Trevor Flynn's Sketchmob - Saturday 13 February 

The Next Sketchmob offers the chance to draw one of the London’s oldest surviving church St Bartholomew the Great. A superb location for drawing architectural perspectives, decorative sculpture, thunderous church organs and people.

St Bartholomew the Great 

West Smithfield,City of London,EC19DS www.greatstbarts.com

10:55 Meet at the church entrance for group discount (£3.50 per person)

1:00 – 1:15 Draw

For more information visit Sketchmob 

Date Submitted: 4/2/2016

AA LIBRARY WITHDRAWN STOCK

From Monday 25 January the library is offering FREE some books and journals which have been withdrawn from stock, following the guidelines in the library De-Acquisition Policy.

Date Submitted: 25/1/2016

AA PREMISES WINTER CLOSURE

The AA closes from Sunday 20 December 2015 to Sunday 3 January 2016 inclusive.

The AA School will be open from Monday 4 January 2016 to Saturday 9 January from 10:00 to 19:00 

Normal AA School Opening hours will resume from Monday 11 January 2016.

Term 2 begins on Monday 11 January 2016.

Date Submitted: 16/12/2015

STUDENT HELPERS REQUIRED - FRIDAY 22 JANUARY 2016

On Friday 22 January 2016 the AA is holding an Open Day for prospective students. The day is an opportunity for prospective students and parents to meet current students and staff, take tours of the buildings, get advice on their applications etc. 

Prospective students love to hear from current students; so we would like to encourage current registered students, from Foundation through to PhD, to get involved and help out.

As the event is running all day, from 10am until 8pm, the Admissions Team are seeking keen student helpers to undertake key jobs such as:

  • Providing a warm welcome at the front door
  • Registration of attendees
  • Handing out bags and providing directions
  • Leading tours of the school
  • Other ad-hoc jobs

If you are interested, please email Kirstie Little (Kirstie.little@aaschool.ac.uk) a short message confirming:

  1. Your name
  2. Membership number
  3. Current year / programme
  4. Your availability on day i.e. all day, AM only, PM only
  5. Jobs you are keen to help with

This is a great opportunity to get involved and possibly secure a student assistantship with the admissions team for Term 2 and Term 3.

After the Christmas break, I will be in touch with further details and the final schedule.

Thank you

Date Submitted: 16/12/2015

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 25 JANUARY 2016

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Registered Members of the Architectural Association (Inc.) will be held at 32 Bedford Square, First Floor Back, London, WC1 on Monday, 25 January 2016 at 6:30 p.m. 

CONTENTS
• Provisional Agenda
• Ordinary and Special Business
• Notes
• Proxy Form
• Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting (26 January 2015)

PROXIES
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 Architectural Association's 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 six hours before the time for holding the meeting or adjourned meeting, as the case may be, at which the person named in such instrument is 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.

If you have any queries, please contact:
Office of the Company Secretary
Architectural Association (Inc.)
34-36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
United Kingdom Tel:

+44(0) 207 887 4018
Email: secretary@aaschool.ac.uk

By order of the Council
Company Secretary 

Date Submitted: 16/12/2015

End of Term Juries

Monday 14 December, 10.00

Foundation Lecture Hall

Inter 10 33 First Floor Front and Back

Dip 8 37 First Floor Front


Tuesday 15 December, 10.00

Inter 1 32 First Floor Back

Inter 9 North Jury Room

Inter 13 Rear Second Presentation Space

Dip 2 37 First Floor Front

Dip 5 New Soft Room

Dip 6 Lecture Hall

Dip 13 32 First Floor Front

Dip 14 32 Second Floor Back

PENN 33 First Floor Front and Back


Wednesday 16 December, 10.00

Foundation 33 First Floor Front and Back

Inter 4 37 First Floor Front

Inter 12 32 First Floor Front

Dip 18 North Jury Room


Thursday 17 December, 10.00

First Year Rear Second Presentation Space

Inter 6 37 First Floor Front

Inter 15 32 First Floor Back

Dip 7 33 First Floor Front and Back

Dip 17 New Soft Room

Visiting School 32 First Floor Front


Friday 18 December, 10.00

Inter 2 32 First Floor Front

Inter 14 New Soft Room

Dip 1 33 First Floor Back

Dip 9 32 Second Floor Back

Dip 11 33 First Floor Front




Date Submitted: 14/12/2015

2016 MICHAEL VENTRIS MEMORIAL AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE

Above drawing by Michael Ventris showing the invention of a Trimetric Computer as part of his Perspectron;a technique and an instrument he developed while he was a student at the Architectural Association of how to draw perspective drawings without the use of the vanishing point.

The Trustees of the Michael Ventris Memorial Fund would like to invite applications for the 2016 Michael Ventris Award for Architecture for the amount of £2000 for an architectural project. Applicants may have a first degree in architecture or a subject related to the project, and the award is open to applicants from all countries.

This Memorial Fund was founded in 1957 in appreciation of Michael Ventris’s internationally acclaimed contribution to the fields of Mycenaean Civilisation and Architecture, and his supreme achievement of deciphering the ancient Linear B script. Since 1957 the Award has been given both to scholars from the Mycenaean Studies and Architects. It is intended that the Michael Ventris Award for Architecture should support a specific project, rather than a continuing programme of study.

Applicants should give particulars of their qualifications and academic record, and should outline the work they intend to pursue in the event of an award being made to them, including projected costs. Applications should not exceed 6 single-sided pages (A4).  They may be submitted either as hard copy – labelled with the words ‘Michael Ventris Application’ and sent to:

Keira Callaghan, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, UK.

or sent by e-mail (PDF files are preferred) prefixing their email subject box with the words ‘Michael Ventris Award’ to:
keira.callaghan@aaschool.ac.uk

Applications must be written in English, and must reach Keira Callaghan at the Architectural Association, complete with the two required references not later than 15th February 2015.  Applicants must also supply the names and addresses of two referees and ask those referees to write independently in support of their applications, sending their references by the 1st of February directly Roberta Jenkins to qualify for the award. 

For further information on the award please contact Manolis Stavrakakis at the following email address stavrakakis@aaschool.ac.uk.

The Awards are made by a Panel under the auspices of the Trustees of the Michael Ventris Awards in conjunction with the Architectural Association. Payment of awards will be made in a single instalment, payable after the announcement of the award and successful candidates will be required to submit a written report to the Advisory Committee on the work that the Award has enabled him/her to complete by March 1st of 2017. S/he may also be invited to make a public presentation of the results at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Date Submitted: 8/12/2015

WEEK 12 LIBRARY OPENING HOURS

Monday 14 December to Thursday 17 December : OPEN 10-9pm
Friday 18 December : OPEN 10-6pm 
Saturday 19 December : CLOSED

Date Submitted: 4/12/2015

CHRISTMAS VACATION LIBRARY OPENING HOURS

AA Closure : Saturday 19 December to Sunday 3 January inclusive.
The library will be OPEN from Monday 4th January to Saturday 9th January from 10-6pm
Normal term-time hours will resume from Monday 11 January:
Monday – Friday 10-9pm, Saturday 10-6pm

Date Submitted: 1/12/2015

PROGRAMME BOOK LOANS OVER CHRISTMAS VACATION

Programme reservations from 12 midday Tuesday 15 December, in person at the issue desk
Programme borrowing from 10am Thursday 17 December, in person at the issue desk
Maximum 2 programme books per person, no interlibrary loan, no normal ‘reference’ books, no tutors own books.
All reserved programme books must be borrowed on Thursday 17 December.
From Friday 18 December it will be a first come basis.
All programme books borrowed must be returned by 12midday on Monday 11 January.

Date Submitted: 1/12/2015

(AMENDED) ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING OF THE AA COUNCIL

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, 14 December 2015 at 6:30 p.m. to transact the following business:

TO BE PROPOSED AS ORDINARY RESOLUTIONS:

1) To approve the timetable and procedures for the Election of Officers and Council of the Architectural Association (Inc.) for the 2016/17 session, as endorsed by the members of the General Purposes Committee.
2) To accept the Strategic Plan 2015-2020 as a basic and open document to be continually updated in line with annual operational plans.
3) To approve the proposed AA School tuition fees for the 2016/17 academic year, as endorsed by members of the Finance Committee.

PROXIES

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.

 

By order of the Board

Kathleen H. Formosa
Company Secretary
The Architectural Association, Inc. 36 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3ES

10 December 2015

Date Submitted: 30/11/2015

Essential Health and Safety Induction

There will be an essential health and safety induction for all returning students to the AA in the Lecture Hall Monday 12 October at 1.00

The induction will cover

·        Fire Safety – how to evacuate safely from the buildings (the use of new lateral openings).

·       COSHH –  where and how to safely use hazardous substances and how to correctly store them.

·       Electricals – to familiarise you with UK electrical installations.

·       Working at height – how to use ladders/stepladders safely.

·       Manual Handling – how to lift heavy items safely.

·       Asbestos

 

All returning students are encouraged to attend.

 

Date Submitted: 9/10/2015

RIBA Bursaries and Hardship Funds

RIBA Part 2 Bursaries

The RIBA Part 2 Bursaries scheme is now calling for applications.

The bursary scheme supports students of architecture looking to embark on an RIBA-validated Part 2 course within the UK. The bursaries will support students experiencing financial hardship who otherwise may not continue with their architectural studies. It is the most generous award made to students in financial need.  

In 2016, up to five bursaries of £6,000 will be available to support five Part-2 students for the academic years 2016/17 and 2017/18. Successful students will receive £1,000 a term throughout their Part 2 course (for up to a maximum of six terms).The student must have been offered a place on, or be applying to, an RIBA validated course at a school of architecture in the UK. 

 The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 9 December. More information can be found at: www.architecture.com/Part2bursaries

 RIBA Student Hardship Funds

The 2015/16 RIBA Student Hardship Funds are now open for applications. The purposes of the RIBA Student Hardship Funds are to:

        Alleviate financial hardship of students of architecture

        Assist students financially in gaining professional experience

        Widen participation in architectural education

        Reduce student drop-out rates

Grants of up to £2,000 are awarded to help architectural students who are experiencing exceptional financial hardship to continue their studies. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year. Please encourage any students who are struggling financially to explore further at: www.architecture.com/hardshipfunds

 

Date Submitted: 7/10/2015

Complementary Studies Introductions

Friday 2 October

Lecture Hall, unless otherwise noted

Introductions and Registration
(when applicable) to the Complementary Studies Programmes will take place as follows:

10.00 History and Theory Studies Fourth/Fifth Years

11.30 Technical Studies Fifth Year (Fourth Year in Term 2)

12.30 Media Studies First Year 

First Year Studio

1.00 Architectural Professional
Practice Fifth Year

2.00 Technical Studies Second/Third Years

3.00 History and Theory Studies  Second/Third Years

4.00 Media Studies Second Year
(inclusive of MS Lab Courses)

(Online Registration for HTS
Fourth and Fifth Years at 2.00
Friday 2 October)

In addition to the introductions, online course registration for
Term 1 courses is required for the following years:

First Year Media Studies 

Second Year Media Studies

Fourth Year History and Theory Studies

Fifth Year History and Theory Studies 

ALL Term 1 courses will commence in Week 2 (week commencing 5 October). Please refer to next week’s Events List for a full schedule of class times and venues.  

Date Submitted: 2/10/2015
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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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