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Spatial Performance & Design Processing..., Romantzo, Athens, 2019 Performer: Katie Burks, Image Credit: Alekos and Christos Bourelias


Programme Head: Theo Lorenz
Programme Research and Development: Tanja Siems
Studio Master: David McAlmont
Tutors: Argyris Angeli, Mona Camille, Andrew Dean, Malgorzata Dzierzon, Andreia Garcia, Heiko Kalmbach, Kyriaki Nasioula, Joel Newman, Patricia Okenwa, Noa Segev, Renaud Wiser

In the creative professions today, many individuals define themselves as being at home in more than one discipline. The AA Interprofessional Studio (AAIS) engages this new reality to explore alternative methods of collaboration between multiple creative professions. Through the research, design and production of a series of genre-defying spatial performances and constructions, we will examine the ways in which creative work and design overlap in the cultivation of unique project events. The studio, offered as a 12-month MA or an 18-month MFA, encourages students to develop a language for communicating across disciplinary boundaries, working as a creative office with the exchange of knowledge at its core. We provide students with a starting point for their individual approaches and careers through seminars, studio work and applied events that engage a multidisciplinary mindset across a variety of creative fields such as dance, theatre, music, exhibitions and festivals. Our aim is to challenge and extend the frontiers of art, architecture and performance, and to expose a hidden ‘worknet’ of multiple vocations and their products.

The programme is structured by two distinct phases. From Term 1 to Term 3, we will concentrate on the design studio and seminar-based teaching of the history and theory of interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration. Engaging network-based design, we will then move on to the organisation and realisation of applied events and installations resulting from these various collaborations. The second phase of study concentrates on the production of an individual thesis, either in written form in Term 4 (for the MA qualification) or through applied practice during Terms 4 and 5 (for the MFA degree). Alongside lectures, seminars, talks, symposia and workshops, the programme’s applied projects serve as generators for the year’s work and guarantee a high level of focus and public participation.

Enough! Stop telling everyone what they can or cannot do. Stop pretending it is the ‘will of the people’ and for the greater good of us all. Stop calling everyone elitist and against the average Joe. Stop blaming others for your own faults. Stop undermining them and assuming you know better. Stop incriminating, discriminating and harassing, abusing and confusing to hide own weaknesses. Stop excusing. Stop!

Start acting! Start to act in the interests of a sustainable future. Start building. Start to build a real perspective of a collective future through creativity, applied solutions and collaborative effort. Start designing. Start to design a society predicated on inclusivity, openness and creativity! Start performing! Start to perform what you envision and make it visible at a glance. Start to trust and be trusted. Start now!

Most individuals will be able to relate to a situation in which all that appears left to do is to scream out loud. With the rapid contemporary growth of populist dogmas, the fundamental role of arguments based on facts and reason has diminished. In this disorientating state, one must be able to pick out forceful responses that can be heard loud and clear. Performance has a long tradition of activism – events and performative architectures have the potential to build a common foundation from which to initiate debate and active collaboration. Together they have a powerful, lasting effect on the networks they connect with, both small and large, and the potential to connect disparate initiatives, creating powerful synergies between them.

Through a series of events and festivals, the studio will encourage groups of students to develop projects that not only speak up for their concerns, their ideas and their ideals, but also vividly and forcefully present them as a creative protest.


ARGYRIS ANGELI is an artist, architect and educator. Co-founder of Gesamtatelier, Argyris graduated from the AAIS programme with an MFA in 2017.

MONA CAMILLE is a Seychellois/German designer with a background in stage design and architecture. She holds a BA in Architecture and completed her MA in Spatial Performance & Design in 2018. She has worked for the Semper Opera, Dresden, Chaix & Morel in Paris, Living Windows in London and freelances across Germany, France and the UK. She co-created the installation 36Q Blue Hour at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial.

ANDREW DEAN has sold over 20 million records as a songwriter and producer. He discovered Joss Stone, Bush, Lily Allen and – starting life as a DJ – has won Brit, Grammy and Ivor Novello awards over the course of his career.

MALGORZATA DZIERZON is a dancer, choreographer and producer based in London. She has worked as a dancer with Rambert, the Gothenburg Ballet, the Singapore Dance Theatre, the Peter Schaufuss Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet. As a choreographer she has been commissioned to create work for Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge), the Serpentine Gallery and Rambert, among others.

ANDREIA GARCIA is a Portuguese architect, curator, researcher and professor of architecture, design and urban scenography. Founder of Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs, she has specialised in the dissemination of architecture through research, curatorial practice and editorial projects.

HEIKO KALMBACH is a filmmaker, theatre director and video artist based in Berlin. His award-winning shorts have screened internationally. He engages with live performance as a director and projection designer. He is a co-founder of the Berlin-based production company, Spoonfilm and the performance group, Naturaleza Humana.

THEO LORENZ is a painter, media artist and registered architect in England and Germany. He has taught at the AA since 2000 in the Diploma and Experimental programmes and is co-founder and Director of the AAIS.

DAVID McALMONT is a singer, recording artist, lyric consultant, singing teacher and workshop facilitator. He is a public speaker and art historian.

KYRIAKI NASIOULA is a choreographer, dancer, licenced architect and educator, whose practice intertwines a range of creative fields. She is a co-founder of Gesamtatelier and graduated from AAIS with an MFA in 2017.

JOEL NEWMAN studied Fine Art at Reading University. He teaches Video at the AA and has exhibited video works at various galleries and events including the AA, The Architecture Foundation, Gasworks Gallery, the ICA, the Pandemonium Biennial of Moving Image, the Whitechapel Art Gallery and the São Paulo Biennale of Alternative Art and Music.

PATRICIA OKENWA is a founding member of New Movement Collective. Patricia’s work has been performed at Queen Elisabeth Hall, Linbury Studio Theatre ROH, Lillian Baylis, and Robin Howard Theatre at the Place.

NOA SEGEV is an architect and designer based in London and Tel Aviv. She studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design; before graduating with distinctions from the AAIS programme with an MFA in 2019.

TANJA SIEMS is an urban designer and infrastructural planner, and the Director of interdisciplinary practice, T2 Spatialwork. She co-founded the AAIS programme and is a Professor of Urban Design at the Bergische University, Germany.

RENAUD WISER is a choreographer based in London. He has worked internationally with companies including the Geneva Ballet, the Ballet National de Marseille, the Gothenburg Ballet, Rambert and the Bonachela Dance Company. In 2013 Renaud launched the Renaud Wiser Dance Company.

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.