Gun Architects and AKT II Engineers' exhibition for the AA in Bedford Square last summer has been shortlisted for New London Architecture Awards "The Temporary". Results on 7th July.


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Date Submitted: 11/6/2015

The robust fabric and adaptable nature of Clerkenwell’s industrial building stock has lent itself to an influx of craft-based industries in recent decades. Appropriately, a growing number of architectural practices interested in an artisanal approach to design shares this area with other established craft networks. Roz Barr Architects is an architecture studio sandwiched over two floors between a Jeweller’s collective and a watchmaker’s shop.

As a testament to the artisanal spirit of the practice, one floor of the studio is dedicated purely to workshop and exhibition space. Here, ideas for projects are formed through the production of architectural models, which form the basis for the drawings and images that communicate the studio’s designs. Increasingly, this space has been used to host dinners, lectures, and exhibitions.

As a way of formalising the evolution of this space, this year’s London Festival of Architecture marks the opening of Roz Barr Architect’s workshop space as a public forum.

Roz Barr Architects presents an inaugural exhibition that displays their work and working process through the theme of ‘adaptation’. Exhibited in this space are projects that demonstrate how - through crafting - sites and existing buildings can be re-imagined and adapted.


As a centre piece to the display are two models at a scale of 1:10 of projects currently in development. One is based on the west coast of Scotland in Argyll and Bute - Loch Craignish - and addresses the adapted use of an existing steading as a way of preserving, restoring and adapting an existing building typology. The other - St. Augustine’s Church - looks at the re-working of the existing church in Hammersmith, to provide a new Priory, arts forum and landscape within the city.

The act of making involves engaging with an idea that requires a decision that can be “made” and re-thought, and un-made to be realised. This form of adaptation is about the discourse of architectural thinking and is a critical part of our process in making and realising an idea. We imagine, we make and the process is adapted through discussions and decisions about materiality and form. Nothing is fixed in this process. It is always evolving as we transfer our ideas into the physical.

Each model embodies a moment of a design stage and acts as a catalyst for future phases of an architectural process in making.

The models show the trajectory of the studio over the past 5 years.


Roz Barr Architects
111-113 St. John Street

Image: Andrew Putler

Date Submitted: 10/6/2015

Jeroen van Ameijde and Brendon Carlin, directors at Urban Systems, this month received an honourable mention in the international ‘THECITYPLAN AWARD’. The Changyuan CBD Masterplan provides housing for 90,000 people, retail, culture, services, green space, and a CBD area with a large mall, office buildings and retail. Changyuan, Henan province, China.

Full details here

Jeroen and Brendon will be at RIBA speaking about the RIBA Shanghai windows project,"When Retail Meets Architecture", on June 16th 6pm - 8pm.

Images of the project- http://www.arch2o.com/urban-nature-urban-systems-office/

Book for "When Retail Meets Architecture" - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/when-retail-meets-architecture-tickets-16952432181



Urban Systems is a London-based architectural design office led by Jeroen van Ameijde and Brendon Carlin. The office employs digitally enabled design and construction techniques to deliver architectural, innovative urban and infrastructural solutions.
Applicable to a wide range of project scales and sites, this methodology allows for the generation of highly adapted and site specific outcomes, producing informed design solutions that contribute to the sustainability and vibrancy of our complex urban ecologies.
Urban Systems has since its launch in 2012 delivered several complex design projects, including a 5,500,000 m2 masterplan for the extension of Changyuan (Henan, China), a 400,000 m2 retail and leisure complex, and several mixed-use and residential projects.
The office has collaborated with several leading consultants including ARUP, Buro Happold, Bollinger+Grohmann and is currently working on an office tower for the Bank of China, a science museum and medical university building.


Date Submitted: 9/6/2015

LC Architects, (Natassa Lianou and Ermis Chalvatzis, DRL 2011), were invited to submit a design for regenerating 93 hectares in Athens, Votanikos area.  “Athens Vision” was received well by the local authorities and the discussion for realization of the proposal is underway.


Date Submitted: 8/6/2015

Materiality of Colour: from Neolithic Earth Colours to Contemporary Interference Pigments

Antoni Malinowski is a First Year Media Studies tutor running the Materiality of Colour course - the only colour dedicated course at any architectural school in the UK. He is also a co-director of the Saturated Space - an AA colour cluster. Together with Adam Furman he runs the Saturated Space website and Facebook page.

Antoni has been commissioned to produce a major wall painting in the foyer of the new Mathematical Institute in Oxford, the Andrew Wiles Building, built by Rafael Viñoly. To celebrate and introduce that work Antoni and a series of distinguished speakers will demonstrate the different impacts and perceptions of colour produced by the micro-structure of the pigments, from an explanation of the pigments themselves to an examination of how the brain perceives colour.


Jo Volley, Gary Woodley and Malina Busch, the Pigment Timeline Project, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
‘Pigment Timeline’

Dr. Ruth Siddall - Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences, University College London
‘Pigments: microstructure and origins?’

Antoni Malinowski
‘Spectrum Materialised’

Prof. Hannah Smithson Associate Professor, Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow, Pembroke College
‘Colour Perception‘

10 June 2015
11.30am, Lecture Theatre 1
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Andrew Wiles Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Date Submitted: 3/6/2015

Liam Young, of the AA’s Diploma 6- Unknown Fields Division and think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be performing at two events in Japan this week. He will be performing ‘City Everywhere, Kim Kardashian and the Dark Side of the Screen’ at The University of Tokyo on Saturday June 6th and on June 7th he will be speaking on the Post Human City at ‘The Saga of Continuous Architecture’, a symposium at the Yokahama Port Terminal. An event also featuring Kengo Kuma, Kazuyo Sejima, Arata Isozaki, Jesse Reiser and Hernan Diaz Alonso.



Date Submitted: 2/6/2015

The Anthropocene Project

Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium

Friday 5 June 2015, 10.15 – 17.00


Image : Museum of Evolution of Life Chandigarh, Indien, 2014, Anthropocene Observatory: artist and photographer Armin Linke © Armin Linke

Date Submitted: 1/6/2015

Nozomi Nakabayashi, a recent graduate of the Design & Make programme at Hooke Park, has completed a “Hut on Stilts” at a site a few fields away from the Hooke Park campus.

See the work here


Date Submitted: 29/5/2015

Dr Ana Araujo, Intermediate 2 tutor, will be lecturing at the Museo Teatro, Commenda di Prè, in Genoa, Italy. She will be talking about Lina Bo Bardi as part of an event that celebrates the cultural exchanges between Europe and Latin America. On 12 June.



Date Submitted: 27/5/2015

AA Landscape Urbanism co director Eduardo Rico will be giving a lecture on 19th of May as part of the DÉCROISSANCE/SHRINKAGE seminar organised by HEPIA School of Landscape and Engineering in Geneva. The lecture called “Pan European Atlas of Radical Territories“ will describe the current project of Landscape Urbanism in exploring forms of praxis that deal with processes active at the continental as design problem, outlining material on mapping, landscape simulations and studies of social structures behind landscapes. The lecture will also outline work on development of interfaces and applications of digital technologies in the development of new forms of design agendas.


Image: Territorial formations along the Maggia Valley. Eugenio Da Rin, Jannekke Eggink

Date Submitted: 18/5/2015
Architecture of Enjoyment, collaborations between Architects and Artists reviewed in the Wall Street Journal http://wsimag.com/art/15207-architecture-of-enjoyment
Date Submitted: 13/5/2015

Dr Ana Araujo, Intermediate 2 tutor, will be lecturing at the Marino Marini Museum in Florence, Italy. She will be talking about Lina Bo Bardi and Gio Ponti, the tradition of humanism in architecture and the notion of the historical present. On 27 May.

Date Submitted: 11/5/2015

Mehran Gharleghi and Amin Sadeghy have organized an exhibition in Asia House in Collaboration with British Council and SEA. It is called EVOLUTION. It is a multi disciplinary exhibition as part of season of cultural exchange between UK and Iran. It has been between 13 April- 1st May.

It includes their own work in architecture as well as art, film, history and sound design. 
Date Submitted: 28/4/2015

Amelia Holliday (AA MA H&CT 2012) has been appointed as one of the Co-creative Directors of the Australian Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale with the "The Pool"

The Pool is a lens through which to explore Australian cultural identity. Be they natural or manmade, inland or coastal, temporary or permanent, the creative directors will invite visitors to the new DCM designed pavilion to explore the pools of Australia in all their forms. From pools of necessity to the pools of excess, the pool is a key architectural device, a memory and also a setting. It has the unique ability to evoke both the sacred and the profane. It also aptly represents a distinctively Australian democratic and social space - a great leveller of difference.

The exhibition will create a pool within the exhibition space of the new Australian Pavilion (the first 21st century pavilion in the giadini) through an immersive multi sensory experience that will transport visitors poolside. In doing so it will bring to Venice a suggestion of a particular Australian architectural condition. This condition will be augmented and expanded through the use of light, scent, sound, reflection and perspective to create a series of perceptual illusions. Within this designed landscape, a series of Australia’s most remarkable pools will be profiled. Resource, celebration, community, commemoration, leisure and lifeblood, the exhibition content will reach deep within the Australian psyche.


Date Submitted: 27/4/2015

AA tutors, Miraj Ahmed, Shin Egashira and Theo Lorenz, are taking part in Between Thought and Space in Dilston Grove. The old deconsecrated chapel, now a gallery, becomes the site and focal point for various creative practitioners to react to its spaces.

There is a AA Members' Saturday Gallery Talk for the exhibition on May 16th.





Image :Foster Sprague

Date Submitted: 24/4/2015


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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.