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Organised by Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos

Lebbeus Woods: Projecting Realities

Series: Lunchtime lecture
Date: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Time: 13:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 133 mins

Projecting Realities, organised by Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos (Intermediate Unit 3 tutors), celebrates the life of the radical and visionary architect, Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012). A professor of architecture at the Cooper Union, Woods co-founded the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture in 1988, which today continues to respond to changing social, political and technological conditions through the advancement of experimental architecture, design and science. For this event guest speakers Didier Faustino, Liam Young and Theo Spyropoulos will address the influence and legacy of Woods’ work. A round-table discussion will follow.

Scavengers and Other Creatures is an on-going lecture series hosted by Intermediate 3, which explores the realm of fictional buildings, technological natures and cybernetics. An eponymous book of the unit’s student work, interviews and articles will be published in 2015.

Didier Faustino lives and works between Paris and Lisbon. His work reciprocally summons up art from architecture and architecture from art, indistinctly using genres in a way that summarises an ethical and political attitude about the conditions for constructing a place in the socio-cultural fabric of the city. Spaces, buildings and objects show themselves to be platforms for the intersection of the individual body and the collective body in their use.

Theodore Spyropoulos is an architect and educator based in London. He is co-founder and director of Minimaforms, an experimental architecture and design practice. His work has received international attention which have included nominations for the Chernikhov Prize in architecture, named one of the top ten international public art installations by the Telegraph for his work Memory Cloud and most recently Minimaforms was awarded best idea / creative work in the 5th Chinese International Beijing Biennale.This presentation contains video material from SCI-ARC's online archive.

Liam Young is an architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. His projects develop fictional speculations as critical instruments to survey the consequences of emerging environmental and technological futures. He is founder of the think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a group who explore the possibilities of fantastic, speculative and imaginary urbanisms and co runs the ‘Unknown Fields Division’, a nomadic studio that travels on expeditions to the ends of the earth to investigate forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and industrial ecologies.

Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos are principals of NaJa & deOstos. They are the authors of The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad and Pamphlet Architecture 29: Ambiguous Spaces. They have been nominated for the 2012 Iakov Chernikhov prize for young architects around the world. Nannette has worked for Wilkinson Eyre and Zaha Hadid. Ricardo has worked for Peter Cook, Future Systems and Foster + Partners. He has taught at Lund University in Sweden and is currently an Associate Professor at École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. He was appointed curator of the Brazilian Pavilion for the London Festival of Architecture in 2008 and 2010.

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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.