During the summer vacation when the library is open, programme books can be borrowed

over each weekend from Friday 4pm to Monday 12midday.

From Thursday 28 July programme books can be borrowed until 12midday on Tuesday 30 August.

Max 2 programme books per person.

Date Submitted: 27/6/2016


Monday 20 June to Thursday 23 June : open 10-9

Friday 24 June : closed

Saturday 25 June : closed

Date Submitted: 20/6/2016


Monday 13 June: open 10-9

Tuesday 14 June : open 10-1

Wednesday 15 June : closed

Thursday 16 June : closed

Friday 17 June : open 11-9

Saturday 18 June : open 10-6

Date Submitted: 13/6/2016

London Festival of Architecture Talk: Designing Community Buildings

Thursday 16 June 7.15pm - 8.45pm

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, SE1 9NH


Amanda Baillieu (Chair, Founder, Archiboo and Editor-at-Large, BD Online)

Russell Curtis (RCKA)

Steve Tompkins (Haworth Tompkins)

Stephen Proctor (Proctor Matthews)

Sarah Featherstone (Featherstone Associates)

For more details visit

Organised by the LFA in partnership with Coin Street Community Builders.

Date Submitted: 7/6/2016

AArchitecture 28 Retraction

In the latest issue of AArchitecture, the editors incorrectly attributed the website to Sofia Pia Belenky, the author of ‘Thin Walls’ (p11).

To read more about recent projects by Black Square in the issue, see pages 50 and 64, or visit

To find out more about the work of Sofia Pia Belenky, visit

Read the latest issue of AArchitecture.

Date Submitted: 1/6/2016

Late May Bank Holiday closure notice

All premises in 32-39 Bedford Square and 4 & 16 Morwell Street will be closed on Monday 30 May.

Date Submitted: 18/5/2016


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, 6 June 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to transact the following business:


1) The Council shall delegate signatory authority powers with regard to the existing
banking facilities for AA (Inc.) as follows:

  • "B" signatories for amounts up to £9,999.99 (or equivalent) to paid members of staff (to be named at the table); and
  • "A" signatories for amounts of £10,000 (or equivalent) or more to paid members of staff and members of Council (to be named at the table).

2) The Council shall appoint a Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee (to be named at the table).

A member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting convened by this notice is entitled to appoint a proxy to exercise his/her rights to attend, speak and vote at the meeting. In accordance with Article 31 of the Articles of Association, no person shall be appointed a proxy except a Registered Member. The instrument appointing a proxy shall be deposited at the registered office of the Association not less than three hours before the time for holding the meeting or adjourned meeting, as the case may be, at which the person named in such instrument proposed to vote. The appointment of a proxy does not preclude a member from subsequently attending and voting at the meeting in person if s/he so wishes.

Date Submitted: 17/5/2016

2 positions available at Steven Chilton Architects for the summer period

SCA | Steven Chilton Architects are currently looking for 2 talented and enthusiastic students or graduates to work on an exciting international design competition for 2-3 months this summer.

Minimum requirements:

-Excellent Rhino,3d Max, AutoCAD,Photoshop,InDesign and Illustrator skills
-Excellent design, 3d modelling and presentation skills
-Fluency in spoken English

Good Grasshopper skills would be advantageous
Please send CV's to
n.b.these are short term contracts with remuneration subject to negotiation.

Date Submitted: 16/5/2016

Renzo Piano Building Workshop Internship Genoa - 2016-17

Deadline for Applications Tuesday 31 May 5pm

Internship applications are now being accepted for the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. One internship will be filled by a 2016 AA Diploma graduate (Part 2). The internship includes a €8,500 scholarship paid by the Foundation at the outset of a six-month internship in the Genoa office.

Current fifth year students interested in applying and with permission to work in the EU should submit their application pack – including a sample A4 portfolio of student work and a statement on why/how interests would be furthered by experience in the workshop – to the Director’s Office no later than 5pm on Tuesday 31 May. All applicants should be prepared to begin the six-month internship in Genoa on 1 September 2016.

Date Submitted: 12/5/2016

Result of the Election of Officers and Council 2016/2017

As previously reported, there were seven vacancies among the ordinary membership of Council, with thirteen candidates competing for those vacancies. For the first time in at least 10 years, the elections resulted in a tie for one of those vacancies. In accordance with the AA’s by-laws, a vote of the members in attendance at the 9 May 2016 Ordinary General Meeting was taken, resulting in the confirmed election of Victoria Thornton to the AA Council.

The complete results of the election for the 2016/17 session of Council is thus:

President David Porter*

Hon. Vice President Joanna Chambers*

Hon. Vice President Richard Patterson*

Hon. Secretary Marko Milovanovic*

Hon. Treasurer Vicky Richardson*

Past President Paul Warner*

Ordinary Members

John Andrews*

Oliver Domeisen

Catherine du Toit*

David Gloster*

Christine Hawley

Patty Hopkins*

Robert Mull*

Elsie Owusu

Carlos Peters*

Rory Sherlock

Victoria Thornton*

Jane Wernick

* Newly elected 2016/17.

Date Submitted: 11/5/2016


Submission Requirements 

International social network INSPIRELI kicks off the 2nd annual INSPIRELI AWARDS competition for students and graduates of architecture and design under the age of 35. Attendants may enter the contest from May 1, 2016 until November 30, 2016 by uploading photographs or visualizations of their work on INSPIRELI website and by nominating 3 of them for the competition.

Sign up page for student available at

Jury and Prizes

Submissions will be judged by 25 prestigious architects and designers from 6 different continents as well as registered users of the social network. Only the 50 best-rated images will make it through to the finals for voting.

The first place winner will receive the “Wings to the Future” trophy, designed by renowned architect Bořek Šípek, an Apple IPad and other prizes. Second and third place winners will receive various prizes, including Apple IPads and professional graphic software. An additional public’s choice prize will be given to the submission with the highest number of votes from INSPIRELI users.



INSPIRELI is an international global social network for architects, designers and home design fans. Users may browse, share and comment on thousands of photographs, communicating with each other and establishing contacts. INSPIRELI provides an ideal platform to present and share ideas for architects and designers.

On its 1st edition in 2015, the annual INSPIRELI AWARDS became one of the most successful competitions for talented young architects and designers. According to the organizers, “we managed to address more than 250 competitors from 45 universities in 25 countries; and that was only the first edition,” explains Ing. Karel Smejkal, Ph.D., president of the competition and co-founder of INSPIRELI. “As most architecture and design students around the world have similar questions with regards to professional representation, we expect a higher number of competitors this year.” said Karel Smejkal.   

Date Submitted: 10/5/2016

3rd and 5th Year Technical Studies High Passes 2016

The following students have been awarded a high pass for Technical Studies

TS3 (3rd Year) Design Project:

Inter 1
Jiehui CHEN
Christoph Heinz LENHART

Inter 3
Federico FAULI

Inter 5
Paolo Emilio PISANO

Inter 6
Shu Kui LEE
Laura Maria VITZTHUM

Inter 8

Inter 9
Fabienne Nathalie TJIA
Henry Si Yuan NGO ***With Distinction***

Inter 10
Michael HO

Inter 11
Ana Marianne WAHLSTEN

Inter 14
Cho Ying Lydia LIU


TS5 (5th Year) Design Thesis:

Diploma 1
Sho ITO  
Chek Nam Addison YICK 

Diploma 2
Samuel ESSES
Steven PRICE
Michael Franz Filip WESTERLUND 

Diploma 4
Gulsah UNAL 

Diploma 5

Diploma 6 
Eleonore AUDI

Diploma 7
Ferghus RAFTERY 

Diploma 8
Frederique PARASKEVAS 

Diploma 9
Despoina Marousa (Maridia) KAFETZOPOULU
Andra Miruna MAZILU

Diploma 11
Theclalin CHEUNG 
Lena EMANUELSEN  *** With Distinction***

Diploma 13
Alex Butterworth 

Diploma 14
Michela BONOMO
Sorina Ana SIDDALL 

Diploma 16
Kerry Jo-Anne DICKINSON 

Diploma 17

Diploma 18

Date Submitted: 6/5/2016

AA Writing Prize Winners 2016

Date Submitted: 5/5/2016

The AA writing Prize for First year and Intermediate School, and the Dennis Sharp Award for excellence in writing in the Diploma School will be held on 4th May 2016.

The AA writing Prize for First year and Intermediate School, and the Dennis Sharp Award for excellence in writing in the Diploma School will be held on 4th May 2016, in the Second Floor Rear Presentation Space, between 10 am and 4 pm. 

The announcement of the winner will take place at 5 pm. 

Jurors for the day include, Mark Cousins, Francesca Hughes, Ed Bottoms, Manijeh Verghese, Caroline Rabourdin, Sylvie Taher and others. 

Please join us for the presentation and discussion of work. First year and intermediate school will be presented from 10 am to 1 pm, and Diploma from 2 pm to 4pm.

Date Submitted: 3/5/2016


The AA School in realtime


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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.



Eva Franch i Gilabert
AA School of Architecture