Holly Hendry, Chris Hildrey, Lawrence Lek and Public Practice, chaired by Justin McGuirk and Theodore Spyropoulos

Ways of Seeing : Experimental Architecture and the Arts Foundation Award Shortlist

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Thursday 1 November 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 91mins mins

Exhibiting together for the first time and selected from a longlist of nominated artists, designers and architects,
Holly Hendry, Chris Hildrey, Lawrence Lek and Public Practice represent four very different UK-based practices. A professional track record, a need and a desire to push the boundaries of how we can explore, experience and create space in its many forms, were all criteria against which they were shortlisted. 

This exhibition enables visitors to gain an understanding of the current work and preoccupations of these four experimental practices. From artist Holly Hendry whose non-traditional architectural approach is permeated by a fascination with rear spaces and open cracks to Public Practice, a social enterprise founded by Pooja Agrawal and Finn Williams to improve the quality of everyday places by building the public sector’s capacity of proactive planning. Exploring radical constructions that challenge our conception of space as an interface, current work by Lawrence Lek looks at the changing nature of architectural experience through new technologies such as real-time computer graphics, while Chris Hildrey displays his ongoing project ProxyAddress, which uses local data to provide homeless people with stable addresses in order to access vital services in London. 

The award was judged by architect Amanda Levete, curator and writer Justin McGuirk and, Minimaforms’ director, educator and head of the Design Research Lab at the AA, Theodore Spyropoulos. Each of them were instrumental in making the decision and in the selection process for the 2019 award. The winner, who will receive £10,000 along with four other awards in different artforms, will be announced at the Arts Foundation Awards 2019, which will take place at the ICA on Monday 28 January. The runners up will each receive £1,000 to support them and their creative practice. 

The Arts Foundation would like to thank Theodore Spyropolous and the Architectural Association for its support of this project.


Image: Lawrence Lek : Geomancer. Commissioned for the 2017 Jerwod FVU Award. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ.

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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.