Department Head: Kate Davies
Department Staff: Miraj Ahmed, Sebastian Andia, Charles Arsène-Henry, Sue Barr, Frederique Barchelard, Eleonor Dodman, Shin Egashira, Marko Gligorov, William Gowland, Raluca Grada-Emandi, Juliet Haysom, Anderson Inge, Christopher Johnson, Alex Kaiser, Harry Kay, Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu, Antoni Malinowski, Inigo Minns, Alison Moffett, Nicholas Mortimer, Joel Newman, Thomas Parker, Caroline Rabourdin, Thomas Randall-Page, Mattia Santi, Francesca Silvi, Paula Strunden, Nathan Su, Emmanuel Vercruysse

Media Studies is a testing ground for exploring the processes and methods involved in making architecture. Operating a diverse multidisciplinary programme where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose rich seams of creative potential. It encourages students to interrogate the tools with which we speculate and play; compute and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke. By actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making, Media Studies presents a range of opportunities for students to develop an experimental practice and hone dexterity with both established and progressive media. As techniques and concepts in fabrication, computation, and representation continue to undergo radical change, the course deploys a range of tools, aimed at both reinforcing and reinventing the methods with which students approach design and architecture.


First and Second Year students are required to enrol in studio-based courses, while Intermediate Media Studies courses are open to any Third Year or Diploma School student. The department staff possess a breadth of expertise encompassing architecture, the arts and technology and this year’s courses address a wide range of creative media including hand drawing, digital modelling, video, photography, analogue and digital fabrication, code, immersive and interactive media and 3D scanning.

The Media Studies department offers a range of extra-curricular, weekend workshops and courses for students to develop new skills in working methods to support their studio work.

In addition, a range of one-off events, short introductions, tasters or demonstrations which explore a wide array of media are scheduled throughout the year. These are open to any student keen to explore working processes across the school.

Working with the AA Computer Lab, Media Studies offers a range of one-day software courses that allow students to quickly grasp fundamental techniques in major digital applications for architecture.

Unit Staff

Kate Davies is Head of Media Studies and is an artist and architect. She holds a BSc, Diploma and MArch from the Bartlett and is co-founder of nomadic design studio Unknown Fields, art practice LiquidFactory and field robotics group RAVEN. She undertakes site-specific and expedition-based work and operates between writing, drawing, film and photography. Kate was Unit Master of Diploma 6, taught MArch at the Bartlett and is now director of the Unknown Fields Research Studio at the AA.

Miraj Ahmed is a painter and architect. He has taught at the AA since 2000 and is an associate lecturer at Camberwell College of Art. He was a design fellow at the University of Cambridge (2006?14).

Sebastián Andía
Sebastian holds a March II from the AADRL. He studied at Universidad de Mendoza in Argentina where he received his degree as an Architect with honours. During his studies, he participated in exchanges with Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City and Washington DC at WACC (Virginia Tech), USA. He has taught at several schools including AA School with Diploma 17 and Intermedia 16 and at the Bartlett.

Charles Arsène-Henry founded the speculative research agency White Box Black Box (2009). He is conceiving The Library is on Fire with the Luma foundation and writing Read Drift Deramer Revir. Sue Barr holds a PhD from RCA and is head of Photography at the AA. She works and exhibits internationally, most recently as part of the AutoPhoto exhibition at the Fondation Cartier (Paris).

Frederique Barchelard is an architect and painter. Her work aims to picture the contemporary strangeness of everyday beauty through large format paintings, sculptures and architecture projects. She often collaborateswith Faye Toogood Studio (London).

Eleonor Dodman is an architect who graduated from the AA and has worked for Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Her work has been exhibited in the RA, RSA and London Festival of Architecture. In 2014 and 2018 she taught a the AA's Summer School.

Shin Egashira is an architect and artist working on installations, drawings and sculptures. Shin has taught at the AA since 1990 and has been Unit Master of Diploma 11 since 1997. He also conducts landscape workshops in rural communities around the world, with a focus on designing by making. He is founder and director of the Koshirakura Landscape Workshop, an annual event in the mountains of Niigata in which participants from all over the world join the Koshirakura village community to design, build and enjoy meals together.

Marko Gligorov is an architect and a designer born and raised in Belgrade who eats and rarely sleeps in London. Marko works at Zaha Hadid Architects, where his projects span four continents and teaches at the AA, where he explores with students how alternative, societal decision making can improve architecture as a whole.

Raluca Grada-Emandi graduated from the AA Interprofessional Studio and the RCA, with a previous degree in social psychology. She now works as an independent designer and creative consultant in the field of performance art. Her work focuses on bridging materiality with its absence, manipulating distortions across both physical and virtual realities. Her work has been exhibited at the V&A, Sir John Soane Museum, National Theatre of Iceland and featured in Vogue, Designboom, Arts Thread and i-D magazine.

Juliet Haysom trained in Fine Art at The Ruskin School, University of Oxford and the RCA. Her interest in working on site-specific projects led to her completion of RIBA Part-1 at the AA in 2013. She has worked as an associate artist at Muf architechts and is currently developing a solo artist?s commission built into the site of a ninteenth century prison in Bristol, and is lead artist for a new park in Bristol and a new public garden in Amesbury.

Anderson Inge has combined architectural practice with teaching for nearly 30 years, in both the UK and the USA. He initially completed training in Architecture and Structures at MIT, and trained in painting and sculpture at Boston?s Museum of Fine Arts School and at Central Saint Martins, London. He has delivered courses and workshops at numerous institutions including the RCA and the Rural Studio.

Alex Kaiser studied architecture at Oxford Brookes University and at the AA. His practice Different, is a studio focused on investigations at the intersection of architecture, visualisation and digital fabrication.

Harry Kay is an architect who works across set design, art installation and architecture. His projects range from stage sets for the Palais Garnier in Paris to a concert hall in a medieval castle in the Czech Republic. Harry was awarded AA Honours for his thesis on the international cultural impacts of consumerism.


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