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Director: Mark Campbell
Programme Staff: Pier Vittorio Aureli, Yoni Bentovim, Polly Braden, Mark Cousins, Reuben de Lautour, Eva Stenram

Important Notice: This programme has been suspended for the 2018/19 academic year. This is a temporary suspension while the school works to re-organise the programme. Please regularly review the website for further updates.

In an era defined by the instant transmission of information, the MPhil in Media Practices questions how various media can inform a reading of architecture, a discipline characterised by the laborious speed at which it is often produced. The programme encourages engagement in architectural discussions through a range of means, opening up a series of potential career paths including further academic study. The course stems from the argument that the conventional techniques of making and understanding architecture - drawing, modelling, talking and writing - now require augmenting in the contemporary world. The programme therefore aims to reconsider how alternative practices might elicit an expanded investigation of contemporary architecture. Historical and traditional modes of representing architecture will be studied before students undertake investigations into alternative and expanded practices such as film- and sound-based work, documentary and nonconventional publications. This preparation leads to the production of a thesis that draws on media practices as a means of investigating architectural issues.

The course is directed towards students with a degree in architecture and an interest in developing a critical consideration of their subject. It helps students develop both the intellectual framework and skills-based knowledge necessary to employ novel and unconventional practices as they hone a fuller understanding of the possibilities within the discipline. The first year provides the basis for each student's final research project - seminars, workshops and research modules explore topics such as investigative methodologies, project development, contemporary discourses, documentation, archiving, publishing and radical architectural media practices. In the second year students develop a self-initiated thesis that conceptualises and realises their work at an advanced graduate level. In addition to a written explanatory component, the thesis can take a number of forms - such as an extended photo-essay, cine-essay, film- or soundbased work, or non-traditional publication materials - allowing the author to test and deepen arguments through practice.

The programme draws on the diverse and intellectually rich resources of the AA, along with invited consultants and collaborators, including writers, journalists, critics, publishers, sound and media artists, filmmakers and others. In addition, the course develops associations with cultural institutions in London and beyond.

Taught MPhil (20 months)


Mark Campbell directs the MPhil in Media Practices at the AA School. He completed his PhD and MAas a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton University. Currently a visiting professor of architecture at Southeast University, Nanjing, he has taught at the Cooper Union, Princeton and Auckland University. Previously managing editor of Grey Room and the Cooper Union Archive, he is most recently the author of Paradise Lost (AA Publications).

Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. His research and projects focus on the relationship between architectural form, political theory and urban history. He is Louis Kahn Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture at Yale University and the author of The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (2011) and The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Architecture (2008). He is co-founder of Dogma, an architectural studio focused on the project of the city.

Yoni Bentovim is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a graduate of the London Film School. He has directed a number of films - from short dramas to broadcast television documentaries - and has collaborated on projects with figures such as Abbas Kiarostami, Ashvin Kumar and Etgar Keret.

Polly Braden is a documentary photographer who explores the relationship between everyday life, work, leisure and economics. She works on long-term, self-initiated projects and commissions for international publications. Her work has been widely published and exhibited.

Mark Cousins directs History and Theory Studies at the AA School. He was educated at Oxford and the Warburg Institute. Previously visiting professor at Columbia University, he is now guest professor at Southeast University in Nanjing, China.

Reuben de Lautour is a composer, sound artist and musician. He composes and teaches at Istanbul Technical University's Centre for Advanced Studies in Music, where he founded the programme in sonic arts.

Eva Stenram identifies as a photographic archaeologist, sifting through past and present artefacts, interacting with and reinterpreting the imagery she encounters. Her work has been widely exhibited and published.

Laura Tunbridge is associate professor of music at St Catherine's College, Oxford. Dditor of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, she is also completing a book on early recordings, radio and sound film.

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