Meeting of the AA School Community

Please join us for a meeting of the AA School Community on Friday 12th October at 5pm in the Lecture Hall.  This is an important opportunity for all of us who are part of this community - AA students, staff and members of Council - to come together for two important updates: 

  • Introduction to the AA School Community: the annual account of the composition, role and function, constitution, rules and meeting procedures of this body;
  • The post-TDAP academic organisation of the AA School, and the launch of elections for a new academic committee structure supporting school-wide representation.


We look forward to seeing you on Friday and to the shared discussions ahead.

Date Submitted: 11/10/2018

Start of the Year Feedback Sessions with the School's Director and Registrar

Eva Franch i Gilabert and Belinda Flaherty invite all students to attend the Start of the Year Student Feedback Sessions. These sessions provide students the opportunity to discuss the academic year so far: share their experiences and opinions, and help the school stay committed in engaging with early feedback to take forward into the year.

All meetings will take place at 1pm in the Lecture Hall.

Monday 15 October – Foundation and First Year students
Wednesday 17 October – Graduate School Students
Friday 19 October – Intermediate and Diploma students

Date Submitted: 10/10/2018

Victoria Thornton OBE Appointed President of AA Council

The AA is delighted to announce that Victoria Thornton OBE was ratified as the next President and Chair of the AA Council at the Ordinary General Meeting held 1st October 2018 having taken the reins from David Porter who stood down having come to the end of his term as President. Read the full press release

Date Submitted: 4/10/2018

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, WC1, 1 October 2018 at 6.30pm. 

Date Submitted: 21/9/2018

Term Dates 2018-19

Monday 17th September - Friday 21st September 2018 Introduction Week for all new students

TERM 1 Monday 24th September to Friday 14th December 2018 (12 Weeks)

TERM 2 Monday 7th January to Friday 22nd March 2019 (11 Weeks)

TERM 3 Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 21st June June 2019 (9 Weeks)

TERM 4 (Graduate School MA/MSc students only) Monday 24th June to Friday 20th September 2019 (13 Weeks)

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

Date Submitted: 17/8/2018


The AA school premises  will be closed from Saturday 18th of August to 27th of August (Inclusive).

The AA School will reopen  from Tuesday 28th August.

Date Submitted: 9/8/2018

Troldtekt Award 2018 

Troldtekt is now inviting design and architecture students to participate in the Troldtekt Award 2018. The most creative and realistic proposal for using Troldtekt acoustic panels wins an award of €5,000.

Who is Troldtekt?

Troldtekt is a Danish company which, since 1935, has produced acoustic panels for ceilings and walls in all types of architecture. Their solutions are sold to multiple markets worldwide. Troldtekt acoustic panels are made from the natural materials wood and cement, and are certified in accordance with the sustainable Cradle to Cradle design concept.

What is the Troldtekt Award?

The Troldtekt Award is a design competition for design and architecture students from all over the world. The competition celebrates innovation among tomorrow’s architects.
The aim of the Troldtekt Award is to encourage students to explore Troldtekt acoustic panels and to find completely new ways of using them. Students from Europe and elsewhere have previously won the competition. Several UK students have also been short-listed.


The Troldekt award is open for entries from 1 October to 14 October 2018.
Participants must submit their projects no later than 4 November 2018.

Troldtekt Award 2018

Date Submitted: 28/6/2018

AA Diploma WITH HONOURS 2017-18

The following students have been awarded the AA Diploma WITH HONOURS 2017-18.  

Zsuzsa Peter, Diploma Unit 5

Etienne Gilly, Diploma Unit 9

Shaan Bimal Patel, Diploma Unit 14  

Dalia Frontini Matsuura, Diploma Unit 16

Date Submitted: 15/6/2018

External Examiners 2018

Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks founded Alison Brooks Architects in London in 1996. Her work in urban design, housing, the arts and higher education is known for its conceptual rigour, sculptural form, contextual specificity and ingenious detailing. Her award winning housing designs feature in the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture, with Ely Court a finalist for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award. Her recently completed Cohen Quadrangle will be Oxford's first College Quadrangle designed by a female architect. Alison is External Examiner at the AA, the Bartle7 UCL and is a Trustee of Open City.  She lectures on architecture internationally

Elisa Valero Ramos

Elisa Valero is a professor of architectural projects at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Granada and visiting professor at a number of schools in Europe and the UK. At Granada she has been secretary of both the Academic Board of the Masters in Architecture and the tribunal of approval of foreign degrees. She is external examiner at the AA and at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Fiona Raby

Fiona Raby is University Professor of Design and Social Inquiry and a Fellow of the Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought at The New School in New York. She was Professor of Industrial Design (id2) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna between 2011-2016 and was Reader in Design Interactions at the RCA between 2005-2015. She studied Architecture at the RCA before working for Kei'ichi Irie Architects in Tokyo. She also holds an MPhil in Computer Related Design from the RCA. She was a founding member of the CRD Research Studio where she worked as a Senior Research Fellow leading externally funded research projects. She taught in the Architecture department for over 13 years leading ADS 4.

Fred Manson

Fred Manson was from 1994 to 2001 director of Regeneration and Environment at the London Borough of Southwark, where he oversaw economic development, planning, property management, environmental management, regeneration, leisure and community services. He has been a member of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment design review panels and on the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group. Since 2004 he has been an associate of the Heatherwick studio. In 2000 he was awarded an honorary OBE. 

Gianni Botsford

Gianni Botsford was born in Venice, Italy in 1960. He originally studied Interior Design at Kingston University (84-86) and worked for a number of practices in London from 86-94. He completed his education at the Architectural Association, London (94-96), with Professor John Frazer, before setting up Gianni Botsford Architects in 1996 which he continues to direct. He was appointed AA Research Fellow in 1997 and has taught at the AA and London Metropolitan University, as well as being a visiting critic at the AA, Bartlett, Cambridge and Bath Universities. He is currently a member of the RIBA Awards Group and sits on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Architecture Appraisal Panel. The recipient of numerous awards, he has also lectured in the UK, India, the USA, and Mexico on the work of the practice. His research work at the AA and subsequently with Arup into the optimisation of the control of natural light has been used throughout the projects the studio has built and developed.

Homa Farjadi

Homa Farjadi is principal of Farjadi Architects London, and Professor in Practice of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at the AA and was the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. She has held a number of visiting chairs, has served on the Master Jury for the Aga Khan Award for architecture and has been external examiner of many international schools of architecture. Her projects have received awards and are widely published and exhibited. A publication of her research studio work at Penn is forthcoming.

Ingrid Schröder

Ingrid Schröder is a practicing architect and the founding Director of Cambridge Design Research Studio. She has taught at Cambridge since 2001 and served as a Design Tutor and Lecturer on Urban Theory here and at the Architectural Association and ETH Zurich. She has been directing the MPhil / RIBA Part II programme since 2011. Her current projects in teaching, research and practice focus on the relationship between political thought, civic space and urbanism.

Kathryn Firth

Kathryn Firth has led masterplanning and urban design projects in the US, Europe, the Middle East and the UK for both the private and public sector. They include sensitive heritage contexts, regeneration on brownfield sites and developments in complex inner city environments, and they range in scale from streetscape interventions to urban extensions. Most recently she was director of masterplanning at Publica. She also served aschief of design at the London Legacy Development Corporation, where she was responsible for design direction of the new neighbourhoods at the Olympic Park. She is a member of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group, committee member of the London

Society and a director of Sadler’s Wells Board. She was visiting lecturer at the Housing & Urbanism unit at the AA and is currently an external examiner and supervisor at Liverpool John Moores University, Cambridge and The Bartlet

Keith Priest

After graduating from the AA Keith Priest founded Fletcher Priest Architects with Michael Fletcher who had also studied at the AA. Based in London with studios in Cologne and Riga, Fletcher Priest are working on significant projects across the UK and Europe. Keith Priest’s work has won awards in most major programmes and has been extensively published and exhibited. He has lectured widely and been an external examiner at UK schools of architecture and art. He has served on the AA Council and was AA president from 2011–13. 

Mariana Ibañez

Mariana Ibañez is an associate professor of architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She holds degrees from the University of Buenos Aires and the AA. After completing her graduate studies, she joined the Advanced Geometry Unit at ARUP before joining the office of Zaha Hadid. In 2012 she co-founded Ibanez Kim with Simon Kim. Current projects include work for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the upcoming Biennale in Seoul. 

Yosuke Hayano

Born in Aichi, Japan, Yosuke Hayano is a principal partner at MAD. He received his Bachelor of Materials Engineering from Waseda University in Tokyo in 2000, an associate degree in architecture at Waseda Art and Architecture School in 2001, and his postgraduate degree in architecture at the AA in 2003. He was the winner of the 2006 Architecture League of New York Young Architects Award, 2011 Design for Asia Award and 2011 Kumamoto Artpolis Award. He was a visiting lecturer at Waseda Art and Architecture School (2008–12) and at Tokyo University (2010–12).

Patrick Bellew

Patrick Bellew is founding director of Atelier Ten, one of the UK’s Royal Designers and a chartered building services engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the design of high-performance buildings and systems. In 2010 Patrick was named a Royal Designer for Industry by the UK’s Faculty of Royal Designers, and in 2013 he received the CIBSE President Silver Medal. With 11 offices worldwide, Atelier Ten have pioneered innovations in the built environment that all focus on the delivery of high-performance buildings.

Perry Kulper

Perry Kulper is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. In a prior life he was a 17 year SCI-Arc faculty member and held visiting teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University. Subsequent to his graduate studies at Columbia University he worked in the offices of Eisenman/ Robertson, Robert A.M. Stern and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown before moving to Los Angeles. His interests include the generative potential of architectural drawing, the outrageously different spatial opportunities of diverse design methods and in broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination. He has recently published Pamphlet Architecture 34, ‘Fathoming the Unfathomable: Archival Ghosts and Paradoxical Shadows’ with Nat Chard. They are at work on a new book to be published by Routledge.

Pippo Ciorra

Pippo Ciorra was the editor of Casabella (1996-2002) and is the author of a number of architectural books and monographic studies. He teaches design and theory at SAAD (University of Camerino) and is the director of the international PhD programme Villard d’Honnecourt (IUAV). In 2016 he was part of the jury for the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice. He has curated and designed exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Since 2009, he has been senior curator of MAXXI Architettura in Rome. He also curates the Italian branch of YAP, the MoMA PS1 international programme for young architects.

Roz Barr

Roz Barr founded Roz Barr Architects in 2010 out of an interest in developing an idiosyncratic process of making. Her portfolio has grown quickly, and the size of the studio has followed. She has gained international recognition in Norway for her proposal for a new church and was part of Venice Biennale 2014 with a proposal for a public square and the restoration of San Lorenzo. The practice is working on a new Augustinian Centre and Priory in London and a refurbishment of the Building Centre. 

Sophie Hicks

Sophie Hicks started her career while serving as a stylist for Azzedine Alaïa and as fashion editor for Tatler and British Vogue. She gained her Diploma at the Architectural Association in 1993 and served as Vice-President on AA Council in 1999.  She has her own practice – Sophie Hicks Architects. She designed the concept for Chloé’s shops and has collaborated closely with Paul Smith and Yohji Yamamoto in the conception of their stores; and most recently the Acne flagship store in Seoul. She also creates the scenography for exhibitions, such as, famously, Sensation at the Royal Academy in 1997.  

Date Submitted: 14/6/2018

Volunteer Wanted for Hyperbation: AA Zoo School

Hyperbation: AA Zoo School is an architectural experiment located between physical and digital space, which expands the notions of hyperisation, gamification and hyperlocalisation. Following in a long tradition of wildly extravagant performance and carnival at the AA – typified by former School Director Alvin Boyarsky riding around Bedford Square on an Elephant in 1978 – AA Zoo School takes material from the AAs Archive, collides it with a cast of virtual characters and will juxtapose multiple environments with the live events of the AA Graduation Ceremony and Projects Review, 22nd June 2018.

We would like to have one student joining our NPC (non-player character) team, by wearing specifically designed costumes and props and supporting the players (student and guest) experience between physical and digital space, a hyperised architectural game in Bedford Square will be launched.

Hyperbation: AA Zoo School Gameplay Trailer is below:

If youre interested and available on 22nd June, please email:

Date Submitted: 8/6/2018



Monday 25 June – Friday 27 July OPEN Monday to Saturday 10-6
CLOSED Saturday 28 July to Monday 27 August incl.
Tuesday 28 August – Saturday 22 September OPEN M-Sat 10-6
Normal term-time hours resume Monday 24 September: OPEN M-F 10-9, Sat 10-6

Date Submitted: 29/5/2018

Late May Bank Holiday Closure


Date Submitted: 24/5/2018

Undergraduate End of Term Juries

Monday 14 – Tuesday 29 May 2018

Monday 14 May, 10.00
Intermediate 10 Barrel Vault

Tuesday 15 May, 10.00
Intermediate 14 32 Barrel Vault
Intermediate 2 32 First Floor Back

Wednesday 16 May, 10.00
Intermediate 5 Lecture Hall
Intermediate 7 Barrel Vault
Diploma 1 33 First Floor Front 
Diploma 15 32 First Floor Front
Intermediate 9 South Jury Room / North Jury Room

Thursday 17 May, 10.00
Intermediate 13 Lecture Hal
Diploma 9 33 First Floor Front and Back

Friday 18 May, 10.00
Intermediate 1 Lecture Hall
Intermediate 4 Barrel Vault
Diploma 13 33 First Floor Back

Monday 21 May, 10.00
Diploma 12 Lecture Hall
Intermediate 8 Barrel Vault
Intermediate 12 32 First Floor Back

Tuesday 22 May, 10.00
Intermediate 11 Lecture Hall
Diploma 11 Barrel Vault
Intermediate 16 33 First Floor Front

Wednesday 23 May, 10.00
Diploma 16
Lecture Hall
Diploma 17 Barrel Vault
Intermediate 6 32 First Floor Back

Thursday 24 May, 10.00
Diploma 14 Lecture Hall
Diploma 2 Barrel Vault
Diploma 18 North Jury Room

Friday 25 May, 10.00
Intermediate 3 Lecture Hall
Diploma 5 Barrel Vault
Diploma 8 33 First Floor Front

Tuesday 29 May, 10.00
Intermediate 15 Lecture Hall

Date Submitted: 14/5/2018

Renzo Piano Building Workshop Internship Genoa 2018-19

Deadline for Applications: FRIDAY 25 MAY @ 5PM

Internship applications are now being accepted for the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

One internship will be filled by a 2018 AA Diploma graduate (Part 2). The internship includes a €8,500 scholarship (and a €577 monthly stipend) paid by the Foundation at the outset of the six-month internship in the Genoa office.

Current fifth year students interested in applying, who have the right to work in the EU, should submit their application pack – including a sample A4 portfolio of student work and a statement on why/how interests would be furthered by experience in the workshop – to the Director’s Office no later than 5pm on Friday 26 May. The successful applicant should also be familiar with the work of Renzo Piano and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and have a good knowledge of the computer programmes used by the studio (particularly Autocad, Revit, Photoshop and Rhinoceros). All applicants should be prepared to start the internship in Genoa on 3 September 2018, running through to 15 February 2019.

Date Submitted: 11/5/2018


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