AA 5th Year Sho Ito is exhibiting his 4th year project - The New Westminster Model: The Shift of Political Power - at Japanese Junction, an annual exhibition organised by Nikken Sekkei in Tokyo, Japan. 

The exhibition invites Japanese students studying overseas, to showcase their university work to create a platform within Japan for architectural discussion on the ever increasing formats of architectural education, architectural style, representation, conceptual framework and their working process. 

When the exhibition was first set up in 2010, the ambition was to influence Japan-educated architectural students about alternative possibilities of thinking and executing architectural ideas outside their knowledge and familiarity. This was motivated by the situation in Japan where the number of students who studied abroad was declining, and the language barrier was limiting people's access to the studio projects produced at institutions in different countries.

In this year's exhibition there will be a total of 13 students from the USA, Europe, UK, and Japan, all with varying ideas, concepts and methods of representation.

There will be a presentation and critique by a panel of architects which will create an additional conversation between local and overseas students to discuss the state of architecture and understand the various modes by which it is communicated. 

For more information visit: http://japanesejunction.jp/

Date Submitted: 3/12/2015

The following segments focus on Hooke Park:
1:47 - 6.34
31:00 - 35:45
54:00 - 58:30
The episode is available to view online until the 22nd December 2015.

Hooke Park is the Architectural Association’s woodland site in Dorset, southwest England. The 150-hectare working forest is owned and operated by the AA and contains a growing educational facility for design, workshop, construction and landscape-focused activities.  Underlying these activities is the opportunity to develop new rural architectures and an ethic of material self-sufficiency.

Visit the Hooke Park Microsite

Image by: Valerie Bennett

Date Submitted: 25/11/2015
Date Submitted: 13/11/2015
John Palmesino (AA Diploma 4 Unit Master,) to lecture at the CCA Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Quebec,  Thursday 5 November 2015 at 6PM.
The lecture is in the ambit of the exhibition Another Architect, which includes the work Solid Sea, by multiplicity. Multiplicity is a research network co-founded by John Palmesino and others.
John Palmesino will speak on Thursday, in the context of the exhibition The Other Architect.

"A new intensification is reshaping the surface and the cycles of the Earth: the Anthropocene marks an exit from modern forms of territorial organization of humanity. Remote sensing and technologies of measuring and surveying are used to enter into the multiple oscillations and reverberations that the Anthropocene lays out, with new territories cutting through pre-established ones, often in a violent way."
–John Palmesino

John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog are the founders of Territorial Agency, an independent organization that combines architecture, analysis, advocacy and action for integrated spatial transformation of contemporary territories.

Date Submitted: 4/11/2015

The talk is on the 18th on November


The Exhibition is from 11th-26th November.


Image: Kamvari Architects, D3 Housing 2012, Tehran, Iran

Date Submitted: 3/11/2015

Takero Shimazaki's practise t-sa's renovation of the Curzon Renoir cinema was reviewed by Vicky Richardson, head of ADF at the British Council and AA Council Member, for Architecture Today. The magazine is available to read online and the feature can be found on pages 40-49.


Image: Hélène Binet


Date Submitted: 30/10/2015


Date Submitted: 20/10/2015

Work by Canales&Lombardero (Nuria Alvarez Lombardero, Francisco Gonzalez de Canales, Inter 8 Unit Masters) exhibited from the 3rd of october to the 20th november at Arquiteturas Dispostas, in Mostra Espanha, Evora. The exhibition, curated by MedioMundo, shows a selection of works from Spanish and Portuguese architectural practices which develop a contemporary interest in material experimentation. In relation to this exhibition, Canales&Lombardero were also invited to present their work at the Foum Eugenio Almeida, on the 8th of October.


Date Submitted: 19/10/2015

Burntwood School, a large comprehensive girls’ school in Wandsworth, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) the practise of  AA Foundation Trustee and Former AA Vice President Simon Allford was awarded the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 for the UK’s best new building on 15 October. 

AHMM’s transformation of Burntwood School reimagines a 1950’s modernist secondary school campus for 2000 girls and 200 staff. The architects created six new faculty buildings and two large cultural buildings linking original buildings by renowned 1950s/1960s architect Sir Leslie Martin. Every building is full of light and air with double height spaces at the end of each corridor to increase natural daylight and create well-framed views. It offers a range of teaching spaces from conventional classrooms to interactive open spaces. Already a very sculptural building, AHMM worked closely with an artist to use large, colourful murals throughout the buildings – cleverly combining signposting with modern art.



Image: Burntwood School by Rob Parrish

Date Submitted: 19/10/2015

Private view on Friday 6th November 5.30 to 7.30pm

Reception Venue: The Andrew Wiles Building, Mathematical Institute, Woodstock Road, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6GG.

Speeches 6.00pm


Date Submitted: 19/10/2015
Date Submitted: 19/10/2015

Vital Networks: Extending the Agency of Return Migrant Health Workers

"Migrant health workers will keep channeling valuable knowledge into OECD countries and capital into their home communities. But is there an alternative - a way for migrant health workers to also service their own communities without stopping flows of money? We aimed to design a scheme that worked within the realities of international health worker migration, while taking advantage of emerging opportunities presented by new technologies.

Vital is a global network of telemedicine that transforms return migrant health workers into conduits of health knowledge and money. It is a social enterprise, a software package, and a management system. The software package is composed of two applications - one for patients and one for providers. It includes a secure communications interface, a live appointment calendar, and encrypted email, for transferring referrals, prescriptions and test-results.

Vital allows migrant health workers to return home, yet still work within the health system of their host country. In effect, return health workers can be in two places at once - serving their own communities and still supporting their families. In this way, Vital works within the realities of migration. It is an innovation - for entrepreneurship, development, and global health. The Vital scheme is designed to be customizable. Our proposal includes a case-study of how Vital would work in the specific context of international health worker migration between Nigeria and the United States (US)."

Nathan Su was part of a team of 4 (with 3 other Anthropology students from the London School of Economics and Political Science) that were runners up in the ‘Geneva Challenge’ an international development competition run by the ‘Graduate Institute’ in Geneva.

The competition is supported by Kofi Annan (ex-secretary general of the United Nations).

Competition Website: http://graduateinstitute.ch/TheGenevaChallenge2015

Details about the finalists: http://graduateinstitute.ch/home/relations-publiques/the-geneva-challenge-2015/2015-finalists.html

Date Submitted: 15/10/2015

Launch event for 'Punk In The Suburbs'


Sam Dargan/Geraint Evans/Tom Helyar-Cardwell/Esther Planas/Joey Ryken/Emma Talbot

Delta House Studios, Riverside Road, SW17 0BA Private View Thursday 15th October, 5.30pm - 8pm Exhibition runs 16th October - 30th November

The exhibition is made up of allegories regarding suburban sub-cultural tropes - from band-patch denim vests (Tom Helyar-Cardwell); to the quasi-temporary-autonomous- zone of the backyard shed (Geraint Evans); to the globally aggregated video cultures of suburban YouTubers (Joey Ryken); with collections of feminist punk zines.

Co-curated by Joey Ryken and Zoe Mendelson

Nearest tube: Wimbledon Park

Date Submitted: 14/10/2015

The great German photographer Hilla Becher died on 10 October 2015. Working alongside her husband Bernd, the couple – long referred to by the collective moniker 'The Bechers' – transformed not only the way buildings could be photographed, but also the ascribed values attached to those buildings.

To read an engaging biographical conversation between Hilla and AA Files editor Thomas Weaver, recorded and published in 2013, please follow the link below.  



Date Submitted: 14/10/2015
John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog / Territorial Agency, AA Unit Masters at Dip 4, present their work at the Transformation Marathon, Serpentine Galleries, the tenth in the Serpentine’s annual festival of ideas.

On stage: 10am-10pm, Saturday 17 October, Serpentine Sackler Gallery and live-streamed via YouTube.

On air: Midnight-noon, Sunday 18 October, Serpentine Radio at radio.serpentinegalleries.org

Celebrating its tenth anniversary since the inaugural 2006 Interview Marathon, this year’s Transformation Marathon addresses cultural, political and physical shifts, asking how significant change can be achieved today. Returning to its 24-hour format of 2006, the second half of the Transformation Marathon takes place on the first-ever broadcast of Serpentine Radio, accessible online from 12am (midnight) on Sunday 18 October.
Date Submitted: 13/10/2015


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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 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.