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Translate the Intangible

Symposium organised by PhD in Architectural Design Candidates 1 of 6

Series: Symposium
Date: Friday 11 May 2012
Time: 10:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 42 mins

Guest speakers: Branko Kolarevic (University of Calgary), Mark Sarkisian (Director of Structural Engineering, SOM San Francisco), Greg Lynn (Angewandte Wien & UCLA A+UD), Axel Kilian (Princeton University), Luca Dellatore (ARUP), Hod Lipson (Cornell University)

Translate the Intangible, a symposium organised by the AA PhD in Architectural Design students as part of the AA Public Programme, addresses the challenges of communicating dynamic aspects of contemporary design methodologies through static mediums such as text and images. As current design-oriented fields have amplified the implementation of computational and generative tools for various motives, the process of documentation and representation of the design process has become more difficult to express. As such, Translate the Intangible will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of leading practitioners from different fields to discuss the challenges involved in expressing the process involved in their work and propose new perspectives addressing this issue.

The symposium will also serve as a platform for the PhD in Architectural Design students to present and discuss their individual research with the invited speakers. The day is divided into three sessions. Each session will last for two hours, and will include a presentation by two PhD students and two invited speakers under a specific theme. During the final hour of each session, the moderators will open up a discussion that follows up on the session’s theme. The aim is to steer a discussion to develop a further understanding of how different disciplines transcribe the temporal aspects of their research to permanent static medium.

Organised by Merate Barakat, Elif Erdine and Ali Farzaneh                

10.00 Morning coffee 
10.20 Introduction, Michael Weinstock (AA) Director, Research and Development; Director, Emergent Technologies and Design

10.30 Spatial Cognition and Performative Systems 
Moderators: Merate Barakat, Urban Sonic Networking: Urban Design through Acoustic Sensory; Kensuke Hotta, Programmable Architecture: Towards Intelligent Architecture
Speakers: Luca Dellatore, ARUP, Acoustic Consultant; Hod Lipson, Cornell University, Director of Graduate Studies, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.
12.30 Lunch
13.50 Afternoon session opening, Brett Steele, Director of AA School

Moderators: Francisca Aroso, Fabrication Based Design of Adaptable Transitional Spaces; Arturo Revilla, Processcity: Towards a New Territorial Performance of the Urban Border
Speakers: Axel Kilian, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Princeton University; Branko Kolarevic, University of Calgary, Associate Dean (Academic-Architecture) Professor and Chair in Integrated Design
16.00 break

Moderators: Ali Farzaneh, Mathematical Models and Digital Morphogenesis of Urban Tissues; Elif Erdine, Generative Processes in Tower Design: Algorithms for the Integration of Tower Subsystems
Speakers: Greg Lynn, O. Univ. Prof. Arch. Angewandte Wien & UCLA A+UD; Mark Sarkisian, SOM – San Francisco office, Director of Seismic and Structural Engineering

18.30 Roundtable discussion

All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.

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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’.

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.