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GILL, Leslie

From Painting to Building

Date: Friday 16 February 2007
Time: 00:00
Running time: 53 mins
Leslie Gill has practised within the structure of her native city, New York, for her entire 20-year career. In her work, natural and artificial light is trained to wash over and transmit through surface to reflect the temporal, define programme, and make clear spatial progressions. Projects include a Brooklyn townhouse and prototypical distance-learning classrooms or e-labs using thermally and visually controlled environments. Leslie Gill founded her own firm, Leslie Gill Architect, 12 years ago after a decade as a partner of Bausman-Gill Associates. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University and has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at Parsons School of Design and a Visiting Critic at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She has been twice named a fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and awards for her architecture and painting include a Citation of Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Architecture from the Cooper Union.

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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.

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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’.

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