AA PhD Symposium

Algorithms & Actualisation - 1/4 Organised by Elif Erdine and Ali Farzaneh

Series: AA PhD Symposium
Date: Friday 12 December 2014
Time: 14:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 135 mins

With guest speakers: Mark Burry, John Frazer, Xavier de Kestelier

All Day Event

ALGORITHMS & ACTUALISATION is a one-day international conference put forth by the PhD in Architectural Design students at the Architectural Association. The symposium will explore the theoretical and design-oriented implications of computation in PhD design research at various scales. In recent decades, the role of computation in architectural research has had a profound impact in terms of empowering designers to breach into other fields including various scientific domains, infusing innovative ideas into design. As a result, algorithmic design has developed towards an interdisciplinary domain that integrates different mathematical and biological algorithms into architectural cultures. Computational design has established itself as a fundamental aspect of critical design thinking, including the simulation of physical and mathematical phenomena and their evolution as basis for information-based design approaches.

As such, while techniques and methods which associate computation and design research in novel ways are discussed, the effects of new design paradigms brought forward by computation on PhD research will be questioned. Over a three-session, all-day event, the symposium will be set up to discuss the current ongoing research, incorporating the interdisciplinary domains of biology, mathematics, artificial intelligence, urbanism, and other related fields. Moreover, the sessions will debate how such different domains integrate with architectural design by setting up innovative methodologies which employ computation on a multitude of levels. Throughout the day, three keynote lecturers and six current Ph.D.in Architectural Design students from the AA and other leading institutions will present their work and discuss the aforementioned sub-topics. Ultimately, ALGORITHMS & ACTUALISATION targets to comprehend the field of computational design in relation to ongoing PhD design research.



11:00 Opening Remarks (Brett Steele)

Session I

11:20 Greig Paterson (UCL Bartlett)
11:40 Sina Mostafavi (TU Delft)
12:00 KEYNOTE SPEAKER Xavier De Kestelier (Foster + Partners)
12:45 SESSION 1 DISCUSSION (Mark Burry chairs discussion with Xavier De Kestelier)

13:05 Lunch

Session II

14:30 Kostas Grigoriadis (RCA)
14:50 Sarat Babu (UCL Bartlett)
15:55 SESSION 2 DISCUSSION (John Frazer chairs discussion with Mark Burry)

16:15 Break

Session III

16:30 Ali Farzaneh (AA)
16:50 Elif Erdine (AA)
17:10 KEYNOTE SPEAKER John Frazer (EGS)
17:55 SESSION 3 DISCUSSION (Xavier De Kestelier chairs discussion with John Frazer)
18:15 Round Table Discussion
18:45 Conclusion

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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.