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‘Edward James in Mexico’ Symposium


Edward James in Mexico: History, Context, Legacy One-day Symposium – The Old Library, Saturday 24 October 2015, 9.30am-5pm. This event will consider the impact of Mexico upon the life and work of West Dean College founder, Edward James, from his earliest visits to the country in 1944, until his death forty years later. Papers from a variety of guest speakers will address a range of subjects, including the creation and impact of ‘Las Pozas’, Xilitla, to James’s enduring friendships with other artists associated with Mexico, such as Leonora Carrington. The event will also consider activities preceding James’s presence in Mexico, proposing precursors and associations for his later work. A unique publication relating to the theme of the event will be launched after the symposium.

Date Submitted: 6/10/2015

The Real Estate Architecture Laboratory (REAL) is a charitable foundation for alternative forms of development, property and ownership. It was founded and is directed by Jack Self (AADipl 2014) and Shumi Bose (AAHTS). REAL's most recent project is to launch a bi-monthly, independent magazine about architecture called the Real Review.

Date Submitted: 1/10/2015

Zaha Hadid becomes the the 9th AA graduate and first woman to win the Gold Medal on her own, (AA Graduate Patty Hopkins was joint recipient with her husband in 1963). 

BBC News article

AA Gold Medal Recipients

Photo: Zaha at AA by Liam Denhamer 

Date Submitted: 24/9/2015

The 2015 COAM First Prize has been awarded to the headquarters of the FUNDACIÓN FRANCISCO GINER DE LOS RIOS, by Cristina Diaz Moreno and Efren Garcia Grinda (AMID.cero9) The jury has valued the exemplary character of the proposal in its ability to contribute to the dissemination of the values of architecture in society, the multidisciplinary nature of it, its ability to qualify the urban context, its innovative approach and its development within the framework of one of the architectural best practices. The jury has appreciated its excellent implantation in the urban context, managing a successful and adequate scale and integration of the building in the existing urban fabric through a new fragmentation and also the formal aesthetics of its façade and the innovative abstract character that gives to the building. All of the above made this project deserve the first prize COAM 2015 unanimously by the jury.;

Date Submitted: 24/9/2015

This summer My Hotels Group, in partnership with designjunction, challenged students and recent graduates at the AA School to design a bespoke tea box for the 34 newly refurbished double rooms at My Bloomsbury.

The brief asked participants to draw inspiration from the hotel’s serene and contemporary design, along with the popular Bloomsbury location, well known in art and literature. More than 50 entries were submitted, from which the judges shortlisted the three on show by:

Sandy Lee (AA Dipl 2015)
Frederique Pararskevas (AA 5th Year)
Camilla Tufte Sand (AA 5th Year) 

The winner will be announced during designjunction 2015. The competition panel was made up of: Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture Design Fashion at the British Council, Johnny Tucker, editor of Blueprint magazine, and Andreas Thrasyvoulou, owner of My Hotels Group and graduate of the Architectural Association.

AA Students receive 50% off entrance to the designjunctionfestival - please show your AA card on entry.

Image: MyHotel exhibition space at designjunction, courtesy of Sundip Mace

Date Submitted: 24/9/2015

Glen Stellmacher (AA MArch Design and Make 2014) along with Coby Vardy and ARUP Seattle have won a joint first prize for the Treehousing International Wood Design Competition sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 

Their winning entry, Nkosi Market, capitalized on the use of local wood products to form an expansive covered public market at ground level, along with a 21 storey residential tower made of acetylated pine and CLT. The project realizes a design approach that holistically addresses the potentials of forestry, materiality, and architectural space.

Date Submitted: 21/9/2015

Beton Machine, AAVS Las Pozas exhibiting at the V&A for Mexican National Day celebrating Design made in Mexico. Directors Umberto Bellardi Ricci and Carlos Matos  

Date Submitted: 16/9/2015

Beton Machine Family of Forms’ pieces produced at this year's AAVS Las Pozas jungle workshop will be showcased at Iniciativa Curatorial MARSO in Mexico City, opening Friday 18 September 2015.  

Date Submitted: 16/9/2015

Blake Jackson, a 2009 graduate of the Sustainable Environmental Design graduate school programme was included in US trade magazine Building Design & Construction's 'Forty under 40' Class of 2015.

Given to 'the emerging superstars of the AEC industry', Jackson currently works for Tsoi / Kobus & Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Image: The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (no relation) by Tsoi / Kobus & Associates. Photo by to Robert Benson Photography (see page U40 13)


Date Submitted: 14/9/2015

Sabrina Puddu (AA H&U MA 2008), Paolo Pisano (AA 3rd Year student) and Francesco Zuddas (AA H&U MA 2008) have won the first prize in the Think-Space competition with the project “Grand Hotel Beaux-Arts”. This year’s edition of the conceptual architectural-urban design competition asked for reflections on urban public space in the European context.

Their winning entry took the case of Cagliari (Sardinia) as an example of mid-sized city where a large number of increasingly educated young people struggles to get access to affordable housing, job opportunities, and the possibility of starting a family. By proposing to re-inhabit a number of recently vacated public institutional buildings from the 19th and early 20th century such as prisons, universities and hospitals, the project suggests the need to rethink the public relevance of housing and with it the role of the State for its provision, while at the same time saving those buildings from re-use proposals as museums catered for tourists.

Date Submitted: 14/9/2015

Elif Erdine (Studio Tutor / AA EmTech Graduate Design Programme, Programme Director / AA Istanbul Visiting School and AA Summer DLAB) will present her paper, titled "Tower Revisited: Simultaneous Integration Of Tower Subsystems During Conceptual Design Phase" in eCAADe 2015. The conference theme is Real Time: Extending the Reach of Computation. Hosted by TU Wien, Vienna, the conference will take place during 16 – 18 September 2015.

Date Submitted: 9/9/2015

Alexandros Kallegias (Programme Director / AA Athens and AA Greece Visiting Schools, AA Summer DLAB) and Elif Erdine (Studio Tutor / AA EmTech Graduate Design Programme, Programme Director / AA Istanbul Visiting School and AA Summer DLAB) present their paper, titled “Design By Nature: Concrete Infiltrations” in eCAADe 2015. The conference theme is Real Time: Extending the Reach of Computation. Hosted by TU Wien, Vienna, the conference will take place during 16 – 18 September 2015.

Date Submitted: 9/9/2015

The City Academy Awards 2015, a design competition for architects & students under 30 in Bulgaria. 

Dimitar entered with a project from his 2nd year (The Slope City of Nested Ecologies) when he was in Intermediate Unit 10 with Claudia Pasquero & Marco Poletto.

Date Submitted: 8/9/2015

Aesthetics, academia and architecture: inside the cool, considered world of AA Print Studio

Words - Emily Gosling

Photography - Joshua Osborne

Date Submitted: 13/8/2015

15 August 2015 – 19 September 2015, 10:00

Architecture, Making and Place presents student-designed architectural works from Hooke Park, a 150-hectare ancient woodland located six miles North-East of Bridport and owned since 2002 by Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA).

The site contains an educational campus dedicated to developing sustainable rural architectures and innovative applications of timber. Students use the workshops and woodland as a site for their learning, research, designing and constructing.

The premise of the projects is that architecture is best learned through engagement in its making, material and place, whilst considering the wider community of West Dorset’s rich craft tradition.

The exhibition presents the activities of Hooke Park through photographs, drawings, models, video works and full-scale prototype components of live architectural projects.

Date Submitted: 13/8/2015


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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.