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Student Feedback Meetings
With the School Director & Registrar

All students are invited to discuss the academic year to date and to provide early feedback to Eva and Belinda. Monday 14 October, Foundation and First Year. Tuesday 15 October, Experimental and Diploma programmes. Wednesday 16 October, Postgraduate programmes.

Each session takes place at 1pm in the Lecture Hall 

Date Submitted: 14/10/2019

2020 Michael Ventris Award for Architecture

The trustees of the Michael Ventris Memorial Fund would like to invite applications for the 2020 Michael Ventris Award for Architecture. This year the award is exceptional in that one award of £5000 will be given to an applicant for an independent project with clear outcomes that will be judged according to the quality of the proposal, and the potential value of its outputs in the field of architecture today. The fund was established in 1956, in memory of Michael Ventris, an AA alumnus who became world-famous for deciphering the ancient Greek script of Linear B, while also practising as a successful architect.


Anyone working in the field of architecture and buildings is eligible to apply. Applicants must be enrolled on, or have a degree in a subject related to the proposed project, and the award is open to entrants from all countries. The award is intended to support a high quality stand-alone project, and funding will not be awarded for a continuing programme of study.


Projects submitted for the award should demonstrate their contribution to the field of architecture and be accompanied by a specific brief to include the clear objectives of the project, an outline of how it will be achieved and its proposed outputs. A draft programme of work with a cost must be included. Travel, subsistence, equipment and other enabling costs are eligible. A brief biography of the applicant must be also included. All applications should be in PDF format and must not exceed six single sides of A4. In addition, two reference letters supporting the application should be sent directly from the referees.


Please email applications to Roberta Jenkins at by Friday, 28 February 2020 and write ‘Michael Ventris Application’ in the subject line. Applications received after this date will not be considered.


The award will be judged by a panel under the auspices of the Trustees of the Michael Ventris Award, in conjunction with the Architectural Association. Payment of the award will be made in two instalments. The first of three quarters of the sum immediately, following the announcement of the award in June 2020. The last quarter will be paid to successful candidates on submission of t a written report on the completed work to the Advisory Committee by 1 March 2021 at the latest. The recipient may also be invited to make a public presentation of the outcome of the award at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.


For further information, please contact Manolis Stavrakakis, the recipient of the Michael Ventris Award for Architecture in 2011, and the academic coordinator of the award on behalf of the AA, at

Date Submitted: 10/10/2019

AArchitecture Call for Submissions

Published every term, AArchitecture journal is edited by and written for the AA Community. It interprets the different roles that research plays within architectural discourse.

Issue 39 seeks both written and visual material. Submit by Monday 25 November to

A charger for a Non-rechargeablebattery
Technologies of disobedience from the Archive of Ernesto Oroza

“This is an object that I found recently. You plug it into an electrical outlet. And with these attachments it can revive a non-rechargeable battery. It’s mainly used by people with hearing aids and these devices need batteries. People made this for them so they could always recharge their batteries.” (Cuba’s DIY Inventions from 30 Years of Isolation. (2010). Directed by S. Stelley. Motherboard.) Throughout Cuba’s 30 years of isolation from global market trade, the government was forced to produce and supply each household with a series of standard objects. This led to a lack of basic amenities. What emerged was a habit of ‘hacking’ objects in order to prolong the life cycle of rarities, evolving into a black market of domestic objects. Where plates become satellite dishes or scrap materials are assembled to plug into an electrical socket, the life cycle of an object is supplemented, enabling re-use. This instance touches upon rules of aesthetics, law and economy in a context with dwindling state support. These objects enable the public to reclaim their household; interrupting, reviving and prolonging. Maybe the most mundane need can become an object of protest. Its maker is its user, a technology of disobedience.

Date Submitted: 9/10/2019

Notice of Ordinary General Meeting of the AA Council

Notice is hereby given that an Ordinary General Meeting of the AA Council will be held at 33 Bedford Square, First Floor Front, London, WC1B 3ES, 7 October 2019 at 6.30pm.

Date Submitted: 2/10/2019

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, information about Postgraduate Programmes 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.

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Eva Franch i Gilabert
AA School of Architecture

Date Submitted: 16/9/2019

Term Dates 2019-20

Monday 16th September - Friday 20th September 2019 Introduction Week for all new students

TERM 1 Monday 23rd September to Friday 13th December 2019 (12 Weeks)

TERM 2 Monday 6th January to Friday 20th March 2020 (11 Weeks)

TERM 3 Monday 22nd April to Friday 19th June June 2020 (9 Weeks)

TERM 4 (Graduate School MA/MSc students only) Monday 22nd June to Friday 18th September 2020 (13 Weeks)

Please visit /STUDY/ for the calendar as a PDF and in digital format for subscription.

Date Submitted: 30/8/2019

Call for Applications for AA Council Membership

The AA Council is looking for new members with skills in Higher Education, Human Resources or IT/Digital to join the governing body and lend expertise in supporting an exciting period of development under the AA’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.

For further details including how to apply, please see Recruitment Package or contact Company Secretary, Holly Bowden for an initial conversation.

Download Recruitment Package

Date Submitted: 14/8/2019

AA School Summer Closure

The AA School premises will be closed from Saturday 17th of August to 26th of August (Inclusive).

The AA School will reopen from Tuesday 27th August.

Date Submitted: 13/8/2019

Teaching Opportunity at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart

With its 900 students in art, architecture, design and restoration, the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart is one the largest art schools in Germany.

The Department of Architecture, Chair for Architectural Design and Building Typology, Prof Marianne Mueller AA Dipl. (AA graduate, ex-AA Unit Master) is looking for teaching assistant from 16.09.2019 to 15.07.2020 with a 50% in salary group 13 TV-L.

The responsibilities include studio teaching within a small design studio (Master level), the preparation and organization of design courses, events and trips as well as selected administrative activities.

You will have a qualified degree in Architecture. Desired are teaching and practical experience, as well as artistic and technical understanding of architectural design.

The State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart has a Gender Equality Plan and aims to increase the proportion of women in the artistic sector and/or scientific service.

Electronic applications (PDF of maximum 10 MB with cover letter, CV, certificates and documented work samples) are requested by 16 August 2019.

Sent your application to:

For further information please contact:

Date Submitted: 1/8/2019

Archives Summer Closure

Closed: 30th July - 27th August incl.

Date Submitted: 28/7/2019

Summer Vacation Library Opening Hours

Closed Saturday 27 July - Monday 26 August incl.

Tuesday 27 August - Sunday 22 September: 
open Monday to Sunday 10-6pm

Normal term-time hours resume from Mon 23 September
Open Monday to Friday 10-9pm, Saturday to Sunday 10-6pm

Date Submitted: 27/7/2019

2019 John McAslan + Partners Student Open Evening

The evening will showcase a range of work produced by our current part I and part II graduates while here at the practice. There will be opportunities for prospective graduates to see what projects and work is produced by our part I and Part II employees while here at John McAslan + Partners. Students will be able to meet and greet current employees and gain an insight into practice life and potential employment opportunities should students feel the practice is suited to them.

Date Submitted: 10/6/2019

AA Bookshop extended opening times

The AA bookshop will be open until 8.30pm on Thursday 20th June and on Friday 21st of June.

Date Submitted: 10/6/2019

Late May Bank Holiday Closure

All premises in 32-39 Bedford square and 4&16 Morwell street will be closed on Monday 27 May 2019.

Date Submitted: 22/5/2019


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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 Diploma), 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.