Jason Kelly Johnson

A City of Intelligent Machines

Series: DRL Keynote Lecture 2
Date: Friday 23 January 2015
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 70 mins

The work of Jason Kelly Johnson forecasts an emerging world in which ecologies of intelligent machines will play not only a technical role, but also a creative and collaborative role in the evolution of our urban environments. Johnson's Future Cities Lab is at the forefront of exploring how advanced technologies, robotics, social media and the internet of things will profoundly transform how we live, work, communicate, interact and play in the future. As a part of the lab's core research agenda they synthesize past, present and future trajectories into radically synthetic forms of architectural production, interaction and participation.
Jason Kelly Johnson is the co-founder of Future Cities Lab, an experimental design research office based in San Francisco, California. Since 2009 Jason's lab has produced a range of innovative projects exploring the intersections of design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space. Jason is also an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Robotics at the CCA in San Francisco, where he co-coordinates the Digital Craft Lab and leads the Creative Architecture Machines advanced studio. Images of Johnson's design work can be found here: http://www.future-cities-lab.net/ 

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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.