Platon Issaias, Marina Lathouri, Marie-Louise Raue, Patricia Roig Cànepa, Jingru (Cyan) Cheng, and Zoe Svendsen


Series: Positions
Date: Monday 1 October 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 74 mins

‘Forward’ suggests the position that looks ahead. Bringing together ideas about design experimentation in cities, cultural criticism, new forms of engagement, anxious landscapes and retraced expeditions, speakers will each state their position on how we can use the past and present to project forward into the future.

Following on from the What’s Next series that was a platform for AA graduates to present their unique forms of practice, this year a new series of five conversations on critical Positions will take place on Monday evenings. Each conversation will bring together leading voices from our alumni, graduate programme directors and a range of invited specialists from disciplines outside of architecture to debate their different approaches and methodologies while also discussing their common ground around a specific topic.

Platon Issaias studied architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece and holds an MSc from Columbia University and a PhD from TU Delft. Since 2015, he has been a tutor at the Royal College of Art. He is currently a unit master of Diploma 7 and co-director of the Projective Cities MPhil at the Architectural Association. Previously, he taught at the Berlage Institute, the Urban Design MArch at the Bartlett, Syracuse University, Westminster and the University of Cyprus.

Marina Lathouri studied architecture, philosophy of art and aesthetics. She directs the Graduate Programme in the History and Critical Thinking at the AA and lectures at Cambridge University. She writes and teaches on a variety of subjects that lie in the conjunction of history and modernity, writing, the city and political philosophy. Most recently, she co-authored Intimate Metropolis: Urban Subjects in the Modern City (Routledge 2008) and City Cultures: Contemporary Positions on the City (AA Publications 2010) and has published several articles.

Marie-Louise Raue is an architect currently working at Herzog & deMeuron in Basel. Prior to this she has worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam. Marie-Louise completed her Diploma at the Architectural Association in 2015 with her thesis entitled “Eternal Thamesmead”. Simultaneous to her professional activities, Marie-Louise is involved in research and artistic pursuits to further explore the relationship between architecture, art and place. 

Patricia Roig Cánepa studied architecture at the AA and holds a BA in Interior Design. She is currently working on the curation and the design of an exhibition about two Arctic expeditions. Her practice explores the potentiality of cataloguing.  

Jingru (Cyan) Cheng obtained both PhD by Design and M.Phil Projective Cities at the Architectural Association (AA) and was the co-director of AA Wuhan Visiting School 2016-17. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Royal College of Art, working on the research project Collective Forms in China supported by the British Academy. In addition, Cheng is the co-founder of ACROSS Architecture, an independent academic association for Chinese alumni from the AA.

Zoë Svendsen makes participatory performances exploring contemporary political subjects, including WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE (Artsadmin Green Commission/Barbican Centre), World Factory (Young Vic/UK tour); 3rd Ring Out (TippingPoint Commission Award; UK tour), reimagines (as dramaturg) classic texts at the Young Vic, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and lectures on dramaturgy at the University of Cambridge.

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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.