PIDGIN 24 - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

DEADLINE: April 6, 2018

Pidgin Magazine, the journal of the Princeton University School of Architecture, welcomes submissions for Issue 24. The issue seeks to examine the contemporary moment in architecture and its relative fields through essays, design proposals, conversations, responses, visuals, and experiments limited to 2500 words.

Selected submissions will be potentially paired with invited respondents, who will provide printed commentaries as addenda to generate dialogue. 

Please submit all materials to pidgin@princeton.edu via email or a file sharing platform by April 6 for consideration to Pidgin 24.

Later submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis and considered for future issues in dialogue with Pidgin’s editors.

Date Submitted: 12/3/2018

NOTICE OF A SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING OF AA MEMBERS

Notice is hereby given that a Special General Meeting of AA Members will be held in the AA Lecture Hall at 6pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018. The meeting has been requisitioned by 12 AA Members under by-law 45 'to consider recent events at the AA concerning Exhibitions and Publications departments, and staff redundancies'. The 12 signatories of the requisition are:

Peter Ahrends

Ted Cullinan

Jeremy Dixon  

David Dunster               

William Firebrace         

Tony Fretton                   

Elizabeth Hatz                 

Andrew Higgott               

Francesca Hughes         

Edward Jones               

Kate MacIntosh           

Fred Scott        

Date Submitted: 9/3/2018

AA Director Election Result

The AA Search Committee is delighted to announce the result of the ballot for the preferred candidate for new Director.

The AA School Community, comprised by students, academic and admin staff and members of Council has elected Eva Franch i Gilabert the winner, from a short-list of three candidates, by a majority vote of 67%, representing the highest majority received in a contested election since 1990.

A total of 876 members of the School Community voted, giving an election turnout of 81.3%, one of the highest levels of participation in Director elections over the last 30 years. Following this election result, the AA Council will carry out final contractual negotiations and formally announce the appointment of the new AA Director.

Date Submitted: 6/3/2018

Week 11 and Easter Break Library Hours and Programme Loans

WEEK 11 LIBRARY OPENING HOURS
Monday 19 March – Thursday 22 March : OPEN 10-9
Friday 23 March : OPEN 10-6
Saturday 24 March : OPEN 10-6

EASTER VACATION LIBRARY OPENING HOURS
Monday 26 March : OPEN 10-6
Tuesday 27 March : OPEN 10-6
AA Closure Wednesday 28 March – Sunday 15 April inclusive
Monday 16 April – Saturday 21 April : OPEN 10-6
Normal term-time hours resume Monday 23 April: M-F 10-9, Sat 10-6

EASTER VACATION PROGRAMME LOANS
Programme book borrowing from 10am Thursday 22 March in person at the issue desk
Max 2 programme books per person, No reference only books, No interlibrary loans, No tutors own books.
All programme books must be returned by 12midday on Monday 23 April.

Date Submitted: 6/3/2018

2018/19 AA Bursary Application Forms

Eligible students can sign up for a bursary application form from Sabrina Blakstad (36 Bedford Sq, 2nd floor) from Monday 5 March. Completed applications must be returned by the deadline:

1pm (GMT) Friday 18 May 2018. The following AA students are eligible to apply:

  • Current registered/year out Undergraduate students
  • Current PhD students who will be registered in the 2nd or 3rd Year in 2018/19 of their fulltime studies at full tuition fee rate
  • MPhil Projective Cities Year 2 students in 2018/19

The AA Bursary would be awarded on the understanding that the student is not in receipt of any other substantial additional award. An AA Bursary is not deferrable.

Date Submitted: 26/2/2018

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 Back, London, WC1 on Monday, 5 March 2018 at 6.30pm.

Date Submitted: 22/2/2018

The Social in Architecture: Provisional Demos - public event talk by Mabel O. Wilson at the ICA

The Institute of Contemporary Arts are hosting a three-part architecture event for PhD architecture students as well as the public. 

Mabel O. Wilson's talk builds on a number of events that have taken place at the ICA recently, such as Urban Planning as Social Cleansing, the Architects for Social Housing residency and A Heavy Nonpresence: Housing Workshop.  

Wilson's talk responds to questions about the role of architecture in situations of precarity and the breakdown of social structures along with notions of public space. This includes themes such as migration and temporary housing, the social use of history and memory, and structures of inequality and separation.   

For more details please visit the event page. https://www.ica.art/whats-on/social-architecture-provisional-demos

Date Submitted: 21/2/2018

Public Shortlist for AA Director

The Search Committee is pleased to announce that the following candidates have been invited to stand for election as AA Director:

Pippo Ciorra
Eva Franch i Gilabert
Robert Mull

Candidate bios

They will present to the school during the week commencing 19 February. For more details and a full schedule for the presentations and meetings with the School Community please visit search.aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 15/2/2018

Materials for Architecture 2018 - registration now open

Registration is now open for Materials for Architecture 2018, a conference and exhibition dedicated to exploring innovation in the development and specification of construction materials for building structures, envelopes, façades and finishes.

Register your free place at https://www.materialsforarchitecture.com

Date Submitted: 6/2/2018

2018 Michael Ventris Award for Architecture

Trustees of the Michael Ventris Memorial Fund invite applications for the 2018 Michael Ventris Award for Architecture. One prize, for the amount of £2,500, will be awarded to an individual within the field of architecture to pursue a small, independent project whose contribution is characterised by innovation and originality.

Anyone from within the field of architecture is eligible to apply – professionals or current students who hold a first degree in architecture from all universities from all countries. Please note the award is intended to support an independent project, rather than a continuing programme of study (ie, masters or PhD research).

The application should include an outline of the project, a clear proposal for the outcome of research (a book, exhibition, film, etc), an analysis and projection of expenses, and an explanation of the project’s contribution to the field of architecture. The application should be submitted as a PDF of no more than six single-sided A4 pages. Two additional reference letters supporting the application should be sent directly from the referees.

Please email the application, with ‘Michael Ventris Application’ in the subject line, to Roberta Jenkins: directorsoffice@aaschool.ac.uk by Friday 23 March 2018. Late applications will not be considered.

For further information, please contact Manolis Stavrakakis, AA PhD graduate, AA history and theory tutor, recipient of the Michael Ventris Award for Architecture (2011) and the academic coordinator of the award on behalf of the AA: stavrakakis@aaschool.ac.uk

The award is made by a panel under the auspices of the Trustees of the Michael Ventris Awards in conjunction with the Architectural Association. The Fund was established in 1956 in memory of AA graduate Michael Ventris, who is best known for deciphering the ancient Greek script of Linear B. Disbursement of the award will be made in a single instalment, payable after the announcement of the award (June 2017), 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 by 1 March 2019. The recipient may also be invited to make a public presentation of the results at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Date Submitted: 1/2/2018

The Wellcome Collection publishes an Open Call for a 1:1 installation as part of their upcoming Living with Buildings exhibition

Wellcome invites proposals from architects, engineers, designers and artists for the construction of a 1:1 architectural project that addresses a key issue in human health today.

In October 2018 Wellcome Collection will open a major exhibition exploring the pivotal role of architecture in human health. The exhibition Living with Buildings will chart how shifts in thinking and approaches to design have impacted on our health and wellbeing. From the bold experiments of urban post-war town planners to the considerately crafted healing spaces for cancer sufferers the exhibition will look anew at the buildings that surround and shape us. The exhibition will take place in the ground floor gallery at Wellcome Collection from 04 October until 03 March 2019.

Alongside the exhibition, Wellcome invites proposals from architects, engineers, designers and artists for the construction of a 1:1 architectural project that addresses a key issue in human health today. This 1:1 commission will be revealed as a ‘live build’ in our first floor gallery, as the main exhibition opens w/c 01 October. After the live build, the installation will be open to the public.

There is a commissioning fee of £7,500 (inc. VAT) to be awarded to the winning entry and a build budget of £60,000 (inc. VAT).

For more details, please visit: https://wellcomecollection.org/architectural-commission-open-call

Date Submitted: 27/1/2018

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR A STAFF MEMBER OF AA COUNCIL

This is an open call for nominations for one staff member (academic or administrative) appointment to Council starting 5th March 2018.

Applicants must:

a)  be a permanent member of the academic or administrative staff having been in post for a minimum period of 6 months;
b)  be willing to serve a term of 3yrs (or until leaving the employment of the AA if sooner) and undertake the duties described in the role profile;
c)   be able to devote sufficient time to attend and prepare for a minimum of 6 Council meetings per annum and attend committees and working groups as requested;
d)  be able to represent the views and interests of the academic and administrative staff whilst respecting the duty incumbent on all Council members to act in the best interests of the AA as a whole; and
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, job title 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.

The Nominations Committee will interview candidates to assess suitability against the ‘Personal Attributes Competency Framework’. All candidates which meet the eligibility and suitability criteria will be put to a staff vote to determine who will be appointed as a member of Council*.

Send nominations to the Company Secretary, Holly Bowden, by email to secretary@aaschool.ac.uk by 5pm, Friday 9th February.

* in the event the procedure above results in only one suitable candidate, that candidate will be appointed to Council without a staff vote.

Date Submitted: 26/1/2018

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR A STUDENT MEMBER OF AA COUNCIL

This is an open call for nominations for one student member appointment to Council starting 5th March 2018.

Applicants must:

a)  meet the eligibility criteria1 for a minimum term of 2yrs from the appointment date (with the maximum term being 3yrs from the appointment date);
b)  be willing and able to perform the duties of a member of Council as described in the role profile;
c)  be able to devote sufficient time to attend and prepare for a minimum of 6 Council meetings per annum and attend committees and working groups as requested;
d)  be able to represent the views and interests of the student community whilst respecting the duty incumbent on all Council members to act in the best interests of the AA as a whole; and
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, current year 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. 

The Nominations Committee will interview candidates to assess suitability against the ‘Personal Attributes Competency Framework’. All candidates which meet the eligibility and suitability criteria will be put to a student vote to determine who will be appointed as a member of Council2.

Send nominations to the Company Secretary, Holly Bowden, by email to secretary@aaschool.ac.uk by 5pm, Friday 9th February.

Eligible students: All full-time registered students in this academic year (2017-18), including those at Post-Part 1 level (‘year out’) before return to the 4th Year in September 2018. The student member of Council is required to be a full-time registered student in the next academic year (2018-19) or undertaking practical training at Post-Part 1 level. 

In the event the procedure above results in only one suitable candidate, that candidate will be appointed to Council without a student vote.

Date Submitted: 26/1/2018

Sketchmob at The Science Museum, Wednesday 31 January 2018, 6.45pm

The next Sketchmob sketching session, organised by AA tutor Trevor Flynn, will take place on Wednesday 31 January 2018 from 6.45pm – 8pm at The Science Museum. All are welcome.


What are sketchbooks for? Drawing huge aeroplanes, and space suits. And clocks. And cathode ray tubes. And working steam engines in massive galleries.

Crammed with fascinating objects and great stories from medicine, mathematics, genetics, communication and astronomy, The Science Museum has inspired curious people for over a century and a half. Our Sketchmob 2018 programme begins at one of The Science Museum Lates evenings.

The museum closes at 6:00pm, and then re-opens again at 6.45pm for the Lates evenings (please note their Lates policy states adults only). Arrive at 6.45pm, go through the main entrance, continue on through bag-check, and then meet other Sketchmobbers near the souvenir shop.  If this is your first time be assured you will spot others with sketchbooks and that’s all you need to know you are in the right place. Nuno and Trevor will give a quick greeting, give out a couple of drawing tips, then we sketch. We will meet up again at 8.30pm to look at drawings and hear how everybody got on.

Location: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD. South Kensington Underground.

Date Submitted: 23/1/2018
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