Very sadly we have learnt that Mark Hayduk, who studied at the AA under Peter Salter graduating in 1991, died last week after a short illness at the age of 53. Mark was Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader at the University of East London’s School of Architecture where he led the celebrated Diploma Unit 3. A service and reception will be held in the New Year.

A service will be held on Wednesday 13 March 2013, followed by a reception at the AA. For more information please contact alex@aaschool.ac.uk.

Date Submitted: 14/2/2013

The scholarship aims to support applicants in their personal, professional and academic development within the architectural field by providing them with an opportunity to undergo a period of imaginative and original research and travel.

In 2013, one scholarship worth £5,000 is available to individuals or groups of students and graduates for a period of international travel (which can also tie in with a period of international work experience). Applications for funding international travel associated with architecture-related work in non-governmental organisations or as part of broader research at postgraduate level (namely towards Masters or PhD/MPhil programmes) are also welcome.

The scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Boyd Auger, following a generous donation from his widow, Mrs Margot Auger. Since then, it has funded eight architecture students and graduates to travel outside the United Kingdom to work or conduct research on topics and in locations of their choice.

The deadline to apply is Monday 3 June 2013. For more information, visit www.architecture.com/studentfunding 

Students should contact Hayley Russell (hayley.Russell@riba.org or 020 7307 3678) for help with their applications.

Date Submitted: 13/2/2013

Read the full article in Urbanista

Image: Urbanista

Date Submitted: 6/2/2013

Round circles, props and edges is a collection of new works by Fowler, which explores the relationship between visual artwork and space and directly responds to the RIBA award-winning architecture of the Siobhan Davies Studios, designed by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. 

Siobhan Davies Studios, London SE1
18 January – 24 March 2013
Admission free

For more information: www.siobhandavies.com/lilahfowler

Date Submitted: 23/1/2013
Date Submitted: 22/1/2013

The project will host the Museum and Libraries Council of the Chilean Government. Alan Chandler (AA Diploma 1996) from Arts Lettres Techniques served as conservation consultant. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Competition Winner

For more information, visit plataformaarquitectura.cl

Date Submitted: 11/12/2012

Benjamin Reynolds

The competition, organised by the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan, asked participants to investigate the concept of orientation and its relationship to ecological issues through the form of a proposal. Reynolds' work explores the physical organisation and thermal behaviour of a gigantic datacentre located in Palm Springs, California.

For more information, visit his project page: http://competition.ntutarch.com/2012Awards.html

Date Submitted: 5/12/2012

Walton Pretty Please copyright smg

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The project "Pretty Please Nightclub" located in St Kilda, Melbourne with the practice "Travis Walton Architecture" was shorlisted from over 2000 entries in the "Best Interior design catergory for Bars and Restaurants".

The project has also received a commendation at the Australian Interior Design Awards 2012 and won the 2012 Australian "Eat-Drink-Design Award" for best bar.

Date Submitted: 3/12/2012

Douglas Spencer (tutor in the AA’s graduate school programmes in Landscape Urbanism and History and Critical Thinking) was conferred his Doctorate in Architectural History and Theory at the University of Westminster on 26 November 2012.

Examined by Anthony Vidler and Matthew Charles, his thesis, ‘Smooth Operators: Architectural Deleuzism in Societies of Control’, is a critique of the role of contemporary architecture in shaping social subjects through and for new modes of governmentality, whilst claiming a progressive and liberatory character to its projects through its appropriations of Deleuze, complexity theory and the ‘new materialism’.

Date Submitted: 27/11/2012

The Biennale will take place at the Benaki Museum in Athens, 22 November 2012–13 January 2013.

For more information, visit the Biennale website. 


Date Submitted: 21/11/2012

AA Milan: CyberGardening the City directed by Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto has been recently featured in DOMUS
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Date Submitted: 20/11/2012

Alex Warnock-Smith (AA H&U Course Master) delivers talk entitled 'Mobilising the Metropolis: new approaches for fighting corruption in the context of rapid urbanisation' at the International Anti-Corruption Conference in Brasilia 09/11/2012, with Transparency International, UN Habitat, Avina and others.

Date Submitted: 20/11/2012

The AA School alumnus used digital design techniques such as computer-controlled (CNC) routing and laser-cutting to create Unlimited Edition – a system of bent-plywood modules that combine to form objects and environments including a chair and pavilion.

In a recent feature on Dezeen, Lek addressed how the project responds to the exhibition's theme of 'thrift': “I wanted to create the shapes from a single cut of the CNC router, in order to minimise costly machining time,” he told the magazine.

Watch the film of Unlimited Edition

Designers in Residence at the Design Museum runs until 13 January, 2013. Find out more.

Date Submitted: 20/11/2012

Darrick Borowski presented Edible Infrastructures: Cities, Farms & Algorithms, an investigation into the generative potential of food systems in the design of future cities. The research employs mathematical modeling and simulation to challenge the traditional methodologies of the urban designer and the meaning of authorship in the design process.

Andy Van Mater's talk, Complexity Through No Fault Of Our Own addressed the means and methods of city creation through examples of scripted works in the field of urban design.

The symposium was organised to discuss and debate the future of urban design education and practice in a rapidly urbanising world. Videos of the lectures will be available on the Washington University website.

Thom Mayne delivered the keynote lecture, which included work from his recently published book Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form

Date Submitted: 14/11/2012

The new Institute will unite advanced computational research and innovative practices from across the world, seizing the historical opportunities of current surging waves of construction and rapid urban development in greater China region.

Date Submitted: 12/11/2012


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