Graduate School Introductions

Wednesday 30 September

Lecture Hall

Graduate students must attend their Programme Presentations and are encouraged to attend the other presentations for an idea of the other programmes. Planned drinks from 5.30 in the Rear Second Presentation Space (Graduate School only)

12.30 AAIS

1.00 PhD Programme

1.30 Projective Cities

2.00 Design & Make

2.30 Sustainable Environmental Design

3.00 History and Critical Thinking

3.30 Housing and Urbanism             

4.00 Landscape Urbanism

4.30 Architecture & Urbanism (DRL)

5.00 Emtech

5.30 Drinks

 

Date Submitted: 30/9/2015

Intermediate Unit Introductions

Tuesday 29 September 

Lecture Hall

9.15 Introduction Brett Steele

9.30 Inter 3 – Nannette Jackowski, Ricardo de Ostos 

10.00 Inter 7 – Marco Vanucci

10.30 Inter 9 – Christopher Pierce, Christopher Matthews, Charlotte Moe 

11.00 Inter 15 – Giulia Foscari,
Elena Longhin

11.30 Inter 13 – Peter Swinnen, Flavien Menu

12.00 Inter 8 – Francisco Gonzalez
de Canales, Nuria Alvarez
Lombardero 

12.30 Inter 11 – Manuel Collado, Nacho Martin, Nerea Calvillo 

1.00 Lunch and Interview process Q&A led by present students

2.00 Inter 10 – Valentin Bontjes
van Beek, Winston Hampel

2.30 Inter 1 – Mark Campbell,
Stewart Dodd 

3.00 Inter 4 – Nathalie Rozencwajg, Michel da Costa Goncalves,

Charikleia Karamali-Zeri 

3.30 Inter 14 – Joseph Grima,
Pernilla Ohrstedt

4.00 Inter 5 – Ryan Dillon

4.30 Inter 2 – Ana Araujo

5.00 Inter 12 – Tyen Masten,
Inigo Minns

5.30 Inter 12 – Jeroen van Ameijde, Brendon Carlin

6.00 Informal meeting for
Intermediate staff and students 

Date Submitted: 29/9/2015

Diploma Unit Introductions

Monday 28 September

Lecture Hall 

9.15 Introduction Brett Steele

9.30 Dip 1 – Miraj Ahmed,
Martin Jameson

10.00 Dip 13 – Lily Jencks, Jessica Reynolds

10.30 Dip 8 – Maria Fedorchenko 

11.00 Dip 2 – Didier Faustino, Kostas Grigoriadis

11.30 Dip 17 –Theo Sarantoglou Lalis, Dora Sweijd

12.00 Dip 18 – Enric Ruiz Geli, Simon Taylor 

12.30 Dip 14 – Pier Vittorio Aureli, Maria Shéhérazade Giudici

1.00 Lunch and Interview process Q&A led by students

2.00 Dip 16 – Jonas Lundberg,
Andrew Yau

2.30 Dip 9 – Natasha Sandmeier

3.00 Dip 4 – John Palmesino,
Ann-Sofi Ronnskog

3.30 Dip 10 –Carlos Villanueva Brandt

4.00 Dip 5 – Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efrén Ga Grinda, Benjamin Reynolds

4.30 Dip 11 – Shin Egashira

5.00 Dip 7 – David Greene,
Samantha Hardingham

5.30 Dip 6 – Kate Davies, Liam Young

6.30 Informal meeting for Diploma staff and students 

Date Submitted: 28/9/2015

Unit Choice and Interview 
Information for Diploma Students (Fourth and Fifth Years)

On Monday 28 September ALL RETURNING Fourth and Fifth Year students must register with Belinda Flaherty and collect a countersigned Unit Choices Form in the Rear Second Presentation Space (Second Floor 

of 36 Bedford Square, 10.00–6.00).

During this day, all NEW

Fourth Year students are required to collect a countersigned Unit Choices Form from Belinda Flaherty in the Rear Second Presentation Space (10.00–6.00).

The Interview Process cannot be undertaken unless Registration is completed and all Unit Choice Forms have been countersigned.

Date Submitted: 28/9/2015

Unit Choice and Interview Information for Intermediate Students (Second and Third Years)


On Monday 28 September, all RETURNING Second and Third Year students are required to Register with Belinda Flaherty and collect a countersigned Unit Choices Form in the Rear Second Presentation Space (10.00–6.00). On Monday 28 September, all NEW Second and Third Year students are required to collect a countersigned Unit Choices Form from Belinda Flaherty in the Rear Second Presentation Space (10.00 to 6.00). The Interview Process cannot be undertaken unless Registration is completed and all Unit Choice Forms have been countersigned. 

Date Submitted: 28/9/2015

Call for Submissions AArchitecture 27: {theme}

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AArchitecture 27 {theme}

A theme park is a combination of rides, on a computer a theme is a combination of colours and sounds, this newsletter will seek to combine your thoughts on {theme}.

We are interested in your interpretation. Essays, poems, drawings, sketches, diagrams or any other formats are welcome.

Please submit a 100-word proposal by Friday 16 October 2015 to aarchitecture@aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 23/9/2015

My Hotels Group & designjunction launch a design competition for AA students during London Design Festival

My Hotels Group in partnership with designjunction are challenging students at the Architectural Association to design a bespoke tea box to be featured in the 34 newly refurbished Double Rooms at My Hotel Bloomsbury. The three finalists' designs will also be on show at designjunction (23–27 September) and at My Hotel Bloomsbury, and the winner will be introduced by designjunction to their extensive list of media partners for press coverage as part of the London Design Festival 2015. In addition, the winning entry will enjoy a complimentary weekend stay for two at My Hotel Brighton.

The tea box is to take inspiration from the hotel’s serene contemporary designed rooms by Heal’s, along with the location of the hotel recognised for its history of literature, philosophy and the arts. The design should recognise the hotel’s commitment to a sustainable future. A full brief will be sent to all registered participants.

The competition is open to all current students at the AA and recent graduates from the classes of 2014 and 2015. Entrants must pre-register for the competition by Friday 21 August, by emailing tboxdesign@aaschool.ac.uk. Depending on the response, participation may be restricted to the first 30 individuals or groups to register. Submissions will be due by email on 11 September. Finalists will be notified on 16 Sept and will be required to produce a 3-d model or 3-d print by 22 September for inclusion in the designjunction exhibition. 

The winner of the competition will be announced during the designjunction exhibition, 23-27 September.

This is a great opportunity for AA students and graduates to gain exposure through creating an object that will be exhibited during London Design Festival and get extensive press coverage, as well as become a permanent part of the interior furnishings at MyHotel, where many of our invited speakers, external examiners and members stay. We hope you will register to participate!

Date Submitted: 21/8/2015

Househunting Day

The AA School is pleased to announce that we have enlisted the services of the University of London Housing Services (ULHS) who run a private housing service for many students in London.

The ULHS can offer advice to students on how to find accommodation, which areas to consider, what the options are, pricing and more. They produce a London Student Housing Guide which includes a vast amount of information on how to search and secure accommodation in London which is also accessible online here. You will receive a copy of this guide during Introduction Week.

They have an online database of accommodation offers from registered landlords and letting agents which operates throughout the year. These offers include flats and houses for groups as well as rooms in shared flats and houses.

The ULHS works with a number of other providers of accommodation including short-term providers and Private Student Halls of Residences.

Finally, the ULHS offers housing advice which includes offering a contract checking service which allows students to have their contracts for private accommodation checked before they sign. They also offer legal advice should students get into any difficulty in private accommodation.

Both current students and those with an offer to study can access these services. If you would like to make an enquiry via the ULHS website you will need your AA membership number.

There are two flatmate finder events coming up on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2015 (3pm – 6pm). See the ULHS website to book a place!

If you have any questions about finding accommodation in London please contact ULHS:

Please note, due to this new agreement, the AA will no longer be running a separate Accommodation Office service during September. However, we will be organising an AA Accommodation Event during Introduction Week. Further details will be available soon.

Date Submitted: 20/8/2015

Online Top Up For One Card

Students, staff and members can top up their AA Payment card online at 

https://topup.aaschool.ac.uk/

Date Submitted: 14/8/2015

Student Loans for New and Returning Eligible Students

STUDENT FINANCE ENGLAND

(Student Loan Company)

New and Continuing Students: 2015/2016

Please note that eligible students are now able to apply to the Student Finance England (Student Loan Company) for Tuition Fee Loans/Living Expenses (if applicable) http://www.slc.co.uk/

When completing your SLC application please ensure you use the following course title: 5 year ARB/RIBA recognised course in Architecture.

Date Submitted: 31/7/2015

Conservation of Historic Buildings Suspended

Important Notice: The Conservation of Historic Buildings course has been suspended for the 2015/16 academic year. This is a temporary suspension while the school works to re-organise the programme. Please regularly review the website for further updates.

Date Submitted: 31/7/2015

AAIS Expat Series: re_dial Performance - Friday 31 July

Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio's photo.

SPACE 129-131 Mare Street London E8 3RH

7:30-10:30 Friday 31 July

Please RSVP under the following link:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aais-expat-series-re-dial-performance-tickets-17831056169

Challenging the frontiers of working in between art, architecture and performance, the AA Interprofessional Studio aims to expose a hidden ‘worknet’ between multiple professions and their products. The studio – operating as an interdisciplinary creative office where knowledge exchange is one of the core points of focus – reaches professions and stimulates students to develop a communication language across creative disciplines. It acts as an invitation to build a network of professionals and experts from creative backgrounds as diverse, and complimentary, as performance, design, music, film, photography, fashion, communication and curation through workshops and symposia, combining each creative language to work and study within the AA on concrete projects reflective of the various fields of research. 

In collaboration with Mangiabarche Gallery on Calasetta, Sardinia, Emerging Ibiza and developed full-scale productions starting with a base camp on Sardinia that produced the framework for a broader event and cultural festival on Ibiza and finishes with a performance and forum of discussion in London. <p >The final event will stage all disciplines together in the worlds most global city: A final event, where the choreography reaches into a full-scale installation, and performance with New Movement Collective, David Mc Almont and Andy Dean. 

Date Submitted: 29/7/2015

2015-2016 Academic Year: Term Dates

SUBSCRIBE TO AA CALENDARS HERE - www.aaschool.ac.uk/calendar

Introduction Week (new students):
Monday 21st to Friday 25th September 2015

Term 1 (12 Weeks):
Monday 28th September to Friday 18th December 2015

Student Vacation:
Saturday 19th December to Sunday 10th January 2016 inclusive

AA Premises Closed:
Saturday 19th December to Sunday 3rd January 2016 inclusive

Term 2 (11 Weeks):
Monday 11th January to Thursday 24th March 2016

Student Vacation:
Friday 25th March to Sunday 24th April 2016

inclusive AA Premises Closed:
Friday 25th March to Tuesday 12th April 2016 inclusive

Term 3 (9 Weeks):
Monday 25th April to Friday 24th June 2016

Bank Holiday: Monday 2nd May 2016 (Week 2)

Bank Holiday: Monday 30th May 2016 (Week 6)

Term 4 (13 Weeks):
(Graduate School MA/MSc students only) Monday 27th June to Friday 23rd September 2016

AA Premises Closed:
Saturday 20th to Monday 29th August inclusive

Issued by: Registrar July 2015

Date Submitted: 23/7/2015

Introduction Week for New Students 2015

The AA will welcome the 2015/16 cohort of new students on Monday 21 September 2015. Please come to 36 Bedford Square at 10am, where you will be able to collect a welcome pack, which will provide you with everything you need to know for the week. The admissions team will be around to answer any questions you may have.

Introduction Week is a valuable opportunity to familiarise yourself with London and the AA, as well as to meet fellow new students. Visits are arranged to places of architectural interest and to architectural practices, and there are introductory talks about the different parts of the school. Compulsory inductions to the library, workshop, computer room and health and safety also take place this week.

On Monday the Director of the school will provide you with key information about the AA. You will also attend course/programme introductions providing an important opportunity to learn more about the course and meet AA tutors/programme directors. On Tuesday 22nd September you will be required to attend registration and compulsory inductions throughout the day.

Trips to places of interest, exhibitions and office visits take place on Wednesday and Thursday of Intro Week. The office visits are unique opportunities to visit practices that have a connection with the AA. You are entitled to attend one visit out of the trips listed. However, you will not be able to sign up for a trip if it clashes with a compulsory library or workshop induction. Please be aware that you will not be able to sign up for a trip if you have not pre-registered.

On Friday of this week everyone is invited to attend the AA boat trip down the Thames followed by a picnic in Bedford Square. The Student Forum will also organise various events throughout the week. Further details will be available in the coming weeks.

Over the summer we recommend you keep an eye on the AA website and facebook page for updates and events. Full unit briefs for the 2015/16 academic year will be available via the website in early September.

INFORMATION ABOUT REGISTRATION

All students are required to attend registration on Tuesday 22nd September 2015. You will be required to arrive at the scheduled time for your course; this time will be confirmed soon.

To register you will need:

* A pen.

* Your passport and a photocopy of the photo page.

* Your biometric residence permit and a photocopy of the front and back of the card (if applicable).

* Any outstanding documents listed on your conditional offer letter or that we have specifically requested.

* Proof of payment of your deposit and tuition fees (a receipt or statement), and a copy of your scholarship/bursary/loan letter (if applicable).

You may find that you owe the AA a small amount of money if, for example, the bank charged fees when you made a transfer, or if you have forgotten to pay the £95 membership and student forum fee. You will not be able to officially register as an AA student until you have paid all outstanding money.

Once you have registered you will be able to sign up for reference and bank letters. These will be available for collection from the Admissions office on Thursday. We cannot issue letters before this date.

Please check your email regularly for updates over the coming months. We look forward to meeting you all on Monday 21st September 2015!

AA School Admissions

Date Submitted: 16/6/2015
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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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