The architects of the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion and Summer Houses in conversation with Julia Peyton-Jones and David Glover

16 Years of the Serpentine Pavilion

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Monday 14 November 2016
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 88 mins

As a project that was initiated in 2000 by Julia Peyton-Jones, this conversation will look back at the series of Serpentine Pavilions created over the last 16 years to discuss their importance within contemporary architectural culture. With only six months from commission to realisation, the pavilion is an annual project that is designed and built over an extremely short timeframe, which has created a new model for architectural projects worldwide. It was conceived as a new way to exhibit architecture as built experience, and over the years has presented pavilions designed by the world’s leading architects, who were yet to realise a building in England at the time of invitation. The commission provides these architects with a unique opportunity to test ideas, experiment with materials and forms, and create distinctive spaces for people to enjoy and use over the summer. This lecture will give us a unique insight into the decision-making and collaborative design process between curators, architects and engineers, using the 2016 pavilion by BIG and the addition of the four summer houses by Barkow Leibinger, Kunlé Adeyemi, Yona Friedman and Asif Khan as examples to illustrate the different constraints, successes and challenges of this type of project. 

Image: Park Nights 2016 - prelude: Serpentine Architecture Programme conversations. 8 June 2016. Photo by Manuela Barczewski


Please note: this lecture will be ticketed.

Tickets for Staff, Students and Members will be released on Thursday, 10 November at 12pm (noon)If you were unable to get a ticket to the lecture, it will be live streamed at the following link: 

Serpentine Pavilion & Summer Houses 2016 by Hans-Ulrich Obrist & Julia Peyton-Jones will be sold in the Lecture Hall after the lecture. 

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.