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AA Visiting School Bolivia tutors Sabrina Morreale and Lorenzo Perri have been shortlisted for the Future Architecture Fair 2020 by the Future Architecture Platform. They will be presenting research work developed by their creative practice Lemonot during several years running the El Alto visiting school.

This year’s El Alto Visiting School is titled ‘Portable Cholets’, and will intertwine film-making with architecture, inspired by Freddy Mamani’s vivid cholets to create performative pieces of wearable architecture.

Date Submitted: 14/2/2020

Current AA student and curator of the AA Exhibition ‘In Pursuit of Images’, Moad Musbahi was interviewed in TANK magazine discussing the exhibition and its accompanying symposium on Friday 14 February. The exhibition will be on show in the AA Gallery until Friday 21 February and the programme is curated by Ana Maria Nicolaescu and Moad Musbahi.

The exhibition is centred on the work of German filmmaker Harun Farocki, with a variety of artists and performers responding to his work around the production of images.

Date Submitted: 13/2/2020

The work of the AA Residence Wood Lab, based at Hooke Park, has been recently highlighted in an article in The Architect’s Newspaper. The Wood Lab seeks to educate architects in the sustainable use of timber for building projects and other research capacities.

Zachary Mollica, Warden at Hooke Park, highlighted the importance of the Lab for the development of sustainable practice: ‘as architects grapple with the need to reduce the negative environmental impact of making buildings, there is no better moment for the AA to further take a leading position in the use of timber within the built environment.’

The Wood Lab was made possible thanks to the generous support of John Makepeace, who as director of Parnham College founded the Hooke Park campus.

Date Submitted: 13/2/2020

Neiheiser Argyros, a design practice lead by AA tutors Ryan Neiheiser and Xristina Argyros, have curated an exhibition titled The School of Athens at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece. The show was first exhibited at the Greek Pavilion of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, and has been expanded with contributions from current AA students and students from the National Technical University of Athens.

The exhibition investigates the ‘academic commons’, informal spaces of education and learning that range from the agora of classical antiquity, medieval courtyards and the communal circulation spaces of 20th century universities. The exhibition includes 1:200 scale physical models of seventy different academic common spaces from across history and around the world, both realised and unrealised. The show opens 8pm, Wednesday 19 February, and runs until Sunday 17 May at the Benaki Museum in Athens.

Xristina Argyros and Ryan Neiheiser are tutors for Experimental 15 City / Hall 

Find out more about Neiheiser Argyros

Date Submitted: 12/2/2020

Mcmullan studio, founded by AA Diploma graduate Andrew Mcmullan has been declared joint winner of the Europan 15 competition to design a masterplan for the Austrian City of Innsbruck. The Mcmullan proposal, entitled ‘Healthy City’ focused on ensuring the health and happiness of the inhabitants of the city in part through redevelopment of a waterfront market hall.

Europan is the world’s largest biennial design competition for young designers. The competition is open to multidisciplinary teams based in Europe and under 40 years of age. Europan 15, the latest Europan competition, sought proposals for 47 urban sites across 12 countries and received more than 1,240 entries.

Date Submitted: 12/2/2020

Hamed Khosravi, tutor of Fluid Territories: The North Sea (Diploma 7) and Projective Cities, is one of the authors of the new Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture. The 21st edition is edited by Murray Fraser and is published in two volumes book by Bloomsbury in collaboration with RIBA. AA Alumni Paul Walker and Peter Blundell Jones also contributed chapters on Western Europe and the Pacific.

The significance of the project lies in the efforts made to decentre the narrative of architectural history and to highlight the contribution of non-European architectures responsible for most of the world’s buildings. It also committed early on to an interdisciplinary approach. Khosravi’s chapter reviews the Iranian architecture in the period 1501-1794, through the lens of specific archetypes that emerged as result of political projects.

Date Submitted: 5/2/2020

Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Helberg, tutors of The Civic Programme (Diploma 2) and co-founders of design studio Space Popular, have curated an exhibition at the RIBA entitled ‘Freestyle: Architectural Adventures in Mass Media’, opening on 26 February. It is the first virtual reality exhibition at the RIBA, exploring key moments in the evolution of architectural styles over the last 500 years.

Lara Lesmes says: “Styles are most easily recognised as patterns, which can translate across mediums, from cutlery to textiles, furniture to buildings. This show explores how style relates to popular culture and technological changes.”

The Exhibition is accompanied by a lecture on Tuesday 17 March entitled ‘From the Printing Press to Pinterest’ which you can now buy tickets for.

Date Submitted: 5/2/2020

Arya Arabshahi, Love Di Marco and Tobias Hentzer Dausgaard founded the collective ‘Critical Practice’ whilst studying together at the AA and have been awarded Future Architecture fellowships for their work. Their interdisciplinary architectural project seeks to explore new modes of architectural practice by transforming the relationship between architects and clients and raising awareness of social and environmental crises. Their project is centred around three key themes: rethinking clients, forms of alliance and affording risk. They organised a series of talks at the AA discussing these ideas, which are available to watch.

Future Architecture is a pan-European consortium that brings together architects, galleries, museums, publishers and curators. ‘Critical Practice’ will be presenting their work at the Creative Exchange conference in Ljubljana on the 12 February.

Date Submitted: 3/2/2020

Diploma Programme Tutor Alvaro Velasco Perez (AAPhD) is curating an exhibition at the University of Navarra in Spain, which reflects on new ways to use archives as a generative source for architecture. Student work from a series of seminars will be included in the exhibition, inspired by material from the archives of University of Navarra and Chillida Leku.

The project was undertaken in collaboration with Philip Christou (London Metropolitan University) and Mincheol Lee (parklee studio, Seoul). The process, Perez says, functions as a mode of translation: ‘As opposed to literal transposition, transliteration, or transcription, translation carries the burden of a meaning being displaced from one language to another.’

The AA is hosting a symposium discussing the role of the architectural archive in May, the call for papers is currently open.

Date Submitted: 29/1/2020

Diploma unit Play for Today: The Performance of Architecture will host an afternoon of performances, ideas and discussion exploring new architectural futures of Birmingham and Eastside Projects. The event will take place on Friday 31 January from 12pm – 4pm and is free to attend.

The event is hosted by Diploma Unit 19

Find out more about the event

David Kohn is a London-based architect and educator. He taught at the Cass School of Architecture between 2003 and 2013, was a visiting professor at KU Leuven from 2014 to 2016 and an External Examiner at the University of Cambridge from 2016 to 2019. His practice is currently working on major projects for the ICA, New College Oxford and Hasselt University.

Bushra Mohamed has worked at David Kohn architects since 2018, where she leads a number of arts, cultural and residential projects. She has previously worked for DRDH, Adam Khan Architects and Assemble, as well as Monadnock Architects in The Netherlands. Bushra has previously taught at Kingston University and the Architectural Drawing Summer School.

Date Submitted: 27/1/2020

The international competition, led by Arquine, called for architects and designers to submit their best proposals for a temporary pavilion to be located within Mexico City during the MEXTRÓPOLI 2020 Architecture and City Festival. With over 290 proposals the jury, which consisted of Tatiana Bilbao, Ruth Estévez, Carlos Facio, Alberto Odériz, Saidee Springall, and Alejandro Tapia, selected Gastronomic Palapa as the winners.

Proposed by Lemonot (Sabrina Morreale AADipl 2016 and Lorenzo Perri AADipl(Hons) 2016) and Federico Fauli AADipl 2017, Gastronomic Palapa addresses how what we eat and how we relate to the food and resources we have today defines a cultural and historical debate. Completely made by Chiles Secos, the triangular-shaped dryer is constructed with a series of wooden arches forming an inverted thatched roof that acts as a communal palapa. 3500 bunches of chillies become the main elements to inform the materiality of the pavilion. They’re attached progressively to each wooden arch, creating a colourful sequence to walk through. The sheltered space communicates to the exuberant Alameda through a series of tables. La Mesa as a medium to connect interior and exterior, providing a fertile ground for spontaneous gatherings. This gastronomic palapa is an architecture to be physically consumed throughout the festival. Mextrópoli is a ludic and reflexive event that heightens the voices of architects, city planners and authorities to generate knowledge about the city that occupants inhabit. 20th-23rd March, Alameda Central, Mexico City

Find out more on the Arquine website and on Bustler  

Date Submitted: 27/1/2020

British curator Beatrice Galilee has launched a new architecture forum that will kick-off as a conference in New York on 25 January, with speakers including AA Director Eva Franch and AA alumnus Shumon Basar (AADipl 2000).

The all-day series of talks, set to take place at the Renzo Piano-designed The Times Center in New York, also includes speakers Elizabeth Diller and Shohei Shigematsu. Also on the roster are Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, MoMA's senior curator of architecture and design Paola Antonelli.

Find out more about The World Around and watch the conference live

Date Submitted: 24/1/2020

The article entitled ‘Why tomorrow’s architecture will use yesterday’s materials’ was featured in the Financial Times on Monday 13 January. The article by Edwin Heathcote visits Rotor’s headquarters in Brussels and interviews Lionel Devlieger and Maarten Gielen, reporting on how Rotor are “fighting waste by helping designers reuse salvaged building components”.

Rotor is a cooperative design practice that investigates the organisation of the material environment. Lionel Devlieger and Maarten Gielen are founding members of Rotor, Aude-Line Duliere is been part of Rotor’s development team. Together with James Westcott, they also run Diploma Unit 18: Salvage: Exploring, Designing and Building with Reused Materials.

Read the full article on the Financial Times

Find out more about Diploma Unit 18

Date Submitted: 23/1/2020

Le Parlement Climatique is organised by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles and will takes place between Friday 24 and Saturday 25 January 2020 at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21, boulevard Morland, 75004 Paris, France.

The event aims to go beyond the ecological consensus, trying to understand the realities behind the passions, and their implications in architecture, in order to better tackle the environmental issues - on different levels - our future is facing. Building on the July 2018 Attica wildfires and the Mati massacre, Platon will present an ongoing research project on the relation between coastal development in Greece, climate injustice and the necropolitics of the social, economic and environmental crisis in the European and the Global South.

Participants: Alessandro Bava and Rebecca Sharp (Ecocore), Holly Jean Buck (UCLA), Nathalie De Noblet-Ducoudré (CEA, GIEC), Platon Issaias (AA), Samaneh Moafi (Forensic Architecture), Jason W. Moore (Binghamton University, World-Ecology Research Network), Léa Mosconi (ENSA-Paris Val de Seine), Grégory Quenet (Université Versailles-Saint Quentin en Yvelines), Philippe Rahm (ENSA-Versailles, Cornell University), Ivonne Santoyo-Orozco (Bard College), Roger Tudó (H arquitectes, ETSAV).

Find out more on the Pavillon de L’Arsenal website

Date Submitted: 23/1/2020

The post-graduate programme at the AA, Landscape Urbanism, exhibited three design theses on the topics of ‘Design and Just Transition to a Decarbonised Economy’, ‘Design, Visualization and the management of Antarctica oceans’ and ‘Design and Rewilding London’. The exhibition includes videos and panels produced by Landscape Urbamism graduate students: Daniel Kiss, Swadheet Chaturvedi, Elena Luciano, Yasmina Yehia, Rafael Martinez, Xian Chen and Deng Lee.

Landscape Urbanism also presented Clara Oloriz (studio master)’s latest book ‘Landscape as Territory’.

Find out more about the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture

Date Submitted: 22/1/2020


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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.