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

Notice of Ordinary General Meeting of the AA Council

Notice is hereby given that an Ordinary General Meeting of the Registered Members (“Council”) of the Architectural Association, Inc. will be held at 33 Bedford Square, First Floor Front, London, WC1 on Monday, 4 June 2018 at 6.30pm.

Date Submitted: 10/5/2018

2017-18 Technical Studies High Pass recipients

3rd Year

Zixin Ye (Inter 1)

Ainhoa Tamara Schapira Perez (Inter 2)

Kwang Yi Goh (Inter 3)

Mamoru Hoshi (Inter 3)

Shlok Soni (Inter 3)

Sooyeon Lim (Inter 4)

Camille Bongard (Inter 5) WITH DISTINCTION - best Technical Project in the 3rd Year

Wei Xuan Sean Gwee (Inter 5) WITH COMMENDATION

Leonard Liao-briere (Inter 7)

Khun Wong Allister Low (Inter 7)

Marina Isabella Gubbins Uccelli (Inter 8)

Nicholas Lin (Inter 9)

Ran Ben Shaya (Inter 9)

Shaha Maria Raphael (Inter 9)

Woojin Kim (Inter 9)

Si Jing Lai (Inter 10)

Youngbin Shin (Inter 11)

Jun Ho Yim (Inter 14)

Theodora Giovanazzi (Inter 15)


5th Year

Raphael Zwi Fogel (Dip 2)

Enshen Wang (Dip 2)

Sandra Karolina Kolacz (Dip 4)

Zi Shan Lim (Dip 5)

Zsuzsa Peter (Dip 5) WITH COMMENDATION

Brandon Whitwell-Mak (Dip 5)

Iris Gramegna (Dip 8)

Alessandro Magliani (Dip 8)

Gleb Sheykin (Dip 8)

Assaf Kimmel (Dip 9)

Vasilisa Lucic (Dip 11)

Julien Sebban (Dip 12)

Sebastian Tiew (Dip 12)

Fabienne Nathalie Tjia (Dip 12)

Nicholas Zembashi (Dip 12)

Anna Marianne Wahlsten (Dip 13)

Bodo Neuss (Dip 14)

Shaan Bimal Patel (Dip 14)

Emily Jayne Priest (Dip 14)

Alexandra Savtchenko-Belskaia (Dip 15)

Cheuk Ting Jane Wong (Dip 15)

Dalia Frontini Matsuura (Dip 16) WITH DISTINCTION - best Technical Thesis in the 5th Year

Fang Lee (Dip 16)

Jocelyn Sivakorn Arnold (Dip 17)

Berkin Islam (Dip 17)

Ke Bo Tsai (Dip 18)


Congratulations to the recipients and many thanks to all nominated candidates.  


A reminder that the Technical Studies High Pass Exhibition will take place from 10am-4pm tomorrow (Friday 4th May) in the Barrel Vault and will showcase work from all students nominated for a High Pass for their Technical Studies 3rd Year Design Project and Technical Studies 5th Year Design Thesis. All welcome to attend!

Date Submitted: 4/5/2018

Early Bank Holiday closure - 7 May 2018


Date Submitted: 3/5/2018

AA Writing Prize Winners 2018

Date Submitted: 3/5/2018

Shortlist for the AA History and Theory Studies Writing Prize and the Dennis Sharp Writing Prize 2018.

Congratulations to the following students who have been shortlisted for the AA History and Theory Studies Writing Prize and the Dennis Sharp Writing Prize 2018.


You can view the work of the nominees online:


First Year Shortlist

    • Alice Baseian: A group of consecutive moments: private to public through London
    • Judi Diab: The Post War Anti-Nostalgia: An Anomaly
    • Ron-fu Yeh: E 172.4, A 60, 3854 (Temporary Location)


Second Year Shortlist

    • Gabrielle Eglen: Lap - top, desk - top, On top - of the - desk, on top - of the - lap: The Desk as a Carrier and Reading a Collective Culture
    • Tamir Cohen Aharoni: The Facade as Masquerade: The origin of a city for developers
    • Mu Zhang: A Temple is not a Temple, but a Passage to the New


Third Year Shortlist

    • Jasmine Abu Hamdan: Shifting Proscenia
    • Ran Ben Shaya: The Natural Paradox: An Essay in Two Parts
    • Neill Lin: Three Rangers G


Diploma School Longlist

    • Daisy Adebiyi: Pop Giza: Are the Pyramids Leaving Giza?
    • Roberto Boettger: Save and Separate: The Conservation of Rio de Janeiro's Mountains
    • Jiehui Chen: Fill the Void: Plain and Not-so-Plane White Tees
    • Sandra Kolacz: Lines in the Sand
    • Ioana Man: The Durability of Engineered Prediction: Formulas, recipes, specifications and the rogue checklist
    • Moad Musbahi: Piracy as Method: West of the Nile and the Fiction of Empty Space
    • Paolo Pisano: AEDIFICIUM SACER
    • Emily Priest: Furnitures; or the choreography of the interior
    • Jacek Rewinski: The Hunt in the Forest Bialowiez?a Primeval Forest - the paradise of illusion
    • Palita Rompotiyoke: Sanctity Liberated Seeking Safe Haven
    • Cheuk Ting Jane Wong: Part One: Radure - Clearings; Part Two: land in suspension


All students are invited to attend the AA HTS and Sharp Writing Prize event on Wednesday 2nd May, in the Lecture Hall, from 10am till 4pm

Date Submitted: 30/4/2018

2018 Nicholas Boas Scholarship

We are delighted to announce that applications are open for the Nicholas Boas Scholarship. This travel scholarship, established in memory of former AA student Nicholas Boas (1975-1998) allows an AA student to spend three weeks in Rome in July 2018. The recipient will be based at the British School at Rome, where generations of artists and scholars have researched the history, art and architecture of Italy. All expenses for the trip are generously taken care of by the Nicholas Boas Trust and any current AA registered student may apply by emailing a short written paragraph stating why they wish to travel to Rome and what interest they intend to pursue whilst they are there. The deadline for applications is 1pm on Thursday 17  May 2018 by email to Sabrina Blakstad ( and must contain the name, email address, telephone number, year/programme of study of the applicant.

A shortlist of applicants will be asked to attend an informal interview to discuss their current work and their ideas for a Rome visit. The successful candidate is expected to produce a small body of work as a result of their visit; sketches, photographs or the basis of a project. For further information please contact Sabrina Blakstad at the email address above.

Date Submitted: 20/4/2018

Architectural education: a progression inquiry - call for survey participants

AA alumna Dr Harriet Harriss invites fellow alumni to participate in a survey exploring the diversity of careers of architecture graduates across Europe, including those who are working in other sectors.

The purpose of this questionnaire is to examine the potential diversity of architecture futures across the European Union: and the extent to which architecture graduates are impacting in other industries. The questionnaire should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and the responses will be anonymised.  

The study is being conducted by the Royal College of Art (RCA), the University of Antwerp, Politecnico di Torino, Universitat Politècnica de València, University of Zagreb and KU Leuven. 

If you have any questions about the study, please contact lead investigator Dr Harriet Harriss at the Royal College of Art in London:


Link to the survey:


Many thanks for your cooperation.

Dr Harriet Harriss (RCA)

Professor Johan De Walsche (University of Antwerp)

Date Submitted: 19/4/2018


This is an open call for nominations for a member appointment to Council starting 4th June 2018. Please see the role profile and person specification for further information.

Applicants must:

a)    At the time of nomination, be a full member of the Architectural Association and continue to be a full member for the duration of their tenure on Council

b)    be willing and able to perform the duties of a member of Council as described in the role profile and meet the requirements of the person specification (see attached);

c)    be able to devote sufficient time to attend and prepare for a minimum of 5 Council meetings per annum and attend committees and working groups as requested;

d)    be willing to serve as a member of Council for at least one term of 3yrs (members of Council are limited to a maximum of 2 terms of 3yrs);

e)    not have been disqualified under the Charities Act 2011 from acting as a charity trustee due to:

–         having an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception;

–         being bankrupt or having entered into a formal arrangement with a creditor

–         having been removed as a company director or charity trustee because of wrongdoing.


Please submit your name, membership number and a short statement of no more than 200 words confirming your eligibility for appointment and describing the skills and attributes you would bring to contribute to the business of Council

All candidates which meet the eligibility criteria will be put to a membership vote to determine the candidate who will be appointed as a member of Council1.

Send nominations to the Company Secretary, Holly Bowden, by email to by 5pm, 7th May 2018.

1 In the event the procedure above results in 1 eligible candidate they will be appointed without a vote. If the procedure results in no eligible candidates, a further call for nominations will be held.

Date Submitted: 17/4/2018

Apply for new RIBA funding schemes

If you are enrolling on RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 courses in September 2018, you can apply to the highest ever amount of money in the history of the RIBA as they make available a record £220,000.

If you are struggling to fund your course and have what it takes to become a great architect, RIBA now has more scholarships and bursaries to support students like you.

For more details visit:

Date Submitted: 16/4/2018

Students are invited to participate in the 2017-18 Student Survey

In addition to the School-wide survey, students in the 1st to 5th Year are also invited to participate in the COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES SURVEY.

Online links to surveys are circulated to your AA email addresses.

Your participation is very important and valuable and we very much hope that you take the short time required to complete the range of questions.

Date Submitted: 16/4/2018


The AA School will be temporarily closed from:

Wednesday 28th
 March to Sunday 15th April 2018 (inclusive).

The AA School will reopen again on Monday 16
th April 2018.

Opening Hours (during non-term time)

The premises in 34-36 Bedford Square will be open from 10am to 7pm on Saturday 21st April
The premises in 34-38 Bedford Square will be closed on Sunday 22nd April

Normal AA School Opening hours will resume from Monday 23rd April 2018. 

Term 3 begins on Monday 23rd April 2018. 

Date Submitted: 23/3/2018

Complementary Studies Term 2 Submission Hand-In

Undergraduate students are reminded that all Term 2 requirements in HTS, TS and MS for First, Second and Fourth Year students must be submitted no later than 1pm on Thursday 22 March. Please note the deadline for Third Year students is 1pm on Monday 26 March. All submissions are required in DIGITAL format. The upload process and presentation guidelines will be emailed to students in advance of the deadline.

Date Submitted: 15/3/2018

Result of the Staff Member of Council Election

Welcome to our first Staff Council Member, Joel Newman. 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Staff Member Council Election, your contribution was greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank the four candidates for standing for election.

Date Submitted: 15/3/2018


The AA School in realtime


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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 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.



Eva Franch i Gilabert
AA School of Architecture