Communication and Media Studies

Communication and Media Studies provides an introduction to the media available to architects and serves as a testing ground for exploring the processes and methods involved in making architecture. Operating a diverse, multidisciplinary programme in which unexpected collisions and an obsessive attention to detail expose rich seams of creative potential, the courses encourage students to interrogate the tools with which we speculate, play, compute, test, communicate, seduce, and provoke.

By actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making, Communication and Media Studies presents a range of opportunities for students to develop individual methods of practice and to hone their intellectual dexterity through both established and progressive media forms. As the concepts and techniques that drive processes of fabrication, computation and representation continue to undergo radical change, the courses deploy a range of tools, from pencil to point-cloud, to both reinforce and reinvent the methods and mechanisms by which students approach design and architecture.

FIRST YEAR

Students in the First Year course are required to enrol in a series of seminars and studio-based courses introducing the wide range of communication techniques and media available to architects, clustered around the themes of The Mark and Space, Precision Drawing, Materials and Making, and Time-Based Media and the Lens. The seminars will proceed throughout Terms 1 and 2, while the studio- based courses will run in parallel, enabling students to engage with the subject matter in more depth.

SECOND YEAR

Students in the second year are required to enrol in studio-based courses that address a wide range of creative media including: hand drawing, digital modelling, video, photography, analogue and digital fabrication, coding, immersive and interactive media, and 3D scanning. These courses are also open to any third year or Diploma Programme student.

AA MEDIA SATURDAY SCHOOL

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

OPEN WORKSHOPS

A range of one-off events such as short introductions, taster sessions and demonstrations exploring a diverse array of media are scheduled throughout the year. These are open to any student with a curious mind who would like to explore the various working processes employed across the school.

LAB COURSES

Working with the AA Computer Lab, Communication and 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

Miraj Ahmed is a painter and architect. He is an Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Art and was a Design Fellow at the University of Cambridge.
Sebastián Andía holds an MArch from the AA School DRL and studied at Universidad de Mendoza in Argentina, where he participated in exchanges with Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City and Washington DC Virginia Tech, USA. Founder ofthe London based company OF. STUDIO, he previously worked in New York at Asymptote Architecture. He now works as a lead designer at Zaha Hadid Architects and teaches at several schools including the AA and the Bartlett.

Charles Arsène-Henry ffounded the speculative reading agency White Box Black Box in 2009. He is currently conceiving The Library is on Fire with the Luma foundation and writing Blade Vermeer Runner Scan.

Sue Barr is Head of Photography at the AA and holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art. She works and exhibits internationally and was part of the AutoPhoto exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. She has had recent solo shows at Galerienhaus in Stuttgart and the Arles Photo Festival. Her latest book, The Architecture of Transit, was published by Hartmann Projects in May.


Yoni Bentovim is a film director based in London. His films, spanning documentary and fiction, have been programmed worldwide at festivals and for television broadcast, including for Channel 4, France 3, SBS, RTP, The Guardian online, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Barbican and the Visionary Art Museum, receiving multiple awards.

Henry Cleaver is an accomplished furniture and lighting designer, model maker and graphic designer. He holds a BA in Modelmaking for Design and since 2013 has been key to the development of the AA’s Digital Prototyping Lab.

Rich Cochrane teaches and writes at the intersection of maths, code and creative practice. He is a founder of the Fine Art Maths Centre at Central Saint Martins and runs a programme of courses treating mathematics as a humanities discipline at City Lit. He is the author of The Secret Life of Equations (2016) and Maths Hacks (2018) and is one half of the creative partnership, Minimum Labyrinth. He has degrees in literature and mathematics and a PhD in philosophy.

Eleonor Dodmanis a graduate of the AA and a practicing architect. She has taught at the AA, Birmingham City University and Cardiff University.

Shin Egashira is an architect and artist. Working on installations, drawings and sculptures, he also created and directs the Koshirakura Landscape Workshop, an annual event in the mountains of Niigata, Japan, 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 lives in London. Marko works at Zaha Hadid Architects, where his projects span four continents. He teaches at the AA, exploring with students how alternative, societal decision-making can improve architecture as a whole.

Juliet Haysom trained in Fine Art at The Ruskin School, University of Oxford and The Royal College of Art, London and obtained RIBA Part 1 at the AA in 2013. Previously having worked as an associate artist at Muf architecture/art, she is currently developing a solo commission built into the site of a 19th Century prison in Bristol and is the lead artist for a new park in Bristol and a new public garden in Amesbury.

Matej Hosek graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Liberec in the Czech Republic. He worked at Vyonyx Studio in London and started a rendering course at the AA. He is currently an associate at AsymmetricA studio and works with clients like F+P, Aedas and Gensler.

Anderson Inge has combined architectural practice with teaching for nearly 30 years, in the UK as well as the USA. He initially completed training in both architecture and structures at MIT, and subsequently 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 Royal College of Art, the Rural Studio, and the Bartlett.

Christopher Johnson holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Furniture Design from RISD and an AA Diploma with Honours. He has been designing reading instruments at White Box Black Box since 2016.

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.

Antoni Malinowski is an artist. After studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw and the Chelsea Collage of Art, Malinowski founded his practice in London, subsequently collaborating with many architects on permanent, large-scale interventions. He had major solo exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre in 1997 and has been teaching at the AA since 2002, where he initiated the Saturated Space research cluster.

Patricia Mato-Mora studied Architecture at the AA, before studying materials at the RCA. She now works alongside artists and architects to realise large-scale projects employing various craftsmanship methods, while practising independently as an artist. Andrew McGettigan specialises in teaching technical topics to arts students, primarily philosophy, programming and mathematics. He is also a respected writer on English higher education. He is best known for his book, The Great University Gamble, and the long-running blog, Critical Education. He holds a doctorate in contemporary European philosophy.

Anna Mill is a designer and author with a background in architecture. She wrote Square Eyes, for which she won the 2019 World Illustration Awards. A new, short work titled Exile’s Letter will be published as part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale in 2019.

Alison Moffett is an artist and educator. Originally from Tennessee, she obtained an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art and an MA in history and critical thinking from the AA.

Ana Maria NicolaescuA is a digital artist and writer based in London. Her work explores the relationship between media, technology and popular culture today.

Joel Newman studied fine art at Reading University and has been a course tutor in Video with AA Media Studies since 1998. He has exhibited his video works at galleries including the Architecture Foundation, the ICA, the Whitechapel Art Gallery and the AA. From 2006–08 he was a co-curator ofthe AA’s New Media Research Initiative and is currently a consultant in Film and Sound to the AA’s Spatial Performance and Design (AAIS) MA/MFA course.

Thomas Parker is an architectural designer, fabricator and sculptor. Having graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he also teaches.

Caroline Rabourdin is an architect and essayist. She graduated from INSA Strasbourg, the Bartlett and holds a PhD from UAL. She is a Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett (UCL) in History and Theory, and Architectural Interdisciplinary Studies and is head of the Paris Visiting School at the AA

Thomas Randall-Page combines design-led architectural practice with teaching and hands-on building. Having worked at acclaimed architects 6A and Heatherwick Studio, Thomas now runs his own practice. He co-founded the Building Works Unit in 2011, a group with whom he still runs workshops internationally, as well as co-leading a design unit at Oxford Brookes University and teaching at the AA.

Mattia Santi is an architect and computational designer based in London. He is a co-founder of the research platform Data Aided Design and worked as a Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects. He previously collaborated with other practices, such as Robofold, Minimaforms, Farshid Moussavi Architects, Op-AL, Alvisi Kirimoto+Partners. He graduated with a master’s degree in Architectural Engineering in Rome with honors and holds an MArch from the AA DRL.

Francesca Silvi is an architect and computational designer based in London. She is a co-founder of the research platform Data Aided Design. As an architect, she worked for several years at Foster and Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects, also spending time at several practices in Rome and London. She graduated with a master’s degree in Architectural Engineering in Rome and holds an MArch AD from the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Paula Strunden studied in Vienna and Paris, before graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. She has experience working for Archithese, Raumlabor and Herzog and de Meuron.

Sebastian Tiew is a speculative designer based in London, UK. He graduated from the Architectural Association in 2018 and has also been involved in research and teaching at the Cass School of Architecture, Goldsmiths and The Royal College of Art.

Jelena Viskovic is an artist. Her collaborative projects include Patternist and Rromok, commissioned by Rhizome (US), the V&A (UK) and The New Institute (NL).

Dylan Wozniak-O’Connor is a digital fabrication specialist and researcher. He is currently the Robotic Fabrication Technician for the Architectural Association’s Digital Prototyping Lab.





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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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 Certificate), 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.

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