Marjan Colletti, Nigel Coates, Ziah Fogel, Zaha Hadid, Andrew Jones, Lebbeus Woods, coord Ricardo de Ostos & Tobias Klein

Rendering Speculations Symposium 1/3

Series: Symposium
Date: Friday 7 May 2010
Time: 01:00
Running time: 300 mins

Rendering Speculations, coordinated by Ricardo de Ostos (AA Inter 3/NaJa-DeOstos) and Tobias Klein (AA First Year/Horhizon), is an AA event in which seven invited guests, from a variety of different fields including architecture, conceptual art, video gaming and interface design, will discuss the topic of speculative visualisation and virtual design. Highlighting a variety of disciplines and approaches, the event seeks to locate architecture as a magnifying lens through which digital visions and speculations are imagined.

Navigating through CG film sets, a digital life painting performance, augmented reality strategies, narrative scenarios, experimental drawings and political projects, the concept of speculation will be discussed as an inventive design methodology. In an age where borders between physical and virtual environments are constantly shifting, the symposium looks to stimulate a debate on how architecture can explore emerging mediums and assist in the creation of new visions that we imagine, aspire and experience in the years to come.

The event will be streamed live on the AA website.

Speakers include:
Nigel Coates
architect and interior and furniture designer and head of the architectural department at the Royal College of Art. His subversive spirit first came to public attention in 1984 with the publication of NATO (Narrative Architecture Today) magazine - a manifesto for a socio-culturally engaged and popular, narrative driven architecture.

Marjan Colletti
architect, an architectural educator, researcher, and co-principal of 'marcosandmarjan design limited he is teaching at the Bartlett UCL the diploma unit 20, who explores digital architecture and representation. He recently guest edited the last  AD issue titled ‘Exuberance’

Ziah Fogel
American computer animation technical director who worked for Pixar Animation Studios and is currently working at Double Negative Visual Effects.

Zaha Hadid
Founder or seminal architectural office Zaha Hadid Architects

Andrew Jones
World-famous digital painter and ‘techno-mystic visual pioneer of digital art’

Lebbeus Woods
American architect and educator whose work envisions experimental constructs and the question of the individual in society


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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 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.