Theodore Spyropoulos, Pier Vittorio Aureli & Maria Giudici, Vere van Gool, Nicholas Zembashi, and Marie Coulon

Autonomous

Series: Positions
Date: Monday 22 October 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 104 mins

 ‘Autonomous’ describes a position of freedom and independence. If the city is viewed as a curatorial project, can it be understood as sovereign? How can technology, politics, media, arts and culture play a role in determining future forms of urbanism? 


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.


Theodore Spyropoulos is the Director of the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London. He co-founded the experimental architecture and design practice Minimaforms and most recently they were awarded best idea / creative work in the 5th Chinese International Beijing Biennale. Recent projects include two thematic pier landmarks and the illumination concept for a Renzo Piano’s master planned 760-acre National Park in Athens, a large-scale land art intervention in Norway, and a proposal for self-organizing city named Emotive City.  Previously Theodore has worked as a project architect for the offices of Peter Eisenman and Zaha Hadid. In 2013 the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture awarded him The ACADIA award of excellence for his educational work directing the AADRL.


Maria Shéhérazade Giudici is the founder of the publishing and educational platform Black Square and the coordinator of the history and theory course at the School of Architecture of the Royal College of Art. She holds a PhD from TU Delft with a thesis on the construction of modern subjectivity through the project of public space. Before joining the AA, she taught at the Berlage Institute and BIArch Barcelona and worked on large-scale urban plans with offices BAU Bucharest, Donis Rotterdam and Dogma Brussels.


Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. His research and projects focus on the relationship between architectural form, political theory and urban history. He is Louis Kahn Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture at Yale University and is the author of The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (2011) and The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Architecture (2008). He is co-founder of Dogma, an architectural studio based in Brussels and focused on the project of the city.


Vere van Gool is Associate Director of the New Museum’s IdeasCity initiative and Contributing Editor of Tunica Magazine and Vogue NL. At the New Museum, Vere organised its IdeasCity public programs, exhibitions, and workshops in Arles, Athens, Detroit, New York, Shanghai, and Toronto focusing on how art and culture shape cities. Previously, Vere worked at Forensic Architecture and co-founded the arts advocacy project MISS.


Nicholas Zembashi graduated from the Architectural Association in 2018. His past work lies between architecture, media and politics and uses speculation and allegory to form essays in space. His most recent work investigates how identity is bound by a landscape of media and how classification in machine learning reveals discriminatory biases inherent in human interactions that thwart the promise of a world without defined edges. He has worked in architecture practises in Cyprus and the UK and is currently employed at Forensic Architecture. 


Marie Coulon is Director and Founder of Betts Project, a London based contemporary art gallery specialising in architecture. Since the gallery’s launch in 2016, she has presented exhibitions from architects Richard Goodwin, Tony Fretton, Alexander Brodsky, Bijoy Jain and Denise Scott Brown with the curatorial aim to present architectural objects as works of art.



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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 Certificate), 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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