ZEARO-POLO, Alejandro

The Sniper’s Log – Architectural Chronicles of Generation X, hosted by Mark Cousins

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Friday 16 March 2012
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 115 mins

This compilation of texts written since 1986 reveals a parallel activity to Alejandro Zaera-Polo’s professional life. The book is like a sniper’s log, a register of events and accumulated experience, for the purpose of identifying tendencies and assessing performance, rather than to establish truths. Written for different media and formats, texts are threaded together as a biographical experience determined by temporal and geographical factors. More than 500 images capture the time of these writings, providing a background to trigger associations.

Alejandro Zaera-Polo (born Madrid, 1963) is the founder of London- and Barcelona-based practice AZPA, which integrates architecture, urban design and landscape architecture, working for public and private sectors on an international scale. His work has consistently merged architecture with theoretical practice, identifying social, economical, technological and political trends and translating them into architectural discourse. He trained at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and Harvard GSD. He worked at OMA in Rotterdam (1991–93), prior to establishing Foreign Office Architects (dissolved in 2011).

Zaera-Polo is Visiting Professor at Princeton and Norman Foster professor at Yale. Previously he was Dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam (2000–05) and held the Delft University Berlage Chair; he has taught at universities in the US, Japan and at the AA. His writings can be found in El Croquis, Log, A+U, Arch+, Archis and Volume, among other publications.

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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 Diploma), 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’.

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