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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 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

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

The International Summer School “Innovation in Practice: Unlocking Architecture in City”, was held at the Politecnico di Torino from 4 - 14 September. The school offered a unique platform for collaboration between several leading European institutions, to envision new futures for the city of Turin. 

Maria’s contribution focused on the possibility of anticipating future development via pilot social concepts and “liquid”, variable programmes. Her design unit created an extended meta-scenario for a symptomatic post-industrial site in Turin, multiplying agencies, functions, and spaces that could become involved over time. 

Further information can be found at the Innovation in Practice website

Date Submitted: 17/9/2019

Jose Alfredo Ramirez, Co-Director of Landscape Urbanism, will be lecturing on the work of Groundlab and AALU on 19 September as part of the Landscape Architecture Symposium at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph in Canada. 

More information on the University of Guelph website

Date Submitted: 17/9/2019

The list, ‘Some Notable Women in AECO (& beyond) Design Computation’, is a crowd-sourced resource for promoting the voices of women in design computation conference panels and related events. The list can be viewed here.

Date Submitted: 17/9/2019

The six month, paid, off-site design fellowship, organised by Google's R+D for the Built Environment, has been awarded to four candidates to advance, test, and share their work. Selection for the fellowship was made from 80 applicants from 17 countries who submitted research proposals in the key R + D topic areas: 

1. Building material science

2. 3D printing, robotics, AR/VR

3. AI, machine learning, analytics, building intelligence

4. Quality housing at a lower cost

5. Building resiliency and sustainability

6. Workplace optimization

7. Adaptable environments

Kostas’s research will focus on reducing the environmental impact of envelope construction, through the use of multi-materials. More information on the fellowship can be found on the R+D website

Date Submitted: 16/9/2019

Tiipoi Talks is a talks programme curated by Manijeh Verghese (Head of Public Programme at the Architectural Association) and Spandana Gopal (Founder of Tiipoi). For LDF’19, they have invited Debika Ray, founder of Clove magazine, to co-curate the talks @ Delfina Foundation.

The programme aims to start new conversations and encourage a deeper and more critical way of asking questions around contemporary creative practice. It brings together designers, artists, architects and cultural commentators with a view to debate the power of objects, crafts-based practice and the role of context in shaping projects and ideas. By inviting a diverse set of practitioners, we hope to situate these discussions within a more inclusive reading of history and the disciplinary canon we operate within. Through a cross-pollination of different forms of practice and backgrounds, the talks hope to bring to the foreground a more rigorous dialogue around making and sharing work in a changing London.

Wednesday 18 September, 5.00pm – 8.00pm, Delfina Foundation, 29/31 Catherine Place, SW1E 6DY

Find out more and buy tickets on the London Design Festival website

Date Submitted: 11/9/2019

Blind Monstrance Drawing No. 8, a drawing by Juliet Haysom (AA Academic Staff) will be part of the upcoming exhibition at the British Museum: Pushing paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now.

Celebrating drawing in its own right, rather than its historic role as preparatory to painting, this display explores how contemporary artists as diverse as Tacita Dean, Richard Deacon, Imran Qureshi and Anish Kapoor have used drawing to examine themes including identity, place and memory.” – British Museum

The exhibition will be on display from 12 September 2019 – 12 January 2020 at the British Museum and will then travel to Durham, Swansea, Stromness and Barnsley. There will also be an accompanying book, published by Thames and Hudson.

Find out more on the British Museum website

Image: Juliet Haysom, Blind Monstrance Drawing No. 8, 2003, Graphite on cartridge paper with burnt hole

Date Submitted: 10/9/2019

Teresa Stoppani, AA History and Theory Studies Tutor, will present her lecture Unorthodox: Architecture as Paradigm, on Thursday 26 September at 6.30pm as part of the Preservation Lecture Series,  n initiative of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia GSAPP.

The lecture argues that when the history, representation, form and design of architecture are “broken”, and its relationship with nature is finally exposed and its edifice collapsed, then it is perhaps time to rethink architecture in different terms. In Unorthodox Ways, Stoppani argues that architecture and its processes can be better understood by drawing categories from disciplines that exceed the architectural and the urban, proposing them as unorthodox analytic techniques to decipher contemporary spatial complexity. This talk will reconsider paradigm (Greek paradèigma, ‘example, exemplar’) as an action and relation word that contains within itself the possibility of variation and movement. As an intellectual operation, paradigm works towards the production of a non-dialectical form of knowledge, which does not aim to achieve the universal and derive principles (rules) from it. Stoppani will argue that the architectural project performs in the city the relational operation of the paradigm, producing a form of knowledge that dismisses oppositions and resolutions.

Find out more on the Columbia GSAPP website

Date Submitted: 9/9/2019

Human presence in Antarctica, necessary to conduct essential scientific investigations on the pressing global problems of climate change and sea-level rise, is not conceivable without technologically advanced architecture.

At the eve of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the southernmost continent, ANTARCTICA 200 participates to the London Design Festival by curating a dense agenda of events that brings together, for the first time, architects and polar experts who operate in Antarctica to reflect on the implications of building in the extreme.

Held at the Architectural Association, ARCHITECTURE IN THE EXTREME is conceived as a think-tank in which Polar Lab students and cross-disciplinary specialists are invited to unveil neglected Antarctic stations, and to assess how existing experimental structures can mitigate unforgiving weather conditions and the psycho-physical disorders induced by the combined effects of isolation and high-density co-habitation.

Punctuated by a series of Round Tables, the 168 hours-long programme includes a joint Polar Lab workshop in which students researching at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Hong Kong University and the Architectural Association converge to London to produce the first Archive of Antarctic Architecture. The events will be hosted at the AA from 15 – 21 September 2019.

AA Students are invited to join by emailing

Find out more on the Antarctica 200 website and the London Design Festival website

Date Submitted: 5/9/2019


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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.