day residency will focus on designs for the future city in the context of radical alternative economies and global migration flows. IdeasCity Athens will culminate in a high-profile public conference.

Applications close on June 15, 2016. Selected participants will receive an honorarium and all food and accommodation in Athens will be provided. More information at ideas-city.org.

Date Submitted: 7/6/2016

Material Re-Informed Design & Fabrication Process

The talk will unfold an innovative method of a fabrication process, developed by Design + Make programme based at Architectural Association's, Hooke Park campus where the design is inspired by the material’s intelligence. The process is explained through the fabrication of a structural element in a building, a complex truss made from organically shaped forks of beech trees for harvesting its inherent structural strength along the direction of its fibres. The project results in a Wood Chip Barn building at Hooke Park. Computational design and modern fabrication methods using photogrammetry and robotic milling techniques are integrated with traditional timber construction methods.


Professional Background

Pradeep Devadass is a Computational Designer & Robotic Fabrication Specialist, currently working at The Architectural Association, Hooke Park collaborating with Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England to develop innovative robotic fabrication methods for manufacturing complex geometries using organic timber elements through a material re-informed design process. The research also focuses on developing a ‘smart’ programming environment to bridge the gap between design and fabrication processes. The research is supported by the is supported by  and the government-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme. He is the co-founder of rat[LAB]-Research in Architecture & Technology an independent research & development organisation based in India which offers computational design consultancy. He has worked with various prominent organisations across the globe. His research work also includes adaptive technologies, advanced fabrication techniques and algorithmic design methods which have been published and exhibited internationally.

Date Submitted: 31/5/2016

Image: British Pavilion Home Economics exhibition. Photo by Valerie Bennett of AA Photo Library.

If you’re heading to Venice this summer, look out for AA representation in both the Giardini and the Arsenale venues.

Particularly noteworthy this year are the contributions of recent AA graduates Jack Self and Shumi Bose, who are part of the curatorial team in the British pavilion, Home Economics commissioned by the British Council. Others involved in this project include AA Councillor Vicky Richardson, AA academic staff members Pier Vittorio Aureli,Maria Giudici, and Fabrizio Ballabio and AA alumni Julia King, Jesper Henriksson, Magnus Casselbrant, Alessandro Bava, Luis Ortega Govela, and Octave Perrault.

Another pavilion not to be missed is the Australian pavilion, The Pool – Architecture, Culture and Identity in Australia, which is co-curated by AA graduate and Director of Aileen Sage ArchitectsAmelia Holiday.

Also, within the Israeli pavilion Shany Barath and Gary Freedman, AA academic staff members and alumni, and Directors of Shaga Shyovits Architects are exhibiting BEHAVE, an interactive installation in collaboration with Biologist Erez Livneh. BEHAVE is an holographic microscope that extends advancements in genetic engineering to the realm of spatial and interactive design by programming synthetic living materials with harvested biomarkers from the human body.

Another exhibition that has been brought to our attention is at the Kuwaiti Pavilion where four AA alumni have worked in collaborastion, Fortune Penniman with Hussam Dakkak, Basmah Kaki, and Hessa Al Bader, founders of Studio Bound and Directors of AA Jeddah Visiting School.



The Pool – Architecture, Culture and Identity in Australia
Amelia Holliday

The Baltic Pavilion
Niklavs Paegle 
Jonas Žukauskas 

Christoph Grafe

Rodrigo Azevedo

Home Economics
Jack Self 
Shumi Bose
Julia King
Jesper Henriksson
Magnus Casselbrant
Fabrizio Ballabio
Octave Perrault
Alessandro Bava
Luis Ortega Govela 

Ana Melpomeni Danou

"A is for Architecture, B is for Biology"
Ariele Blonder-Afek
Shany Barath
Gary Freedman

Between East and West, A Gulf
Hessa Al Bader
Hussam Dakkak
Basmah Kaki
Fortune Penniman

LUXEMBOURG (Grand Duchy of)

Tracing transitions
Claude Ballini

Project Solana Ulcinj
Claudia Pasquero 
Marco Poletto

SEYCHELLES (Republic of) 
Between Two Waters, Searching for Expression in the Seychelles
Alex Ellenberger 
Makoto Saito

SLOVENIA (Republic of)
Aljoša Dekleva 
Tina Gregoric

Class of 6.3 
Varudh Varavarn


Sir David Chipperfield
Eyal Weizman
Manuel Herz
Lord Richard Rogers of Riverside
Graham Stirk
Andrew Freear

If you are an AA alumni involved in this year’s Biennale and are not listed above, please do get in touch. events@aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 25/5/2016

This year the Design Museum opens the doors to its new home in Kensington. The Designers in Residence of 2016 will join the museum on this journey. Through a focussed and rigorous proposal, the museum asked designers to submit creative responses to this year’s theme OPEN.

AA Part 1 graduate and Lacey Green Visiting School Director Clementine Blakemore was selected as one of the four designers in residence alongside Alix Bizet, Andrea de Chirico and Rain Wu. Her residency will be focused on the potential of collaborative construction processes.

The Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum is a core part of the museum's activity, and exists to provide emerging designers, across any discipline, with time and space away from their regular environment to reflect, research and consider new ways of developing their practice.

To read more, visit: https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/designers-in-residence-2016-open

Date Submitted: 18/5/2016

Anupama Kundoo: High-speed Housing

Roca London Gallery 

Open until 18 June 2016, free admission 

Through her High-speed Housing project, acclaimed Indian architect Anupama Kundoo has developed an affordable, lightweight and resilient solution for housing and sanitation. The skills required to build the homes can be acquired by anyone: simple enough to pass on to local craftspeople yet sophisticated enough to withstand seismic shocks. Elements of Kundoo’s Full Fill home prototype and Easy WC are on display and reveal the fascinating making process behind the project.

For further information visit: rocalondongallery.com

Date Submitted: 12/5/2016

AA tutor, Nuria Alvarez Lombardero, has won the XIII Spanish Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) prize for best research work for her book "ArquitectAs. Redefiniendo la profesión" - "ArquitectAs. Redefining the practice" (2015, Recolectores Urbano) . The edited book summarizes the work of thirty international authors reflecting on a professional practice of architecture more equitable in terms of gender and some recent examples of young women architects

 More information: http://www.bienalesdearquitectura.es/index.php/es/muestra-de-pfc-e-investigacion/resultados-i-convocatoria-de-investigacion-divulgacion/5779-investigacion-xiii-beau-divulgacion-arquitectas2

Date Submitted: 11/5/2016

dRMM’s newest built residential scheme, Trafalgar Place, has won a London RIBA Award. Trafalgar Place is the first phase to be delivered as part of Lendlease’s regeneration of Elephant and Castle. Comprising 235 tenure blind, high-quality homes, including 25% affordable housing, integrated within a vibrant landscape and mature trees, the project transforms the built environment whilst referencing the historic fabric of the neighbourhood.

dRMM’s Founding Director, Sadie Morgan, is a former AA Council President and current AA member.

Please see the attached PDF for more information or visit www.drmm.co.uk

Date Submitted: 11/5/2016

Alexandros Kallegias (Programme Director / AA Athens and AA Greece Visiting Schools, AA Summer DLAB) and Elif Erdine (Studio Tutor / AA EmTech Graduate Design Programme, Programme Director / AA Istanbul Visiting School and AA Summer DLAB) present their paper from the final outcome of Summer DLAB 2015, titled “Modelling Natural Formations: Design and Fabrication of Complex Concrete Structures” in SimAUD (Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design) 2016. Hosted by the Bartlett, UCL, the conference will take place during 16 – 18 May 2016. 

Elif Erdine (Studio Tutor / AA EmTech Graduate Design Programme, Programme Director / AA Istanbul Visiting School and AA Summer DLAB) also present her PhD paper, titled “Rethinking Conceptual Design: Computational Methods for the Simultaneous Integration of Tower Subsystems” at SimAUD 2016 Conference.

Hosted by the Bartlett, UCL, the conference will take place during 16 – 18 May 2016. For further details visit: http://simaud.com/2016/

Date Submitted: 10/5/2016

The talk focused on the importance of good architecture in our everyday life and how good design in every scale can affect our quality of life.

The talk is now available to view online by the TEDx platform.


Date Submitted: 5/5/2016

The jury found his portfolio engaging, thought-provoking and truly outstanding.  The trip will take him along the Yangtze river to it’s source in Tibet, where he will pick up the Yellow river following it back to the ocean, looking at how time and the creation of new infrastructure has changed life and culture along the major rivers of China.

Date Submitted: 28/4/2016

In 2015 the Museum of Capitalism announced an architecture competition in the form of a call for ideas that answered the question “What should a Museum of Capitalism look like?” AA graduates Elaine Yik Ling Tsui, AADipl2014 and Xinyue Zhang, AADipl2015 received an honourable mention for their entry "Museum of Capitalism"

For more details please visit: www.museumofcapitalism.org/architecture-competition

Date Submitted: 27/4/2016

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


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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.