External Examiners 2015

The role of external examiners is to look at portfolios submitted by students for RIBA Parts 1 and 2 and exemptions, and to agree to pass lists which are then forwarded to the RIBA. Examiners view Intermediate student work for AA Intermediate RIBA/ ARB Part 1 (Third Year portfolios) on Tuesday 23 June and Diploma student work for AA Finals RIBA/ARB Part 2 (Fifth Year portfolios) on Wednesday 24 June.

Simon Allford leads the London-based studio AHMM whose recent projects include the Stratford residential masterplan, The Angel, Tea and Yellow Buildings as well as Adelaide Wharf, the Saatchi Gallery and Chobham Academy. He is currently working on the new Google HQ at King’s Cross, The White Collar Factory at City Road, a new tower on Blackfriars Road, three mixed-use projects on Regent Street for the Crown Estate, an academic building for the University of Amsterdam and other large urban-scale projects in London and America. Simon engages in the broad architectural discussion as a writer, critic, teacher, judge, advisor, trustee and commentator.

Patrick Bellew is a founding director of Atelier Ten. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the design of high-performance buildings and systems. From 2000–08 he taught a core environmental design course on the MArch programme at the Yale University School of Architecture and led three advanced design studios as the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor between 2010–13. In 2013 he was the recipient of the CIBSE President Silver Medal and since 2012 he has served on the RIBA awards panel.

Mary Bowman studied architecture at the University of Virginia and at the AA. She worked for Foster and Partners from 1988–98 where she was made Associate in 1993. In 1999, Mary joined the architectural practice of Walters and Cohen where she was a Director. She has been an external examiner at Chelsea College of Art from 2001–05 and has taught at the AA. Mary joined Gustafson Porter in 2002 and was made a Company Director in 2004. Together with Kathryn and Neil, Mary is responsible for the direction of the office.

Alison Brooks, principal and creative director of Alison Brooks Architects London, is recognised as one of the leading architects of her generation. Recently named by the Sunday Times as one of Britain’s 500 Most Influential people, Brooks is the only UK architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture: the Stephen Lawrence Prize, the Manser Medal and the 2008 RIBA Stirling Prize. Her largest civic commission to date is a full academic and residential Quadrangle for Exeter College, Oxford. Currently under construction, this will be the first Oxford College building to be designed by a female architect.

Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies, and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. His research interests focus on the interactions between the physical and social worlds in the contemporary city and how urbanisation affects social and environmental sustainability. Professor Burdett was Global Distinguished Professor at New York University from 2010–14. He is currently a Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University as well as a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports Commission and a member of Council of the Royal College of Art in London.

Alice Dietsch is a director of AL_A and currently lead architect for the V&A Exhibition Road project – an international competition won by the office to design a new entrance, gallery and public courtyard for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has also been working with a team in Thailand to develop the Central Embassy project, a 1.5 million-square-foot scheme merging a seven-storey luxury shopping mall with a 30-storey, six-star hotel tower. She coordinates the 3D digital and hand modelling group in the office.

Hernan Diaz Alonso is principal and founder of Xefirotarch, a Los Angeles-based design practice. He was recently honoured by Yale University with the Louis I Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship of Architectural Design for fall 2010 and by the American Institute of Architects as the Educator of the year in 2012. He has lectured extensively at major institutions around the world. His designs have received numerous awards and have been displayed in both architecture and art exhibitions at New York MoMa, San Francisco MoMa, the Art Institute of Chicago and Artist Space in New York.

Tom Emerson founded 6a architects with Stephanie Macdonald in 2001. The London-based practice has recently completed several art galleries and is currently working on a building for Churchill College Cambridge and the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes. 6a’s studio for Juergen Teller is currently under construction in London. The office has won several design awards including RIBA Awards and the Schelling Medal for Architecture in 2012. Tom studied architecture at the University of Bath, the Royal College of Art and the University of Cambridge. Following teaching positions at the AA and Cambridge, he has been professor at ETH Zurich since 2010.

Antón García-Abril is associate professor in the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. In 2000 he established the award-winning Ensamble Studio. The firm was selected by SANAA to participate in the 2010 Venice Biennale. Projects including the Music Studies Centre and the SGAE Central Office in Santiago de Compostela and more recently the Truffle in Costa da Morte (Spain) have been internationally published. In 2009 he founded the Positive City Foundation to research the urban phenomenon.

Jeffrey Kipnis is a teacher, writer and erstwhile curator. He is a professor of architectural design and theory at the Knowlton School of Architecture of Ohio State University, Distinguished Visiting professor at SCI-Arc, Los Angeles, and Continuing Visiting Professor at Princeton University. He writes architectural theory and critism.

Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani is professor for the History of Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and has his own architectural practice in Milan (Studio di Architettura) as well as another one in Zurich (Baukontor Architekten). Among his most important projects are the office building in Block 109, Berlin (1991–96), with Marlene Dörrie; housing group in Maria Lankowitz near Graz (1995–99) with Marlene Dörrie and Michael Regner; the underground station in Mergellina, Naples (2004–08); and the masterplan for the Richti Quartier, Wallisellen, as well as planning of the open spaces and a residential block with shops (2007–13). He has published widely and many of his books have been translated into several languages.

Amanda Levete is founder of AL_A and has spent her career exploring the transformative potential of space through buildings and furniture pieces. She works with diametrically opposed elements, the organic and the man-made, to create the unexpected and is recognised for her ability to bring visionary projects to fruition realising the ambitions of private and public sector clients. Levete’s commissions include a new gallery, courtyard and entrance for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Levete is a trustee of Artangel, the Young Foundation and the Arts Foundation. She is a regular TV and radio broadcaster and writes for numerous magazines.

Alex Lifschutz studied at the AA in London and joined Foster Associates in 1977, where he worked on the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank from 1981–85. In 1986, with the late Ian Davidson, he formed Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The practice has an extensive portfolio of work and has won numerous national and international awards including, most recently in May of this year, RIBA London Architects of the Year 2015. He is known for his 25 years of involvement in London’s South Bank, working with the community to regenerate an area that was not long ago a twilight zone in the city. A past President of the AA, he is currently Chair of Body & Soul, a UK charity devoted to children and teenagers affected by HIV.

Brendan MacFarlane studied at Sci-Arc and Harvard GSD. He has been visiting professor at these schools and at the Bartlett, the Berlage Institute and the University of Florida, among others. He is co-founder with Dominique Jakob of Jakob + MacFarlane, a Paris-based practice. Its work explores digital technology both as a conceptual consideration and as a means of fabrication, using new materials to create a more flexible, responsive and immediate environment. Recent projects include the Euronews Headquarters in Lyon, the FRAC Architecture Exhibition Centre in Orléans, and the High School of Art and Communication of Pau.

Farshid Moussavi is principal of Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA) and Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She was previously co-founder of the London-based Foreign Office Architects (FOA). Moussavi has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture since 2004 and a trustee of the London Architecture Foundation and the Whitechapel Gallery in London since 2009. She is a columnist for the Architectural Review magazine and has published three books, The Function of Ornament, The Function of Forms and The Function of Style, all based on her research and teaching at Harvard.

Carol Patterson completed her undergraduate study at the University of California-Berkeley and received her Masters degree from Columbia University in New York. She has worked for many highly acclaimed offices around the world including Rogers Marvel in New York and Norman Foster and Arup in London. She has also worked with Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, or OMA, in Rotterdam from 2000–03 and again in London since 2006. Patterson has had primary responsibility for the Seattle Public Library and has been the lead architect for the Whitney Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art extensions. She currently oversees the design and construction of a new headquarters for Rothschild Bank in London. This will be OMA’s first completed building in the UK.

Peter Swinnen graduated as an architect from the HAISL Brussels (1995) and from the DRL, Architectural Association (1996-97). He founded 51N4E architects, Brussels/Tirana (1998-2014) and was assigned State Architect (Vlaams Bouwmeester, 2010-15), where he developed new strategic instruments allowing research by design to become an integrated policy-making tool. He founded CRIT., architecture & research in 2015.

Neil Thomas is the Director of Atelier One, which has been described as ‘the most innovative engineering practice in the UK’. Recent projects include all production engineering for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics ceremonies and Dunegrass in Blackpool, which won the 2013 Gold Cannes Lion for a Living Landmark. As well as teaching a structures course at Yale University, he is currently delivering a masterclass at the University of Hamburg, and is a regular visiting tutor at the AA, UCL and the Royal College of Art.

Anthony Vidler is Professor and Dean of the Irwin S Chanin School of Architecture, the Cooper Union, New York. He taught at Princeton University from 1965–93. Vidler’s scholarly work includes studies of eighteenth and nineteenth century French architectural history, with emphasis on the work of the Enlightenment architect Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, and modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism, with a general interest in cultural theory. He is the author of numerous books, and is the recipient of awards, most recently the Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Sarah Whiting has been Dean of the School of Architecture at Rice University since January 2010. Whiting has taught modern urban history, contemporary architectural theory, and studio at Princeton, Harvard, IIT, the University of Kentucky and the University of Florida. Whiting’s writing and editing have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, from ANY to Wired. She is currently completing a manuscript on scale and urbanism, called Superblock City, and she edits a book series with Princeton University Press called POINT. Whiting cofounded WW with her partner, Ron Witte, in 1999. She has served as a Design Partner for numerous projects, including the Golden House in Princeton and WW’s winning design for the San Jose State University Art Museum.

Date Submitted: 18/6/2015


The AA School in realtime


The Architectural Association, Inc. is a Registered Charity Incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No.171402. Registered office: 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, 020 7887 4000

Click here to read the AA’s latest review report.

Click here to read the AA’s latest action plan.