Eva Franch i Gilabert (AA Director) and Jeremy Till (Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research of University of the Arts London) took part in the V&A’s Friday Late: Art Schooled discussion on What’s the point of art school? Chaired by Rory Hyde, curator of contemporary architecture and urbanism at the V&A, the talk explored the power and potential of art schools, exactly 100 years since the founding of the Bauhaus. The panel spoke on today’s climate of ever-increasing fees, funding cuts and results-driven education, questioning whether the art school can still be defined as radical and what that might mean today.

Date Submitted: 8/5/2019

Teresa Stoppani (AA History & Theory Sudies Lecturer) has been invited to chair the inaugural event of the POST SCRIPTUM*  series, a new project about the theory of architecture, launched this semester by the faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima.

Devised to mobilize the body of knowledge of faculty academics, researchers and students, POST SCRIPTUM* aims to foster a dialogue fuelled by confrontations of different points of view and to investigate topics of urgent relevance.

The first event in the series POST SCRIPTUM*: THIS IS NOT A THEORY will address the specifics of theory in relation to architecture, or “architectural theory”, with a roundtable discussion about Teresa Stoppani's text 'Post-scriptum. “But that is not enough”’ (This Thing Called Theory, T. Stoppani, G. Ponzo and G. Themistokleous (eds),  Routledge, 2016). The panel will be led by the architectural theorist Teresa Stoppani (Architectural Association School of Architecture, London), and by the architects Marta Morelli and Rodolfo Cortegana, professors at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of PUCP.

POST SCRIPTUM*: THIS IS NOT A THEORY, Thursday 2 May 2019, 7pm,  Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, room T-103, Av. Universitaria N°1801, San Miguel, Lima 32, Perú

Find out more on the Arquitectura PUCP website

Date Submitted: 1/5/2019

Degenerate Ark explores Gorda Cay, an island in the Caribbean with a narcotic past whose history has been supplanted by the Walt Disney Company's corporate imagineering. 

The Avery Review is an online journal dedicated to thinking about books, buildings, and other architectural media.

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Date Submitted: 30/4/2019

A new art installation by Nerma Cridge entitled Synonym/Antonym can be viewed at the Window at Silver Street, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. This piece consists of a mirror tape installation with printed/laser cut words on both the mirror face side and the backing paper side. Synonyms of the word Window are printed on the front, whilst antonyms are inverted as though being seen in a mirror. The suggestion behind it is that each word is often closely followed by its exact opposite meaning. Each opening leads to an end, each beginning to a closure, in continuous repetition.

With thanks to Angel Fernando Lara Moreira, Head of Digital Prototyping at the Architectural Association and Robert Good and Jonathon Church from Art Language Location for their support.

View the piece on the Art Language Location website

Date Submitted: 30/4/2019

“The Thang Nguan Vintage House is a place where time freezes: from its decadent walls and faded colors to its neighboring communities, you suddenly find yourselves in another era, perhaps not far away, but certainly within layers of objects, still imprinted with collective personal memories.

Our project does nothing more than emphasizing and creating a path between these fragments that were once used and nowadays are still intact - preserving their peculiar value through the matter.

The space has been designed as an architectural still life, where through delicate surfaces and heterogeneous openings you are able to be face to face with these objects. This curated space is a point of departure to be part of someone's recollection of playing - eating - travelling. For the first time, you are allowed to enter this private space, in which you become the main actor, taking with you belongings and pieces of uncle Poonsak's story.

As architects, we not only assembled personal relics, images, photographs, and other documents but we became archivists who shaped multiple views on this intimate past.”


Date Submitted: 30/4/2019

On 11 and 12 April, the 2019 Cornerstone Conference welcomed over 700 attendees to Barcelona, Spain. This year’s event programming addressed subjects with profound economic, social and political implications. More than 50 expert speakers and moderators touched on topics including innovation in architecture, barriers for women in sports, sustainable fashion, the future of the European Union and girls’ access to education.

Eva Franch spoke on the topic of Form and Function: The Built Environment of the Future along with other guest speakers: Benedetta Tagliabue, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT and Founder and CEO of Enric Miralles Foundation; Martha Thorne, Dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid, Spain, and Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize; and Jeanne Meserve, award-winning journalist and former anchor and correspondent for CNN and ABC News.

Watch the conversation online on the International Women’s Forum website

Date Submitted: 29/4/2019

In his first exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, alumnus Lawrence Lek presents AIDOL, a new feature-length film. Featuring a score written and orchestrated by the artist, this computer-generated fantasy tells the story of a fading superstar, Diva, who enlists an aspiring AI songwriter to mount a comeback performance at the 2065 eSports Olympic finale.

Set in a smoke-and-mirrors realm of fantastical architecture, sentient drones and snow-deluged jungles, AIDOL revolves around the long and complex struggle between humanity and Artificial Intelligence. Fame - in all its allure and emptiness - is set against the bigger contradictions of a post-AI world, a world where originality is sometimes no more than an algorithmic trick and where machines have the capacity for love and suffering.

Open from 18 April - 18 May 2019 with daily screenings Monday - Saturday 10.30, 12.00, 13.30, 15.00, 16.30 at Sadie Coles HQ, 62 Kingly Street

Find out more or watch the trailer

Date Submitted: 26/4/2019

The three winners of the 2019 Kohn Pedersen Fox Traveling Fellowship were selected by jury on April 16 and announced during an evening event held at KPF’s New York office.

The winners are CoCo Tin of Cornell University, Peteris Lazovskis of Harvard, and Jack Isles of The Architectural Association. Each will be awarded $8,000 to fund summer travel and an additional $2,000 after turning in a report about their experience. In addition, two students were awarded Honorable Mention: Taeseop Shin of MIT and Isabel Branas of Cornell.

The jury comprised Erika Hinrichs, Chair of the Department of Architecture at Pratt Institute and Principal at FBEH viaArchitecture ; Steven Hillyer, Director of the Irwin S Chanin School of Architecture Archive at Cooper Union and Co-founder of Arkanjel Productions; Maria Hurtado de Mendoza, Associate Professor of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Co-founder of Estudio.Entresitio; and Jeff Kenoff and Hugh Trumbull, Principals at KPF.

Each year, Kohn Pedersen Fox presents awards to students who are in their penultimate year at one of the twenty-seven design schools with whom KPF has chosen to partner. The goal of the award is to allow students to broaden their education through a summer of travel before their final year at school. Learn more about the KPF Traveling Fellowship and past winners here.

Date Submitted: 24/4/2019

Alumnus Jose Sanchez creates educational, architecture-led video games at design studio Plethora Project. He tells the Dezeen Jobs careers guide how he applies an architectural mindset to the gaming industry.

After originally studying to be an architect in his native Chile, a move to the Architectural Association provided Sanchez with an opportunity to "completely reinvent" his architectural thinking.

"I was disenchanted with how programming tools were being used in architecture," he explained.

"I had a vision of a far more interactive relation with computation, where a designer, or player, could intuitively push and pull different elements, and allow the software to respond or provide feedback."

This led him to launch Plethora Project, a design initiative geared towards making people more architecturally literate.

Plethora Project produces building-simulation games, designed to educate and engage users on the challenges modern cities present, while also promoting the value of good design.

"I think that video games have an important role to play in many disciplines including architecture, and the medium is still young so I don't think we have seen all its potential yet," said Sanchez.

"I have found coding to be a skill that opens so many doors, especially if we don't want to just be consumers of technologies developed by others," he added. "Learning programming should be seen as learning a language, one that allows you to have a more critical relation with technology."

Read the full interview on Dezeen Jobs

Date Submitted: 24/4/2019

Mean Home explores statistical means in Italian and British housing. It presents new visions of the average home, in spatial, financial, social, cultural and material terms. The exhibition is a cultural exchange and exquisite corpse. London architects REAL (Director Jack Self) have designed a home for Italians, while Milanese collective Fosbury Architecture have designed a home for the British. Mean Home is curated and designed by REAL, with additional projects by Fosbury Architecture and Adam Nathaniel Furman.

Exhibition and round table discussion with Jack Self (REAL Foundation), Adam Nathaniel Furman (former BSR Rome Prize-winner in Architecture), and Giacomo Ardesio (Fosbury Architecture). Chaired by Maria Claudia Clemente (Labics; Cornell University in Rome; Ithaca, New York). Exhibition opening hours: Monday–Friday, 16.00–19.30 Thursday 9 May until Thursday 30 May.

Date Submitted: 24/4/2019
The British Council has revealed that curators Manijeh Verghese (AADipl(Hons) 2012) and Madeleine Kessler (AADipl 2013) will represent the UK at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia, 23 May – 29 November 2020.

A panel of architecture and design specialists from across the UK selected the winning team from a shortlist of nine proposals. The successful concept is titled The Garden of Privatised Delights and explores the creeping epidemic of privatised public spaces across cities in the UK.

Inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, the winning project looks at how spaces such as the British High Street and the Playground are under threat from increasing privatisation. The exhibition will engage in the current debate around ownership and access to what we perceive as public space.

The curators will transform the British Pavilion into a series of immersive spaces, commissioned from leading researchers and practitioners, presenting both a critique of how they are currently used while providing strategies to increase people’s agency over their public spaces.

Manijeh Verghese and Madeleine Kessler are directors of Unscene Architecture and together have run summer school units, workshops and masterclasses on architecture across the UK.

Manijeh Verghese is Head of Public Programmes and Exhibitions at the Architectural Association. She is an architecture writer and educator. Madeleine Kessler is an Associate Architect at Haptic Architects and sits on the National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel. She is shortlisted for BD’s 2019 Female Architectural Leader of the Year Award.

Other projects shortlisted:

BOT, Team: Mollie Claypool (AAMA(Dist) History & Theory 2009), Gilles Retsin (AADRL MArch 2012), Alistair Campbell, Irini Papadimitrou

Fallen Idols, Team: Beatrice Galilee, Adrián Villar Rojas

The Gran Bretagna or The Definite Article, Team:  Hadrian Garrard and Diana Ibanez Lopez (Create London), Apparata, Seb Emina

Home & Other Worlds, Team: Rachel Armstrong/EAG, Sarah Wigglesworth, Irene Gallou, Studio Swine, Ioannis Ieropoulos, Simon Park

A House for Britain, Team: Priya Khanchandani, Joseph Henry, Jayden Ali

Land of Exceptional Qualities, Team: Brendan Cormier, Ruth Lang, OMMX (Hikkaru Nissanke (AADipl 2009) and Jon Lopez (AADipl 2011))

Learning from Artists Housing, Team: vPPR Architects (Tatiana Von Preussen, Catherine Pease (AADipl 2007), Jessica Reynolds (AA Unit Master)), Kate Goodwin, Create, Artist

Radically rural - the overlooked potential of contemporary rural architecture, Team: Jonathan Tuckey Design, Kate Darby Architects (AADipl 1997), David Connor Design, Rural Office for Architecture

Date Submitted: 23/4/2019

In the interview published on 22 April in the Architecture section of the Financial Times, Franch speaks about her plans for the AA and says “The question is not how we can educate architects but how can we make world citizens. We need to produce more than architects.”

Read the full article on the Financial Times

Date Submitted: 23/4/2019

An old toy factory in Ibi, in the Alicante province of Spain, was transformed into ‘jjdluxe’, a garage and exhibition space for vintage luxury cars. The project was completed by Vilaplana&Vilaplana, a Spanish architecture firm founded by Amelia Vilaplana de Miguel (AA First Year Tutor). The renovated building revisits the industrial typology and offers a new, flexible and ‘instagrammable’ environment for car fanatics.

Read the full article on designboom

Image: ©Asier Rua

Date Submitted: 3/4/2019

This Spring, the AA Gallery will host an exhibition by Amnesty International to showcase their investigation into the impact of conflict on civilians in Raqqa, Syria – one of the most destroyed cities in the world by armed conflict in the 21st century. Related to this exhibition, the Architectural Association, in collaboration with Amnesty, is developing a summer pavilion to be installed in Bedford Square at the end of June to coincide with the opening of Projects Review 2019.

We are issuing an Open Call inviting students, recent alumni and academic staff to participate in the design, fabrication and installation of this pavilion with the guidance and knowledge of several of our postgraduate programmes including EmTech, DRL, and Design + Make.

The final pavilion will host a series of conversations and will be made of an innovative material system: a timber + mycelium composite. Mycelium, a biodegradable and self-healing material can bind with timber given specific conditions. The pavilion design, understood as a material and spatial experiment, carries as a premise and as its design brief to test the material capabilities and its possible applications in rebuilding post-conflict zones.

To participate in this project, please email pavilion@aaschool.ac.uk with your contact details as well as 2 sides of an A4 with your design proposal for the pavilion using this material composite. Please include a visualisation, a plan, section and joinery detail, as well as 200 words of text about your concept. See details below for a full list of key design considerations. The deadline to submit your proposal is Monday, 29 April at 5pm. Teams are allowed and encouraged.

The schedule for the project will be as follows:
Concept and Form Finding led by AA Tutors
9 May: Design Charette of 15 selected proposals
13 - 17 May: Design Development
Physical Experimentation led by Emergent Technologies
13 - 17 May: Joinery between timber elements
13 - 24 May: Mycelium experiments
27 - 31 May: Load testing / Physical FEA on Mycelium
27 - 31 May: Timber - mycelium bonding experiments
Computational Experimentation led by Design Research Lab
13 - 17 May: Form-finding for global geometry (informed by material / fabrication processes)
17 - 21 May: FEA on global geometry
Fabrication led by Design and Make
27 May - 7 June: Fabrication
Assembly led by School Wide Team
10 - 14 June: Assembly sequence planning
17 - 20 June: Assembly

Key Design Considerations:
• Covers an area of 10-25 m2.
• Material: timber + mycelium composite
• Global configuration: self-supporting structure
• Fabrication techniques: kerfing, scoring, bending, twisting, weaving, layering, stitching, or any combination of these techniques.
• At the end of the Design Charette, design proposals will be assessed on the basis of structural stability / performance, proposed fabrication time (in hours), and assembly logic.
• Design proposals should be emailed to pavilion@aaschool.ac.uk by 26 April 2019, 17:00 GMT.
• Submissions will be in digital format (PDF), and should not exceed 5 MB.
• Engineering and liability consultancy will be provided by BuroHappold Engineering.

Image: Emergent Technologies & Design (EmTech) 2017-19 Dissertation
Infrasonic - A Material Resonant System
Abhinav Chaudhary (M.Arch. Distinction, India), Miguel Escallon (M.Arch. Distinction, Columbia), Neil Deep Singh Grewal (M.Arch., USA)

Date Submitted: 2/4/2019

AA Alumnus Adam Nathaniel Furman, has created an abstract sculpture that features in a short animation created for UK broadcaster ITV. Furman's ident features a colourful 3D-printed sculpture made up of sliced, spliced and stacked sections of the channel's logo. Positioned on a circular patterned base featuring disjointed concentric circles, a tall central totem sits in the centre surrounded by three shorter columns.

Read the full article on Dezeen

Date Submitted: 2/4/2019


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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.