Mike Weinstock, Elif Erdine, Theo Lorenz, Maciej Woroniecki, Theo Sarantoglou Lalis & Siobhan Davies


Series: Positions
Date: Monday 19 November 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

To be ‘Engaged’ is to be activated or involved. How can the performance of materials, space, bodies and structures activate how we inhabit and understand our surroundings? What role does architecture play in engaging society to behave differently?

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. 

Dr. Michael Weinstock is an Architect, currently Director of Research and Development, and Director of the Emergent Technologies and Design programme in the Graduate School. He studied Architecture at the Architectural Association 1982/88 and has taught at the AA School of Architecture since 1989 in a range of positions. He received the Acadia Award for Excellence 2008. He has published and lectured widely, and taught at many other schools of Architecture, including in Delft, Rome, Barcelona, Vienna and in Stuttgart; and in the United States at Yale, CCA, Berkeley and Rice, and in Canada at Calgary, and in China at Tsinghua Beijing/The University of Hong Kong.

Elif Erdine is an Architect and researcher. She is currently the Studio Master in Emergent Technologies & Design (EmTech). During 2010-2015, she conducted her PhD at the Architectural Association PhD by Design Programme. Since 2010 she has been directing various AA Visiting School programmes (AA Istanbul VS, AA Summer DLAB), exploring generative design techniques, integration of algorithmic design methods with large-scale digital fabrication tools. Her research interests include biomimicry, robotic design and fabrication.

Theo Lorenz is an architect, painter and media artist. He has taught at the AA since 2000 and since 2008 has been the director of AAIS. Throughout his work in academia, practice (co-director T2 spatialwork) and art, his main interest lies in the research and application of projects through a mediated design process within creative networks.

Theo Sarantoglou Lalis is a co-founder of LASSA Architects, an international practice which operates at the intersection between the fields of art, technology and social science. He has taught postgraduate studios at Harvard and Columbia and undergraduate studios in Chalmers and LTU. He has been teaching at the AA since 2009. 

Maciej Woroniecki is the Architectural Design Team Leader at Stufish where he has delivered some of the most high-tech international architectural projects including the Wuhan Movie Park in Wuhan China and the Dai Show Theatre in Xishuangbanna. At the forefront of MAciej’s architectural focus are innovative structural solutions which are informed by key contextual parameters. His architectural designs rely heavily on the interface between public and private spaces and result in designs where architecture extends to seamlessly facilitate public program externally as well as internally. Before joining Stufish, MAciej worked for Martha Swartz, Marks Barfields and PLP Architecture. 

Siobhan Davies is Artistic Director of Siobhan Davies Dance and a renowned British choreographer, film-maker and performer. Since 2002 Davies has moved away from the traditional theatre circuit and started making work for gallery spaces and has presented at some of the most prestigious art institutions in the UK and Europe.

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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.