AA SCHOOL DIRECTOR - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Architectural Association (AA) is recognised as an international leader in architectural education, with graduates that include many of the world’s leading architects, scholars, critics and educators. The AA School is led by the AA Director who is elected by the School Community and formally appointed by the AA Council, which bears the overall responsibility for the Architectural Association Inc. Founded in 1847, the AA’s principal activities are the operation of a school of architecture (currently consisting of circa 750 students and 250 academic and administrative staff) and a learned society comprising members and alumni. The AA is committed to public benefit, attained by the teaching, discussion and promotion of architecture.

The AA is now seeking exceptional candidates to apply for the role of Director. The Director will provide intellectual, strategic and operational leadership as the AA charts its way through what will be an exciting yet challenging period in its history. The ideal candidate will be a respected figure in the field of architectural education or practice. They will have the leadership skills and abilities to navigate organisational complexities and be a compelling communicator. Candidates will be able to demonstrate the ability to foster creativity and innovation and to think beyond the conventional means of education. They will have a commitment to transparency and to maintaining and developing the AA’s distinctive model of participatory democracy.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Architectural Association on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit http://www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference EAVDA. Alternatively email belinda.beck@saxbam.com or telephone 020 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should arrive not later than noon on Monday 20th November 2017.

Date Submitted: 26/10/2017

International Architectural Competition "New Central Part of Resort Borovets"

We are pleased to inform you that the International Architectural Competition "New Central Part of Resort Borovets" is now officially announced. The competition is about a redevelopment of a significant central area in the Bulgarian mountain Resort. The submission is free of charge, untiil Jan 10, 2018.

Download the competition rules and full documentation from www.borovetscompetition.com and join us to reinvent the public center of the Bulgarian mountain resort. Projects entries will be accepted until January 10, 2018, 17:30 GMT+2. We are looking forward to your participation!

borovets competition poster

Date Submitted: 18/10/2017

‘Tomorrow’s challenges in today’s buildings’ - ideas competition launched by BSRIA and Designing Buildings Wiki

We are looking for innovative, unusual and radical ideas in response to the question; how can buildings be designed today to ensure they are resilient to the challenges they will face tomorrow?

This is a great opportunity for students to:

  • Engage with a vitally important subject. 
  • Apply their developing technical and theoretical knowledge. 
  • Get a competition win on their CV. 
  • Be featured in BSRIA’s Delta T magazine and on Designing Buildings Wiki (with their university and course being recognised).
  • Win £500 of BSRIA publications, training or membership.

The competition is very quick to enter, we are looking for ideas not long essays.

More info at Designing Buildings Wiki website


design building competition image

Date Submitted: 9/10/2017

LAWuN

As the era of mass media gives way to personal and participatory media, LAWuN instigates Channel Pavilion. Channel Pavilion is a space that you can use without qualifications, questions, judgment. There's a space in which you can share ideas and make connections with others around the AA and around the planet. Channel Pavilion is a prototype, a version of the AA leveraging its reputation for a continuous open-ended program inviting students to participate with each other in open forum.

This is Channel Pavilion, the space where you can enter and work, discuss and explore architecture and everything else. 

Begin by drafting your proposal here then return it to the Channel Pavilion.

First meeting will take place on Friday 6th October 2pm at 33 Bedford Square, Diploma corridor.

Date Submitted: 29/9/2017

PLAT open call for submissions for issue 7.0: Sharing

PLAT has announced an open call for submissions for their 7.0 issue, Sharing. Abstracts of approximately 250 words are due by 20 November 2017. Email submissions and questions to editor@platjournal.com and see platjournal.com for more details.

Date Submitted: 29/9/2017

2018 JOHN BELLE TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP

ELIGIBILITY

Application is open to students of any nationality in their penultimate year of a Masters or PhD degree program in Architecture, Historic Preservation and/or Urban Design.

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants will submit a portfolio of their work, a research/study proposal, a travel itinerary and budget. 

SCHEDULE

15 January 2018 Deadline for Applications to the Director’s Office – directorsoffice@aaschool.ac.uk

21 March 2018 Announcement of Award

Summer 2018 Travel & Research Period

15 October 2018 Deadline for Submission of Final Report

JURY

A jury to review submissions will be led by architectural, urban design and historic preservation professionals of the Beyer Blinder Belle Foundation, along with invited members of the design profession. Contact info@beyerblinderbellefoundation.org for questions.

For further info and application forms, please contact the Director’s Office – directorsoffice@aaschool.ac.uk


J.B. travel award

Date Submitted: 25/9/2017

RIBA - Launch: Romanian Architects and Urbanists Forum

We are pleased to request your presence at the launch of the Romanian Architects’ and Urbanists’ Forum (RAUF) on Saturday 14th October at the RIBA HQ in London.  The event is organised with the support of the Royal Institute of British Architects and part of ‘’Nice to meet EU’’ campaign.

RSVP via link RAUForum - Event Registration Form

https://goo.gl/forms/tWsQSMPcj6aUGK0d2

Venue: RIBA Forum Venue, 76 Portland Place, Marylebone, London W1B 1N

Duration: 2h,  14h00 - 16h00

Start: 14h00 sharp

 

Programme

13h45  Arrival

14h00  Opening: Iolanda Costide, Ana Becheru

Message from Sherban Cantacuzino CBE FRIBA - RAUF Life President

Message from Serban Tiganas, President of Romanian Order of Architects

14h30  RIBA Introductions

Dian Small - Director of RIBA London

Mitch Steprans - RIBA Membership Development Manager

15h00  Networking Session

16h00  Closing and departure

Serban Cantacuzino, CBE, is a Romanian architect, former secretary of Royal Fine Art Commission, but also the founder and president of Pro Patrimonio foundation. Cantacuzino was educated at Winchester College and Magdalen College, Oxford. He is a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The Romanian Architects’ and Urbanists’ Forum (RAUF) is an association formed at the initiative of a group of Romanian architects, town planners and designers, practicing in the United Kingdom.  The Forum proposes to promote and favour professional contact through a series of cultural and educational exchanges.  

Royal Institute of British Architects  RIBA aims to support British architects and introduce new people to the world of architecture.

Nice to meet EU Call for all EU Architects living and working in London.

Date Submitted: 25/9/2017

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 32 Bedford Square, First Floor Back, London, WC1 on Monday, 2 October 2017 at 5.30pm.

Date Submitted: 21/9/2017

Term Dates 2017/18

Monday 18th September - Friday 22nd September 2017 Introduction Week for all new students 

TERM 1 Monday 25th September to Friday 15th December 2017 (12 Weeks)

TERM 2 Monday 8th January to Friday 23rd March 2018 (11 Weeks)

TERM 3 Monday 23rd April to Friday 22nd June 2018 (9 Weeks)

TERM 4 (Graduate School MA/MSc students only) Monday 25th June to Friday 21st September 2018 (13 Weeks)

Please visit /STUDY/ for the calendar as a PDF and Google/iCal subscription.

Date Submitted: 18/9/2017

AA PREMISES SUMMER CLOSURE

The Premises in 32-39 Bedford Square, 4 Morwell Street and 16 Morwell Street will be closed from Saturday 19 to Monday 28 August 2017 (inclusive).

Please check the studio closing dates with Duty Managers.


Date Submitted: 15/8/2017

AR Emerging Architecture Awards 

For 19 years, the AR has raised the profile of talented architects under the age of 45 through the Emerging Architecture Awards, granting early recognition to young designers and catapulting them onto a global stage at a critical point in their career. This is your opportunity to have a recently completed key project reviewed by the AR editors, who see every entry before choosing a shortlist to present to an esteemed judging panel in person. The winner will receive a £10,000 prize and receive extensive coverage online and in the pages of The Architectural Review.

This year, AREA judging and awards ceremonies will take place at the World Architecture Festival, which will be held in Berlin from 15 to 17 November.The entry deadline is the 25th of August.

Entry Price: £280

This awards is open to anyone who completed their undergraduate or equivalent course within the last 20 years. Entries can be made for any completed building, interior, landscape, urban or product design.

For more information and entry requirements please visit: https://emergingarchitecture.architectural-review.com/

Date Submitted: 7/8/2017

AUDIOVISUAL VACATION OPENING HOURS

The Audiovisual Department will close at 5.00pm Thursday 10th August and re-open Tuesday 29th August at 10.00am

Date Submitted: 27/7/2017

Call for entries Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition

The Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition (KRob) is the most senior architectural drawing competition currently in operation anywhere in the world.

The Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition has celebrated the best in architectural delineation for 43 years. A Dallas classic that has received international recognition, KRob honors hand and digital delineation by professionals and students throughout the world. Averaging over 400 entries from 25 countries in the past several years, the competition’s visibility continues to grow.

Entry Deadline
All entries must be received by Friday, October 13th, 2017, 5:00pm CDT.

For further details please visit KRob website - https://krobarch.com/

Date Submitted: 17/7/2017

AA Search Committee website

http://search.aaschool.ac.uk/

Find information about AA Search Committee's progress and give feedback related to the search for a new Director for the Architectural Association.

Date Submitted: 17/7/2017
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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.

 

Yours,

Eva Franch i Gilabert
Director
AA School of Architecture

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