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The AA will be visiting Abu Dhabi and Doha in February and March 2016, in collaboration with the London Universities International Partnership, ‘Building a Smart City’ showcase.

If you are interested in studying at the AA School, this will be a great opportunity to meet us, discuss the courses available and find out how to apply.

The River Thames Installation, which will be a highlight of the event, has been created by Omid Kamvari, a graduate of the AA Emergent Technologies and Design programme. Omid has been nominated for the Middle East young architect of the year award. 

The events are taking place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 28th February 2016 and Doha on Wednesday 2nd March 2016. For full details, please visit the LUIP website:

There is no need to register, just come along with your parents and friends. We hope to see you there! 

Date Submitted: 15/2/2016

One of the legendary juries of 1970 was conducted in a small flat near the TUC building, where Peter Cave demonstrated a working prototype of what he termed ‘Aquapad 1′: “consisting of an inflated mattress, a folding enclosure with its frame, a few water valves and some electrical apparatus. By means of simply moving about on the mattress, the user can control two different types of water spray, a fresh air supply, a light and the inflating mechanism for the mattress itself.”

For more information and photos visit the AA's Collections Blog 

Date Submitted: 10/2/2016

The AA is contributing to an EPSRC funded research on Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing (Aerial ABM). The research will develop an aerial robotic construction system that enables aerial robots to 3D print building structures autonomously. Additive Building Manufacturing (ABM), is already being trialled in many parts of the world by the construction industry. It involves the use of large robots on a building site that extrude building materials to construct buildings, similar to a 3D printer. This process has the advantage of reducing construction times, material and transport costs and easing traffic and environmental impacts. These technologies also have the potential to improve safety in the building industry. According to the International Labour Organisation, at least 60,000 people are killed every year on construction sites - around one death every 10 minutes. However, current approaches to ABM are all ground-based, only operating in easily accessible locations, where their ability to adapt to diverse site conditions are limited. The research team aims to miniaturise ABM and provide it with aerial capabilities so that it can be more mobile, able to manufacture complex building structures and adapt to diverse site scenarios. This miniaturisation will also enable parallel production, where swarms of aerial printers working together could potentially reduce construction times. The aerial robots would be able to fly above difficult ground conditions and land at a construction site where they could work together to construct a building from scratch. The research will enable safer construction in hard-to access and dangerous conditions often faced in construction work at-height and post-disaster reconstruction.
The AA will collaborate with UCL’s Computer Science Department where the AA’s Robert Stuart-Smith is a co-investigator on the research. Imperial College’s Director of the Aerial Robotics Lab, Dr Mirko Kovac is Principle Investigator. The multi-million pound grant involves researchers from a number of institutions including Imperial College London, the University of Bath, University College London and the Architectural Association School of Architecture. Industrial partners on the projects are leaders in construction, robotics and 3d printing and include the BRE Trust, Buro Happold, Cementation Skanska, Dyson Limited and Ultimaker BV. A podcast announcement on Imperial College’s website provides further information here.

Image Credits:
AADRL Studio Robert Stuart-Smith has been exploring the potential for an aerial swarm printed architecture
Architectural Association School of Architecture
Students: Liu Xiao, Sasila Krishnasreni, Duo Chen, Yiqiang Chen.
Supervisor: Robert Stuart-Smith. Technical consultants: Tyson Hosmer, Manos Matsis

Date Submitted: 8/2/2016

WINNER: Natalie Ow and Kien Pham


WINNER:  Paul Loh, David Leggett and Amanda Ngieng

The AA is pleased to announce two winning teams for the design ideas competition for Wakeford Hall, to be designed and built in the heart of the AA’s Hooke Park, in Dorset. 

The jury convened on Friday 29th January selected entries by Natalie Ow and Kien Pham, and by Paul Loh, David Leggett and Amanda Ngieng as the winners, and two further entries, by Joanna Gondek and by John Ng for design commendation. The AA would like to thank all entrants for their hard work, thoughtful entries, and inspiring ideas – all of which, in their own ways, will contribute to the growing culture of experimentation and innovation already underway at Hooke Park. 

Full announcement (PDF)

See all the winning entrants' submission panels

Date Submitted: 3/2/2016

AA graduate and director of MArch-MSc Landscape Urbanism Eduardo Rico and Enriqueta Llabres, director of Relational Urbanism, win the competition for landscape design of Play Park design in Ballyfermot, Dublin. The design managed to combine skate park areas with a wide range of leisure activities in a coherent spatial whole made out of interlocking topographies and low level grassed buffers. The design was carried out after a phase of interactive design workshops, where general members of the public were invited to use a physical model toolkit to define the skate park they wanted. The models were then captured digitally and further incorporated into the overall plan. The work with these tools was part of a process of incorporating feedback from local groups which was praised by different members of the jury.

The Play Park Project is being funded by The Matheson Foundation in partnership with Dublin City Council, and is being delivered by Irish Architecture Foundation.

Project Credentials:

Lead Designers:
Enriqueta Llabres
Eduardo Rico

Coding Direction: Immanuel Koh
Project Leader: Giulio Dini
Landscape Architects: Lida Driva, Dimitra Bra, Israel Luna Mino
Rendering: Virtual Polygon
Cost Consultant: Arcadis

Date Submitted: 3/2/2016

ReThink, Balmond Studio competition.

See things differently? Show Balmond Studio your idea. Enter their Re-think competition and your work could be showcased on TiP, Balmond Studio’s influential online ideas lab. The winner will also receive a  £100 iTunes voucher and enjoy a private call with Cecil Balmond himself, one of the world’s leading thinkers on space form and structure.

What is a Re-think?
Anything with an original idea at its core is a Re-think. To put it simply – a piece of work that challenges the norm. Something that pushes the boundaries, creating an alternate way of thinking.

What work can I enter?
There really are an infinite number of possibilities. Your entry could be a standout design project, architecture research, a pioneering artistic expression, a unique mathematical observation…the list goes on.

What format do I need to submit?
Submissions can be in any format – from a photo essay, written report or animation, to renders, audio files, interviews, essays or documentaries.

Click here to find out more.

Date Submitted: 19/1/2016

Jae Seung David Koo (Current 4th Year Student) and Ahmad Altahhan (Former AA Student) were commissioned to design a table display for the launch of the premier 15/16 collection Opus Magnum by the London Footwear Designer, Karina IK at Grace Belgravia, London. 

The Design; as a collection of tables, through its curves, works to break the symmetry of the room. Yet, are presented as individual displays that as singular objects, work to compliment the bespoke designs of the Footwear. Each Table, as a singular, works its own feminine personality and form, reflecting the identity of the Footwear. The singular tables, cut with different angles, are elevated on a collection of slender columns, which allows the collection of tables to appear elevated on a field of slender columns which contributes to the elegance of the Footwear.



Date Submitted: 18/1/2016

AA 3rd Year Ali El-hashimi will be leading a workshop alongside 2 other artists about drawing at the British Museum in collaboration with The Bridget Riley Foundation. A programme which was set up to not only promote drawing but to let university students discover the Museum's drawing collection. He will also talk about his film drawing series project and how drawing is important to the project to better understand the relationship between film and architecture.

Date Submitted: 13/1/2016

Rome 20-25 New Life Cycle for the Metropolis
19 December 2015 - 17 January 2016
Gianferrari Hall, Maxxi Museo Nazionale d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome

The international workshop ROMA 20-25, a collaboration of 25 international universities, the Metropolitan Government of Roma Capitale and MAXXI, has studied and analysed the contemporary dimensions of the Italian capital over the last year. The results of this workshop is a series are debated and exhibited at MAXXI from December 19 to January 17.

The AA Territories project proposes to integrate some of the key compounds that are shaping public and intellectual life at the margins of the newly established Roma Capitale. These are elements of non-local networks, and they tend to relate to other compounds and closed-off areas by relay: at a distance. It articulates these compounds by positioning at their edge, in between different environments, new sites for the public debate of what a European capital might become. These are new spaces where non-territorial entities of European concern are debated publicly. They range from spaces for debate on action to be undertaken for establishing resilient plans for adaptation to climate change, to European centres for re-thinking notions of citizenship, and centres for the monitoring of the environment.


Compounds, enclaves, precincts, enclosures, zones, specialised areas: what used to be at the margins, at the outset of the city, seems today to have taken centre-stage. The organisation of the contemporary city is an amalgamation of divergent transformative processes, directed by distant and often concurrent goals, where the figures of cohabitation and long-term formation and cohesion of the city are undone and recombined. They shape a city of exclusions, boundaries, juxtapositions, expert knowledge circuits and divergent populations.

Roma 20-25
Relaying Compounds – AA Territories Think Tank

Team: Stavros Papavassiliou, Maria Radjenovic, Eleni Tzavellou Gavalla, Graham Smith, Tom Fox, John Palmesino, Ann-Sofi Rönnskog

Image: INFN Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare,National laboratories compound, Frascati  

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Date Submitted: 16/12/2015

AA graduate Tommy Hui has won the Japan Wired Creative Hack Award 2015 for his work entitled:
Bubble Membrane Painting Machine.

You can view the work here:

Date Submitted: 9/12/2015

Two weeks ago Juha Kääpä donated a wonderful collection of his drawings, including a full set of original designs from his 1982/83 project for an embassy building for Sony Corporation on Hampstead Heath, London. The project was undertaken whilst studying in AA Diploma 5, under tutor Mike Gold.

Read more on the Collections Blog

Date Submitted: 7/12/2015

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:

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


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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.