CHRISTMAS VACATION PROGRAMME BOOK LOANS

Programme Book Reservations : Tuesday 13 December 10am in person at the issue desk
Programme Book Loans : Thursday 15 December 10am in person at the issue desk
Friday 16 December will be a first come basis.
2 programme books per person, no normal reference books, no interlibrary loan books
All programme books must be returned by 12midday Monday 9 January.

Date Submitted: 13/12/2016

AA PREMISES WINTER CLOSURE

The AA closes from Saturday 17 December 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017 inclusive.

The AA School will be open from Tuesday 3 January 2017

Opening Hours (Non term-time)  

Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 January 2017

Tues / Wed / Thurs - 10:00 to 22:00 

Fri / Sat - 10:00 to 19:00

Sunday - CLOSED

Normal AA School Opening hours will resume from Monday 9 January 2017.

Term 2 begins on Monday 9 January 2017.

 

 

Date Submitted: 13/12/2016

WEEK 12 LIBRARY OPENING HOURS

Monday 12 December to Thursday 15 December : open 10-9
Friday 16 December : open 10-6

AA CLOSURE
Saturday 17 December to Monday 2 January inclusive : closed


Date Submitted: 12/12/2016

NOTICE OF ORDINARY GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that an Ordinary General Meeting of the Registered Members (“Council”) of the Architectural Association, Inc. will be held at 32 Bedford Square, First Floor Back, London, WC1 on Monday 12 December 2016 at 7 p.m.

Date Submitted: 12/12/2016

Call for submissions MOINOPOLIS

All AA students, staff and alumni are invited to submit essays for Issue 4 of the architectural journal MOINOPOLIS.

Deadline is 15th January 2017. For more information visit http://moinopolis.org

Date Submitted: 29/11/2016

AA Archives Christmas Vacation Closure

Saturday 17th Dec - Monday 2nd January inclusive

Date Submitted: 29/11/2016

NOTICE OF ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that an Ordinary General Meeting of the Registered Members (“Council”) of the Architectural Association, Inc. will be held at 32 Bedford Square, First Floor Back, London, WC1 on Monday, 31 October 2016 at 7 p.m.

Date Submitted: 23/11/2016

Audiovisual office has moved

The Audiovisual Lab office has moved to No.36 Lower Mezzanine (the floor between Reception and DPL). 
The Green Room is operating as normal in No.39 Ground Floor.
Please contact Audiovisual for details.

Hours:

Monday to Friday 10:00–18:00,
Student Loans 10:00–17:00
Lunch 13:00–14:00

Date Submitted: 23/11/2016

Green Room Software Update

The school has purchased BlackMagic Designs Fusion 8 described as " the world’s most advanced compositing software for visual effects artists, broadcast and motion graphic designers and 3D animators.”

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/fusion

Students and staff interested will need to use a software dongle available from Audiovisual.

Date Submitted: 23/11/2016

Video Archive

With justs under 3000 assets dating back to 1968, the AA Video Archive is one of the largest and most varied collections of its kind. Access it here on the AA YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/AASchoolArchitecture

Or through the AA Website:

https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/PUBLIC/AUDIOVISUAL/videoarchive.php

Date Submitted: 23/11/2016

Source Material Blog

Students interested in video or are studying Video as part of Media Studies can find many examples of video work and complimentary art practice at

http://aavideo.tumblr.com

Joel Newman has run this blog since 2010.

Date Submitted: 23/11/2016

Competition: Place and Displacement: A Marketplace in Refugee Settlements

For full information visit www.idevelopment.us/competition/

Date Submitted: 22/11/2016

OPEN JURY November 2016

Friday 4 November 2016, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Lecture Hall & Rear Presentation Space

  AM- 10.30-13:00 (Lecture Hall)
Sessions City
10:30 Landscape Urbanism (Shreya Save)
Diploma 2 (Norine Chu)
Diploma 10 (Kenneth Chow)
  Discussion
11:20 Diploma 2 (Samuel Esses)
Intermediate 7 (Erik Hoffman)
Diploma 11 (Laurence Lumley)
  Discussion
12:10 Diploma 10 (Wenjun Zheng)
Intermediate 7 (Raphael Fogel)
Landscape Urbanism (Nataly Nemkova)
  Discussion
Discussion Moderator Alfredo Ramirez
Internal Critics Carlos Villanueva Brandt, Alfredo Ramirez, Marco Vanucci, Kostas Grigoriadis, Arantza Ozaeta Cortázar and Álvaro Martín Fidalgo
Invited Critic Homa Farjadi
  PM 01- 14:00-16:30 (Rear Presentation Space) PM 02- 14:00-16:30 (Lecture Hall)
Sessions Architecture Event
14:00 Design Research Laboratory Intermediate 14 (Sofia Belenkey)
Diploma 5 (Lorenzo Perri) History and Theory (Federico Ortiz)
Diploma 16 (Michael Cheung) Projective Cities (Valerio Massaro)
     
14:50 EmTech (Syed Arshad, Xiaoxiao Luo and Diego Valdivia) Diploma 9
Diploma 16 (Sarah Goh) Diploma 7 (Pete Jiadong Qiang)
Intermediate 8 (Fang Lee) History and Theory (Constanza Larach)
     
15:40 Intermediate 10 (Alison Cheng and Eyal Amsili Giovannetti) Diploma 7
EmTech (Sharon Ann Philip, Zaqi Fathis ) Diploma 11 (David Schwizke)
Design Research Laboratory Intermediate 14 (Jakob Skote)
     
Discussion Moderator
Valentin Bontjes van Beek
Pernilla Ohrstedt
Internal Critics Mike Weinstock, Jonas Lundberg, Andrew Yau, Valentin Bontjes van Beek, Winston Hampel, Francisco González de Canales, Nuria Alvarez Lombardero Natasha Sandmeier, Samantha Hardingham, John Walter, Marina Lathouri, Pernilla Ohrstedt, Joseph Grima, Lara Lesmes, Fredrik Hellberg
Invited Critic Xavier de Kestelier Critic TBC
Date Submitted: 2/11/2016

NOTICE OF ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that an Ordinary General Meeting of the Registered Members (“Council”) of the Architectural Association, Inc. will be held at 32 Bedford Square, First Floor Back, London, WC1 on Monday, 31 October 2016 at 7.00 p.m.

Date Submitted: 26/10/2016
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Welcome to 2019-20

Dear School Community,

The Architectural Association is a place where we forget our labels as architects, as artists, as economists, as writers, as poets, and we become citizens of the world – a world that we believe we can change, transform into something other, more interesting, more radical, more free, more equal, more us. The new academic year brings a series of important conversations to the forefront of architectural education and contemporary culture through new and familiar voices and projects. There are urgent tasks at hand. Our programmes throughout the school have accepted the challenge to address issues of climate and ethics. As architects we always speak on behalf of the other, but we also need to constantly ask ourselves, who has the right to speak, and on behalf of whom? How am I affecting the environment with my actions? How can I care more about others? 

This year I invite us all to practice radical empathy, to care about the planet, the other and the future. To listen, to ask, to share, to discuss, to debate, but ultimately to care. 

Like every year, new appointments and initiatives will expand both our academic and institutional horizons. Academic voices joining us are: filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, whose work focuses on experimental narratives and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture and the urban environment; Berlin-based architect Sam Chermayeff (AA Alumni), founder of the practice June 14; Didier Fiúza Faustino (AA Tutor 2010-16), an architect and artist working on the relationship between the body and space; Gabu Heindl, an architect and urban planner who is the head of GABU Heindl Architektur in Vienna, an interdisciplinary studio specialising in public interventions, cultural and social buildings; David Kohn, London-based architect and founder of David Kohn Architects working internationally on arts, education and residential projects; Viviana Muscettola, an associate director at Zaha Hadid Architects and an executive member of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; OMMX, a London-based practice led by Hikaru Nissanke and Jon Lopez; OFIS, an international architecture office based in Ljubljana and led by Špela Videčnik and Rok Oman (both AA Alumni); Superpool, an international research-based architecture practice located in Istanbul and led by Selva Gürdoğan and Gregers Tang Thomsen; and Bostjan Vuga (AA Alumni), architect and founder of SADAR+VUGA. Other people joining us include Eleanor Dodman, Liza Fior, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Lizy Huyghe, Guan Lee,  Melodie Leung, Gili Merin, Ivan Morrison, Anna Muzychak, Bushra Mohamed, Jonathan Robinson, Alvaro Velasco Perez and James Westcott. This diversity of new voices, will add to the units and programmes and will continue the multiplicity of agendas that the AA is known for. 

Every course, programme and unit throughout the school operates under a highly specific and idiosyncratic methodology, which offers every student a myriad of options and possibilities. More about the overall academic offerings can be found here. More about Experimental Programme units and staff can be found here; Diploma Programme units and staff can be found here and information about the unit selection process can be found here.

After more than a decade at the helm of the PhD Programme, Simos Yannas has stepped away to focus on the Sustainability and Environmental Design (SED) Programme that he leads at the school. The new Head of the PhD Programme, Pier Vittorio Aureli will shape the programme in the years to come. Elif Erdine will be the new Head of Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) after Mike Weinstock stepped down; however, he will continue to teach within the programme as Founding Director. 

Print Studio is transforming with a new Head of Publications, Maria S. Giudici who will – in addition to being the editor of AA Files – oversee new publications that continue to position the AA at the forefront of critical discussions through printed matter. Ryan Dillon is our new Head of Academic Communications, and will edit the annual AA Book, lead the relaunch of the AA Radio/Podcast, and oversee the content of the new website amongst other platforms to enable and facilitate all imaginable forms of communication and engagement within the AA School Community. In addition, Rory Sherlock, is joining us as Assistant Editor. 

These new voices join our renowned academic and administrative staff, who together, will surely provide for relevant discussions and debates throughout the entire school as we continue our journey into the future. As part of this, and our continued commitment to achieving Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) (a final decision on our application is expected this autumn), we have gone through a process of internal validation, adjusting nomenclature to reflect who we are and what we do, and to make sure our programmes maintain their identity. Former Complementary Studies is now Core Studies; Technical Studies is now Environmental and Technical Studies (ETS), Media Studies is now Communication and Media Studies (CMS), First Year and Intermediate School (years 2-3) is now the Experimental Programme, and Diploma School (years 4-5) is now the Diploma Programme.

The AA is committed to experimental methods in teaching and learning and this can be seen in the many initiatives being launched. In Term 3 Speculative Studies, a series of interdisciplinary seminars over five weeks, will present courses on politics, law, philosophy, ethics, art history, poetry, dance, gastronomy, social technology and microbiology. Other topics and courses will be added from proposals put forward by students in an Open Forum to be held in Term 1. These courses will introduce new areas of expertise and methodologies to our collective culture.

A four-day symposium titled Experimental Methods will bring our community together for a discussion and debate on what experimentation is and can be at the AA, which will take place during Open Week in both Terms 1 and 2. Tutors from across the school will lecture on their particular academic approach as well as their own professional practice and research. Each day will end with a keynote speaker and a round table discussion, and the week will culminate with an Open Jury in which students can present their work to a panel of invited critics. 

For the first time in the history of the school, Diploma students and Postgraduate students will be able to take joint classes as part of an expanded pool of Electives. These advanced seminars will be provided by our ten Postgraduate Programmes in areas of technology, criticism, sustainability, material culture, computation and more, allowing us to push the boundaries of architectural education and to have more dialogue across all parts of the school.  

This year we will continue with the Open Seminars; on Mondays, Plan the Planet, brings together experts across different disciplines to discuss the current ecological crisis in order to articulate new strategies, policies, relationships and spaces; on Tuesdays, Evidentiary Aesthetics investigates the technologies and politics of the body; and on Wednesdays, we will be able to study the Origins of Capitalist Urban Space.

Throughout the year, the Directions Series offers an open forum for conversations between AA Students, Academic and Administrative Staff and the AA Director. These events offer a platform to communicate and discuss the direction of the school. The first event of the Directions Series will take place on Monday 30 September at 7pm in the Lecture Hall when we can start raising questions and propose new agendas as we all work towards our future and jointly develop the AA 2020-25 Strategic Plan.

To broaden and strengthen our academic resources additional initiatives have been set up. The new Writing Centre aims to assist students with their essays and written work; the Student Care Centre is to provide mental health support; and the Student Affairs Office will provide students with logistical support during their time here at the AA, and advice in career placement and work opportunities in London and around the world for their year out and after graduation. 

To conclude the academic year we aim to introduce a new way of transmitting and disseminating the work of our fifth year students at the AA Forum/Final Presentation. Over two days after tables, all graduating students will present their project in an open format to a wide group of tutors, guest jurors, curators, press, friends and colleagues, making their last presentation at the AA a real moment for celebration and dialogue. The AA Forum/Final Presentation will be open to all students to attend, and will take place in any imaginable space throughout the school. 

This autumn we launch the AA Residence, a cultural platform exploring and studying new ideas and forms of practice at the intersection of architecture, art, technology, policy and design. It is composed of a series of independent labs that consist of an interdisciplinary cohort of resident fellows including architects, artists, policy makers, engineers, scientists and creative entrepreneurs that are all researching and producing experimental work. The AA Residence will work as an incubator in a shared workspace and professional development programme, providing architects and entrepreneurs the tools required to build new practices and initiate projects that impact, promote and amplify culture, and contribute to the re-imagination of the future. The 2019-20 labs will be announced in October. 

Last year’s Projects Review 2019 was produced with the goal to achieve zero waste, and has left us with some new pieces of furniture that we hope to enjoy throughout the year. As part of this exhibition, the first edition of the Press and Practices Preview took place the day before the opening, and proved to be a success. Fifth year students and those with scholarships and bursaries had the opportunity to explain their unit agendas and project aims to invited guests. They did this alongside volunteers who provided an introduction to the sometimes complex issues that the school and its programmes address. Thank you to all tutors, students and volunteers that committed time to this effort. The Projects Review exhibition received great press coverage and many positive responses. To continue this momentum the AA Book, together with a series of podcasts with staff and students, will be launched in the autumn.

Over the last year we have recognised and celebrated the amazing diversity of the Architectural Association, that consists of students and staff from 81 different nationalities. In an attempt to build on this great cultural resource we will launch Architecture in Translation, a project that celebrates the wealth embedded in the use of different languages as part of the production and dissemination of ideas, discourse and debate about architecture. This project will work across many areas within the school. Within HTS, Mark Cousins has produced a series of seminars that will explore the theoretical questions and opportunities of translation in architecture. In addition to this, juries in different languages will take place throughout the year and will be used to identify terms, concepts and values inherent to different linguistic and cultural contexts in order to produce a ‘multilingual dictionary of architectural terms’ for the twenty-first century. 

Last but not least, to start the year, a different kind of tradition is being introduced entitled, Plant a Tree, which will take place during Introduction Week and invites all new students and staff to Hooke Park, the AA rural campus in Dorset. While on-site, we will learn about the facilities and then ceremonially, each and every one of the 300 new voices joining the school, will plant a tree to contribute to the forest, offset carbon emissions, and take part in a dialogue of ideas about the future as responsible members of the AA and of this planet. Plant a Tree is more than a symbolic act, it is the commitment to a future that is ours to build.

As new and returning students and staff wander throughout the school, its spaces and places and within the corridors that build our intellectual home, you will find on the walls images of projects that each of the 779 students of the last academic year produced. With these drawings up on the walls, now is the time for identifying new debates and engagements. For those knocking on my door, and I encourage all of you to do so, you will see next to the Expanding Horizons poster – in a circular frame – what I suspect will be the most important image for many of you this year: this is of course an invitation to visit and share some of your ideas. 

I am looking forward to seeing all of you during Introduction Week and throughout the year ahead to discuss in detail the initiatives outlined above, and the ones that we will create together.

 

Yours,

Eva Franch i Gilabert
Director
AA School of Architecture

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