Jury in Translation : Mandarin

with critics including: Chris Lee (Serie Architects), Jiazhi Fengjiang (LSE), Guangyuan Li (Foster + Partners), Doreen Bernath (AA), Mark Morris (AA), Qishan Huang (Foster + Partners) and Jingru Cyan Cheng (AA / RCA)

Series: Architecture in Translation
Date: Friday 24 January 2020
Time: 14:00
Venue: AA Lecture Hall

Architecture in Translation is a project that celebrates the wealth embedded in each different language in the production and dissemination of ideas, discourse, and debate in architecture. The project identifies terms, concepts, and values inherent to different linguistic and cultural contexts to produce a "Multilingual Dictionary of Architectural Terms" in the 21st century.

‘Jury’ is a term used specifically in schools of architecture referring to student presentations to a panel of experts who provide critical feedback on the projects presented. The first Jury in Translation will be held on Friday, 24 January to coincide with the Lunar New Year. Students will present projects produced across Chinese-speaking contexts to a panel of invited experts from architecture and related disciplines. The jury will take place in both English and Mandarin and will be translated live.

Transcripts of the event in both languages will be used as part of the ongoing research that aims to identify terms and concepts yet to be translated linguistically or culturally. These juries aim to foster intellectual curiosity and create an opportunity to expand our architectural vocabulary through an investigation into specific terminology, contexts and cultures.

Critics include:

Christopher Lee is the co-founder and Principal of Serie Architects London, Mumbai, Singapore and Beijing; and leads the design of Serie across all four offices. He is Associate Professor in Practice of Urban Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He previously served as Design Critic at the GSD (2011-12). Prior to that he was the Director of the AA Projective Cities MPhil Programme (2010-12) and AA Diploma and Intermediate Unit Master (2002-09 ). Lee graduated with the AA Diploma (Honors) from the AA, received the RIBA President’s Medal Commendation Award, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture and Urbanism from the Berlage Institute and TU Delt. In 2017 he was appointed as a London Mayor’s Design Advocate to work on the Good Growth by Design programme addressing key challenges facing London's built environment.

Jiazhi Fengjiang currently teaches at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she has recently completed a PhD in Anthropology. Her doctoral research explores the emergence of grassroots philanthropy in contemporary China. Her broader research interests lie in ethics, humanitarianism, political economy, gender, welfare, as well as visual and graphic anthropology.

Guangyuan Li's architectural journey has spanned the UK and China over two decades. He graduated from the AA Emergent Technologies programme in 2009 where he received a Distinction prior to joining the international firm Foster + Partners. Guangyuan is an Associate Partner and leads architectural teams to create projects worldwide.

Doreen Bernath is an architect and a theorist across disciplines of design, technology, philosophy, visual art, media and cultures. Trained at Cambridge and the AA, she won a RIBA scholarship and was a finalist in RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Thesis (PhD). She is a co-editor of RIBA’s The Journal of Architecture, teaches at the AA on the PhD, HTS and Projective Cities MPhil programmes, and co-directs AA Budapest Visiting School. She also teaches at the Leeds School of Architecture and co-founded the independent research collective ThisThingCalledTheory.

Mark Morris is Head of Teaching and Learning at the AA and works on diverse curricular objectives across the School as well as teaching History & Theory Studies. His research focuses on questions of visual representation, scale models, and the history of architectural education. Mark is the author of Models: Architecture and the Miniature (Wiley) and Automatic Architecture (UNC). He is a member of the London Higher group and the V&A Architectural Models Network. Mark is a recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Medal and the RIBA Research Trust Award.    

Qishan Huang is an architect and Associate Partner at Foster+Partners. Qishan graduated from the AA and has been working on Chinese projects for over 8 years, addressing the exploration of future office space, conservation and city regeneration.

Dr. Jingru (Cyan) Cheng obtained both PhD by Design (2018) and M.Phil Projective Cities (2014) at the Architectural Association (AA), and is currently a tutor in MA Architecture (ADS7) and postdoctoral research associate in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. Her research interests lie in the intersections between architecture, anthropology and sociology, with a focus on socio-spatial models in China. Cyan’s research on Care and Rebellion: The Dissolved Household in Contemporary Rural China received a RIBA Presidents Awards for Research commendation (2018)


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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.