School Meeting 

The School Meeting, called by AA Council, will discuss the referendum process for the re-appointment of Brett Steele as Director of the AA School of Architecture, whose five-year contract ends in July 2015. All members of the School Community are encouraged to attend this important meeting and to participate in the referendum process. The School Community consists of all current full-time registered students, contracted academic and administrative staff and members of Council.

This meeting precedes the Director’s State of the Association Presentation on Friday 14 November at 1pm

Tuesday 11 November, 1.00pm
Lecture Hall

Date Submitted: 7/11/2014

Grasshopper, Rhino, Kangaroo, V-Ray Media Lab Workshop

AA MEDIA LAB : DIGITAL WORKFLOWS 1 / Kasper Ax 

Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, V-Ray

 
Mon 10th Nov - 10 - 6pm
 // No. 32 Second Floor Back 


Digital Workflow sessions focus on workflows rather than a single application.  Session 1, run by Kasper Ax,  covers advanced modeling techniques in Rhino, plug-ins Grasshopper and Kangaroo, as well as visualisation techniques in V-ray. Free-form 3D modeling with nurbs and polygons will be introduced as a tool for simulating objects and environments in a 3D modeling software, as well as an introduction to performance based simulation, where a design can be tested in a given environment. The visualization tutorials focus on the representation of the modeled design and will aim for the invention and build up of a distinct visual language (photo real or non- photo real) using various rendering techniques. Students are welcome to bring their own studio work as a testing ground. (A basic knowledge of Rhino workspace is recommended)

NB: Its a laptop run course so students will need to bring/ borrow/share a laptop and preload Rhino 5  (90 day trial available or buy at a discount from the AA materials shop), V-Ray (free trial www.vray.com) plus Grasshopper and Kangaroo ( free from www.food4rhino.com). 
Those with Macs will need to run a windows partition or Parallels as Grasshopper and Kangaroo are not available for Mac.  
 
For information about all of the MS LAB computer courses running this term please see the link below
http://www.aa-media.com/index.php/lab/
Date Submitted: 5/11/2014

Invite to annual "Moving House" lecture at Queen Mary, University of London

The Centre for Studies of Home annual lecture on ‘Moving house: home and hut myths in the installation art of Agnes Varda, Tracey Emin and Michael Landy,’ to be given by Gill Perry (Open University) on Wednesday 19 November at 6.30pm at Queen Mary, University of London (in Geography 126). The lecture is free to attend and will be followed by a reception. Registration is via Eventbrite - please follow the link on the invitation.

PDF Invite

Date Submitted: 29/10/2014

Visiting School Assistant Required

We are looking for a student to assist with preparation work in lead up to the running of our visiting school in Australia next year. The work would be based in London and involve assistance with the marketing graphics, mail outs, admin and some research. Candidates would need to know Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator and either Microstation or Autocad. It is a part time role - so hours would be discussed with the student. To apply or for more information, please contact visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 23/10/2014

AA Media Discussion

Ryan Luke Johns

Greyshed Robotics
Tuesday 28 October, 11.00
New Soft Room
This AA Media discussion celebrates the tools we use as designers and how we might exploit the disruptive, cheeky and disobedient behvaiour with technology. Open to all 

Date Submitted: 23/10/2014

Media Studies Lab Courses

Mondays and Saturdays

39 First Floor Front, 10.00
Students from across the school are encouraged to enrol in Media Studies Lab courses to further their knowledge in a range of prominent digital applications. All courses will be open
to students from all years of study. The format for MS-Lab courses is structured around intense introductory one-day workshops of approximately five to six hours. In contrast to studio-based MS- Core courses, MS-Labs are not marked and are not a formal requirement.
They have been established as an accessible means for students to quickly gain technical knowledge in common applications that may not be offered elsewhere in their education,
or as a means of reinforcing existing technical knowledge. Courses will cover applications focusing on imaging and visualisation, 3D modelling, automated computation, CAD and CAM operations, and physical simulation.

Students wishing to participate may simply show up to the course at the outlined time and room. Enrolment capacity will be established on a first- come basis.

For more information see http://www.aa-media.com/index.php/lab 

 

Date Submitted: 23/10/2014

2015 Michael Ventris Memorial Awards for Architecture

The Trustees of the Michael Ventris Memorial Fund would like to invite applications for the 2015 Michael Ventris Award 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 Minoan and Greek Archaeology and architecture, and his supreme achievement of deciphering the ancient Linear B script. It is intended that the Award 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:

Roberta Jenkins, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, UK.

or sent by e-mail (PDF files are preferred and attachments should be compatible with Word 2007) prefixing their email subject box with the words ‘Ventris Award’ to:

roberta.jenkins@aaschool.ac.uk

Applications must be written in English, and must reach Roberta Jenkins at the Architectural Association, complete with the two required references not later than 1st 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 Paula.Cadima@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. S/he may also be invited to make a public presentation of the results at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Date Submitted: 20/10/2014

Student Meetings with the Director

Brett Steele will hold a series of meetings this week. All students are encouraged to participate in this important feedback opportunity with the Director.

Monday 21 October Foundation and First Year students

Tuesday 22 October Intermediate and Diploma students

Wednesday 23 October Graduate students

Date Submitted: 16/10/2014

Media Studies Lab Courses

Mondays and Saturdays
39 First Floor Front, 10.00
Students from across the school are encouraged to enroll in Media Studies Lab courses to further their knowledge in a range of prominent digital applications. All courses will be open to students from all years of study. The format for MS-Lab courses is structured around intense introductory one-day workshops of approximately 5–6 hours. In contrast to studio-based MS-Core courses, MS-Lab courses are not marked, and are not a formal requirement for any students. They have been established as an accessible means for students to quickly gain technical knowledge in common applications that may not be offered elsewhere in their education, or as a means of reinforcing existing technical knowledge. Courses will cover applications focusing on imaging and visualisation, 3D modeling, automated computation, CAD and CAM operations, and physical simulation.

Students wishing to participate may simply show up to the course at the outlined time and room. Enrolment capacity will be established on a first- come basis. For more information see www.aa-media.com

Date Submitted: 16/10/2014

Night Photography Workshop

with Sue Barr
Wednesday 22 October, 6.00
Meet in the Photo Studio 'Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is ever what it appears to be' – Duane Michals

Photographing at night provokes many challenges and problems for the photographer, primarily because so often the results look completely different to what was originally seen through the viewfinder. This short, one-off workshop will look at the technical challenges of photographing at night – issues with long exposures, colour and white balance and accurate light metering. But it will also explore how to exploit these 'problems' and creatively expand the potential of the photographic image.

This workshop will be run twice in the first term and is open to any students throughout the school.
The second workshop will take place on Wednesday 5 November. Cameras and tripods are available to borrow if necessary.

To book a place for either session please telephone Sue Barr in the Photo Studio Office on +44 (0)20 7887 4080.

Date Submitted: 16/10/2014

Request for AA Birthday Party Photos & Videos

"We are looking for all kinds of encounters, happenings and moments throughout the evening, such as

spaces and details

performance and performers

guests and crowds

selfie shots in front of AA Logo in Human Scale in rear presentation space."

Email images at full resolution by 'wetransfer' or similar to Takako at aabirthdayparty@aaschool.ac.uk

All images will be fully credited.


Image: Caroline Rabourdin
Image: Houssam Flayhan

Image: Shira Rotem

Image: Shira Rotem

Image: Zac Carey

Date Submitted: 15/10/2014

NOTICE OF ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING (Note 6pm start)

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, 3 November 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to transact the following business:

TO BE PROPOSED AS ORDINARY RESOLUTIONS:

1) The revised operating budget for FY2014/15 for the Architectural Association (Inc.), as endorsed by the Members of the Finance Committee.

2) The signatories to the bank accounts for the Architectural Association (Inc.), as endorsed by the Members of the Finance Committee.

3) The terms of reference for the Academic Board of the Architectural Association (Inc.)’s School of Architecture, as endorsed by the Members of the General Purposes 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 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 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

Company Secretary

The Architectural Association, Inc.

36 Bedford Square

London, WC1B 3ES

13 October 2014  

Date Submitted: 13/10/2014

RIBA Student Hardship Funds and NEW RIBA Part 2 Bursaries

0will be available to support five Part-2 students for the academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17. 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.

Applicants must:

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

AND

At the time of application, students must either:

  • have applied for, or be intending to apply for, an RIBA validated Part 2 professional qualification in the UK. Proof of enrolment will be required before the first instalment of the bursary is issued.

Non-EU applicants must:

  • have been resident in the UK full-time for at least 3 years prior to the start of their Part 1 course in architecture. 

I would be grateful if you could advertise this scheme to your Part 1 graduates and promote awareness to any students undertaking Stage 1 year out practical experience. The deadline for applications to this scheme is Monday 15 December. More information can be found at www.architecture.com/Part2Bursaries.

RIBA Student Hardship Funds

Furthermore, please be advised that we are now also accepting applications to the RIBA Student Hardship Funds for the 2014/15 academic year. Any architecture student (either studying or undertaking practical experience) in hardship or who needs extra financial support, and meets the eligibility criteria, can apply to the RIBA Student Hardship Funds for grants of up to £2,000.

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

Last year we allocated over £50,000 from these hardship funds to over 60 students across the UK. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year. You can find more information about the scheme at www.architecture.com/hardshipfunds.

Date Submitted: 3/10/2014

Complementary Studies 2014-2015

Download Complementary Studies Booklet 2014 as PDF

The programmes in HTS, TS, MS and APP will be introduced on Friday 3rd October as per the following schedule:

10am Rear Second Presentation Space: History and Theory Studies 4th and 5th Year (followed by on-line course registration at 2pm)

11.30am Rear Second Presentation Space: Technical Studies 5th Year

12.30pm First Year Studio: Media Studies 1st Year (followed by on-line course registration at 2pm)

1pm Rear Second Presentation Space: Architectural Professional Practice 5th Year

2pm Rear Second Presentation Space: Technical Studies 2nd and 3rd Year

3pm Rear Second Presentation Space: History and Theory Studies 2nd and 3rd Year

4pm Rear Second Presentation Space: Media Studies 2nd Year (followed by on-line course registration at 5pm)

Attendance is mandatory at the relevant introductions. Term 1 lectures and seminars will commence in Week 2 (week commencing 6th October). Please refer to the Events List for times and venues.

Date Submitted: 2/10/2014
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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Certificate), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.

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