Craig Buckley with Guillermo Lopez Ibañez, Tina di Carlo, and Christina Varvia

Book Launch and Conversation - Graphic Assembly: Montage, Media and Experimental Architecture in the 1960s

Series: Book Launch
Date: Wednesday 12 June 2019
Time: 19:00
Venue: AA Bookshop
Running time: 0 mins

A conversation on the release of Graphic Assembly: Montage, Media, and Experimental Architecture in the 1960s (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2019). Linking forms of media construction with changes in the industrialization of building in the postwar decades, Graphic Assembly recovers the pivotal role of montage as a cultural technique for architects experimenting with a range of assembly practices during the long 1960s.  

Craig Buckley is assistant professor of art history at Yale University. He is co-editor of Dan Graham’s New Jersey; Utopie: Texts and Projects, 1967–1978; and Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X–197X.

Tina di Carlo is an editor at Drawing Matter, for which she works on exhibitions, publications, acquisitions and the website, editing and producing content. A former curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Director of Lectures, Exhibitions and co-Curricular activities at the Princeton University School of Architecture, she is a Harvard and Courtauld graduate in architecture and art history. Her doctoral dissertation examined how an exhibition could usher in a cultural shift, using the 1988 Deconstructivist Architecture exhibition at MoMA as a case study. She writes and speaks internationally.

Guillermo López is an architect (MAIO) and editor based in Barcelona. He combines his professional activities with academic, research and editorial ones. He has been part of the editorial board of the magazine Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme. MAIO’s work has been published in magazines such as Monocle, Domus, AIT, A10, Dear, Interior Design and Detail among others, and exhibited at MOMA New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and Storefront for Art and Architecture. MAIO participated at Venice Biennial 2016 in the Spanish Pavillion, awarded with the golden Lion, at Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015 & 2017 editions) and co-curated a Weekend Special at the Biennale di Venezia 2014 together with SPACE CAVIAR and DPR-Barcelona. MAIO’s work has been awarded several times including: FAD Opinion Award 2017 for Architecture, FAD Award 2016 for Ephemeral Interventions, FAD Award 2015 for Thought and Criticism and FAD Opinion Award 2013 for Interior Design; Arquia/Proxima Award 2014; LampLighting Solutions Award 2009; Girona Architects Association Award 2007.

Christina Varvia is an architect, researcher, and Deputy Director of Forensic Architecture. She graduated from the AA with a previous degree from Westminster University. Her research concentrates on architectural evidentiary techniques, and more broadly - digital media and memory, as well as the perception of the physical environment through scanning and imaging technologies. She has worked with multiple NGOs, and published and exhibited internationally. She recently joined the Technology Advisory Board at the International Criminal Court.

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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 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.