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Alison and Peter Smithson. The Space Between

Series: Evening Lecture and Book Launch
Date: Monday 27 November 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 85 mins

To celebrate the launch of ‘The Space Between’ by Alison and Peter Smithson (Walther König, November 2016) this roundtable discussion brings together the editor, Max Risselada, as well as a number of scholars and designers who, through their work, have had the chance of studying the Smithsons’ work in depth. ‘The Space Between’ is the third part of the intended collected works of Alison and Peter Smithson and complementary to the volumes ‘The Charged Void: Architecture’ and ‘The Charged Void: Urbanism’. While the ‘Charged Void’ books deal with the celebrated architects’ built and unbuilt projects, ‘The Space Between’ can be considered as a summary of the Smithsons’ thinking as architects since the beginning of their career. This volume — richly illustrated with drawings and photographs by the Smithsons themselves — attempts to grasp the identity of places by observations of daily life, developing what they liked to call ‘a sensibility of place’.


Max Risselada is professor emeritus at the Department of Architecture at TU Delft. His research on modern architecture has resulted in a number of highly acclaimed exhibitions and accompanying catalogues, among others 'Raumplan versus Plan Libre' (1987) comparing the work of Adolf Loos and Le Corbusier, and 'Team 10 - in search of a Utopia of the present' (2005). Besides helping setting up such important platforms as Archiprix and Europan in the Netherlands, Risselada currently runs the Architectural Collections and Productions department at TUDelft, as well as lecturing internationally.


Deborah Saunt, is a Director of the award-winning architecture and urbanism practice DSDHA. She is leading the re-design of the public realm between Tottenham Court Road and Gower St– just here on our doorstep – as well as the refurbishment of the Smithsons’ iconic Economist Plaza. Deborah is also active in teaching and research. In 2014 she completed a PhD thesis as part of the RMIT Practice Research programme as well as a research fellowship in the Built Environment, awarded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Moreover she is a commissioner for the Independent Transport Commission (ITC), and is on the founding faculty for the London School of Architecture (LSA).


Susannah Hagan is Professor of Architecture in the University of Westminster, and the Founding Director of Research into Environment and Design (R_E_D): a design consultancy that promotes the role of design in making cities more environmentally resilient.Susannah has taught at the Royal College of Art School of Architecture, as well as the University of Brighton and the AA. During her career she has published a number of books. Most recently, she wrote Ecological Urbanism: The Nature of the City, which looks at the role of design in making cities more environmentally friendly.


Dirk van de Heuvel received his PhD in architecture from TU Delft, where he teaches as an associate professor. He is the head of the Bakema Study Centre in Rotterdam as well as an editor of the publication series DASH and the architectural theory journal FootprintDirk curated the exhibition Open: A Bakema Celebration, for the Dutch Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. He previously worked as editor of the Dutch journal OASE and authored, with Max Risselada, a number of publications including, Team 10: In Search of a Utopia of the Present 1953-1981 and Alison and Peter Smithson: From the House of the Future to a House of Today. As a recipient of the Richard Rogers Fellowship from Harvard GSD he is currently developing a research project on New Brutalism and British welfare state politics.


Ana Ábalos Ramos is an architect (Principal at Ábalos Llopis), researcher educator and curator. She obtained her Doctorate in Architecture from the Universitat Politécnica de València with a thesis titled ‘A&P Smithson: The Transient and the Permanent’. Ana has taught internationally and, at present, she is teaching in the School of Architecture at the University CEU Cardenal Herrera in Valencia (Spain).



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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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.

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