Hamed Khosravi, Unit Master in Diploma Unit Fluid Territories: The North Sea and Projective Cities staff, publishes multiple journals and papers with Humboldt Books, Mousse Publishing, the Journal of Architecture and Culture, and the Journal of Urban Planning.

‘Aesthetics and Politics of Logistics’ edited by Hamed Khosravi, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, and Filippo LaFleur is published by Humboldt Books.

The architecture of logistics is profoundly political. It measures, maps, and modulates the terrain through its projection of power-relations onto the topography. It creates spatial networks that are constituted through the circulation of capital and calibrated to meet the requirements for security and risk management. Such a direct translation of risk factors and economic values into a spatial configuration inevitably produces a territory that is alienated from both the natural topography and forms of labour. The book is an inquiry into the nature of changing paradigms in logistics. It aims to offer a cross-disciplinary platform for an exchange of ideas among artists, architects, historians, philosophers, engineers, and planners. We believe that it is only through cultivating a common imaginary that we will be able to know, resist, and effectively work against and from within the logistical system that shapes our lives, territories, and cities.


‘Tehran’ by Hamed Khosravi and Giovanna Silva is published by Mousse Publishing.

In 2018, Italian photographer Giovanna Silva photographed the streets of Tehran and collected archival documents from the infamous American embassy in the capital of the Islamic Republic. The image-based work is part of a multi-layered narrative that encounters the words of architect, researcher and educator Hamed Khosravi. His contribution to the book is part of an ongoing research on social movements and their relationship with architecture. He traces the historical relevance of writer Maryam Firouz, architect Noureddin Kianouri, and their involvement in the progressive journal Bidari-e Ma (Our Awakening).


The paper ‘Sealand and the Architecture of the Sea: From Counter-Space to Counter-Culture’ by Hamed Khosravi is published in the Journal of Architecture and Culture.

Focusing on the small state of Sealand, a platform built off the English Essex coast to carry anti-aircraft guns during the Second World War, this article posits the North Sea as a particular geopolitical condition based on its status as a “state of exception.” The article formulates its reading by considering the architectural legacy of the pirates, privateers and hackers who have been the principle rulers of the terrain. Their spatial strategies are understood not only in terms of physical constructions that accommodate exceptional functions, but also as a conceptual apparatus that facilitates extraterritorial juridical practices. The spatio-juridical characteristics of the “architecture of the sea” are seen to offer new possibilities for ordering the distribution of goods, capital and information, and for alternative forms of living.


The paper ‘CIAM Goes East: The Inception of Tehran’s Typical Housing Unit’ is published in the Journal of Urban Planning.

The aftermath of WWII not only marked the beginning of a new geopolitical order but also once again brought discourses of architecture and planning back to the frontline of the confrontations between the West and the Soviet blocs. Although the immediate need for post-war reconstruction left almost no time for contextual theoretical development in architectural and planning principles, the “occupied” and “liberated” territories became laboratories in which the new concepts of urban form, domestic architecture, and forms of life were tested. During 1945–1967 Tehran became one these experimental grounds in which these planning principles were tested and implemented; a battleground where the socialist and the capitalist ideologies met. The key to this urban development project was an ideologically charged repercussion of the CIAM (Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne) discourse, specifically on Existenzminimum (1929) and Rationelle Bebauungsweisen (1930). While the CIAM’s agenda had already found its way to Iran through one of its founding members, Gabriel Guevrekian, it became operative through the activities of the Association of Iranian Architects who were in charge of major housing developments in Tehran since 1945. Thus, CIAM guidelines were translated into building codes, regulations, and protocols that had the fundamental role in shaping the Middle East’s first modern metropolis. New housing models were developed and proposed by the Association of Iranian Architects that cut ties with the traditional typologies and proposed a radically new urban form, architecture, and forms of life. This project at large, of course, was not politically neutral. This article reviews the role of two protagonists in introducing and revisiting the CIAM discourse in shaping the post-war neighbourhoods and housing typologies in Tehran.

Date Submitted: 11/10/2019

AA alumni Maria Radjenovic (AADipl2015), Eleni Tzavellou Gavala (AADipl(Hons)2015) and Fortuné Penniman (AADipl(Hons)2015), in collaboration with Hatem Hatem, made the final shortlist in the open call competition for the National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates at the Venice Biennale.

Their submitted project re-evaluated the coastal architecture of the UAE through an environmental lens. Redirecting the focus from narratives of sensational development in the Gulf: beyond the 70 years of city-building towards the 7000 years of landscape-shifting. To contextualise change and the nation’s coexistence with its environment it suggests to return to and learn from the inter-tidal buffer-zone between sand and sea, the salt-flats that predate nationhood, the Sabkha.

Find out more about their project on the Sabkha Project website or about the announcement of finalists for the UAE pavilion on e-flux.

Date Submitted: 11/10/2019

Maria Cheung, who graduated from the Diploma Programme in 2001, has spoken to Dezeen about her path to becoming the head of interior design at Squire and Partners for the Dezeen Jobs careers guide.

Maria studied under Shin Egashira and David Greene in her fourth year at the AA, and under Mark Prizeman, Peter Thomas and Kevin Shepherd in her fifth year. She set up practice almost immediately after graduating, which she led for six years before going to work at Squire and Partners.

Read the full interview on the Dezeen website.

Date Submitted: 11/10/2019

Neri Oxman who studied in the Diploma Programme at the AA from 2002 to 2004 has been featured in the second series of Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design. The second episode, Neri Oxman: Bio-Architecture, shows Neri’s work as being at the intersection of art, design and biology. Neri currently heads the Mediated Matter Group, one of the best-known departments at MIT Media Lab.

Find out more on the Dezeen website

Image: Neri Oxman, 2002-2003, Diploma Unit 4 with Ludo Grooteman and Michael Hensel

Date Submitted: 11/10/2019

The RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships were established in March 2013 following a donation by The Wren Insurance Association Limited.

The scholarships aim to support outstanding Part 2 students who have the potential to make a significant contribution in the field of architecture. Recipients receive £6,000 each and the opportunity to be mentored by an architect member of the Wren.

The 2019 scholars are: Shawn Adams – Royal College of Art; Laura Keay – The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; Dor Schindler – Architectural Association School of Architecture; Declan Wagstaff – University of Edinburgh; Rosa Whiteley – Royal College of Art

The 2019 judging panel consisted of: Aleksandrina Rizova (ALEKSA studio), Nicholas Szczepaniak (Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects), David Hills (DSDHA), Suzette Vela Burkett (Aukett Swanke), and David Gloster (Director of Education at the RIBA).

Find out more on the RIBA website

Image: No ball games, 4th Year Diploma Project, under Shin Egashira

Date Submitted: 2/10/2019

Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg (AA Unit Masters and directors of Space Popular) have recently opened Gate of Bright Lights at Deoksugung Palace in Seoul, South Korea, as part of the exhibition Architecture and Heritage: Unearthing Future presented by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. The Gate of Bright Lights is a site specific video installation exploring how digital interfaces have replaced physical elements –such as doors and walls– as the portals between us and what we desire. The exhibition is open until 5th of April 2020.

Find out more about the exhibition on the National Museum of Contemporary Art website

Lesmes and Hellberg have also unveiled The Venn Room as one of eight exhibitors of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019. The Venn Room depicts a series of possible scenarios of cohabitation in which issues of integration, interface, exposure, overlap, representation, storage and ownership in the augmented future for our domestic environments are put into perspective through everyday narratives. The Biennale, entitled “Beauty Matters” is curated by Yael Reisner and is open until the 17th of November 2019.

Find out more about the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019

Find out more about Space Popular or the Diploma Unit, The Civic Programme, that Lara and Fredrik are teaching at the AA this year.

Date Submitted: 2/10/2019

A section of work from 2018–19 Diploma Unit 18 Opalis, Developing the Market for Second Hand Building Components in the UK, taught by Lionel Devlieger, Maarten Gielen and Aude-Line Duliere, has been included in the 'Beazley Designs of the Year 2019' exhibition at the London Design Museum. Opalis is an online directory for contactors, architects and owners who wish to source reusable building materials.

In the same year that RIBA declared a climate emergency, it was announced that the production of cement for use in construction and infrastructure works was responsible for up to eight per cent of global of CO2 emissions.

Rotor identified a gap in the market for a bridge between second-hand dealers of building materials or scrap merchants and the architects or contractors who could use those materials to reduce costs and carbon emissions in their projects.

Lionel Devlieger and Maarten Gielen are among the founding members of Rotor (Brussels) and together with Aude-Line Duliere, who has been part of Rotor’s development team, are unit masters for the Diploma Unit Salvage: Exploring, Designing and Building with Reused Materials at the AA.  Read more about the unit brief.

Find out more about Opalis in the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition on the London Design Museum website

Date Submitted: 2/10/2019

Artist Carey Young has chosen 19 artists for Bow Arts’ annual Open Show, with a call for works that respond to “our current political moment”.

Choosing from some of the charity’s near 500 studio holders, many of whom are showing new pieces, the result is a selection of works which engage with varied political themes including migration, gender identity, borders and climate change; poignantly and critically addressing some of today’s most pressing cultural conversations. Young, whose own practice has developed from a cross-fertilisation of disciplines including law, politics and business, has selected work that explores these themes in varied and often witty ways, including painting, ceramic, print, moving image and installation.

The Bow Open Show is the only exhibition in the Nunnery’s programme to present Bow Arts studio artists exclusively, and is highly anticipated for presenting some of London’s most exciting recent artwork.

Exhibiting artists: Miraj Ahmed, Helen Bermingham, Victoria Burgher, Bernie Clarkson, Hun Kyu Kim, Minjoo Kim, Robyn Litchfield, Anita McCullough, Lindsey McLean, Melitta Nemeth, Marcus Orlandi, Kaveh Ossia, Sam Parsons, Lorna Pridmore, Almudena Romero, Nye Thompson, Antonietta Torsiello, Tai Tran and Fleur Yearsley.

The exhibition is open from 27 September – 15 December 2019 at Nunnery Gallery 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ. The private view is on Thursday 26 September from 6pm - 9pm. RSVP nunnery@bowarts.com or find out more on the Nunnery Gallery website.  


Date Submitted: 25/9/2019

The following is a press release from Sir John Soane’s Museum announcing Kenneth Frampton as the recipient of the 2019 Soane Medal (dated 12 September):

Sir John Soane’s Museum today announced that Kenneth Frampton, renowned British architect, critic, historian and Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, New York, will be the recipient of the 2019 Soane Medal. Awarded annually, the Soane Medal recognises architects and critics who have made a major contribution to their field through practice, education, history or theory, and in doing so have furthered and enriched the public understanding of architecture.

Kenneth Frampton occupies a unique position in architectural culture. His work as an architect, writer, critic, educator and academic over the last fifty years has shaped and informed the outlook of countless students and architects. Few architects practising today can claim not to have influenced by his thinking and ideas, notably around issues of context and culture, as articulated in his seminal and still powerfully contemporary text ‘Towards a Critical Regionalism’ (1983). Other works such as Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995) and the many editions of Modern

Architecture: A Critical History have driven the ways that we see, think about and understand modern architecture and its role in society.

In recognition of his award, Kenneth Frampton will deliver the Soane Medal Lecture at a special event on Monday 11 November held at LSE’s New Academic Building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. The event will also mark the publication of Frampton’s lecture by Sir John Soane’s Museum.


Kenneth Frampton was born in 1930 and trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. He has worked as an architect and as an architectural historian and critic, and is now Ware Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning, Columbia University, New York. He has taught at a number of leading institutions in the field, including the Royal College of Art in London, the ETH in Zurich, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, EPFL in Lausanne and the Academia di Architettura in Mendrisio. He is the author of numerous essays on modern and contemporary architecture, and has served on many international juries for architectural awards and building commissions. His writings include Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995), Le Corbusier in the World of Art series (2001) and a collection of essays entitled Labour, Work and Architecture (2005).

The recipient of the inaugural Soane Medal in 2017 was the Spanish architect, Rafael Moneo. American architect, planner and theorist, Denise Scott Brown (AADipl 1956) was awarded the second Soane Medal in 2018.

Find out more on the Sir John Soane's Museum website.

Image: Kenneth Frampton. Photo: Alex Fradkin


Date Submitted: 24/9/2019

Platon Issaias, Head of MPhil Projective Cities and AA Unit Master, together with Beth Hughes, will present the findings of the interdisciplinary project Leros: Island of Exile at the University of Basel on 4 October. The project investigates the history of Leros, Greece as a place of displacement, detention, and control. Over the course of this day-long workshop, participants from a range of disciplines analysed and theorised the manifold legacies of fascism and colonialism that endure in the myriad of crises that now reverberate across the Mediterranean region in the present. As a particular form of political and social logic which circulates within and contours contemporary debates, policies, and state projects, the workshop both diagrammed Mediterranean Fascism(s), but also located the resistant practice that suggests the possibility of something otherwise being put into motion. Specifically the workshop explored what the place of art, architecture and material heritage is in shaping and inspiring practices of resistance, of processes and of de-fascistization.

Participants: Heba Amin, Ida Danewid, Emilio Distretti, Beth Hughes, Platon Issaias, Emily Jacir, Leopold Lambert, Ian Alan Paul and Alessandro Petti.

Mediterranean Fascism(s), a collaborative workshop. Urban Studies, Department of Social Sciences, University of Basel. Friday, October 4, 2019, 9am to 5pm at University of Basel, Regenzzimmer 111, Kollegienhaus. For more information visit the University of Basel website

Date Submitted: 24/9/2019

Anise Gallery was founded in 2012 by Joseph Robson and Jacquelyn Jubert and is a contemporary art gallery with a strong focus towards the architectural aesthetic. Working with early to mid-career artists in a wide range of media the gallery presents an exciting and diverse programme of exhibitions, events and talks that relate back to architecture, technology and the built environment.

The original gallery is in Shad Thames, SE1, but we are now launching a second space – the Anise Workshop – in Forest Hill, SE23. To launch this second space we are holding our inaugural exhibition Crepusolo, Matteo Zamagni’s first solo exhibition in the UK. Crepuscolo focuses on the role of human activity in re-purposing and removing Earth’s resources, and in doing so disrupting world balance. Zamagni’s kaleidoscopic visions of unnatural worlds of excess, in a state of instability, bear the weight of impending ecological disasters. The short film ‘Horror Vacui’ (2018) — originally commissioned by the ICA London and Channel 4 Random Acts — will be shown alongside a new series of prints and an exclusive video screening. Meaning ‘fear of empty space’, the film’s title refers to the art historical practice of filling the entirety of a surface or expanse with detail, as well as the Buddhist concept of emptiness. This practice — the materialisation of the human fear of nothingness and its irresolution — creates a tension which makes Zamagni’s works both intensive and immersive.

Opening evening Saturday 5th October 6pm, The Old Chapel, 27-33 Malham Road, London, SE23 1AH. Open to all, but RSVP essential to Jacquelyn@AniseGallery.co.uk. Find out more on the Anise Gallery website

Date Submitted: 24/9/2019

KooZArch, directed by former AA student Federica Sofia Zambeletti (AADipl 2017), is a platform for researching the visual language of our built environment. Over the summer KooZArch featured 5 interviews with students and Unit Masters from the 2018-19 Intermediate Unit Tools for Architecture – Architecture of the Immersive Internet. In 2019-20 Fredrik Hellberk and Lara Lesmes will be teaching the Diploma Unit The Civic Programme.

Links to the interviews:

Tools for Architecture – Architecture of the Immersive Internet - Interview with AA Unit Masters Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg

Virtual Effort - Interview with AA 3rd Year Student Jason Jiaxin Cao

Random OS - Interview with AA 3rd Year Student Alison Siying Chen

Virtual Hearth - Interview with AA 3rd Year Student Yasemin Yesilipek  

Trust in the Immersive Internet - Interview with AA 3rd Year Student Jeff Yu-Fu Huang 

Date Submitted: 24/9/2019

David Kohn Architects was shortlisted in a 2008 competition run by Arts Council England to imagine the ‘Arts Space of the Future.’ DKA’s proposal entitled, ‘Heterotopia,’ was a carbon neutral art garden in the Thames Gateway that would provide unrivalled access to the arts across a swathe of parkland. Sufficient willow coppicing would be planted to run a large arts venue cum power station, with the circles of willow cut each year providing a changing landscape of venues.

In response to the Oslo Architecture Triennale’s theme, ‘Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth’, DKA revisited its Heterotopia proposal and asked, ten years on, is the project still relevant? Would we pursue the same goals? What has changed? We invited the original design team including structural engineer and former AA Council Member, Jane Wernick, to participate in a round table discussion alongside artist Pablo Bronstein, graphic designer Mark El-khatib and sustainability expert Nick Cramp. The model of the 2008 scheme is being exhibited in Oslo alongside the transcript of the discussion which can be read online.

Visit the David Kohn website for further information about the project. For more information about the Oslo Architecture Triennale, visit the website http://oslotriennale.no/en/

Date Submitted: 24/9/2019

The Frieze Art & Architecture Summit will be held in London on Friday 4 October and has invited leading figures from the worlds of art, architecture and technology to come together for a day of interdisciplinary conversations about ‘good’ design – and why it matters.

Manijeh Verghese (Head of Public Programme) will chair a conversation with artist Tomás Saraceno about his ongoing ‘Aerocene’ project, which explores the possibility of flight without carbon fuels. Sam Jacob (AA Council Member) will be part of the panel discussion: Insta-tutions? How Social Media Is Changing Exhibition Design, and Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg (AA Unit Masters) will be in conversation with artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen and artistic director at Acute Art Daniel Birnbaum on Virtual Worlds: Design Beyond The Physical.

Find out more about the Art & Architecture Summit on the Frieze website.

Date Submitted: 24/9/2019

Last week, students from Kingston University’s MA in Curating Contemporary Design curated a pop-up exhibition at the Design Museum which examined the role of the AA in breaking with the Modernist tradition and redefining architectural practice and education.

The exhibition featured material from the AA Archives, including AA student journals, drawings, film and photographs from the 1970s and 80s. Through the interrogation of the AA Archives, this collaborative project considered the role of archives in confirming but also challenging and providing alternative approaches to the established canon.

‘Architectural Radicals’ was on display at the Design Museum as part of London Design Festival 2019. Find out more on the Design Museum website.

Date Submitted: 23/9/2019


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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.