Hooke Park Call for Volunteers

Volunteers are invited to Hooke Park for the weekend 22–23 February to join in some high pruning (the removal of tree branches by pole saw to improve future timber quality).

See website for further details and to register.

Date Submitted: 12/2/2014

Deadline for RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship entries - 28 March 2014

The RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, generously supported by Lord Foster and Foster + Partners, offers one travelling scholarship of £6,000 to a student of architecture to support international research on a topic and at locations of the student’s choosing.

The topic of the research should however, relate to the survival of our cities and towns and fall under one of the following themes:

• learning from the past to inform the future
• the future of society
• density of settlements
• sustainability
• use of resources
• quality of urban life
• transport

The travel should take place between June-October 2014.

Upon the completion of the travel the student will be invited to present their research to an audience at Foster + Partners in London. A graphic, photographic or written interpretation of their report will also be displayed during the RIBA President’s Medals Student Award exhibition at the RIBA in London in December 2014.


Eligible students:

• must be enrolled in an RIBA or CAA validated degree programmes or in a programme from a specially invited school or architecture centre AND

• must have successfully completed at least the first year of a Part 1 degree.

Each school only can submit one application produced by one student.

How to apply

Each school with RIBA or CAA validated degree courses is invited to submit one application for the scholarship from one of its students. AA students should send a completed application with their name and student number to andrea.ghaddar@aaschool.ac.uk before 28th March 2014 (end of term)

The application consists of:

• one A1 ‘poster’ presented as a pdf file detailing the proposal (topic, objective, locations). Applicants are restricted to 500 words for the poster submission and the file size should not exceed 5 MB. Applicants that exceed these limits may jeopardise their chances of success.

Additionally, applicants may submit video submissions as additional supporting material with a maximum duration of 2 minutes. Contact frank@aaschool.ac.uk if you have video you wish to submit.

Selection criteria & process

The judges will seek to award a student who demonstrates the potential for outstanding achievement and original thinking on issues relating to the survival and the future of our cities and towns.

Submissions will be judged by the panel consisting of:

• Lord Foster
• Stephen Hodder, the President of the RIBA
• Two members of Foster + Partners
• One judge invited by Lord Foster
• One judge invited by the President of the RIBA

Date Submitted: 12/2/2014

Open Jury Work-in-Progress, Friday 14 February, 10.30am

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. The work includes examples from the Intermediate, Diploma and Graduate schools.

The primary intention of the day is an internal debate. This School only event will enable students and tutors to wander from room to room to see work in progress in different units and programmes in an intensive and productive day of discussion.

Guest Jurors: Tony Vidler, Michael Maltzan and Medine Altiok


Lecture Hall


New Soft Room


Rear Second Presentation




Guest Juror: Tony Vidler


Guest Juror: Medine Altiok


Guest Juror: Michael Maltzen


Diploma Unit 3


Tutors: Adiam Sertzu, Daniel Bosia, Marco Vanucci


Intermediate Unit 3

Things that Never Were

Tutors: Nanette Jackowski, Ricardo de Ostos


Intermediate Unit 8

Sao Paulo

Tutors: Francisco Gonzalez de Canales, Nuria Lombardero (Moderator)



Diploma Unit 9

The Unbuilt

Tutors: Natasha Sandmeier (Moderator)


Diploma Unit 1

Augmented Exuberance

Tutor: Tobias Klein


Emergent Technologies and Design

Computational evolution of the urban block

Tutors: Mike Weinstock, George Jeronimidis



Diploma Unit 17

Territorial Structures

Tutors: Theo Sarantoglou Lalis, Dora Sweijd


Diploma Unit 2

Inadequate Determinilisation

Tutors: Kostas Grigoriadis (Moderator), Didier Faustino


Intermediate Unit 6

Urban Ecologies

Tutors: Jeroen van Ameijde, Brendon Carlin



Diploma Unit 18


Tutors: Pablo Ros, Enric Ruiz Geli, Felix Fassbinder


Diploma Unit 7

Watching TV

Tutors: Samantha Hardingham, David Greene


Diploma Unit 11

City as Playground

Tutor: Shin Egashira







Intermediate Unit 7

Shadow Cities, St. Petersburg


Tutor: Maria Fedorchenko





1:30 – 2:30 – LUNCH BREAK


Lecture Hall


New Soft Room


Rear Second Presentation




Guest Juror: Michael Maltzen


Guest Juror: Tony Vidler


Guest Juror: Medine Altiok


Design Research Lab

Tutors: Theo Spyropoulos


Diploma Unit 14

Architecture of Housing

Tutors: Maria Giudici (Moderator)



Diploma Unit 16

Cybernetic Regeneration

Tutors: Andrew Yau and Jonas Lundberg




Case Studies

Tutors: Simos Yannas


Housing and Urbanism

The Productive City

Tutors: Jorge Fiori, Hugo Hinsley


Diploma Unit 6


Tutors: Liam Young, Kate Davies



Diploma Unit 10

9 Elms

Tutors: Carlos Villanueva Brandt


First Year

AA School Re-Design

Tutors: Monia De Marchi, Fabrizio Ballabio, John Ng, Shany Barath, Maria Giudici, Max Kahlen



Intermediate Unit 1

Empty Catskills

Tutors: Mark Campbell (Moderator)



Intermediate Unit 2

Bloomsbury and Villas

Tutors: Takero Shimazaki, Ana Araujo


Landscape and Urbanism


Tutors: Alfredo Ramirez, Eduardo Rico


Intermediate Unit 12


Tutors: Tyen Masten, Inigo Minns



Intermediate Unit 13


Tutors: Miraj Ahmed and Martin Jameson (Moderator)







Informal discussion & refreshments in the Rear Second Presentation Room


Date Submitted: 5/2/2014

Term 2 Open Week Lectures and Events

Performance and the City Out of the Black Box: Scripted Spaces, Immersive Theatre and Event Productions
Organised and hosted by Stefan Jovanovic and Takako Hasegawa
Monday 10 February, 10.00 
Lecture Hall


MA History and Critical Thinking Laboratory on Writing 
Design by Words
with Fabrizio Gallanti and Marina Lathouri 
Monday 10 – Thursday 13 February, 10.00, 37 First Floor Front 
Friday 14 February, 10.00 
33 First Floor Back


Saturated Space Cluster Lecture 
Saturated Space V: The Drama of Colour
Monday 10 February, 5.00
Rear Second Presentation Space


Paradise Lost Cluster Lecture 
Mark Campbell: The Fall
Tuesday 11 February, 11.00 
Lecture Hall


Lunchtime Lecture
Mark Campbell & Pier Vittorio Aureli in Conversation: A Real Rain
Tuesday 11 February, 1.00 
Lecture Hall


Concrete Geometries Cluster Event
Marianne Mueller & Fran Cottell: Cluster Webplatform Launch
Tuesday 11 February, 6.00 
Lecture Hall


AA/Bartlett Event
Anticity and the Future of the Public Sphere: Stefano Boeri in Conversation with Camillo Boano
Tuesday 11 February, 6.00
Rear Second Presentation Space


Lunchtime Lecture and Book Launch
Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén Ga Grinda, amid.cero9 – Third Natures
Wednesday 12 February, 1.00
Lecture Hall


Evening Lecture
Anthony Vidler: Troubles in Heterotopia – Occupied Spaces: New York and Istanbul to the ‘68 Revolution
Wednesday 12 February, 6.00
Lecture Hall


Emergent Technologies Lunchtime Guest Lecture
Chuck Hoberman: Transformable – Building Structures that Change Themselves
Thursday 13 February, 1.00
Lecture Hall


Evening Lecture
Michael Maltzan: Elastic
Thursday 13 February, 6.00
Lecture Hall


Open Jury 
Undergraduate and Graduate Work-In-Progress 
Friday 14 February, 10.30–5.00
Lecture Hall, Soft Room and Rear Second Presentation Space

Date Submitted: 5/2/2014

Design by Words: History and Critical Thinking Laboratory on Writing

MA History and Critical Thinking Laboratory on Writing with Fabrizio Gallanti and Marina Lathouri

Monday 10 – Thursday 13 February, 10.00, 37 First Floor Front

Friday 14 February, 10.00, 33 First Floor Back

In this one-week intensive workshop, writing is considered as a tool to communicate ideas in a clear and direct way, moving away from the complexities of architectural jargon and academic writing. Each day consists of the introduction of a writing example, the discussion of it, and then the writing and reading in public of a short piece. There will be a final presentation at the end of the week.

The two main references are:

Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millenium, 1988

David Foster Wallace, 'Authority and the American Usage' in: Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (2005)

The five exercises are:

Description I

Example: Restaurant reviews from the New Yorker magazine

Exercise: Write about the physical, sensorial, emotional experience of a specific location (restaurant, bar, club, art gallery, theatre, etc.)

Description II

Example: Georges Perec, An attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

Exercise: Note during a period of five hours and then edit the time spent in a public space (the same for all of the students) in London.

Cause and Effect

Example: Jonathan Massey, Risk Design, 2013

Exercise: Identify a building in London and speculate about the political, socio-economical and technological conditions that informed and possibly determined its design.


Example: Toyo Ito, Tarzans in the Media Forest, 2011

Exercise: Select a brief text in a foreign language and then translate it into English, highlighting the words, themes or concepts, which meaning does not properly transfer through translation.


Example: Colm Tóibín; Callil, Carmel (editors), The Modern Library: The Two Hundred Best Novels in English Since 1950, 1999

Exercise: Summarise an assigned architectural essay in 300–500 words

Fabrizio Gallanti is the Associate Director Programs at the Canadian Centre of Architecture in Montreal. He has wide-ranging and international experience in architectural design, education, publication, and exhibitions.

Marina Lathouri is the Director of the MA History and Critical Thinking programme at the AA.

Date Submitted: 3/2/2014

AA Council Ordinary General Meeting

Monday 3 March, 6.30pm

Download the Agenda (Amended) 

Date Submitted: 1/2/2014

HCT Debates / Architecture Politics Friday 31 January

Term 2: Friday 1:00 / 36 Bedford Square, New Soft Room

Organised and hosted by Marina Lathouri



Friday 31 January

Common grounds, common practices

Orsalia Dimitriou


Orsalia Dimitriou is a practicing architect and a researcher. She is a PhD Candidate at the department of Visual Cultures in Goldsmiths University of London and her thesis focuses on public space, democracy and social movements using as a research method both theory and visual media. Her research interests include design as a political tool, urban insurgencies, and grassroots practices, theatrical and ephemeral interventions in urban space, participatory design and social sustainability. Orsalia has been practicing architecture in Athens, Barcelona and London and is teaching design at Central Saint Martin’s in London and cultural context at UCA in Canterbury.

Date Submitted: 30/1/2014

Library Catalogue Offline 28th January

 The library catalogue will be unavailable from 8pm on 28 January until 8am the following day. The library will remain open until 9pm but searching the catalogue, renewing books and check-outs will not be possible from 8pm.

Date Submitted: 23/1/2014

Call for entries: villa Noailles – Design Parade 9, 9th International Festival of Design

4–6 July, 2014, villa Noailles, Hyères, France

31 March, 2014

Jury presidents
Carole Baijings and Stefan Scholten

This competition presents 10 shortlisted designers in a collective exhibition in the villa Noailles, they will have been selected by a jury composed by professionals from various design fields. The jury meets the designers in the villa Noailles and chooses the winners who will receive creative residencies in Sèvres – cité de la céramique, and at CIRVA Marseille (international centre on research of glass) and a grant of 5000 euros given by kreo Gallery in Paris.

Download the competition rules
Visit the festival archives

Date Submitted: 22/1/2014

Fourth Year Students – Thesis Option to fulfil HTS Fifth Year requirements

Friday 31 January, 1.00
Lecture Hall

Fourth Year students wishing to register their interest in this option are invited to attend this meeting.

Mark Campbell will present the timeline and framework for undertaking this option, which allows Fourth year students to follow a defined seminar programme for the research and production of a Thesis and completion of same by the end of Term 1 of the Fifth Year. In addition to attending the meeting, Fourth Year students wishing undertake the Thesis option must formally confirm this intention by emailing Belinda Flaherty: belinda@aaschool.ac.uk 

Date Submitted: 22/1/2014

Third and Fifth Year TS tutorial online booking system

Students are reminded that the online booking system is now up and running and tutor availability will be updated each week. Please refer to the email correspondence (15/1/14) from Belinda to all Third and Fifth Year students outlining booking procedures (and retain for ongoing reference):


Date Submitted: 22/1/2014

MArch Juries and Keynote Lectures Monday 20 – Friday 24 January

AA MArch candidates present their dissertation projects, with evening keynote lectures throughout the week. Lectures take place in the Lecture Hall. 
Mon 20
Housing & Urbanism Jury
10am, Rear Second Presentation Space
Tue 21
SED Jury
Lecture Hall, 10.15am
Wed 22
EmTech Jury
Lecture Hall, 10am
Design & Make Jury
Rear Second Presentation Space, 4pm
Thu 23
(A&U) DRL Jury Day 1
Lecture Hall, 10am
Fri 24
(A&U) DRL Jury Day 2
Lecture Hall, 10am
Date Submitted: 15/1/2014

Term 2 Registration for all Students

Re-registration for all students will take place during Week 1 (13-17 January 2014) of Term 2. Undergraduate students, please register with Sabrina in the Registrar’s Office. Graduate students, please register with Clem and Danielle in the Graduate School Office.

Date Submitted: 10/1/2014

2014 Michael Ventris Memorial Awards for Architecture 

The Trustees of the Michael Ventris Memorial Fund would like to invite applications for the 2014 Michael Ventris Award of £2000 for an architectural project. Applicants should have a first degree in architecture, or a relevant subject, 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:

Andrea Ghaddar, 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:


Applications must be written in English, and must reach Andrea Ghaddar at the Architectural Association, complete with the two required references not later than 1st February 2014. 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 to Andrea Ghaddar 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.

The Life of Michael Ventris

Michael Ventris

 Michael Ventris

1922 - 1956

Architect and Decipherer of Linear B

Michael Ventris was born on 12 July 1922 to an Indian Army officer and the daughter of a wealthy Polish landowner. He was educated on the continent and at Stowe School in England. He spoke several languages at an early age and showed a precocious interest in ancient scripts, having bought a book on Egyptian Hieroglyphs when he was seven.

His interest in Linear B began in 1936 when he went with a school group to an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the British School at Athens. Sir Arthur Evans, then 85 years old, happened to be present in the gallery and showed the boys his finds from Knossos, including the Linear B documents. His teacher remembers Ventris asking: “Did you say the tablets haven’t been deciphered, Sir?” Thus began a life-long fascination with “the Minoan problem”.

Ventris wrote to Evans — who kindly wrote back — and soon published his first article on the subject, when he was just 18 years old. This came out in the American Journal of Archaeology in 1940. The same year, Ventris began a course at the Architectural Association School in Bedford Square to embark on his chosen profession as an architect.

In 1942 Ventris married Lois Knox-Niven, a fellow student at the Architectural Association. Later that year, in August, he was called up and joined the Royal Air Force. After a training course in Canada in 1943, he served as a navigator. Throughout his war service, he never forgot the Aegean scripts problem. Evans had died in 1941 — just in time to be spared news of the occupation of Crete — and Ventris corresponded thereafter with Sir John Myres, who had been entrusted by Evans with the publication of Scripta Minoa II, the Linear B tablets of Knossos.

When the war ended, instead of being demobilised Ventris was sent to Germany because of his excellence with languages. In addition to German he spoke Russian, and helped liaise with the Russian Army. He was finally demobilised in 1946 and immediately on his release visited Myres in Oxford, where he was invited to help publish the Knossos tablets. Ventris was too busy with architecture at the time, so declined the offer but stayed in touch with Myres.

Ventris finished his architectural degree in 1948, and was again invited to help with Scripta Minoa II. Myres had at this point also brought in the American scholar Alice Kober, and Ventris went to meet both of them in Oxford in August. The meeting was not a great success, and Ventris again withdrew, although he still corresponded with Myres. It has been said that Ventris withdrew because, as an amateur, he was intimidated by academia. While this may be partly true — and by all accounts, many academics themselves found Kober and Myres rather formidable! — a crucial factor was disagreement over how the tablets should be classified. Great progress on this was being made by Emmett Bennett, who was publishing the Pylos tablets found in 1939, and Ventris felt that if Scripta Minoa did not adopt Bennett’s scheme, the publication would be obsolete almost as soon as it appeared. In this he was justified, and a new set of transcriptions were later prepared by himself, Chadwick and Bennett.

In 1950 Ventris circulated a “Mid-Century Report” on Linear B, which he intended to be his last work on the subject. But the problem would not leave him alone, and he soon gave up his architectural job to work full-time on Linear B. His progress was recorded in a series of “Work Notes” which he circulated, at his own expense, to a group of scholars in various countries who were also working on the script.

Ventris was well on what would turn out to be the right track by February 1952 when he wrote to Myres about the Knossos place names. By May, he felt the code was “breaking” and that, to his astonishment, the Linear B documents were, after all, written in Greek.

Ventris had been invited to give a talk on the BBC Third Programme about Myres’s publication of the Knossos tablets, which was then about to come out. He took the opportunity to announce the decipherment and it was broadcast to the world on 1 July 1952. The talk was heard by John Chadwick, a newly-appointed lecturer in the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge, who got hold of Ventris’s material and was the first to write to him with congratulations. At this point Ventris needed the help of a professional philologist and invited Chadwick to publish the decipherment with him in JHS. They collaborated closely together for the next four years.

Ventris’s work with Linear B kept him busy, but he did not altogether neglect architecture. He designed a house for the family in Highgate, and in January 1956 began an Architectural Research Fellowship, working on the classification of data for architects.

In 1954 and 1955 he worked for the British Excavations at Emporio, on Chios, under the directorship of John (now Sir John) Boardman.

At the height of his fame and just weeks before the publication of his great joint work with Chadwick, Documents in Mycenaean Greek, Ventris died in a tragic car accident on 6 September 1956.

Ventris was awarded an OBE and an annual award in his honour, the Michael Ventris Award, was established in 1957. These awards, given to young Linear B scholars and architects, continue to the present day, under the auspices of the London Institute of Classical Studies and the Architectural Association, where Ventris took his degree.

Date Submitted: 10/1/2014


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