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Asif Khan

Bring back Experimentation in Architecture

Series: AA Open Day Lecture
Date: Friday 11 January 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 108mins mins

Experimental Architecture has the power to change the world as we know it. History continues to demonstrate that the opportunity and unique challenges of an event can regenerate cities,  industries and enable emerging architectural languages to gain a global awareness. From the glass and steel architecture of the Crystal Palace in the 1851 Great Exhibition, to timber experimentation by Alvar Aalto in 1939 World’s fair, to great leaps of in large scale industry and architecture collaboration in Japanese curator Kenya Hara’s “House Vision” event 2016 in Tokyo, we keep seeing the future before it is made. 

These projects are not only a catalyst to rebirth cities, but also a trigger to rethink who we are as humans, and how we should choose to exist, in relation to the earth, it’s climate, the universe, and each other.

In this talk Asif Khan will provide examples of this topic, citing works from architectural history and projects of his office from the past 10 years which have been built in this regard, including Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 (Megafaces), London Olympics 2012 (CocaCola Beatbox), Astana Expo 2017 (UK Pavilion) 

Asif Khan Studio is a research and development led architecture office who design buildings, landscapes, exhibitions and installations, among other things. Khan is currently working on the Tselinny Centre of Contemporary Culture in Almaty and leading the design of public realm for Dubai Expo 2020. Recently he designed the award winning UK Pavilion at Astana Expo 2017 and the Hyundai Pavilion at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Notable previous projects include the ‘MegaFaces’ pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics which won the Cannes Lion Grand Prix for Innovation, the Coca-Cola Beatbox at London 2012 Olympics, a finalist entry in the international competition for the new Guggenheim Museum Helsinki.  His studio is based in East London, formed in 2007 after graduating from the AA.

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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.