LIANOU, Natassa and Ermis CHALVATZIS (LC-A)

Smart Design Elegance and the Digital Craft

Series: What’s Next
Date: Monday 30 November 2015
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 52 mins

Architecture is like water. It shapes itself according to the nature of the ground over which it flows. “Smart Design Elegance” as LC Architects (LC-A) name it, is the quest for efficiency and beauty on all domains and cases, which is facilitated by the digital craftsmanship. It is a new paradigm, which blends and embodies into a digital-driven design process, sustainability, functionality, engineering and affordability with high aesthetics.

The lecture will focus on the recent work of the growing portfolio of the young London-based architecture and de- sign studio LC-A. They will present various scale projects that triggered their office’s growth under the prism of their philosophy and processes.

Natassa Lianou & Ermis Chalvatzis founded LC Architects (LC-A)based in London, after working for various world class projects at Zaha Hadid Architects in London. Their work focuses on their ‘Smart Design Elegance’ philosophy, which aims to bridge sustainability, engineering and affordability with high aesthetics into a digital-driven design process. Their portfolio spans from towers and masterplans to small scale products and interiors. They have won international awards and have exhibited and lectured worldwide. They are RIBA and ARB chartered architects in the UK and they both hold an MArch from AA DRL.

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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’.

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