RIBA Funding Schemes - Call for Entries

Funding for Postgraduate Studies


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is now calling for applications for the RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship and the RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships.


The RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships were established in March 2013 followed a generous donation by The Wren Insurance Association Limited. The five scholarships, each worth £5,000, aim to support outstanding Part 2 students who have the potential to make a significant contribution in the field of architecture.


Applicants must:

  • have graduated from a Part 1 programme validated by the RIBA in the UK


  • at the time of application, must be enrolled in an RIBA-validated Part 2 professional qualification course in the UK, and will be starting the final year in September 2015.


The deadline to apply is Friday 8 May 2015. For more information, visit www.architecture.com/wrenscholarships  


The RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship is also worth £5,000 and will support one student for a period of postgraduate studies of up to 12 months in the UK or abroad. The winning applicant will also be given the opportunity of mentoring from a senior member of AHR Architects for the duration of the scholarship period. 


Applicants must:

  • have graduated from a Part 1 programme validated by the RIBA in the UK


At the time of application, students must either:

·         be enrolled in, or have been granted a placement offer for, an RIBA-validated Part 2 professional qualification in the UK or abroad


·         be enrolled, or have been granted a placement offer, in a Masters course (non-RIBA Part 2) related to architecture, at a university department that also offers courses validated by the RIBA in the UK or abroad


The deadline to apply is Tuesday 26 May 2015. For more information, visit www.architecture.com/ahrscholarship


Funding for Research

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is now calling for applications is calling for applications from individuals interested in conducting new research into architecture. The RIBA Research Trust Awards will make grants of up to £10,000 available to support original independent architecture research by practitioners, academics and recent graduates. The deadline to apply is Monday 1 June 2015. For more information visit www.architecture.com/researchfunding


Travel Scholarships


Don’t forget that the deadlines for the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship and the RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship are  Friday 24 April 2015  and Monday 1 June 2015, respectively.


Applicants should contact Hayley Russell (hayley.russell@riba.org 020 7307 3678) for help with their applications to any of the above schemes.


Mackintosh Architecture Season


As you may have seen, the public programme at 66 Portland Place continues through Spring with a season inspired by the hugely popular exhibition ‘Mackintosh Architecture’ running until the 23rd May. It is followed by the ‘Brutalist Playground’ – a new installation by Assemble inspired by post-war housing estates and launching during the London Festival of Architecture. Both exhibitions are accompanied by a wide range of events and debates suitable for students throughout May, June and July with discounted tickets available at £6.50 and further discounts when booked as a group of 10. If you are interested in these get in touch with the public programmes team at talks@riba.org or head to www.architecture.com/whatson.


Date Submitted: 27/3/2015

2015/16 AA Bursary Application Forms DEADLINE 22nd MAY 5PM

Eligible students can pick up bursary application forms from Sabrina Blakstad (36 Second Floor) from Monday 9 March. Completed applications must be returned by the deadline: Friday 22 May 2015. The following AA students are eligible to apply:

Current registered/year out Undergraduate students

Current PhD students who will be registered in the Second or Third Year in 2015/16 of their fulltime studies at full fee rate

MPhil Projective Cities Year 2 students in 2015/16

The AA Bursary would be awarded on the understanding that the student is not in receipt of any other substantial additional award, which is equivalent to more than the value of one term’s fees. An AA Bursary is not deferrable.


Date Submitted: 4/3/2015

Open Juries February 2015

The Open Jury, curated by the school’s Director Brett steele, is a one-day event to see some of the best work being produced across the school. Work includes examples from the intermediate, Diploma and graduate schools.

The day’s primary intention is to spark internal debate. This school-only event encourages students and tutors to wander between rooms to see work in progress from different units and programmes during an intensive and productive day of discussion.


Lecture Hall


New Soft Room


Time (AM)




Invited Jurors




Invited Jurors


Short Introduction


Intermediate Unit 4: Nathalie Rozencwajg, Michel Da Costa (Moderator)
Student: Matthew Hepburn

Ryan Dillon (Intermediate 5); Didier Faustino, Kostas Grigoriadis (Diploma Unit 2)

Intermediate Unit 3: Ricardo de Ostos, Nanette Jackowski Student: Nathan Su

Nacho Martin, Manuel Collado, Manijeh Verghese (Intermediate Unit 11)


Diploma Unit 5: Cristina Diaz Moreno, Ben Reynolds Student: Christopher Yah

Diploma Unit 6: Liam Young, Kate Davies (Moderator) Student: Richard Seymour


Discussion - 30 Minutes


Diploma Unit 14: Maria Giudici, Pier Vittorio Aureli
Student: Kate Finning

Takero Shimazaki, Ana Araujo (Intermediate Unit 2)

First Year: Monia De Marchi, John Ng, Fabrizio Ballabio
Student: Dor Schindler & Tanya Lee-Monteiro

Miraj Ahmed, Marin Jameson (Diploma Unit 1)


Diploma Unit 7: David Greene, Samantha Hardingham (Moderator) Student: AlvaroFernandez-Pulpeiro

Intermediate Unit 10: Valentin Bontjes van Beek (Moderator) Student: Timothy O’Hare


Discussion - 30 Minutes


Lecture Hall


New Soft Room


Time (PM)




Invited Jurors




Invited Jurors


Short Introduction



Intermediate Unit 1: Stewart Dodd, Mark Campbell(Moderator) Student: Liam Denhamer

Nuria Alvarez Lombardero, Francisco Gonzalez de Canales (Intermediate Unit 8)

Diploma Unit 11: Shin Egashira Student: Roberto Boettger

Daniel Bosia, Marco Vanucci, Adiam Sertzu (Diploma Unit 3); Enric Ruiz-Geli, Pablo Ros, Felix Fassbinder (Diploma Unit 18)


Intermediate Unit 13: Lily Jencks, Jessica Reynolds
Student: Andrew Yuen

Intermediate Unit 6: Brendon Carlin, Jeroen van Ameijde (Moderator)
Student: Mizue Katayama


Discussion - 30 Minutes


First Year: Monia De Marchi, Ryan Neiheiser, Maria Giudici, Shany Barath (Moderator)
Student: Moad Musbahi & Aoi Yamashita

Maria Fedorchenko (Intermediate Unit 7)

Diploma Unit 17: Theo Lalis Sarantoglou, Dora Sweijd Student: Leni Popovici

Jonas Lundberg, Andrew Yau (Diploma Unit 16)


Diploma Unit 10: Carlos Villanueva Brandt Student: Hunter Devine

Intermediate Unit 12: Inigo Minns, Tyen Masten (Moderator) Student: Oskar Johanson


Discussion - 30 Minutes

Date Submitted: 13/2/2015

OPEN WEEK Feb 2015

Mon 9 February
10.00 Open Week Workshop
Lecture Hall
Tue 10 February
2.00 Adaptive Comfort
Fergus Nicol
SED Studio
4.00 Recent Housing Projects
Richard Hawkes
SED Studio
1.00 Scavengers and
other Creatures
Assembling Realities
Lecture Hall
Wed 11 February
11.30 Introduction to Research Paper 2
& Dissertation
Simos Yanas
SED Studio
6.00 Housing London Lecture Series
Lecture Hall
Thu 12 February
11.00 Open Jury
Selected projects from the
Undergraduate School
Lecture Hall & New Soft Room
3.00 Open Jury
Selected projects from the
Undergraduate School
Lecture Hall & New Soft Room
7.00 Members’ Screening
AA Cinema
See Lectures & Events 
Date Submitted: 9/2/2015

Meet the Architectural Association at London Universities International Partnership event in New York

"Study in London and Meet the World"

Meet the AA and 15 other of London’s universities at the historic Museum of the City of New York.

  • University staff will be there to chat through all you need to know on how to apply to study in London and more about the courses they offer.
  • Graduates from the universities will be able to tell you first-hand what it is like to study in London.
  • You will be able to see the exciting films produced for the event which look at some of the things the universities are doing around the world demonstrating their global connections, and featuring students who share their experiences and top tips about studying in London
  • There will be a dance performance which will happen at approximately 7.30pm, choreographed and performed by US postgraduate students who have studied in one the LUIP universities. The music has been especially composed for the occasion by a graduate from another LUIP university.
  • You will be able to see an inflatable installation illustrating connections, which has been created by graduates of the Architectural Association, one of the LUIP members.

You can drop in at any time, booking is not required. A dance performance will take place at around 7.30pm.

Tuesday 10th February 2015 from 6.30 - 9pm

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10029

For directions, please visit: www.mcny.org/visit

You can download the New York Event Invite . We look forward to seeing you all at the event.

Date Submitted: 5/2/2015

The AArchitecture Editorial Team are gathering content for Issue 25: "Deadlines".

Deadlines: a word dreaded by architecture students worldwide, we encounter it on a daily basis. It’s not about time, but about the lack thereof. Another variation of the word, this one hyphenated as 'dead-line', was used by printers, though not to refer to press time, but to describe how the press should be configured.

We are interested in your interpretation. Essays, poems, drawings, sketches, diagrams or any other formats are welcome from AA Members, Alumni, Students and Staff. Please submit a 100-word proposal to aarchitecture@aaschool.ac.uk by Friday 6 February 2015.

The Editorial Team is also collecting any last-minute news briefs for inclusion in Issue 24: Escapes. If you would like to publish news regarding prizes, events or publications, please send a short description with all of the necessary information to aarchitecture@aaschool.ac.uk by Friday 6 February 2015.

Date Submitted: 30/1/2015

One month residency research opportunities at CERN

Date Submitted: 30/1/2015

Application deadlines – Friday 30 January 2015

Undergraduate school applications and Graduate school early (winter) applications close Friday 30 January 2015. Please ensure your online form and portfolio arrive by 6pm. Please see the Undergraduate Application and Graduate Application pages for further details. 

Date Submitted: 29/1/2015

Student Assistant needed for the "Little Architect" School's Programme

Little Architect, one of the AA's newest Visiting School programmes whose objective is to introduce architecture teaching in London primary schools, is looking for an AA student to work with the Programme Director as a teaching assistant.

If you would like to work with children in a creative teaching role, principally with drawings, collage and photographs, then please send your details to LittleArchitect@aaschool.ac.uk as soon as possible. The commitment would be no more than a few hours per week.

Date Submitted: 20/1/2015

Call for Participation by artist Anton Burdakov


Call for Participation in a collaborative project led by artist Anton Burdakov at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Spring/Summer 2015.

The Project:

How do we want to live? Assembly approaches this basic human question as an architectural project. Using the artist studio as a test site for ways of living and working communally, it explores recurring elements in individual wishes for the future, interpreting them through a spatial language.

A temporary place of work (the Place) will be set up in the exhibition space, within an installation which will include studio furniture and display units. A small group of participants (the Team) is invited to fill this setting with ideas, using the occasion for in-depth discussion and making physical proposals such as architectural models, which will become part of the exhibition. The staring point (the Project) echoes the central theme: to design a building which could house an artist's studio, so that the setup in the exhibition space, and its positioning in the wider context, become a model to be re-evaluated and re-invented.
Anton Burdakov is an artist currently based in London and Berlin. He studied neuroscience at the University of Cambridge and sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London. Through object-making and site-specific installations, his work explores transitions between spaces and states, focusing on spatial dimensions of personal relationships and goals. www.antonburdakov.com
Anton lectured at the AA in 2014

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the largest of its kind in Europe and the Art Fund UK Museum of the Year 2014. It is an international centre for the creation, display and appreciation of sculpture enjoyed by over 400,000 people and 45,000 children and students each year. The programme is a balance of object and experience, established and emerging artists that represents and challenges the definition of what sculpture is and could be. www.ysp.co.uk
19 – 26 April 2015: help with constructing site-specific elements of the installation
28 June – 9 July 2015: main period
There is some flexibility with the dates, depending on individual availability

Some funds are available for travel and expenses such as food. Accommodation will be provided in a holiday cottage in a nearby village of Emley in April, and in the historical Archway lodge on YSP grounds during the summer period.

How to apply:
Please apply before 7th of February 2015 with a few words about yourself by sending an email to anton.burdakov@gmail.com, putting “YSP Team Assembly” in email subject. It would be helpful to include a small selection of something you have done (object, image, space, film, text...) as a link or a single pdf. Anton would welcome a preliminary conversation on Skype and will be happy to answer any questions.
Date Submitted: 16/1/2015

Call for papers for 12th AHRA International Conference at Leeds Beckett University

This Thing Called Theory

12th AHRA International Conference




Leeds Beckett University

School of Art, Architecture and Design

Leeds, United Kingdom


19th-21st November 2015

This conference proposes Theory as a form of architectural practice which opposes the instrumentalization of its use. It aims to explore the status of Theory in architecture through an examination of instances in current practice, and invites critical reconsiderations of the role of Theory in architecture, its successes and shortcomings. It seeks to trigger discussions, arguments and polemics around this thing called Theory.



Since the Architectural Humanities Research Association was created twelve years ago to promote and develop research in the architectural humanities, the practices of architecture have transformed and diversified, and so has the relationship between the designs, representations and makings of architecture and their surrounding discourses. 

After semiotics, psychoanalysis, deconstruction’s flirt with Derridean philosophy, and Deleuzian redefinitions of folds and diagrams, the impact of the digital in architecture seemed to have vanquished the ‘need’ for architecture to refer to discourses from the humanities. Whilst concerns of the humanities are converging with the sciences, they are also simultaneously diverging and dissipating with notions of network, apparatus and agency. The recent imperative in architecture to withdraw from claims of singular design visions has also been characterised by the gathering of individuated credits and subjecting to commodified distribution in the production of theory.

Today, in an age of extreme specialization and thus far inconceivable intersections of fragmented strands of knowledge, architecture continues to reinvent itself. As architecture reconsiders its status as a discipline in relation to digital technologies, material sciences, biology and environmental transformations, it continues to resort to and introject thoughts and practices developed ‘outside’ architecture. It is indeed the very openness and connectedness of architecture that can offer a line of continuity in the ongoing process of self-definition and reinvention that has always characterized architecture as a practice of the multiple and of the critical.  As a discipline that never simply makes physical environments, architecture will continue to act in and through all its intersections with its ‘other’ as a critical and cultural agent.



While architecture’s discourse seemed to have been muted with the shift from the alphabet to the algorithm (Mario Carpo, 2011), it has more recently emerged that even for the digital it is already not only possible but indeed necessary to construct an archaeology (Greg Lynn, 2013), and this has to be both historical and critical. Log’s ‘Stocktaking’ issue (summer 2013) borrowed Reyner Banham 1960’s instrumental opposition of tradition and technology to resume (or restart) a critical discourse on contemporary architectural practices, attempting to relate them to recent and not so recent disciplinary pasts, while the ‘Ways to Be Critical’ proposed by Volume 36 (Archis 2013, no. 2) seems to reduce the issue of criticality to a series of positions of militant criticism.

Beyond the mediatory function of theory (Michael Hays, 2000) and its problematic tag of authorship and authority (Giorgio Agamben, in ‘What is a Paradigm’, 2002), this conference proposes that theory, far from dead, extinct or rejected, remains crucial to the discipline. In the age of post-digital architecture and digital materiality, This Thing Called Theory aims to explore current practices of theory.

This conference proposes Theory as a form of architectural practice which opposes the instrumentalization of its use. It aims to explore the status of Theory in architecture through an examination of instances in current practice, and invites critical reconsiderations of the role of Theory in architecture, its successes and shortcomings. It seeks to trigger discussions, arguments and polemics around this thing called Theory.

We have identified three main areas for discussion and argumentation:




Theory as Criticism

Theory as Architecture

Theory as History


Theory as Politics

Theory as Praxis

Theory as Material


Theory as Utopia

Theory as Science

Theory as Media


We invite individual and group proposals for 20 minute papers and full sessions from architectural historians, theorists, designers and practitioners, as well as those working on the issues identified in the synopsis from other disciplines, including film-making, art practice and performance.

We welcome contributions that explore contemporary developments and project future trends, as well as those that offer retrospective theoretical and critical interrogations.

Please send a 500 word abstract, including title, and a 50 word biographical note to





Deadline for abstracts of papers: 4th May 2015

Please note that full papers will be required prior to the

conference for panel chairs and to begin the editorial process for publication in the This Thing Called Theory 

volume of the Routledge ‘Critiques’ series,and for a special conference issue of Architecture and Culture, the AHRA journal.



Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st November 2015



Rose Bowl Building, City Campus, Leeds Beckett University, and other venues in Leeds (UK) city centre.







Professor Teresa Stoppani, Head of The Leeds School of Architecture, Leeds Beckett University 

Dr Doreen Bernath, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Leader of the BA Architectural Studies course, Leeds Beckett University

Braden Engel, Undergraduate History and Theory Coordinator, Academy of Art University, San Francisco and

PhD Candidate, Leeds Beckett University

George Themistocleous, Part Time Lecturer and PhD Candidate, Leeds Beckett University

Date Submitted: 6/1/2015

AA’s Annual General Meeting Monday, 26 January 2015


Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Architectural Association (Inc.) will be held at 32 Bedford Square, First Floor Back, London WC1 on Monday, 26 January 2015 at 6:30 p.m.


• Provisional Agenda

• Specific and General Proposals

• Notes

• Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting (20 January 2014)


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 forty-eight 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 The Architectural Association, Inc. 36 Bedford Square

London WC1B 3ES

United Kingdom

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

By order of the Board

Date Submitted: 19/12/2014

International Wildlife Center (IWC) Africa Architecture Competition

Arquideas launches International Wildlife Center (IWC) Africa competition.

Architecture students and young architects

October 13, 2014 to January 16, 2015

€ 6,375 + Publication in Plataforma Arquitectura + Publication in WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell magazine + Publication in Taller al Cubo + Publication
in Pedacicos Arquitectonicos + Annual subscription to WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell magazine + Annual subscription to AV Proyectos magazine

Nathalie de Vries (Director of MVRDV)
Federico Soriano (Chairman of the Department of Architectural Design at the UPM)
Felipe Assadi (Dean of Faculty of Architecture and Design of Finis Terrae University)
Sol Madridejos (Head of S-M.A.O. Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office)
Vincent Pearson (Director and Founder of Arquitectorial)
Alejandro Fernández-Linares (Winner of NOA South America architecture competition)
José María Ordovás (Winner of NOA South America architecture competition)

Further Details About the Competition.


Date Submitted: 15/12/2014

End of Term Juries

Tuesday 16 December

Inter 3 – 32 Second Floor Back
Inter 9 – 32 Second Floor Back
Inter 11 – Soft Room
Inter 12 – 32 First Floor Front
Dip 3 – 37 First Floor Front
Dip 7 – 33 First Floor Front & First Floor Back

Wednesday 17 December

Inter 4 – 33 Ground Floor Back
Inter 7 – 33 First Floor Front
Dip 2 – 32 Second Floor Back
Dip 4 – 32 First Floor Back
Dip 16 – Diploma 16 Unit Space
Dip 17 – Soft Room
First Year – Rear Second Presentation Room

Thursday 18 December

Dip 1 – 32 Second Floor Back
Dip 11 – 33 First Floor Back & First Floor Front
Dip 14 – 37 First Floor Front

Friday 19 December

Inter 2 – 32 First Floor Back
Dip 5 – 32 First Floor Front
Dip 6 – 37 First Floor Front

Date Submitted: 11/12/2014


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