Professional Practice Studies

Professional Practice Studies

Head of Professional Studies: Theo Lorenz
Coordinator: Rachel Sim
 Part 1: Javier Castañón
Part 2: Theo Lorenz

Developing an understanding of architectural practice is a requirement in the Intermediate and Diploma Schools, and specific courses are run for Third Year and Fifth Year students. A Professional Studies Advisor is available for year-out students and post-Part 2 students to help with work experience. Developing practice experience is essential preparation for the final Part 3 examination that may be taken after several years office experience working on building projects.

Part 1

Professional Practice for Third Year
Javier Castañón

This course prepares Third Year students for their year out, a time for practical training taken after completion of RIBA Part 1. It aims to provide students with an idea of what working in an architectural practice entails. Students will learn how to "make themselves useful" in an office with the intent that the sooner they are perceived as useful, the sooner they will become part of the action and the more they will benefit from the experience.

Part 2

Architectural Professional Practice for Fifth Year
Theo Lorenz

This course develops and deepens the professional practice themes introduced in the Intermediate School and encountered in year-out work experience and integrates these with design considerations. It is delivered through a series of lectures and seminars on key issues relating to the professional contexts of design and construction. Examples of and strategies for conventional and unconventional models of practice are also introduced in preparation for the next stages of work experience and professional qualification.

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Javier Castañón has taught at the AA since 1978 and is in private practice as director of Castañón Associates (London) and Castañón Asociados (Madrid).

Theo Lorenz is an architect, painter and media artist. Trespassing between art and architecture, his interests lie at the convergence of digital and physical space. He has taught at the AA since 2000 and has directed the AA Interprofessional Studio since 2008.


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Prospectus 2017-18
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Foundation Course Booklet
Foundation Course Booklet

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