From 263 national and international entries, 86 projects have been recognised by the prestigious Civic Trust Awards at a ceremony held at City Hall in Cardiff supported by Cardiff Council.

Casper Mueller Kneer Architects is comprised of Jens Casper, Marianne Mueller and Olaf Kneer. Jens Casper was previously Unit Master at the AA Berlin Laboratory, which his partners  – Marianne Mueller and Olaf Kneer – currently co-direct.

Learn more about the Commendation.

Date Submitted: 11/3/2013

The family of Mark Hayduk and the University of East London Architecture Department invite the AA School Community to a memorial service and celebration of his life on Wednesday 13 March 2013: 

5.00 Mass at St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church 

21A Soho Square

London W1D 4NR

6.00 Reception at the AA School

Lecture Hall, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES

To RSVP for the reception email: c.wade@uel.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 27/2/2013

Architect George Finch died of a heart attack Wednesday 13 February, aged 82. Finch, who graduated from the AA in 1955, designed for an egalitarian postwar London, and his buildings were constantly underlined by a social approach to urbanism. Working at first with London County Council, Finch went on to work extensively with Lambeth Borough Architects Department under Ted Hollamby, creating Lambeth Towers in Kennington and the iconic Brixton Recreation Centre, a well-loved feature of the area, which was recently saved from demolition. His Weston Adventure Playground Southampton, designed in collaboration with his life partner and architect Kate Macintosh, won a RIBA award in 2005. The work that both architects carried out in the 1960s is celebrated in the film Utopia London.

Date Submitted: 25/2/2013

Architecture has always been informed by the movement of ideas and looking outwards. Our towns and cities are testimony to centuries of shifts, changes and advances, but what ideas might shape the next big thing?

Inspired by the 'Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture', the RIBA hosts a season of international exchanges, debates and special events in a quest to re-imagine architecture and celebrate big thinking.

Learn more about the public programme.

Date Submitted: 25/2/2013

Work by WORKSHOP Architecture, the design+make studio led by AA Year Out students Clementine Blakemore and Alexander Furunes, is currently on display at the British Council in Delhi.

'Building Community' features the studio's two previous projects (in India and the Philippines), as well as research for their upcoming project, carried out as part of a two week Visiting School the studio led in Delhi. The exhibition will be transferring to the Front Member's Room as part of the AA's Exhibitions program in November 2013. 

Date Submitted: 22/2/2013

Vote for the project in two categories:

1. Student Design/Build projects 
2. Architecture+Collaboration 

Date Submitted: 20/2/2013

The Conference will be held from 21–23 February at the Building Centre, London 

For more information, visit the conference website.

Find out more about the team, Knitectonics.

Date Submitted: 20/2/2013

Elif Erdine (DRL'06, current PhD in Design, DLAB Programme Director), Alexandros Kallegias (DRL'11, DLAB tutor) and Daghan Cam (DRL'12, DLAB tutor) will showcase the final prototype of AA DLAB 2012, Fallen Star, during Kinetica Art Fair 2013 in London

27 February – 3 March, in London

For more information, visit the Kinetica Art Fair website

Date Submitted: 20/2/2013


A 'manifesto' for the curious architect/designer/artist in search of depth, but in love with plenty, in the saturated world of the 21st Century.

In a world where grazing is the norm, in which the bitesize is the ideal that conflates ease of consumption with value, where yoghurts are increased in sales price by being reduced in size and packaged like medicines, downed in one gulp; in a world where choice is a democratic obligation that obliterates enjoyment, forced on consumers through the constant tasting, buying and trying of ever more gadgets; a world in which thoughts, concepts -entire lives- are fragmented into the instantaneous nothings of tweets and profile updates; it is in this world, where students of architecture graze Dezeen dot com and ArchDaily, hoovering up images in random succession with no method of differentiation or judgement, where architects -like everyone else- follow the dictum ‘what does not fit on the screen, won’t be seen’, where attentions rarely span longer than a minute, and architectural theory online has found the same formula as Danone’s Actimel (concepts downed in one gulp, delivered in no longer than 300 words!), conflating relevance with ease of consumption; it is in this world of exponentially multiplying inputs that we find ourselves looking at our work and asking ‘what is theory, and what is practice?’, and finding that whilst we yearn for the Modernist certainties of a body of work, of a lifelong ‘project’ in the context of a broader epoch-long ‘shared project’ on the one hand, and the ideas against which these projects can be critically tested on the other; we are actually embedded in an era in which any such oppositions, any such certainties have collapsed, and in which it is our duty –without nostalgia, but with bright eyes and bushy tails untainted by irony- to look for new relationships that can generate meaning, in a substantial manner, over the course of a professional life. This film is a short section through this process from May 2012.

Date Submitted: 18/2/2013

AA Life Member George Unwin died suddenly but not unexpectedly on 17th January 2013 in Papworth Hospital, Cambridgeshire, at the age of 91.

He began his architectural training in Liverpool, but his studies were interrupted when he joined the Navy in 1941 as a volunteer. After the war he completed his studies at the AA in London graduating in 1950 and went to work in Coventry for WS Hattrell. He was made a partner in the firm in 1961 and set up their Manchester office, where he worked until his retirement. He leaves a legacy of many fine, well made public buildings.

Date Submitted: 15/2/2013

Excerpt from AJ:

"The Sustainable Environmental Design (SED) unit at the Architectural Association has a focus on the relationship between buildings and the urban environments which they form and occupy.

With projects located in 14 different countries the student schemes combine new developments with proposals for refurbishment of buildings, as well as outdoor spaces, engaging in architectural research through issues of environmental design. The projects encompass a wide range of contexts that include both extreme climates and high levels of energy consumption."

To read the full article please follow visit the AJ link

Date Submitted: 15/2/2013

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


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