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Introduction AA SCHOOLS Undergraduate School Foundation First Year Intermediate Diploma Complementary Studies History & Theory Studies Media Studies Technical Studies Architectural Practice Graduate School Design Research Lab Emergent Technologies History and Critical Thinking Housing and Urbanism Landscape Urbanism Sustainable Environmental Design Conservation of Historic Buildings Design & Make Projective Cities PhD Programme AA Interprofessional Studies Independents Group Research Clusters Visiting School One Year at the AA Spring Semester Programme Summer Make Summer School Summer dLab Visiting Teachers Global Schools RESOURCES AND INFORMATION Resources The AA Participatory Democracy Development Office Library Photo Library Computer Room Audiovisual Lab AAIR Wood and Metal Workshop Model Workshop Digital Prototyping Lab Hooke Park Maeda Workshop Drawing Materials Shop AA Bookshop Bar & Restaurant Information Undergraduate Admissions Undergraduate Entry Requirements Graduate Admissions Fees Scholarships and Bursaries Required Qualifications Staff List 3
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I hope this prospectus opens the door to the AA and encourages you to join us as we go forward and seek to create not only the leaders of architecture’s future. 3) a summary of our international visiting school programme of design workshops held in cities around the world. Top: Introduction Week picnic in Bedford Square Garden. To those of you who are already at the school. to engaging with and preparing for the challenges that lie ahead in the collective futures of our world. we welcome your enquiry and reach out to you as our future. It is divided into four parts: 1) a general introduction to the Architectural Association. The prospectus should give you a sense not only of the range of our interests. but an architectural culture itself that can lead the world forward in new and unexpected ways. WELCOME Welcome to the 2010/11 academic year of the Architectural Association School of Architecture. symposia. To prospective students. including the Events List. in every way imaginable. exhibitions and other events. Now in its 163rd year. which will keep you updated on a weekly basis. The following prospectus provides an overview and introduction to the courses and public programme activities that make the AA the world’s most diverse and international school of architecture. This prospectus offers only a summary guide to the depth of the AA’s commitment to this goal: the best way to experience the AA is through direct participation in it – whether as a full-time student. 4) a brief guide to resources and other information that will answer the questions of prospective applicants and current students. dynamic and active learning environment. or as part of the audience convened here throughout the coming year. intelligent insight and unbridled talent already lie at the centre of everything we do and believe in. Bottom: Projects Review Opening 2010 Photos Valerie Bennett 3 . The AA School lies at the heart of a global association of architects and other committed individuals dedicated. London. To all of you. 2) course. the AA School is not only the world’s most influential and well-known school of architecture but also an incredibly fluid. thank you – your hard work. the larger organisation within which the AA School operates. Please remember also to consult our growing online and print materials. unit and programme information related to this year’s undergraduate and graduate schools in Bedford Square. Alongside the formal coursework it offers a year-long schedule of visiting lectures. bringing together a growing public audience who collectively push the boundaries of architectural culture today. but also of the unsurpassed opportunities we provide for learning. as an AA Member. book launches.INTRODUCTION I.
Thirdly. both of which are of immense value to our students and staff: our formal courses and our Public Programme of evening lectures. but rather to create the conditions for new forms of teaching. self-motivated and even self-funded. cities and the environment to a large public audience – we are deeply committed to realising the potential that our independence allows. First. that it can and will be an essential aspect of public and political debates about our collective futures. we expect that architecture can and will be more than it is today. and as a private school – with a broad commitment to bringing issues of contemporary architecture. an experimental school of great independence. THE AA SCHOOL: A LEGACY OF EXPERIMENTATION Our mission at the AA School isn’t to teach architecture as it is already known. As a small and independent school located at the heart of the world’s most international and multicultural city. the AA is unique in at AA Students on a survey trip in the 1940s The AA is. symposia. we are by far the world’s most international school of architecture. by adapting intelligently to the changing conditions of architecture at a time when the profession is facing a spectacular range of challenges. it has grown up alongside – and to a very great degree helped shape – the architectural profession. all of our students participate as the foundation for the experimental forms of teaching that remain the hallmark of the AA. which has for decades been home to the world’s leaders – and leading experimenters – in architecture. in various ways. The AA’s independence also means that we are able to push boundaries. As a school. test new ideas and promote new ways of teaching and learning. Secondly. technical bricklaying exercise in the 1930s. 1928 least three important ways.INTRODUCTION II. As the UK’s oldest and only remaining private school of architecture. working and above all thinking and learning that will ultimately transform architecture in ways not yet fully realised. we are organised around two distinct kinds of activities. This has long been the central ambition of the AA School. that it can and will be central to shaping a better world for everyone. exhibitions and publication launches –the world’s largest year-round series of public events dedicated to contemporary architectural culture. From top left: Bernard Tschumi with Rose Lee Goldberg in the 1970s. with nearly 90 per cent of our full-time students and nearly as many of our teachers coming to the AA from abroad. ambition and expectation. We takes immense pride in the opportunities that our organisation and governance present. AA student pantomine. there is the famous pedagogical basis for the school itself: our ‘unit’ system of teaching and learning in which. The AA is a famously independent educational experiment: we are self-directed. 4 5 . It should be stressed that the AA School sits entirely outside the state funding of higher education in the UK. at its heart.
unit studios will again be based in our building at 4 Morwell Street. photo Valerie Bennett Like our student body. In First Year. projects and agendas will mark our Diploma School this year. looking at the Mississippi River Delta. Maria Fedorchenko will lead a new Intermediate Unit 7. further enhancing the incredible diversity of talent. initiated a series of research clusters connecting different parts of the school with outside partners. with a brief that looks at the completion of Beauvais Cathedral in Normandy alongside the urban context that the structure has long sought to transform.and Piranesian Constructivism. the Office of the Director at the AA School has created new courses of study. It allows for the identification of new challenges and opportunities. Many of our new AA teachers have moved here to combine practice with teaching small. Head of our Digital Prototyping Lab. adding to the uniquely global forms of architectural knowledge that make the AA School such a distinctive voice in architectural education. and brought in dozens of new teachers to work in every part of our undergraduate and graduate schools. all of which figure prominently in our school today. In the Intermediate School. An evolution in new personalities. Intermediate 12 Left: ‘Datafossils’ by Tobias Jewson and Ioana Iliesiu. which will continue its work on land-. we are pleased to announce the launch of several new units and the appointment of new teachers at every level air-based networks. focused and self-selected groups of students. including architecture. Right: First Year Zbigniew Oksiuta workshop. and will continue to evolve this year in a new dedicated studio setting. In 2010/11 many more new teachers. and Olivier Ottevaere. Asia. 6 7 .INTRODUCTION III. STAFF AND PROGRAMMES Over the past five years. with Ana Araujo. the launching of new academic initiatives and the invention of entirely new kinds of educational experiments. Above all. which will look east and to transitions in the urban context of Moscow at the outset of a multi-year research and design agenda in Eastern European cities. Sarah Entwistle and Ingrid Schröder bring new agendas and experiences to the studio. Doyeon Cho. Our new Intermediate Unit 2. assisted by Matthew Barnett Howland. and join our existing Studio Masters there in the delivery of a studio-based programme of projects and workshops that allow the AA’s youngest and least experienced students to prepare for their academic and professional lives. and is jointly led by Jeroen van Ameijde. now based in London after leading prototypedriven design studios in the the US and Switzerland. helping our students and staff to help realise new kinds of projects and events. led a historic expansion of the AA’s main campus in Bedford Square. will look at a tale of ‘architecture. organised and expanded the AA’s public programme. our academic staff have been attracted to the unique opportunities at the AA and have come to London from across Europe. of the five-year ARB/RIBA accredited AA Diploma Course. Our new Intermediate Unit 6 will pursue prototypes for urban dwellings. Intermediate 7. water. introduces history as an active contemporary design reality. Flora Maclean will join our existing studio teachers and Course Director Saskia Lewis. agendas and experiences that make up our school. NEW ACADEMIC UNITS. the AA’s independence and organisational structure enables the Director’s Office to make swift and targeted changes to existing parts of the school. which will look at energy as a poetic device for the development of space and form. Latin and North America. which is the traditional core of the AA’s academic life. This year Stewart Dodd joins Mark Campbell in Intermediate Unit 1. In our Undergraduate School. secured unprecedented levels of outside funding. a London-based architect. The AA Foundation Course is aimed at young UK year-out students or mid-career individuals contemplating an academic or professional career in the creative arts. design units and academic staff will join us. Our new Diploma Unit 3. craft and love’ in a programme based upon a Venetian Renaissance text published in 1499. led by Peter Karl Becher. Roz Barr will join Stefano Rabolli Pansera in Intermediate Unit 5. taught by the London architect Takero Shimazaki.
which provides a platform for enquiry into theoretical debates. The studio-based course offers a unique combination of studio design and written analysis of the contemporary and emergent conditions of the city. building on his previous part-time appointment with the course. extending the forms of specialised teaching and learning that already make the AA Graduate School one of the world’s most challenging and influential settings for advanced architectural studies. joins the AA’s part-time Conservation of Historic Buildings programme. a research architect at Zaha Hadid Architects.and site-based MArch design programme located at the AA’s Hooke Park campus in Dorset. Paula Cadima joins Sustainable Environmental Design. studio. joins Emergent Technologies as a Studio Tutor assisting the programme’s core studio. David Hills. Mahsa Ramezan Poor. Two exciting new graduate programmes launch this year. photo Valerie Bennett taught by an accomplished team including Piers Taylor and Kate Darby alongside Course Director Martin Self. Theo Sarantoglou Lalis and Dora Sweijd transfer their infrastructural work from in 2010/11 by Theodore Spyropolous. the AA’s rural campus in Dorset. photo Valerie Bennett Right: DRL Projects Review installation 2010. and will be Self-Packaging Project. adding their tremendous experience and vision to that of Martin Self. leader of the Hooke Park summer programme ‘Studio in the Woods’ and Kate Darby. Robert Stuart-Smith leaves the undergraduate First Year Studio and joins the DRL as a new Studio Master. which will look at the latent territories of airports as sites that materialise the myths and ambitions of a globalised world. AA Files Editor Thomas Weaver and Diploma Unit 4 Master John Palmesino join existing teaching staff and Programme Director Marina Lathouri in the newly renamed History and Critical Thinking programme. In our Graduate School new studio. Piers Taylor. Tom Tong joins Diploma Unit 16. where she will lead core studio and seminar courses. in the AA’s long-running PhD programme. applications are again being accepted for the programme’s new PhD in Design course. which this year will focus on China’s ambitions to develop the countryside and not only new urban conditions. Finally. which will extend the collaboration between the Diploma School and the AA’s new Design & Make programme. Its focus this year will be on the design and construction of a new big shed at Hooke Park. Foundation the Intermediate School to a new Diploma Unit 17. The new Design & Make programme is a 16-month. offering a taught MPhil degree awarded at the end of 20 months of study and led by Christopher C M Lee and Sam Jacoby. space and material. which connects Jeremy Rifkin’s call for a new culture of empathy with the capacity for new technologies and design agendas to deliver ecologically intelligent form. will embark with the unit on a road trip across Australia as the latest stage of their work on dreamscapes and architectural speculation. offering 8 9 . an architect with a major conservation practice and a special interest in modern architecture with heritage significance. Suryansh Chandra.INTRODUCTION Liam Young and Kate Davies. Alfredo Ramirez joins Landscape Urbanism as a new Studio Master. The DRL will be directed Left: Modelmaking Workshop. AA graduate and principal of the rural UK architectural practice KDA. jointly teaching our new Diploma 6. The well-known Barcelona architect Enric Ruiz-Gelli leads an experienced team teaching a new Diploma Unit 18. Our other new graduate programme is Projective Cities. Together they will lead a small and selective Diploma Unit 19. which will extend its ongoing work on adaptive ecologies. seminar and workshop staff join nearly every programme. Mollie Claypool and Ryan Dillon both join the course this year as Programme Tutors working with DRL students on every aspect of the written and seminar-related coursework and submissions. seeking better forms for adapting urban culture to natural ecologies. as Yusuke Obuchi steps away from the programme mid-year to take up new teaching opportunities in Japan.
The IG is a new worldwide network of six of the world’s leading independent schools of architecture in Asia. which for now covers ten buildings and twice the floor area of the AA only five years ago. the AA will lead the establishment of the Independents Group (IG) under the aegis of London-based architect Alan Dempsey. Top: Juries with Intermediate 9 and Diploma 9. photos Valerie Bennett students’ academic lives are the units. Following last year’s introduction of new studio spaces for all of the Intermediate School. Following last year’s acquisition of three new properties as part of our larger Bedford Square campus. Over the past summer an operational advisory group within the school has helped define plans for the 2010/11 academic year. following last year’s enrolment of several hundred visiting students in nearly two dozen cities worldwide. there are other important announcements to make regarding our staff and spaces in 2010/11. manufacturing and production. IV. masterplanning work will continue this year in preparation of a guiding strategy for the medium. In 2010 two-thirds of our 650 full-time students in London were undergraduate completing the AA Diploma leading to professional qualification 10 11 . independent studies projects and public events associated with today’s revolution in new distributed. The AA Graduate School is accredited by the Open University in the UK. which involve year-long design teaching and learning alongside associated Complementary Studies courses. networked design platforms. These include a significant expansion of key workshop areas already underway. and encompasses ten programmes that last one or more years in graduate design or other specialised courses of study. Bottom: FAB Village Underground. the Americas and Europe. this year will see a doubling of the floor area within the Diploma School. Digital Prototyping Workshop and many other vital learning spaces. In the AA’s growing part-time Visiting School.and long-term development of our historic home. full-time Foundation Course for those contemplating studies in architecture or associated creative fields at the AA or elsewhere. with an expanded and relocated Computing Workshop. As an extension of our Visiting and Graduate Schools. who will meet and work together to establish an annual series of design fellowships. THE AA: FULL-TIME LONDON AND PART-TIME GLOBAL VISITING SCHOOLS The AA’s five-year ARB/RIBA accredited AA Undergraduate School leads to an AA Diploma and Parts 1 and 2 of the UK qualification as an architect. all other undergraduate and graduate programmes are full-time. This part of the school also includes an associated. Our Conservation of Historic Buildings and AA Interprofessional Studio (AAIS) both offer options for part-time study. The focus of our undergraduate Hooke Park workshop in Dorset. facing onto Bedford Square. photo Valerie Bennett Alongside these and many other smaller adjustments to the structuring of our undergraduate and graduate courses. new global design workshops will again be led by AA teachers across the world.INTRODUCTION advanced research into highly specialised areas within contemporary architectural and design culture. where 14 unit spaces will operate as studios across the third floor of the entire front six buildings of the AA.
Istanbul. Tel Aviv. professional and other academic qualities that will allow them to contribute to a school filled with like-minded students and staff. São Paulo. Berlin. In less than two years the Visiting School has arranged short design workshop courses in 30 different cities worldwide. Shanghai. Pagu Book City and Daejon in Korea. all interested prospective students are actively encouraged to visit the AA and to make an application in the knowledge that what the AA seeks above all are self-motivated students who are able to bring with them interesting personal. Left: Visiting school in Korea. Turin. Singapore. photos Valerie Bennett 12 13 . intensive forms of teaching and learning. during the past year. and one-third were graduate students pursuing advanced studies in a Graduate Diploma. Santiago. cities and environments. outside partners and local teaching staff together to do work on important projects and problems related to the challenges of local cultures. Top: Students pinning up work for an open jury. AA tutors have. Adding established workshops in Dubai. Venice. Visiting students from around the world have been able in this way to experience the AA’s unique. photo Anne Save de Beaurecueil The AA Visiting School was formalised and expanded in early 2008 by the Office of the Director of the School as the global extension of the AA’s influential forms of unit-based teaching and learning in London. Madrid. San Francisco and other new locations. Bottom: Workshop. directed two-week design studios in Tehran. While admission to all parts of our full-time schools is very competitive. Masters or PhD programme. photo Peter Ferretto Right: São Paulo global school. bringing together AA tutors. In 2010/11 the AA Visiting School will add yet other new and challenging opportunities to its existing roster of destinations and events.INTRODUCTION as an architect in the UK.
DIPLOMA HONOURS 2009/10 Top: Jorgen Tandberg. photo Valerie Bennett Bottom: Amandine Kastler. Iconicfiction – a world of interiors 15 . Immeuble Cité Visiting school in London. Diploma 14. Diploma 9.
STUDENT AWARDS AND PRIZES 2009/10
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1. Albane Duvillier, Foundation, Julia Wood Foundation Prize; 2. Lara Lesmes, Diploma 9 Alex Stanhope Forbes Prize; 3. Aimee O’Carroll, Diploma 11, Foster & Partners Prize; 4. Zachary Fluker, Intermediate 10, Henry Florence Studentship; 5. Camille Steyaert, Intermediate 1, AA Prize;
6. James Kwang-ho Chung, Intermediate 4, AA Travel Studentship; 7. Elliot Krause, Diploma 16, 8. James Rai, Diploma 7, 9.Erland Skjeseth, Intermediate 11, 7–9 Holloway Trust
10. Alma Wang, Diploma 13, Howard Colls Studentship; 11. Wiktor Kidziak, First Year, 12. Jerome Tsui, Diploma 14, 13. Akhil Bakhda, First Year, 11–13 Nicholas boas Travel Award; 14. Amber Wood, Diploma 10, Henry Saxon Snell Scholarship; 15. Max Hacke, Intermediate 8, Alexander
Memorial Travel Fund; 16. Simon Whittle, Diploma 14, Dennis Sharp Prize for outstanding writing; 17. Fredrik Hellberg, Diploma 13, Nicolas Pozner Award; 18. Yheu-Shen Chua, Intermediate 11, Ralph Knott Memorial Fund 19. Huida Xia, Intermediate 13, William Glover Bequest
In 2010/11 the AA will carry forward its recent and ongoing transformation of our historic home in Bedford Square, as part of a long-term strategic plan for the AA, which will create far-reaching changes and improvements to the learning resources of the entire Architectural Association in the coming years.
Ching’s Yard in the 1950s, Photo David Critchlow
The AA has been located on the west side of Bedford Square, London’s last-remaining intact Georgian Square, since the early years of the twentieth century. Today the surrounding area of Bloomsbury is recognised as Europe’s single-largest academic precinct. It not only includes some of the UK’s largest and best-known research universities, but also serves as the home for leading independent academic institutions and as the European headquarters for many overseas universities, colleges and schools. Major cultural institutions such as the British Museum are also nearby.
Outside the AA in Bedford Square
V. A LEGACY OF UNITS, COLLABORATION AND EXPERIMENTATION The modern history of the AA School is bound up with the incredible legacy of architectural personalities, projects and pedagogies which have emerged from the school during the past half century, and have gone on to shape the profession and culture more of architecture broadly throughout the world. When we consider that three of the past decade’s recipients of the Pritzker Prize are AA graduates from a brief, intense 17-year period during the 1960 and 70s – Richard Rogers (AA ’60), Rem Koolhaas (AA ’72) and Zaha Hadid (AA ’77) – we realise that our small, independent school has fostered remarkable architectural careers and personalities. The AA has long been a home for some of the most experimental advances in architectural education, teaching and learning, hosting countless avant-gardes – from the thinking of Cedric Price or the seminal group Archigram in the 1960s, the provocative NATO collective of the 1980s, to the formalised, team-based experimentation across electronic design networks begun with 1970s, to the studios seeking a new kind of metropolitan architecture led by Elias Zenghelis and his former student and collaborator Rem Koolhaas. During a period when it was directed by Alvin Boyarsky, one of the twentieth-century’s leading architectural educators, the AA School was a hive of experimentation and invention, with teachers like Jan Kaplicky, Ron Herron, Bernard Tschumi, Nigel Coates, Zaha Hadid, Peter Cook and many others laying out agendas for work and careers that would unfold over the past quarter century.
AA 125th Anniversary exhibition catalogue designed by Archigram Architects
the formation of the DRL in the 1990s. For decades the school has been the place where young architectural interests and agendas have been given space to establish themselves, seek audiences and mature into the kinds of projects and careers that gain worldwide recognition. Past AA prospectuses are where architects can go to find the origins of many of the ways of thinking that spawned some of the great architects, designers and educators of our time, from the experimentation with classical and pre-modern architecture described in the units of Léon Krier in the
From top left: Installation at Hooke Park 2008; EmTech canopy 2007, photos Sue Barr; Fibrous room installation in Istanbul, part of a collaboration by students from the AA and Bilgi University led by ecoLogicStudio
Today this legacy of invention runs strong in a school that is committed not only to new kinds of architectural projects, practices and ideas but also to an open experimentation with the many new ways of working and thinking architecture. Our era has been transformed not just by the realities of globalised economies and forms of practice, but by fundamental changes to the organisation of architectural studios and design networks, based
photo Valerie Bennett. simple challenges to a conventional school of architecture. as part of a process that counterbalances the emphasis on the autonomy and independence of each design unit. Year in and year out. the AA School continues to be a distinctive learning environment formed not only just by the global range of experiences and expectations of the staff and students who inhabit it but by the unparalleled soft academic infrastructures that encourage individual experimentation and the communicating of these new discoveries to countless audiences. Bottom: Members’ visit to London Olympic Stadium. The school’s famed ‘unit’ system of teaching is built around a few. Today the AA seeks to embrace. photo Peter Ferreto. At the heart of the AA’s exploration of new approaches lies our belief that architecture – including architectural thinking – will be transformed one project at a time. 22 23 . design portfolio. highly focused groups around a single tutor or team for an entire year. course or programme. Top right: Media Studies Pending Structures on the AA Terrace. who together determine the relative success of any given project and portfolio. dissertations). AA students learn architecture and address the broad spectrum of associated professional and political issues by embedding these realities within the scope of a single. our students assume a great part of the responsibility for defining their own future through their selection of a specific unit (in the Undergraduate School) or programme (in the Graduate School). operated and inhabited in an era of change. Taken together.INTRODUCTION on an increasingly collaborative. The AA School’s unit system of year-long teaching and learning is unique not only in its emphasis on the close collaboration of small groups of students and tutors. photo Camille Steyaert Second Year Technical Studies bridge building project. The AA undergraduate end-of-year review panels. but also in the way student projects are assessed at the end of the academic year – across a panel of tutors. resolved. The expectation is that our students can direct their own path through a school that offers an intense diversity of possible paths. confront and transform the conditions of architectural practice and culture – as well as the very idea of how an architectural school should be organised. as well as our Graduate School’s double-marking of design studio results. photo Valerie Bennett 2) AA learning is project. ensures that our students’ work is seen and socialised across the school. multidisciplinary approach. Top left: Korea visiting school. We believe that: 1) Students learn best by working in small.and portfolio-driven. The AA remains committed to the pursuit of architectural learning by doing – by the making of design projects (or in the case of some specialised graduate programmes. these features of the AA’s internal organisation help account for how a small and independent school such as ours can so consistently define the conditions for the emergence of unexpected and promising new architectural agendas. 3) Collective assessment and enquiry.
Books of OMA. exhibitions. This year will also see the launch of a new summer series of talks and events called FORMAT – a new. publications. performances and other events by which the AA seeks to create new audiences for architectural ideas. Each year the AA brings to London dozens of the world’s leading architects. and one that sits entirely outside the formal coursework of the school. designers and scholars as part of its global mission to operate at the forefront of contemporary culture. which has overseen major exhibitions and other special events. has grown in recent years to include not only established activities in our lecture halls and exhibition galleries but also design competitions. is the Public Programme. coordinated by the AA School Director’s Office. We have expanded the planning and coordination of the activities through the research cluster initiative as well as through the formation of AACP Critical Projects and Cultural Practices. AA PUBLIC PROGRAMME One of the most remarkable resources of the AA. headed by Shumon Basar. a year-long collection of evening lectures. Recent exhibitions from top left: Minimaform. Invisible University Department of Unbinding & Overprinting. annual ‘live magazine’ Enzo Mari in front of the Autoprogettazione installation. projects and practices. photo Valerie Bennett 25 . photo VB. symposia. artists.INTRODUCTION VI. photo Sue Barr. open workshops. photos by Valerie Bennett The AA Public Programme. music performances and other activities.
Madelon Vriesendorp. others. among others. Last spring’s major conference on Architecture and its Pasts organised by Mark Cousins. David Greene. editors. Hanif Kara. Jan de Cock. Mark Wigley. filmmakers. Jürg Conzett. brought together historians and critics in a two-day symposium examining the current state of history in architectural education. theorists. Stan Allen. FORMAT hopes to offer alternatives to these complacent conservatisms. running in parallel to the AA’s Projects Review exhibition. philosophers. Eric Owen Moss. Alongside architects the school has presented artists. Peter Murray. Iwan Baan. FORMAT will suggest that the grammar of presentation is not extraneous to knowledge production but in fact utterly dependent on it. Francois Roche. critics and scholars whose work challenges assumptions and beliefs about what architecture. Ingo Niermann. Hella Jongerius. Jeffrey Kipnis. the AA will again bring a host of visitors to the school to give evening lectures and. Lebbeus Woods. the Belgian architect Pierre Hebbelinck. Beatriz Colomina. Detlef Mertins. Bernard Tschumi. Peter Bouchain. Autumn evening lectures were given by Jorg Heiser. Peter Cook. magicians and broadcasters in varied configurations of repose and rhetoric. the AA today remains an unparalleled setting not only for architectural education. participate in juries and workshops. the architectural curator and writer Aaron Levy. seeing and listening. Hal Foster. which increasingly includes international events. Through experiments in ways of talking. Catherine Ingraham. teaching and learning of all kinds but also for the promotion of contemporary architectural culture in all its forms. with lectures by Rem Koolhaas. Greg Lynn. This year. Toyo Ito in the AA Director’s Office. involving writers. Phyllis Lambert. Toyo Ito. Sam Jacob. artists. Nicolas Bourriaud. Julia Peyton Jones. many. Zaha Hadid and In recent years the AA’s Public Programme has played host to the architectural world’s leading thinkers. Ross Lovegrove.INTRODUCTION that takes place during the month of July. During the past year some of the world’s leading architects have presented current and past work. Combined with the AA’s growing programme of exhibitions and publications. Robert Somol. Joseph Rykwert. Paul Nakazawa. Kengo Kuma. Claude Parent. Michael Silver and Kelly Shannon. Sarah Whiting. Ken Frampton. Norman Klein. Charles Jencks. Karl Chu. Felicity Scott. cities and culture can be today. including Thom Mayne. While the appetite for live discourse keeps soaring – despite the digitalisation of life – the forms it is customarily delivered in have flat-lined. photos Valerie Bennett In the past two years lecturers in the Public Programme have included architects and others at all stages of their careers. practitioners and teachers. The AA has hosted Denise Scott Brown (AA ’52) and Robert Venturi. Ben van Berkel. Peter Saville. Ryan Gander. Andrea Branzi. Autoprogettazione Revisited Roundtable. Joris Laarmann. photo Valerie Bennett From top: Martin Creed. in many cases. Keller Easterling. Cristiano Toraldo di Francia/Superstudio. Rafael Moneo. Mike Webb. Sylvia Lavin and many. 26 27 . Bernard Cache and Lars Spuybroek. animators.
From top left: Rem Koolhaas. providing one of the first professional diplomas in architecture in Europe. initially as a public forum and learned society. photo Yuma Yamamota The AA was established more than 160 years ago by two young architectural apprentices. who visited the AA to give lectures on the conditions of a newly industrialised modern world and the challenges this presented to young architects and designers. professional day school in architecture. photo Valerie Bennett. More than half a century passed before the AA evolved from offering part-time evening courses to become the country’s first full-time. Shumon Basar. Within a few years of its founding. discussing and debating the conditions of architectural practice. Beyond Entropy cluster presentations. AA installation at Takenaka A4 Gallery. photo Valerie Bennett. the AA established itself as an important space for the presentation and discussion of new architectural ideas. which currently includes more than 3. learning and education.800 members who join us in helping to shape the future of one of the world’s great organisations dedicated to promoting. The AA grew steadily throughout the A selection of recent and forthcoming AA Publications 29 . attracting such luminaries as John Ruskin. Tokyo.INTRODUCTION VII. Todd Reisz and Brett Steele in conversation. THE AA INC: A UNIQUE ARCHITECTURAL ENVIRONMENT The AA School is the core activity and cultural centre of the larger Architectural Association.
AA School 30 . for the first time ever. What has changed most dramatically over the past half century has been the demographics of the AA. all of us involved in the AA are committed to advancing both our historical mission as well as our ongoing commitment to transforming architecture and its potential everywhere. which today makes it not only the architectural world’s most international membership organisation. photos Valerie Bennett As the AA School goes forward in these early years of the twenty-first century. Left: Orientation room. We actively seek out new members who will join us in this project and continue to welcome any and all enquiries by those interested in helping us make the AA the world’s most unique environment for the learning and promotion of architecture. Brett Steele Director. a school of more than 500 students – a size still close to its current enrolment of 600. but also the world’s most international school of architecture.INTRODUCTION first half of the twentieth century and in 1947 on the occasion of its centenary became. Right: Graduation 2010.
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Together these courses lead to a portfolio of the year’s work. critical thinking and experimental ways of working. Explorations of cultural and social issues are often set in inspiring places around the world. In addition to the studio. theory.UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOL The AA Undergraduate School is a RIBA/ARB-accredited five-year. skills are developed through courses in history and theory. UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOL 32 . films and performance. sketches. media and technology. With a broad range of interests and teaching methods. architecture and craft in both group and individual projects. The Intermediate School gives Second and Third Year students the basis for development through experimentation within the structure of the unit-system. While exploring individual design sensibilities and approaches. while others come direct from school. craft and techniques of fabrication. Students begin to form their own architectural identities and personalities through a diverse range of design ideas. cultural and social life of the AA and London. drawings. technical and media studies as well as professional practice. The Diploma School offers opportunities for architectural experimention and consolidation. agendas and interests. First Year introduces students to architectural design. In parallel to the unit work. students learn to think conceptually and creatively via the disciplines of art. Here students begin to define their voices as designers and to articulate individual academic agendas that will carry them into their future professional careers. Students are in an environment that fosters the development of creative independence and intelligence. They learn to refine their research skills and develop proposals into high-level design portfolios at the end of the year. the aim is to marry drawing and technical proficiency to complex intellectual agendas in an atmosphere of lively and informed debate. The AA’s one-year. Some students joining have already begun their studies in architecture. film. Students join the school in October and attend three terms of study concluding the following June. It is divided into three distinct parts: Foundation/First Year. full-time Foundation is open to students who do not have an extensive visual or design background. First Year comprises approximately 65 students working both individually and in groups in an open studio format under the guidance of five experienced and energetic design tutors. Entry into the school at any level can be from Foundation to Fourth Year. the basis for entrance into the Intermediate School. Ideas and designs are explored through the process of models. In a group of approximately 20. full-time course of studies in architecture leading to the AA Intermediate Examination (RIBA/ARB Part 1) and AA Final Examination (RIBA/ARB Part 2). depending on experience. engineering or art. students take courses in history. Intermediate School (Second and Third Years) and Diploma School (Fourth and Fifth Years). students have the opportunity to engage with the rich educational. some are exploring a career change. Each year the Intermediate School has a balance of units covering a diversity of questions and innovative approaches to material.
site. material studies. art and performance. Working on the periphery of architecture. the imagined film characters of Cindy Sherman’s Film Still series and the curious garments of Hussein Chalayan. the Foundation offers a unique cross-disciplinary education within the context of an architectural school. Flora McLean is the head designer at the House of Flora specialising in avant-garde headwear. including tours of London and Paris. She has collaborated with many successful labels including Blumarine. model-making. sewing. Andra Miruna Mazilu – Headpiece constructed to examine parts of the body that normally remain hidden from view 34 35 . Drawing on a number of pedagogical practices. Chelsea College of Art and Nottingham. costume. painting. weaving. lighting and filmmaking. Bruce Oldfield and Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy Haute Couture. Go: A series of field trips will allow students to broaden their understanding of context and culture. a founding member of the design collective Post Works and editor of architectural magazine P. materiality. She practised in New York. structure. carpentry. Takako Hasegawa was born in Tokyo and educated at the AA. She also teaches at Chelsea College of Art and Design.E. atmosphere and context. performance. She also teaches at the Royal College of Art.R. which will complete the portfolio describing their creative journey over the year.A. gallery visits and residential periods in Hooke Park. form. personal possession. He has taught at The Bartlett School. She is co-author and photographer of Architectural Voices: Listening to Old Buildings published in October 2007 by Wiley. mapping. defining a context behind student work. STUDIO STAFF Matthew Butcher is an architect based in London. ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if?’ And then do it.FOUNDATION The Foundation course offers a one-year introduction to an art. The Foundation cohort will feature as both makers and players in this process. Get Set: Projects range in scale from a hand-held object to a journey through the city. visual and verbal representation. casting. Throughout the year students will be encouraged to identify and develop their own intellectual ambitions and expand the boundaries of their experience and personal development. Students will make and represent their work using photography. Students are taught in an intimate studio-based environment and work on both individual and group projects. they will then spend the final term concentrating on a self-generated project. textiles.and designbased education. Paris and London and has taught at many London schools of art and architecture. Bespoke workshops will provide students with the appropriate skills to develop their individual projects. experienced tutors and visiting practitioners. The first two terms follow a fictionalised autobiographical figure within the city through its relationships to self-image. FOUNDATION DIRECTOR Saskia Lewis STUDIO STAFF Matthew Butcher Takako Hasegawa Flora McLean UNDERGRADUATE FOUNDATION DIRECTOR Saskia Lewis has taught at the AA since 2001. After developing skills in observational. It allows students to develop their conceptual ideas through experimenting with a wide range of media and a variety of creative disciplines from fine art to architecture. Trust that little voice in your head that says. this year we will explore scale. memory. – Duane Michals Set Your Sights: Inspired by the installations of Robert Morris. clothing. drawing. pattern-cutting. Lectures in history and theory and talks from visiting artists will stimulate dialogue within the Studio. scenario and identity.
and Technical Studies. skills and interests. Perhaps most pertinently. in all mediums imaginable and unimaginable. 36 37 . joining and installing at full scale (1:1) in locations throughout the AA School. composition (manual and digital) and ideas of placement in two phases. Locus 1 The provisional physical fabrications are further explored through digital media – a dedicated workshop will introduce students to a variety of digital software for drawing and model production. students are asked to arm themselves with tools. to question what it means to be an architect from all angles. drawing.. One Room…One Day The year begins with an individual design giving each student the opportunity to introduce themselves to the entire group. The year is organised around the combination of a year-long Design Studio. Together these courses lead to the preparation of a portfolio of the year’s work. Phase one is an exploration of shaping. STUDIO STAFF Valentin Bontjes van Beek David Greene Samantha Hardingham Tobias Klein Sarah Entwistle Ingrid Schroeder UNDERGRADUATE First Year students select lawnmower machine parts: an exercise in measured drawing in order to understand the technical nature of the beast. AA First Year students are asked to develop their critical thinking for making design decisions. Media Studies. Students are asked to think about one room – if you could have one book. making. Making and Placement An introduction to methods of construction. The course reflects the importance the AA places on students’ uncovering their own talents and identities. The AA First Year Studio seeks to equip students with knowledge. You have arrived at the very beginning of the five-year course leading to an AA Diploma and are now officially lost – but don’t worry about starving – there’s plenty of food for thought. properties and performance of different materials. Design Studio Organisation 2010/11: One Room Stripped Bare Autumn Term 1.. discovering the qualities. Full-Scale Elaborations: Construction. ideas and interests and test them with a burning spirit of enquiry. By taking a stand for their beliefs in an unknown world called architecture. one room. Why? To find out more. one t-shirt. History & Theory Studies. one song. Students will work in groups to develop their ‘elaborations’ and will be introduced to the workshop. agendas and teaching approaches prepare them to travel along any one of the multifarious paths through the school. so they can take those interests to places they never imagined and visually declare and dissect their curiosity. the successful completion of which becomes the basis for entrance into the AA Intermediate School. and to create beauty in the face of ugly failures. measuring. Differing projects.FIRST YEAR Welcome to the island of interest. For all technical problems there also exist aesthetic ones… or so they say. The project engages students in thinking about the implications of designing and making at full scale – taking the act of ‘making’ from the abstract and into the tectonic. AA First Year students are asked to do as much as they can with the little they know. Whatever the lessons learnt. one day… what would you do? 2.
locale. Established artists. All work is presented at the end of each project and compiled in the year-long portfolio. Requirements The principal course requirement is participation in the year-long design studio. writers and scientists will come to show their work to the First Year students. He is co-founder of . In addition. Locus 2 Every other week. Ingrid Schroeder is a practising architect who has been teaching studio since 2001 at the University of Cambridge where she also lectures on American Urbanism. These will be explored in an intensive video workshop introducing film and editing tools as time-based techniques for exploring architectural space and its social context. D. proportion and material properties.N Project #19+20.horhizon and researches as a tutor in the Royal College of Art. each student selects courses from Complementary Studies including four First Year Media Studies courses. from big buildings to t-shirts for Paul Smith to conceptual speculations for Archigram which he founded with Peter Cook. Sarah Entwistle researches on the theme of the architectural archive. focusing on the unrealised designs of Clive Entwistle. A critical part of studio activity this year is the in-studio lecture series. UCL. Mutations of Species of Spaces… Students will reconvene and work intensively for three weeks in new groups and with different tutors to review and refresh their one-room designs initiated in the Winter Term. and has taught at the AA since 2001. We will also take full advantage of London as a cultural think-tank for museum visits. David Greene. He studied at the RWTH Aachen. Designing the Species of Spaces… Places. Cazenove Architects and Charles Tashima Architecture. allowing them to be communicated to a wider public audience as one body of work. She co-edited a book and co-curated the accompanying exhibition for L. music events and live performances. RIBA Gold Medal 2002 (Archigram). 38 39 . A number of visits to fabrication workshops and architectural wonders in the UK will take place during this term. this will expand into different modes of representation and alternative techniques including the tracing and the mapping of movement. These conventional (and increasingly awkward) definitions will be challenged in order to invent new terms and define their time-based conditions through the making of a series of one-room design proposals. territory. including daily work and tutorials in the studio. usual English provincial suburban upbringing. elected Associate member of the RIBA and onto London to begin a nervous twitchy career. Later. specific open studio days will be used for cross-Studio discussions – with Technical Studies playing an integral role. Part of the AA’s Interim Management Group during the 2004/5 search for a new chairman. Captured video footage will be used to describe the atmosphere and experiential qualities of a locale and provide raw material for new imagined spaces. The project asks students to present and position their work from the year in an accentuated and critical way that reflects their individual experiences. linearly assembled flat portfolio. film screenings. ‘First Year Talks’. 7. of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and External Examiner on the Masters in Advanced Research at the Bartlett. in Berlin and London. Students attend lectures and write several short essays and one longer essay throughout the year as part of the First Year History & Theory Studies course. Tobias Klein worked for Coop Himmelb(l)au and collaborated with Nigel Coates. two each in the Autumn and Winter Terms from the list of those on offer. proximity and stomping ground. In addition to the design studio. or… Has Anyone Found My Genius Loci? The second term will be preoccupied with site on the larger scale of micrometropolitan neighbourhoods. She graduated from the AA in 1993. design competitions and festive events are also part of the year. Surveyswap: Measuring. STUDIO STAFF Valentin Bontjes van Beek lives and works in London and trained as a carpenter in Germany before graduating from the AA in 1998. She has worked for Thomas Heatherwick Studio. The portfolio will seek to challenge conventional modes of selection and assembly by expanding the range of media through which to communicate a body of work. using six locations in London as comparative testing grounds. which is the basis for each student’s end-of-year final assessment. The Quintessence of Place.A. the University for applied Arts Vienna (dieAngewandte) and at the Bartlett School for Architecture. UNDERGRADUATE Locus 3 All students will work together as one group to develop a full-scale installation for Projects Review. Joint Annie Spinks Award with Sir Peter Cook (2002) Currently visiting Prof. She was senior research fellow in the Research Centre for Experimental Practice at the University of Westminster 2003–09. and prepare a project analysis submission for First Year Technical Studies. Special Events In addition to scheduled coursework there will be a number of workshops with outside critics and specialists. Portfolio Reconstruction: Presenting the Unpresentable The final design problem is to reinvent the idea of the typical two-dimensional. 5. Other site visits. This proposal will enable students to design strategic links and contrasts between their different projects. which explores the design and fabrication of CNC-machined plywood structures. Samantha Hardingham is an architectural writer and editor publishing work in several editions of the original ellipsis architecture guide series. Masterclass Tutor. She is a PhD candidate at LSE writing on the relationship between political ideology and urban planning in Washington. He has worked in New York with Bernard Tschumi.U.FIRST YEAR 3. Spring Term 6. concentration. Utilising the full-scale ‘elaborations’ from phase one students will produce a unique construction document that will be swapped between groups and used to design alternative construction solutions. She has taught at the AA Summer School as Unit Tutor. a competition brief focusing on an aspect of the work will be issued for all to enter over the Easter holidays. Art School.C. born Nottingham 1937. and at the Dunamaise Arts Centre. Traces… Students will work individually using their video material of localised geographies to develop one of six programme briefs around questions of neighbourhood.W. Winter Term 4. he runs the Pending Structures Media Studies course. Drawing + Remaking Phase two begins with explorations into technical drawings that will address questions of precision. She is currently researching for the ‘Complete Works of Cedric Price’ publication.
together with intellectual precepts like Venturi and Scott Brown’s ‘forgotten symbolism’ in Learning from Las Vegas (1972) or Koolhaas’s hypersymbolic in S. the vehicle and the river. Vicksburg’. we will examine how architects employ – and distort – research during the design process. A practising architect. 1927 Flood.XL (1995) and Great Leap Forward (2002). students will be asked to design a ‘drive-thru’ – an architectural junction between the user. water. film and television advertising to explore the Mississippi River Delta system and work toward defining a new type of research-based design studio.and air-based networks. He currently sits of the RIBA Validation Board. he is a founding principal of paperaeroplane and has taught at Auckland University. such as the emergency rehousing of disaster victims. We will examine how the cultural history and serpentine reach of the Mississippi creates new architectural and urban typologies. Following the collection of spurious research data. Along the way it drains 31 US states. protected against flooding by thousands of levees and dams. Mississippi Delta 40 41 . paranoia. The architectural possibilities of the ‘Big River’ are as pragmatic as they are symbolic.L.320 miles from the Canadian border in the north to the dead zone off the Gulf of Mexico in the south. Stewart Dodd is an architect and founding director of Satellite Architects. you must first understand the Mississippi – William Faulkner The Lost Highway This year the unit continues its three-year investigation into the architectural possibilities of land-. we will employ graphic methods such as drawing. By utilising and critiquing representational precedents such as maps and technical manuals. As a unit based largely around 2D modes of representation. and ‘no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise’. photography. from the Rocky Mountains in the west to the Appalachian Mountains in the east. In light of this assertion. UNIT STAFF Mark Campbell Stewart Dodd UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Mark Campbell is a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture at Princeton University.INTERMEDIATE 1 To understand the world. Cohn once noted ‘begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel. Memphis. His research interests include contemporary American culture between 1960 and 1975. and forms a major navigational channel through the United States. He is a graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture and has previously taught at the Bartlett and Brighton. debatable information and seemingly irrelevant documents.M. films and interviews. The Mississippi River runs for 2. we will again endeavour to be as architecturally persuasive as possible. In 2010–11 we will study the Mississippi River Delta in the Southern United States – a system David L. as Mark Twain once offered. to those communities along the river who – in the words of photographer Alec Soth – ‘live with their feet in the water and their heads in the clouds’. ‘The Mississippi River will always have its own way’. mapping. to the rusted barges that ply its muddy waters. Princeton University and the Cooper Union. He has lectured widely and the work of his practice has featured in a number of architectural and design publications. cultural exhaustion and dreams. and ends on Catfish Row.
Landscape. Fine handcraft drawing and modelling will be our major design tools. educator and researcher. Australia). a London-based studio committed to the realisation of hand-crafted art and design. t-sa forum 2008 42 43 . Spaces You don’t See Published in Venice in 1499. Richard Rogers and Itsuko Hasegawa. Instead. The programme will materialise in a medium-scale scheme that will include: a place to hide. In the first term we will design a fictional set inspired by a literary narrative. working with history and the narrative of the site. controversial and sophisticated architectures to respond to a culture in a state of shift. He graduated from the Bartlett and previously worked for Alison and Peter Smithson. Ana Araujo practises as a designer. a place to be intimate and to indulge the body. craft and love. Brazil. Context and craft. In a dreamlike scenario the main character. adaptable cultural heritage. the book Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (hypno = sleep. He also runs t-sa forum workshops. UK. architecture and landscape operate as bearers of shifting associations. visit craft workshops in Japan and explore the resources of Hooke Park in Dorset. Japan. are never fixed. or use. having published and exhibited internationally (Germany. We will pursue the potential of the craft-led. The artefact bears a deep resonance with the tale it narrates. they change constantly. Meanings. which are associated with the practice. UNIT STAFF Takero Shimazaki Ana Araujo UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Takero Shimazaki is a director of Toh Shimazaki Architecture in London. We will explore old-fashioned techniques of craft production and venture into the restoration of obsolete narratives in search of hybrid. She works at the crossover between spatial and textile design.INTERMEDIATE 2 Crafted Narratives Intimate Spaces. Hidden Spaces. buildings and building ornaments perform as allegorical figures that express his erotic desire for Polia. the miniaturised. and look at how it might contribute to the social balance between short-term gain and lasting. the fine and the graceful. mache = fight. In Polyphilo’s microcosm. Holland. We will work with a variety of collaborators. bespoke design in this economic downturn. polis = city) is a tale of architecture. eros = love. a miniaturised setting where Polyphilo’s oneiric voyage is not only represented but also enacted. Polyphilo’s saga is embellished with minute descriptions of the spaces through which he travels. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili will be one of the sources of inspiration for our work in unit 2. We can think of this book as a microcosm in itself. Polyphilo. She is a co-founder of Atelier Domino. In the second term we will design a building in London’s South Kensington area. He has taught and lectured internationally. Our work will focus on the material. pursues his beloved Polia. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is illustrated using 168 delicate and superbly crafted woodcuts that poetically portray the settings for Polyphilo’s adventures. adapting to the circumstances of the plot as they do in our dreams.
culturally interactive landscapes and narrative-driven infrastructures will be the point of departure for Inter 3. generating links. 2008). mythologies of the urban will be woven with the rituals of the ancient to create provocative and hopeful environments. From a heartbeat to a nuclear reactor. He is the coordinator of the AA-IE Summer School in Madrid and he has been appointed curator of the Brazilian Pavilion for the London Festival of Architecture in 2010. Conner Callahan. As a result.the myth of immaculate extraction facilities and hermetically sealed laboratories. Collaborative Efficiency The unit will analyse the concept of participation and DIY attitude in relation to techo-infrastructures and create alternative scenarios for Silicon Valley. Welcome to the Techo-social In our maverick energy safari we will collect stories. but to make a wonderfully rich environment for a simple creature. test and build. focusing on collaborative energy strategies and an analysis of the protocols of extraction. a studio developed as a platform for experimental architecture. we will design and make. Acting as agents ‘provocateurs’ we will blur the logic of corporations embedded in advanced technologies and crossbreed these with narrative and myth while investigating manufactured landscapes. From symbiotic buildings to mechanical interactive landscapes. – David Ackley Burning Wastelands This year. processing and utilisation and the landscapes these occupy. Inter 3 will contrast the realities of high-developed industrial areas with energy poverty scenarios. We will create experiments that articulate personal assumptions through collective stories. networks and partnerships to create our alternative suns and their new gods. In the process. Nannette is a former project architect at Wilkinson Eyre and currently works for Zaha Hadid.com) are principals of NaJa & deOstos. She has taught at the AA-SAKIA Summer School 2009 in Daejeon. Ricardo has taught at Lund University in Sweden and at Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris. South Korea as part of the AA Visiting School’s programme. Visiting highand low-tech facilities. deep uranium and solar mines. we will investigate industrial landscapes in relation to urban demands.INTERMEDIATE 3 The way to get wonderfully lifelike behaviour is not to try to make a really complex creature. vast oil fields. Future Systems and Foster + Partners. Together they are the authors of The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad (Springer. We will examine energy by investigating natural resources and alternative energy technologies. He has worked for Peter Cook. interact with sub-cultures and invent and encounter eccentric characters. dream and act. UNIT STAFF Nannette Jackowski Ricardo de Ostos UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos (naja-deostos. Inter 3 2009/10 44 45 . concrete dammed rivers and toxic algae lagoons in the UK and abroad we will extract information from science to slum surviving techniques.the unit welcomes uncertainty. student theses will offer small proposals as alternatives to large infrastructural corporations. Ultimately. Counter to the myth of technological percision. The White Drought – Chain Reaction Prototype. 2007) and Pamphlet Architecture 29: Ambiguous Spaces (Princeton Architectural Press.
net). In converging multilayered aspects of the Parisian setting. Kien Pham – Manhattan regulations 46 47 . Exploring how complexity overlaps within different scales. as an instrument. In strongly defined and mutating European cities. Building on the unit’s grammar. from detail to the whole. Extended into collaborative conversations. The office emphasises work at different scales integrating research. allows us to compress an understanding of the richness of urban living. As an accumulative history of immobile progress. design and experiment. encapsulating manifested and perceived contextual heterogeneity. folding it in on itself in order to create more within restricted space and decorum. we will thicken walls into urban fabric: grow blocks into cities. ‘Scale’. spatial scarcity and environmental accountability. As an environmental and narrative interface. European urban conditions fluctuate between forms of cultural exacerbations and self-referential isolated objects. (though organised) conditions into new hierarchic spatialities. The building surface will be our medium of intervention.INTERMEDIATE 4 Envelop(e): Locus Inter 4 will trawl through the intricacies of the city’s entrails in search of hidden multi-scalar microcosms of imbricate typologies. Director and author of ‘City’ series for Autrement publishers. Within increasingly regulated environments. based both in Paris and London. we will be creating qualitative densities through proposals for new urban building blocks. Within the city’s contrived fabrics. futures set in stone. while performative responses will equally fashion formal vocabularies. the unit will pursue our exploration in the fragilely balanced territory between response to a seemingly homogenous context and the singularities of the designed object. forms of codified representation will hybridise objective mapping and phenomenal interpretation. along the way questioning the contemporary paradoxical demand for growth. it will provide a framework instigating the reinvention of typologies within spatial boundaries as well as socially and historically dense fabrics. we will aim to generate new combinatorial responses with architectural forms bridging meaning and experimentation. and later graduated from the Emergent Technologies & Design programme. the proposals will explore spatial. She is cofounder of rare architects (r-are. proposals will be developed along collective and individual hypotheses. Through a staged exploration of domestic morphologies. he has previously taught at the ENSAPL and has been coordinator of the AA Singapore Visiting Workshop since 2006. experiential and perceptive qualities to inform the possibility of territorial evolution without expansion. Cofounder of rare architects. frozen utopias or muted manifestos. we will subvert these sporadic and secluding modes of evolution through novel definitions of ‘place’. he is a former project architect for Shigeru Ban and AS in Paris working on various prestigious international projects. focusing on the housing/working typology. Looking for organisational patterns that shape informal urban forms and individual behaviours within directive landscapes. students will develop design processes that embed individual readings of eclectic. Michel da Costa Gonçalves studied in Spain and France. UNIT STAFF Nathalie Rozencwajg Michel da Costa Gonçalves UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Nathalie Rozencwajg has been teaching at the AA since 2004 and is coordinator of the AA Visiting Workshop in Singapore.
unmaking and remaking. He has been teaching in the AA Intermediate School since 2005. He is director of the Research Cluster ‘Beyond Entropy: when Energy becomes Form’. be structured by weekly student submissions in the form of pin-ups that will include visiting critics. The London-based studio is working on projects in the UK and Spain. with a conceptual model that acts as spatial prototype. will be fabricated through a constructive analysis of defined and urban constraints concluding with a 1:100 scale model. The second term will adopt the prototype as a tool to analyse the context and to define a programme and architectural proposal. Potential Energy – Giuseppe Penone. with the emphasis being ‘the process of making’. Roz Barr founded her practice Roz Barr Architects in 2009. The third term will articulate the design project in constant confrontation with technical requirements. crafting and performing. The final proposal. an architectural practice involved in projects in the UK. technical and economic energies. including external consultants Goswin Schwendinger and HTS tutor Ryan Dillon. and if one fails to take note of this. She worked as Associate Director with Eric Parry for nearly ten years. Developed from Aldo Rossi’s observations on the city. These forces provide a framework for urban intervention in the north of Italy. – Aldo Rossi. with the reintroduction of formal principles able to reanimate our environment at both the urban and the architectural scales. a region of urban sprawl that offers an extreme example of how submerged our landscapes have become in the ambiguity of being neither ‘nature’ nor city. The work will. but in the relationship between the city and architectural form as temporal coalescing of ever-changing social. In this entropic landscape. it is not possible to comprehend any building either from a technical point of view or from a compositional one. political. he worked for two years for Herzog & de Meuron in Basel. The first term will focus on the notion of energy through drawing. Energy becomes a conceptual device for considering space as the temporary moment of a complex system of forces that remain visible in the evidence of form. an urban intervention. Intermediate 5 focuses on the concept of energy as a poetic device to develop a new understanding of space and form.INTERMEDIATE 5 The principle of the conservation of energy is mingled in every artist or technician… In architecture this search is undoubtedly bound up with the material and with energy. UNIT STAFF Stefano Rabolli Pansera Roz Barr UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Stefano Rabolli Pansera is founder and director of Rabolli Pansera Ltd. The unit work operates through ‘progressive’ design stages – making. 1987 48 49 . A Scientific Autobiography Beyond Entropy By refusing the rhetoric of sustainability and the promises of ecology. Albero Fiume. Italy and Lebanon. how can we reactivate social and political functions? We will look at how urban sprawl may be countered through a more efficient use of resources. She has taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture and sits on the RIBA Validation Panel for Education. this approach is far removed from pseudo-science and robotic renders. in large part. The unit is interested not in turbines or solar panels. After graduating with honours from AA in 2005.
the UK and for last four years in Switzerland. we will develop architectural structures that negotiate spatial and material constructs within contexts of limited resources. Starting from existing construction methods and extracting design criteria from specific material properties. New York and Hong Kong and taught in a graduate design studio at the University of Pennsylvania. a minimum dwelling capable of being adapted to a range of different environments and living scenarios. applying them to the extremely dense. verticality. He has lectured and taught workshops in several universities worldwide and has recently founded the experimental architecture practice Material_Codes. series of precast (reinforced concrete) elements by architect Miguel Ficas (1913–2006) 50 51 . He currently develops design works under his initials – double(O). Assisted by computational tutorials with invited experts. we will develop file-tofactory processes exploring architectural vocabulary in relation to methods of construction. To complement a catalogue of models and drawings recording various stages of design to production. building on living structures that can grow over time. UNIT STAFF Jeroen van Ameijde Olivier Ottevaere UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Jeroen van Ameijde studied Architecture and Building Technology at the Delft University of Technology. working with various units and programmes including one of the design studios in the DRL with Marta Malé-Alemany. our digital design processes will aim to produce a ‘living unit’. Phase 2: ‘In Vivo’ During the second phase we will test our concepts. Lisbon and London and has taught design studios in Denmark. The first phase will end with the collaborative design and construction of a proposal sited within the premises of the AA. operating on a range of scales and exploiting issues of grounding. He has worked in offices in Holland. which will include research into context. integrated and networked context of Hong Kong. We will seek out three-dimensional gaps within the city fabric where we can reformulate our living units in increased numbers. we will develop diagramming techniques to describe our generative strategies and potential outcomes. Olivier Ottevaere graduated with a degree in Architecture from the Cooper Union in New York in 2002 and in 2008 from the Bartlett in London with an MSc in adaptive architecture and computation. infrastructure and space. Phase 1: ‘In Vitro’ Starting out as a laboratory for the discovery of inventive techniques of making. the first phase of the year will involve the production of a series of physical prototypes that can be deployed as small urban shelters or enclosures. We will envision how our fabrication strategies can develop the particularities of context and the specific needs of its users. programme and site. ‘Huesos varios’. He has practised in New York. Deploying fabrication-based design strategies in dense urban environments. with students working collaboratively on the design and construction of a 1:1 scale prototype as well as individually to develop their projects and portfolios. These design models can be applied to negotiate between the collective project and the interests of individuals.INTERMEDIATE 6 In-fill / Out-fits: Prototypes for Urban Dwelling Intermediate 6 investigates the critical application of innovative digital design and construction processes in relation to the challenges facing cities today. site constraints and infrastructures. As Head of Digital Prototyping he has been teaching at the AA since 2007. The year will be structured in two interdependent phases.
Relying on research and diagrammatic analysis of local and global case-studies. stability and turmoil. recreational and cultural programmes via shopping. she has been involved in the First Year Studio. residual public spaces or circulation bypasses. Our focus will be on the excesses and ingenuities of shopping in the bewildering context of Moscow – a sophisticated monster with a method to its madness. Fieldwork in Moscow will link extravagant boutiques and clubs with utilitarian stalls and bars. and will experiment with synthetic infrastructures that can mediate between forms and processes at the level of organisation. projects will test the effects of commercial space on urban resilience. staging and neglect. Recent work focuses on methodologies for urban analysis and projection as well as design systems that link formal and programmatic agendas. As tools of modification. we will tackle Moscow’s sore spots to alleviate ruptures between transportation. merging. Princeton University and Moscow Institute of Architecture. Combining previously untested design strategies within a structured framework. targeting ‘transfers’ between conflicted site systems in Eastern European cities. Looking for rules behind the inconsistencies. Since 2003. Joining the AA in 2008. By expanding shopping typologies. ru) Bottom: ‘Ohotniy Ryad’ Shopping and Entertainment Complex on Manezh Square. The unit will devise analytical and generative tools to convert problems and malfunctions into inventions. exchanges between internal and external architectural arsenals will occur via an active graphic interface between research and design. we will remain alert to what things look like in contrast to how they work. tsereteli. she has taught at UC Berkeley. performative approaches by Bernard Tschumi and OMA with material approaches to continuity by Reiser & Umemoto and FOA. as well as numerous conference proceedings and exhibitions. grand masterplans with ad hoc deviations. shopping transfers will supply the missing infrastructure for heterogeneous design measures with plastic relationships between form and programme. Top: ‘Mall of Russia’ at the core of Moscow City Business Centre (Source: AFI Development. designs and research have appeared in Salon Interior. Russia and Greece. we will interrogate our approaches and tools. transit links and use patterns. Art of Russia and Architectural Theory Review. for example. awe-inspiring treasures with shocking eyesores. Interventions will exploit site conflicts instigated by colonised structures. UCLA and CCA. Moscow (Source: Zurab Tsereteli. From imposing hypermarkets to informal outlets. afi-development. Projects will test dissimilar precedents. With the transition from central planning to the free market. Her art.INTERMEDIATE 7 Eastern Promises: Shopping Transfers This unit is concerned with design responses to transitional urban contexts. She has practised architecture in the United States. To engage with such an ambiguous context. promiscuous shopping is at the core of Moscow’s paradoxical commingling of control and freedom. UNIT STAFF Maria Fedorchenko + co-tutor UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Maria Fedorchenko studied at UCLA. History and Theory Studies and the Housing & Urbanism programmes. the unprecedented explosion of commercial space had to absorb clashes between old and new built forms. Political and economic overhauls loaded post-Soviet Moscow with severe tensions.ru) 52 53 . and currently directs a design consultancy.
Following this initial conceptual development. where tourists and natives.) of Little Havana. and is part of Neutra Magazine editorial board. This has been the epicentre of political expression of Cuban exiles in the United States since 1971. This year the unit will be working on the Versailles Restaurant in the Calle Ocho (SW 8 St. bringing political expression of the masses into the realm of fabrication. The year will begin with two small workshops introducing students to the political implications of architectural elements that are used or seen in everyday life. political representation depends less on constituencies than it does on direct. he has previously lectured in England. She has worked for Machado & Silvetti Associates in Boston. exploring their socio-cultural milieu in order to redefine them within a sophisticated understanding of politics today. She is currently finalising her PhD on the dissolution of boundaries traced by modern urban planning. experimenting with new scenarios of political expression in intentionally polemical locations. and manifests within its walls the invisible barriers that lie between Cuba and the US. Projects will address construction methods which can be produced by the collective. She has lectured at the University of Seville and worked as a researcher at Harvard University. ETSA Barcelona and Harvard University. Since 2003 she has been co-director of Canales & Lombardero. In today’s cities. such as the Architectural Association’s front door or the US embassy perimeter in London. programmatic. He is co-director of awardwinning Canales & Lombardero. Miami Inter 8 continues exploring the politics of today from its most basic manifestations in the city. the traditional meaning of politics has changed. Aerial view of Calle Ocho (SW 8 St. and is the current AACP coordinator. Mexico. and worked for Foster+Partners and Rafael Moneo. UNIT STAFF Francisco Gonzalez de Canales Nuria Alvarez Lombardero UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Francisco Gonzalez de Canales studied architecture at ETSA Seville. voluntary and unbinding associations among people who assert their presence in the public arena. the University of Cambridge and the AA. Such architectural thresholds articulate and mediate the identities between the different users.). each student will propose specific urban strategies and architectural-material systems that articulate the relationship of Cuban exiles and Latinos to the city. immigrants and citizens. Miami 54 55 . Consequently. temporary and life-long residents all live side by side. comprising the cultural and social diversity that makes London so rich. students are expected to present their own critical arguments on the changing associations of individuals within the public realm manifested in material articulations. An active architectural critic. Little Havana. Nuria Alvarez Lombardero studied architecture at ETSA Madrid and in the Housing and Urbanism MA programme at the AA.INTERMEDIATE 8 Politics of Fabrication II Challenging Political Expression in Little Havana. atmospheric and constructive organisation of their design proposals in relation to their arguments. He recently completed his PhD on the radical domestic self-experimentations of the 1940s and 1950s. The unit posits the possibility of redefining the political expression of the multitude as the making visible of the relationship between everyday activities in public and the particular material constructions that ultimately give them political value. Students will test the formal. After our site visit to Little Havana. collaborated and worked on different architectural publications. Students will analyse this building and the small public space in front. Spain and the USA. Miami.
‘Chinese Whispers’ (2010). as Cedric Price once said. colours and textures and bullfighting’s processes and producers. London and current projects include the Museum for Captain Cook in Whitechapel. He formed Mis-Architecture (mis-architecture. ‘delight in the unknown’.uk) with Christopher Matthews in 2000. Tomb-raiding this space. We will invent and mis-read ‘operational legends’. powders and formulas. 21 May 2010 Photo © Corbis / Gustavo Cuevas 56 57 . volumes and objects from Granollers to the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Barcelona. others ignored. thick 2D and 3D fragments and assemblages by scanning the atelier’s machines and objects. was educated at the Bartlett School of Architecture. For nearly a decade he worked with James Stirling. principal of Pastina Matthews Architects (PMA). We will then move this armoury of textures. we will then deploy this substance to contrive the completion of Gaudí’s Colònia Güell in Santa Coloma de Cervelló. This is the studio of Toni Cumella (one of the world’s leading ceramicists and someone constantly in search of new architectural finishes and applications) – a four-storey building and its contents that the unit will take this year as a living ‘found drawing’. UNIT STAFF Christopher Pierce Christopher Matthews UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Christopher Pierce studied at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and gained a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Christopher Matthews. Lowry Centre and No 1 Poultry before setting up PMA in 2000. finishing the final stalactites as part of the endlessly drawn out restoration of Gaudí’s Sagrada Família. By moving back and forth between the exacting visual language of hydrographic and aeronautic draughtsmen and the three-dimensional delicacy of the butterfly collector (both modes that engage in the precision of the laboratory scientist with the technique of the fine artist). Each floor is an alchemical mix of ovens. just up the coast from Barcelona. scales. EMBT’s Shanghai Pavilion. cultural and historical registers. and drawing with rapier-like precision. sampling environmental. and the roof is a field of unfinished and discarded objects.co. In a typically surrealist fashion. surfaces. In between these different engines are the objects of future and past buildings – ceramic moulds. we are going to invent ways to make our own 2D. Among his recent publications are essays on Ron Arad’s Design Museum. Michael Wilford and Associates on projects including the Singapore Arts Centre. Spanish bullfighter Julio Aparicio is gored in the throat by his first bull at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. Inter 9 will exploit the by-products of digital technology to produce unimaginable 3D architectural drawings. ‘In Conversation with Léon Krier’ (2010). while the greater majority are whirring away. beakers. engaging in all forms of digital prototyping. referencing systems and catalogues. London. ‘In Praise of the Harpoon’ (2010). Responding to Catalonia’s recent edict to outlaw bullfighting in 2012 we will lose ourselves in the refinery of the matador’s psychedelic patterns. and. there sits a rough concrete and masonry building whose inside is stuffed full of various machines. with Tom Weaver. and. CNC polystyrene pieces and porcelain prototypes – remnants of a century of different fabrication processes. PMA has recently completed a two-storey penthouse above the Factory Gallery in Redchurch Street. A few of these are obsolete.INTERMEDIATE 9 Bullish On the Carrer de Girona in Granollers.
INTERMEDIATE 10 The Self-organising City v1. Travelling in the footsteps of the Bedouin we will retrace their distributed territorial networks. The field trip to the Arabian Desert will involve a nomadic existence aided by modern-day 4WD and GPS. and it runs international workshops. to one of the largest. Resurfacing from last year’s coral reefs. private villas. We will learn how their nomadic practices have functioned as mechanisms of adaptation within such an extreme environment. A second workshop will introduce parametric drawing techniques and the fabrication of physical experimental models as a design apparatus [for simulating] patterns of self-organisation and visualisations of emergent urban networks. the Network-Oasis will support the redistribution of locally grown products and imported merchandise found in traditional souks while promoting the social interaction and experimentation of contemporary malls. as the places where flows of goods. (ecologicstudio. ecoLogicStudio has developed prototypes and installations for the most important Architectural Biennales. Inter 10 will head inland. they have been Inter 10 Unit Masters since 2007. The unit’s first workshop will investigate the contemporary relevance of these practices and engage with the re-evaluation and remaking of Constant Nieuwenhuys’ nomadic utopia. www. the Rub Al Khali. the oases as the nodal trading hubs. Our work will focus on a contemporary version of the ‘souk’ or ‘trading market’. a visit to the ancient oases of Al Ain and Liwa. the Network-Oasis will attempt to spatially organise and temporally balance multiple processes to achieve symbiotic urban growth and promote increasing differentiation of social spaces. New Babylon. Completed projects include a public library. As a model of self-organisation. an architectural and urban design studio based in London.com UNIT STAFF Claudia Pasquero Marco Poletto UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto are co-founders of ecoLogicStudio. social information and environmental energy are exchanged and regulated. The exercises will be developed largely in 1:200 plans and detail drawings which will then form the basis for investigating the critical intersection of our emergent Network-Oasis with the existing urban fabric. and a 1:1 replica of the 1974 experiment ‘Desert Cloud’ by Graham Stevens. Claudia and Marco are currently writing a new book on Systemic Architecture. As a building prototype. self-organising trading hubs for the twenty-first-century Emirati metropolis.com) The Rub Al Khali near Liwa Oasis – Satellite View 58 59 .blogspot. large facades and parametric roofs.aainter10.0: [Network-Oasis] Inter 10 is returning to the Arabian peninsula to develop a Network-Oasis [NO]. set within one of the rapidly modernising global Emirati metropolises. most desolate and fascinating deserts on earth. The souks or markets have been the heart of this dynamic and diffused urban model for centuries. Term 3 will be dedicated to the production of a final physical model of the Oasis.
music. Despite modernism’s continuing myths of originality. We will learn from art practice. forgeries. columnist for Art Review and is also the editor of Strange Harvest (strangeharvest. These deep historical traditions of copying and the shallow puddle of contemporary culture will be our sites of investigation. it’s the way that you steal it. digital culture. Copies ask us to look. mash-ups.uk). The unoriginality of copying as a cultural mechanism is only rivalled by the originality of its capacity to reinvent. Each time the act of copying allowed something new to be said. Greek temples were stone copies of wooden structures. How. why and who copies determine the nature of the output: it’s not what you steal. see right). bootlegged iPhones or X-Factor covers. He is also contributing editor to Icon. Top: Canon iR 110 Digital Photocopier capable of 110 A4 copies per minute Middle: Dolly (1996–2003) first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell using nuclear transfer Bottom: The Glass House.com). visit the (original) Venice – while thinking of its duplicates – and make proposals where dialogues between the original and the copy reinvent the possibilities of the present. hard. We will use a wide array of representational techniques including 3D modelling and printing. developing our own dictionary of copying. science. This is not a new phenomenon. Modernists copied engineers (and each other – as with Philip Johnson’s explicit copy of Mies’ Farnsworth House. Cut! Copy! Paste! is the implicit mantra of modern culture ritualised through familiar keystrokes. physical models and measured drawings. criminals (and architecture). This will investigate the difference between bootlegs. Philip Johnson.com). and post-modernists copied everything. The copy sets into stark contrast issues of cultural meaning and value. a design practice focused on architectural speculation. 1949 60 61 . Connecticut. UNIT STAFF Sam Jacob Tomas Klassnik UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Sam Jacob is a director of FAT (fat. Tomas Klassnik is director of The Klassnik Corporation (klassnik. and apply these tactics to architectural proposals addressing programmatic briefs developed in response to individual student research.INTERMEDIATE 12 Deep Copy The greatest gift of the digital revolution is copying. In fact. YouTube videos. Romans copied Greeks. he has also taught at Chelsea College of Art and the RCA. It will help us understand the errors. we might think of contemporary cut-copy-paste vernaculars like the LOL Cat as heirs to a century of avantgarde art practice. Neo-modernists copied modernists.co. Whether genetic clones. everything that has ever happened is a click away from revival. Photoshop collage. degradations and hybridisations that copying introduces. facsimiles and reproductions. an award-winning Londonbased architectural practice. and the Renaissance copied both of them. We will start the year amongst the replicas of the Victoria & Albert Museum. USA. UK correspondent for Deutsche Bauzeitung. copying is fundamental to the founding myths of architecture. The cover version and the mash-up are the default settings of contemporary culture.
– Immanuel Kant. but their tasks. unintentionally. He studied for five years at the AA and received his Diploma with honours. both in substance and in programme. we are asking what does formless do to form? Our prime focus is on the temporal and atmospheric. occupation and use. and in this regard casting. Informe (Formless). in other words. Against this background the unit will continue its engagement with London and social context. The sublime. In our post-crash. Observation and research will provide the ground for understanding formless phenomena such as entropy. Thus formless is not only an adjective having a given meaning. material concepts such as ‘base matter’ have renewed relevance in today’s cities where ‘baseness’ – related to formlessness – can be inferred by the unclassified or ‘raw’. contingent or everyday and instead promote the ‘ideal’ and. estrangement and transgression. Paris. UNIT STAFF Miraj Ahmed Martin Jameson UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Miraj Ahmed is a practising painter and architect exploring the interstice between art and architecture. which consists in having boundaries. is to be found in a formless object. Eli Lotar. Contemporary interest in complex and exotic form has led to a proliferation of architectural objects that disallow the crude. sacred and profane. 1929 62 63 . making and decay. – George Bataille.INTERMEDIATE 13 The beautiful in nature is connected with the form of the object. In contrast to the glossy and the clinical. the homogeneous. To better understand the potential of base matter we will be placing increased emphasis on materiality and physical model-making. we will be exploring strategic propositions that reflect contemporary urban and economic conditions that viscerally engage with the city. Theoretical positions will be explored through a wide range of media tools. as essential to a heterogeneous urban experience. and an MBA from IMD. 1929 Formless Inter 13 will continue to work with cultural readings of space. He has taught at the AA since 2000 and is a Design Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Art. He has a BA from Oxford University where he studied Kantian philosophy and political theory. order and disorder. Formless here is understood as a phenomenon and process. Before studying architecture he was a business consultant advising corporations on strategy and organisational design. Switzerland. Architectural precedent and site analysis will be used to develop programmes that are critically juxtaposed within dense urban fabric. will become a key technique. 1790 A dictionary begins when it no longer gives the meaning of words. post-digital-excess world we can reengage with the concept of the ‘formless’. Martin Jameson is an associate at Serie Architects. but a term that serves to bring things down in the world. We are interested in the oppositional interplay between form and formlessness. Above all. ‘Abbatoir’ La Villette. with its relation to ‘brut’ and the sacred. on the other hand. Critique of Judgment.
as well as SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. By transforming sacred space into civic space the project taps into important contemporary questions of socio-cultural transformation and the role of architectural discourse. Cathedral by the Waterside. or the loss of material quality and craftsmanship – and as a mirror to understand and question our own positions. courage and ingenuity of the Gothic visionaries. inspirational source for resolving major architectural problems of our time – such as the lack of urban complexity. In 2004 he was awarded the RIBA Tutor Prize. theorists and entrepreneurs. Matthew Barnett Howland is co-founder of MPH Architects. historians. and for architectural form as result rather than anticipated intention. structural and tectonic innovation. He studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt under Enric Miralles. it aims for inventive. We will be interested in the monumentality of this building fragment. and in the fact that the abandoned super-cathedral excellently represents the abrupt succession of the experimental Gothic style by a revival of the classical style. Mark Wigley and Cecil Balmond. is the tallest Gothic structure ever attempted. Only half of the cathedral has been built. The portfolio will include a large digital ‘painting’ and a substantial timber model. in the radicalism. diverse and unprecedented solutions. London Metropolitan University and NTNU Trondheim. with Gothic Revival theories. Peter Cook. scale and context. a result of its odd proportionality. the meagreness of public spaces. as well as a consideration of other unfinished precedents like Narbonne Cathedral or Sagrada Familía. He studied at Cambridge University and the Bartlett School of Architecture and has extensive teaching experience from Kingston University London. In this ambitious task. UNIT STAFF Peter Karl Becher Matthew Barnett Howland UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Peter Karl Becher established Studio Becher in London in 2007 after working for Herzog & de Meuron in Basel. and to reinvent its immediate urban context.DIPLOMA 3 Completing Beauvais Cathedral The cathedral Saint-Pierre in Beauvais. Karl Friedrich Schinkel. the Renaissance. Diploma 3 is not interested in imitating any particular architectural style. engineers. The unit will be inspired and critiqued by international professionals including artists. Underpinning the work will be juxtapositions of students’ own observations made during visits to great French and English cathedrals. Normandy. He has taught at Kingston University London. This project’s objective is to complete the fragmented cathedral in a contemporary and secular way. including the choir and the transept. A conceptual unit for innovators. Cambridge and the University of East London. history is not seen as a ‘closed book’ but is valued as a complex. In seven preliminary experiments students will explore issues of incompleteness. and typology and function – echoing John Ruskin’s 1849 essay The Seven Lamps of Architecture. Beijing (Bird’s Nest) and London. London Metropolitan University. The monument collapsed twice during construction and was eventually left unfinished after the crossing-tower fell down in 1573 just a few days after completion. Instead. c 1813/4 64 65 .
from St. The unit work is accompanied by a Diploma History and Theory seminar that analyses territorial and political transformations in a number of global contexts. John is Research Advisor at the Design Department of the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. www. The work structures architectural design. from Venice to Athens. an independent organisation that combines architecture. economic and political transformation processes that are reshaping the coastal territories of contemporary Europe. Architecture is used both as the object and the method of enquiry into the many form-generating processes by which Europe is adapting and reconfiguring the specific forms.net UNIT STAFF John Palmesino Ann-Sofi Rönnskog UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog are architects and urbanists. He is researching for his PhD at the Research Architecture Centre at Goldsmiths. remote sensing and surveying technologies into a series of in-depth projects. from Norway to the British Isles to Gibraltar and Naples.aadip4. Petersburg to the Kattegat. where divergent and individual transformations interact with natural processes and forms. The unit explores the potential of new image-making in the creation of a shared space for the multiple forces that transform the European coastal territories. cultural. we will investigate the current state of affairs and the potentials of the coastal regions. They have established Territorial Agency. We will work within the multiple material. to NGOs and individuals – in the re-organisation of material space. Architecture is undergoing a set of negotiations and realignments that alters the relation between the form of the inhabited territories and their institutional frameworks. Diploma Unit 4 combines contemporary architecture. she has studied in Helsinki. the United Nations. Ann-Sofi was previously a researcher at ETH Studio Basel. Our research and design unit will explore an architecture aimed at reassembling the complex urban and metropolitan forces into an integrated plan. expansions and modifications in the forms of contemporary polities have wrought parallel changes in the material configuration of their spaces of operation. where he also teaches. Can architecture operate as a technology to link contemporary polities to contemporary spaces? Our work will examine the possibilities of integrated spatial transformation in the complex contemporary maritime territories of Europe. Geneva Photo Armin Linke 66 67 . The shifts. He has previously been Head of Research at ETH Studio Basel / Contemporary City Institute and has co-founded Multiplicity. United Nations. materials and structures of its territories. the OECD et al. advocacy and action for integrated spatial transformation of contemporary territories. an international research network. over the Golden Horn towards Odessa.DIPLOMA 4 Polity and Space: The Coast of Europe The work of Diploma Unit 4 investigates the design of new forms of assembly. Copenhagen and Zurich. combining different and multiple agents – from international institutions such as the European Union. Relating architecture and urbanism with other disciplines. urban forming. urbanism and research with the design of devices that spatially transform the coastal territories of Europe. analysis.
Using this group they will then develop a technically inventive material system and process of fabrication that will ultimately be applied to the project at various scales. Burkina Faso (2006) (John Ng. structural and climatic to the representational. Tyen Masten works at Zaha Hadid Architects. ESARQ or EPSA among others. according to Bruno Latour. constant pin-ups. micro-lectures. non-humans and objects. Our working method will be based upon an experimental design office and will include brainstorming sessions. and have been visiting teachers at Cornell. Yegueresso Village. work with consultants. Phyllis Galembo. Students will begin by selecting a social group as the context and scenario for their research. To encourage a profound rethinking of buildings as public and. social groups and technological objects. Following the work carried out in 2009/10. Today. London / Dip Unit 5 2009–10) 68 69 . In the past. material and intellectual manipulations of our biotope. social. and their projects and writings have been collected in Breathable and From cero9 to AMID. Throughout its history it has always oscillated between representations of power and political control. sessions with special guests and workshops. Prior to joining the office in 2004.DIPLOMA 5 (Re)public: Third Natures – Carnal and Mundane Assemblies Public space has been kidnapped by the market economy. congregational spaces. all designed to stimulate creativity. contextual or conceptual. The range of interests will be extended from the programmatic. more specifically. Since 1998 they have taught at ETSAM and ESAYA. on innovative thinking. Gwarama Masquerade. however. UNIT STAFF Cristina Díaz Moreno Efrén García Grinda Tyen Masten UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén García Grinda are both architects and founders of the Madrid based office AMID. We will explore the notion of public buildings as third natures – deliberate. Dip 5 will focus this year on the role of architecture as assemblies or complex ecologies that act as mechanisms for the interrelation between living beings. They have won more than 30 prizes in national and international competitions. he was a graduate fellow at UCLA and worked extensively in both Los Angeles and New York. on the unconventional. In light of this condition. the unit will look to establish a strong political affinity in constructing a new kind of architecture of the everyday – a new pop architecture and space that has links to contemporary culture but retains a significant critical dimension. but today this power is one that increasingly seems defined by consumerism.cero9 and usual collaborators of El Croquis. it has been easy to see the world as being divided between humans. Advanced digital design techniques will also be integrated into a combination of systems and tools that will come close to a kind of methodological anarchy and will focus on novelty. audacity and fresh solutions. collective seminars. we will focus on the conceptual and technical development of a medium-scale project that involves linking inert and living materials. it is the blurred connections between these categories that offer the most exciting possibilities. Isle of Samba.
beneath the Southern Cross. and bitter sweet. engaged with the conditions of today through speculation about tomorrow. we contemplated the end of the world. – Jeannie Gunn.DIPLOMA 6 In the Land of the Never-Never. Here. – Arthur C Clarke UNIT STAFF Liam Young Kate Davies UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Liam Young studied architecture in Australia and now works in London as an independent designer. our architecture will operate in the no-man’s land between the cultivated and the natural: a new dreaming for a new kind of wilderness. The Unknown Fields Division will enter into new relations with the territories of science. telescopes listen to the beep-beep from alien worlds. This land of rich resources and sparsely inhabited expanses houses feats of engineering and technological incisions into the narrative landscape of the Dreamtime – the creation mythology of the indigenous Aboriginals. stalking mechanical beasts the size of buildings and exploring excavations as big as cities. nature and fiction. Their projects are sited in the projective worlds of speculation and fiction and become critical instruments for instigating debate about the cultural consequences of emerging biological and technological futures. Clambering over the wreckage of the future. articulated valleys and expansive lakes emerge from these incisions – remade as new nature. Stories and ceremonies of dreaming beings who once shaped the sacred sites of mountain ranges and riverbeds are now spun alongside the ghosts of modern technologies. and now we will look to strange new beginnings as we voyage to bear witness to the reinvention of nature through technology in the Australian Never-Never. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. The Division will embark on a dust-blown road trip across Australia. He has taught design studios at schools across Europe and Australasia and he is a founder of the think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today who explore the consequences of fantastic perverse and underrated urbanisms. She graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture. Kate Davies is a designer. we mused on evolution. London and has worked for a number of architectural practises in the UK and Europe. Two years ago. solar arrays track the sun. She has taught at London Metropolitan University and Chelsea College of Art and run various design workshops in Sweden. in that elusive land with an elusive name – land of dangers and hardships and privations yet loved as few lands are loved – a land that bewitches her people with strange spells and mysteries. until they call sweet bitter. Spain. futurist and curator. Towering mountains. rich and contradictory realities of the present as a site of extraordinary futures and probe our preservationist and conservationist attitudes toward the natural world. She is a co-founder of the multidisciplinary group LiquidFactory. last year. which explores the rich hinterlands of art. Belgium and Korea. writer and educator. observatories scan the Milky Way and all the while machines harvest the earth for the precious ingredients of our daily lives. in the Arctic. We explore the complex. We will be both visionaries and reporters. We of the Never-Never Never Never Lands: Prospecting in Dreamtime Diploma 6. into the vast and mysterious interior of the island continent in search of ancient tribal hinterlands and techno-landscapes. Vincent Fournier – Space Project 70 71 . We will venture ‘out back’ to a strange landscape behind the scenes of modern living – visiting the vast mines of the interior. architecture and performance. in Galapagos.
we want to find ways to embed the engineering aspects in the broader agenda of the role of building within the social structure of communities – a haven. The typological studies will be tested at a territorial level. The super-specificity of designing for earthquake zones should extend from buildings to the landscape and planting which forms their habitat. through the development of collaborative networks and partners. hydrological. 1984 Events have their own fluidity. On screen: Haiti 2010 In book: Jürg Conzett’s Ottoplatz Building stress fields.DIPLOMA 7 Where does the singularity of an urban artefact begin?. Projects developed by the unit will survey a broad range of interactions to generate interventions at differing scales while pursuing a rigorously green agenda that by its nature is transdisciplinary and reliant on collaboration and context. Should there be a fault-line vernacular? In February 2010 the Haiti earthquake. While this concept is well researched in topographic or functional terms we would like to emphasise the conditions and qualities within undifferentiated space which are necessary for the safety and security of the ubrban artefact. emphasising the development of workable systems for addressing the danger of place. – Aldo Rossi. the most deadly in modern history. technically. We are used to recognising persistent architectural elements that have modified over long periods of time and have evolved in a more complex way than the host economy. devastating the urban environment. culturally and tectonically. While earthquake design is embedded in building codes. completing community projects in Romania and Kosova.com) and architect for COTE. He has also served as an RIBA external examiner. yet no type exists for resisting earthquakes. an advisor to the Department of the Environment Construction Research and Innovation Strategy Panel and as an Arts Council of England Architectural Assessor. The relationship between a specific location and the architecture it sustains is both singular and universal. Our interest lies in designing and cataloguing systems and typologies to shape the many reciprocal relationships that can be established through the dangers of the settings – whether ecological. Kenneth Fraser has taught at the AA since 2007 and is a director of Kirkland Fraser Moor Architects (k-f-m. This implies the existence of typological constants.570 people. The Architecture of the City. The immunity of the surviving structures has not been passed down through the building vernacular to subsequent building offspring.. Technical ambitions will guide the unit’s work through an investigation into the reappropriation of digital tool-making and of accurate means to predict the behaviour of materials under severe loads. killed 222. The expectations of the unit are technical.in the event and in the sign that it has marked the event. from the AA Publication Structure as Space 72 73 . material and climatic or cultural and aesthetic. social and critical. shifting – politically..com). an NGO involved in construction and re-socialisation following conflict and disaster. UNIT STAFF Simon Beames Kenneth Fraser UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Simon Beames is a director of Youmeheshe (youmeheshe. economically.
Corporate Complex In response to the need for architecture to adapt to the constantly shifting demands of space. Investigations will centre on the corporate complex. To fully exploit the potential of such a regulated investigation. 1991 – Andreas Gursky Bottom: Pfortner. 1982 – Andreas Gursky 74 75 . based on their initial studies. Elements are then regulated in an open framework and tested within an array of operative applications. Desk Attendants. nor to the outskirts of the secluded campus. architecture and planning. Siemens. Dusseldorf. its organisation and its coherence. In opposition to the modern movement’s rigid functional strategies. researching and developing systems in industrial design. the unit will seek proposals that are unencumbered by the constraints of programme yet highly articulated in formal and spatial composition. the unit will test its proposals against large-scale architectures constituted by recurrent elements such as the structural grid. students will propose a large-scale corporate complex that simultaneously works with different compositional classes and proposes a precise yet accommodating definition of architecture. Detroit and New York. Compositional Frameworks The implementation of a compositional framework enables an investigation of hierarchically independent types and levels of spaces. UNIT STAFF Eugene Han UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Eugene Han is the founder of AVA-Studio. student proposals will seek to define a highly specific rationale that can accommodate an open implementation within their designed frameworks.DIPLOMA 8 Corporate Domain Diploma 8 seeks to establish architectural guidelines that operate on various scales of architecture and infrastructure within the realm of contemporary models from computational methodologies. no longer exclusively relegated to the metropolitan centre with its array of office floor plans. The unit will propose the design of systematically massive complexes able to engage with the wide range of programmatically unbiased spaces required by a contemporary corporation. Wright’s Johnson Wax Headquarters and SOM’s Lever House. as well as major complexes developments such as Saarinen’s General Motors Technical Center. Students will then choose their own site and corporate body. The foundation of such research is the definition of reductive elements necessary to limit and define space. Implementing their own established set of reductive architectural elements. Thyseen. Top: Amberg. The unit will visit precedent cases in US cities such as Chicago.
We will develop a contextualism defined by the connections between constructed realities and architectural fantasies – somewhere between fact and fiction. An AA Unit Master since 2001. designing. and communicating that will result in an alternate and more vital form of architectural project – as one intricately woven with its (historical. Amandine Kastler’s (AADip Honours 2010) room contains and defines the world of its inhabitant. The unit will also be supported by workshops and tutorials with AA Dip 9 graduates Adam Furman. graphic designers and technical consultants) who will join us throughout the year. in the true dogma of Dip 9 – to (re)unite and design an architectural project within a larger cultural world of your own making. debate and collaboratively construct a new form of reading. With these we will question. In the manner of Marcel Duchamp’s Box in a Valise or Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbau. including one specialist in a field related to your agenda. In this way you will situate your own proposition within a larger cultural discourse. what is context? Since the 1970s. geographical) materials. ‘Conversation’ and ‘context’ will be our ruling forces. So. By contrast. The students of Dip 9 will each begin their year with the making of a personal manifesto. She was project architect for the Seattle Public Library and has worked at offices in Europe and the US. whose expression frames the year ahead. Marco Ginex and Amandine Kastler in addition to other consultants (including editors. This year the manifesto will also set up the context that you will weave around your personality and project and shape your proposal. we will approach the topic as an opportunity for something radical. as that which neighbours or surrounds a building. you will invent a new self-contained world – a wunderkammer of sorts – within which you set the stage for your proposal. and expands outward to connect and relate to the empire of cities and rooms just beyond its borders. physical. 76 77 . In terms 1 & 2 we will continue our collaboration with the graduate History and Critical Thinking programme through a series of seminars on ‘context’.DIPLOMA 9 iContext This year Dip 9 shifts its attention away from the single iconic object and towards the context of and conversation between architectural objects. UNIT STAFF Natasha Sandmeier UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Natasha Sandmeier is an architect and partner of Big Picture Studio. You will each develop your proposal and conversation with a small group of project consultants. architectural theory has defined context in banal and inadequate ways. she also co-directs the AA Summer School. You will pursue your project as one intimately connected to and constructed from its physical and cultural relationships.
which we will tackle head-on. 3D models. He has been Diploma 10 Unit Master since 1986 and was awarded the RIBA President’s Silver Medal Tutor Prize 2000. video.DIPLOMA 10 Direct Urbanism: Engagement or Control? Working with the interaction between the live realm of the city and the urban fabric. working drawings. spatial and interactive rules play in the making of the city. The topics highlighted the importance of engagement and the rules revealed the multiple systems that control the urban environment. Unlike current architecture and masterplans. we will continue to experiment with composite urban interventions that influence the city at the architectural and urban scales. primary evidence and strategic documents. Engagement: ‘Polyclinic’. UNIT STAFF Carlos Villanueva Brandt UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Carlos Villanueva Brandt formed his practise Carlos Villanueva Brandt Architecture in 1984 (villanuevabrandt. we will propose the following interventions: a constructed situation as immersion that will include one to ten people. US Embassy Nine Elms. these direct interventions engage. and we will conclude by testing our proposals within the social. using direct action. and last year we focused on the role that urban. economic and physical contexts of the city. require specific physical structures and deploy adaptive organisational systems. political. and a proposed situation as insertion to include 10 or more users. We will work with the city. control and overlap with the existing urban context. delineate territories. We will devise ways of working with physical and social structures and reconfigure them to generate composite interventions that concentrate on the spatial overlap between the architectural and the urban scales. a strategic territory that is an expansion of the architectural construct (500 x 500 metres). engagement and control? The city itself may hold some answers. appendicitis – a direct experience of the NHS.com). This year we will use combinations of engagement and control to design real and interactive urban proposals. Chelsea Barracks. This year we will appropriate the initiatives of Crossrail to anchor our interventions on one of the proposed stations. an architectural construct that is a public building of minimum dimensions (10 x 10 x 10 metres). What is the relationship between space. we speculated on the urban potential of topics such as ‘food’ and ‘sex’. propositionally during insertion. Through a process of immersion we will identify variables that make up the reality of urban space. the more public the boundaries between the differing conditions. We will restrict our urban experiments to an experiential scale and. Amber Wood Control: ‘Best Defence is a Good Offence’ – two pathways respond to a variety of urban conditions in order to establish the most effective form of security. experimentally during immersion. In 2008/09. The varied work of the office has been published widely and exhibited internationally. Live or direct interventions create new spaces. There is an often overlooked intrinsic relationship between physical and social structures. Korey Kromm 78 79 . the more secure its spaces will be.
we will gather fragments of textural detail. subsidiary service networks and incomplete narratives. After Image (AA Publications. and has exhibited artwork and installations worldwide. developing a new vocabulary of forming structures as well as textural expressions. In the process. UNIT STAFF Shin Egashira worked in Tokyo. Supplementary investigations will include: a workshop on urban erasure. as architects we will recompose a Micro City: a small city inside the city. before coming to London. structures and programmes are revealed. the projects will contextualise the uncertainties of the city’s future histories and allow the city to continue to represent a new spatial anthology. exposed edges. 2006). mixing digital analysis and the use of inherent material qualities with combined methods of fabrication. revisiting collage city with Grahame Shane and seminars on fragmentation with Peter Carl. We explore the city’s ability to generate responsive urban artefacts with composite structures and material organisations that challenge the notion of the permanent and the temporal. Edge conditions will then be reinvigorated. Micro Urban Condenser Proposals should speculate on the realm between localised service structures and reimagined infrastructural typologies. Ultimately. leftover gaps. Beijing. Sampling The area between Hackney and Dalston is itself sandwiched between the City on one side and the Olympic site on the other (two different models of development: sprawling and autonomous with the Olympics. Modelling Borrowing the notion of reverse urban engineering we will unmake the architecture of the city. 1:5 and 1:10 detail components.DIPLOMA 11 A City Stripped Bare Unit 11 continues to develop architectural design strategies for the postinfrastructural landscape and the ‘inner-periphery’ of London. He is the author of Before Object. the dynamic and the static. Material studies will be made in non-scale. By reinterpreting the city as a catalogue of beautifully incomplete objects excluded from urban gentrification. We will also reclassify. and New York. the transformative and the accumulative. de-collage and aggregate urban resources and condense them into small groups of micro-components. material experiments at Hooke Park. The unit examines the city’s current topology and identifies moments of disjuncture where adjacencies of textures. a document of the workshop he has organised in the remote village of Koshirakura each summer for more than a decade. scales. speculative and steady with the City). UNIT STAFF Shin Egashira UNDERGRADUATE Project Review exhibition Dip 11 Micro City 2010 80 81 .
from 2001–07 as Unit Master for Inter 9 and from 2007 for Dip 13. In view of a profession that is in danger of disintegrating into vacuous parametric accountancy. in Berlin. Tristan Simmonds (founding member Arup AGU. 2003 The Principles of New Ornament In 1892 a second edition of The Principles of Ornament by James Ward was published as an instruction manual for the students of architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts. an English castle and the Alhambra will be but a few of the pit-stops on our journey towards an architecture of beauty. Through ornament we will deliver architecture into the vibrant maelstrom of contemporary visual and material culture. – Debra Schafter. A Rococo monastery in Switzerland. Your ornament will manifest itself in exquisite drawings. Dip13 will produce The Principles of New Ornament: Architectural Ornament and Ornate Architecture for the Twenty-first Century. James Ward – The Principles of Ornament. 1893). and the real and the ideal. Alois Riegl released his seminal Stilfragen (Problems of Style: Foundations for a History of Ornament. In restoring the space of secular art to its domestic origin. fluctuating signification and transhistorical correspondences. materialist and geometric ornament for the London residence of one of the world’s foremost art collectors. we will reclaim the designing of architecture as an exhilarating artistic act. 1892 82 83 . UNIT STAFF Oliver Domeisen UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Oliver Domeisen studied at ETH Zurich and the AA. naturalist. Riegl identified an elementary human drive within precisely those ornamental practices: the Kunstwollen – the artistic impulse to adorn. mechanical objectivity and artistic subjectivity. The unit will be accompanied by a Diploma History and Theory course and a series of lectures and talks by invited ornamentalists. the Structure of Style. consultant Studio Antony Gormley) will once again act as technical consultant.DIPLOMA 13 Ornament negotiates among several contradictory concepts. meaning and complexity. Whilst the training of architects in the artistic practice of ornamental design was commonplace in London at the time. including antiquity and modernity. all experimentally crafted within a painterly and sculptural sensibility that layers digital with traditional methods. convention and expression. The Order of Ornament. One year later. He currently writes and lectures – and has curated an exhibition – on the topic of ornament. once again battling our horror vacui. From 1997–2000 he worked as Project Architect for Zaha Hadid. contract management and vapid environmentalism. and in rejecting the tyranny of the white cube. since 2000 as Director of dlm ltd. models and material prototypes. your system of ornament will fuse container and contained into a total work of art. This year Dip13 will follow that impulse. You will design iterations of potent iconographic. from 2005–07 as a Studio Master for AAVSP. art collectors and artists.
composition. She has practised. A city of monumental exceptions. By labour we mean not simply one activity among others. What is interesting about this installation is how it mixes the generic nature of its subject with the monumentality of its representation. a prize-winning architectural collective. governed and examined in art and design since 1988. AA. Over the year architectural form will be addressed precisely in terms of its ability to construct and represent the idea of common space. Cooper Union and Cambridge. but an essential human condition: the productive (and reproductive) status of our life. average. Rome will form the dialectical (back)ground to the idea of a common architecture. After graduating from the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia. By common we mean how to transform the latent generic condition of the city into a collective sphere. and yet at the same time the very idea of the common and generic will be a return to the defining characteristic of ancient Roman architecture. lacking any specific attribute.DIPLOMA 14 Volker Bradke: Architecture Between the Generic and the Common In 1966 the German painter Gerhard Richter composed a multimedia installation that examined the everyday life of an average German young man: the 22-year-old Volker Bradke. political theory and urban history. Because of this. It is our conviction that only by engaging with form in its deepest. almost mimicking the rhetorical. Fenella Collingridge studied painting at Camberwell and architecture at the AA and taught architecture at the Royal College of Art. The context of the project will be the city of Rome. monumental effect of social realist painting. most elemental condition is it possible to trace architecture’s political motivation. is a registered architect and a director at the CampbellLange Workshop. he obtained masters and PhD degrees at the Berlage Institute/ Delft University of Technology. beyond the idea of it being simply a public and private space. On one hand the subject remains elusive. the generic and the common in architecture. Gerhard Richter with flag ‘Volker Bradke’ painted by himself. The task for the unit will be the design of a housing unit for 1.600 people closely connected with a public transport network. its representation is emphatic. on the other. Each project will be developed starting from the basic single cell of one inhabitant. At the Berlage Institute he heads the ‘City as a Project’ PhD programme. UNIT STAFF Pier Vittorio Aureli Barbara-Ann Campbell-Lange Fenella Collingridge UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. syntax and materiality. the immediacy of its representation (the project must be expressed with very few drawings) and the conviction of its idea. The formal and political ethos of this artwork is the best way to introduce this year’s topic for Dip 14: the relationship between forms of labour. The qualities of the resulting design will emerge out of the sharpness of the argument. He is the co-founder of Dogma. His theoretical studies focus on architectural form. with Martino Tattara. The design will proceed from inside-out. written on. Her teaching and practice look at patterns of inhabitation and urban design. Barbara-Ann CampbellLange is a graduate of the Bartlett. the unit will insist on issues of architectural form. She is currently working on a housing project with Peter Salter. 1966 84 85 . The extreme and conflicted history of the city will challenge the possibility of a common and generic architecture. By generic we mean what is common within the general condition of the city. taught. This will then be developed to form the basis for the entire complex.
with its innate capacity for redeployment.net UNIT STAFF Jonas Lundberg Andrew Yau Tom Tong UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Jonas Lundberg. We are challenging standardised modes of production. materiality and conventional forms of representation and reductive models of topology and typology. Subsequently. human well-being and global justice may lead to three different future scenarios: Conventional Worlds. an international architecture practice and design research collaborative. The first is the vision of the Dutch philosopher Marcel de Geus and specifically his book Ecological Utopia. UFO has won a number of international competitions. Dip16 seeks to exploit rapidly changing environmental. The research of Dip16 will be carried out using field studies. This will be explored via a superimposition study projecting 2D artefacts to 3D space in the creation of a space object. economic and cultural conditions as a springboard for imaginative and innovative green design and a visionary aesthetic. Insub Lee. a prototyping workshop at Hooke Park and collaborations with industrial manufacturers. describing how society could ideally be related to nature. Dip 16 will embrace a time-based holistic ecological understanding of engendering spatial affects. Andrew Yau and Tom Tong are members of Urban Future Organization. exhibited its work at the Venice and Beijing Biennales and was recently featured in 10X10 v. eliciting a new sensibility via new technology. hands-on design workshops. This initial study will lead to the production of a prototype using a range of modes of representation. www. variety and irregularity in architecture. The second is Global Scenario Group’s (GSG) essay titled Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead. scale shifts. computational workshops.dip16. Barbarisation and Great Transitions. which outlines how different values regarding the environment. intricacy.DIPLOMA 16 Adaptive Ecologies 3 – Composite RE-Formulation Dip 16 will be pursuing a primary interest in exploiting the host of complex relationships informing an overall architectural ecology that synthesises ideas of technology. forms of building taxonomy and production techniques will be explored with the aim of making the structure and materiality both organisational and projective. The research of Dip16 will draw on two main sources. We will be looking at Ruskin’s parameters of delicacy. Drawing inspiration from the visionary work of Wolf Hilbertz. design briefs and choice of sites within the unit framework. nature and people across a range of scales. Reconstituted ship hull prototype 86 87 . natural and technical conditions as well as GSG’s future scenarios. will be territorialised as an architectural project and tested and evolved according to a range of criteria based around social. Dip 16 encourages diverse research agendas. The prototype. 2. as outlined in his book Stones of Venice. modelling and digital fabrication techniques. specialist consultancies.
DIPLOMA 17 Latent Territories: Airside global metropolis Airports materialise the myths and ambitions of a globalised world. airports have gradually acquired the full programmatic range of cities in order to accommodate ever-increasing transient populations. journalism. We will study the relationship between vehicular and navigation technology and how this affects the morphology of the airside territories. She has taught at Lund University in Sweden.S. Heathrow has a yearly transit population of 85 million and the new airport of Dubai has been designed for a capacity of 180 million people a year. train and highway interchanges. each of the top 20 European airport hubs will reach capacity by 2012. led workshops and taught undergraduate studios in Sweden and more recently Intermediate 11 at the AA. revisiting the critical engagement and playfulness of the 60s and 70s architectural avantgardes now re-invigorated by the added eloquence of the last decade’s computational design and materialisation processes. and all of it inaccesible to the public. Dora Sweijd graduated from the Bartlett.S. Her work has been exhibited recently at the Brussels Biennale. published and lectured internationally. Based on our observations.S. covering an area of land potentially larger than some European states. According to recent reports. She previously worked in London and NYC including REX and Foster + Partners before establishing LA. We will start by formulating the unspoken manifesto of this airside global metropolis from the perspective of history. Diploma 17 pursues a critical investigation on residual territories of transportation networks such as ports. For example. Airtravel used to be a privilege for the elite living in capital cities. Theo Sarantoglou Lalis has studied in Brussels and The Bartlett.S. UNIT STAFF Theo Sarantoglou Lalis Dora Sweijd UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Theo Sarantoglou Lalis and Dora Swejd are the principals of LA.S. Prior to founding LA. anticipated technological changes as well as social evidence found in the real. airports. students will be proposing possible futures for the airside of a regional airport. In a period of doubt and vanishing certainties. Airside: A Forbidden Territory.A. In 2008 he led Asymptote’s European office as well as being one of the directors in charge of Yas Marina Hotel. a design practice based in London and Brussels working on commissions in Egypt. In a period of increased mobility. seeking a greater integration between aviation and the city. New EU policy is encouraging the development of a regional network of 430 airports to facilitate decongestion – a multitude of airfields and surrounding territories that could take on absurd proportions. Theo Sarantoglou Lalis.S. the unit proposes a critical view on urbanism. This year we will be studying airports as part of a more global scheme: a transcontinental conurbation of airside cities. Dora and Theo have lectured internationally. but over the last decade it has gradually become accessible to a diverse array of people from all demographics. Greece and Korea as well as entering international competitions. During the first part of the year we will be using photomontage as a means of formulating speculative proposals or critiques.A he worked at Future Systems and Asymptote in NY. 2002 88 89 .A. anthropology and semiotics. in Abu Dhabi. He has taught postgraduate studios at Columbia and Harvard.
The Barrier-Cities powered by bio-etheric ovo-pacs that protect the remaining settlements of humans on earth against the phantoms. He founded Cloud 9 in 1997. digital processes and technological material development. author of numerous publications on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the environment including The Hydrogen Economy. For Cloud 9. a large-scale structure with a performative skin that provides local solutions to highlighted problems. The unit will actively engage with architecture and its integral role in the reality of changes to our environment and adhere to the macro trend of GGG (Global Green Growth) with the aim of understanding the science of empathy. human-life and nature – solution: ‘Think Gaia’. the unit will travel to Spain and study architecture defined as ‘zero emission’. The unit travel. Following this collective assignment each student will devise their own brief relating to one of the seven conflicted territories as a case study. scientific and political consultants will assist the students with their research. The investigation will begin with students working in pairs. including the Media-TIC building in Barcelona. He has worked for Foreign Office Architects and Anorak and is currently working with Cloud 9. Vienna. To inform the projects. an interdisciplinary architectural team in Barcelona that works at the interface between architecture and art. Nora Graw graduated from Greg Lynn’s Master Class at the University of Applied Arts. a solar farm in Catalonia and energy-free flying in the Pyrenees. Diploma 18 looks to embrace the realities of the ‘Third Industrial Revolution’ – a term coined by Jeremy Rifkin. Antarctica vs melting ice. 90 91 . Mongolia vs the methane landscape. where he runs various international projects. construction and energy. Taipei vs river floods. Projects will be the result of an exploration of technologies that engage with seven different current conflicts associated with global warming: Caribbean islands vs hurricanes. initiating research by analysing present conditions and local threads of global warming. Barcelona vs the death of marine life in the Mediterranean.DIPLOMA 18 Energy Attack Team: Architecture and the ‘Third Industrial Revolution’ When we think about the causes of global warming at the forefront are discussions about the effects of air travel. sailing and hydrogen cars. But what we often fail to consider is that one of the major contributors to global warming can actually be attributed to architecture. research and design projects are devised to allow students to think about the possibility of a GGG and Gaia architecture. and Los Angeles vs mobility. It is Rifkin’s belief that we are on the cusp of a revolution defined by new forms of transportation. Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within. electric vehicles. We will then travel to Los Angeles and visit off-grid houses and universities while looking at mobility strategies. she compiles and directs the office’s research agenda. Central to this revolution will be the explosion of new technologies that will transform buildings into power plants producing renewable energy that will be distributed by a smart grid. Edouard Cabay graduated from the Architectural Association in 2005. UNIT STAFF Enric Ruiz Geli Edouard Cabay Nora Graw UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Enric Ruiz Geli studied architecture in Barcelona. Throughout the year technological. cars and pollution caused by industrial processes. Bahrain vs the end of the aquifer. This will act as the facilitator to the final project.
The first term starts in London with intense design-and-fabricate studies through which relevant mechanisms for exploiting the directness of digital fabrication will be determined. the principles and qualities of Ferdinand Dutert’s Palais des Machines. a unit master at the University of Cambridge. space and shelter. developing design methodologies in which making is an integral part of the design process. 1889 92 93 . In parallel. UNIT STAFF Martin Self Piers Taylor Kate Darby UNDERGRADUATE UNIT STAFF Martin Self is an engineer and designer who has taught design and theory at the AA since 2004. as well as the environmental and phenomenal conditions of this richly wooded site. She is a founder member of Studio in the Woods and has taught design studio at Bath University and the Bartlett School of Architecture. their representation and construction will lead to individual design propositions that qualify the nature of light. Piers Taylor is a partner in award winning architects Mitchell Taylor Workshop. to be completed in Autumn 2011. KDA. The work itself will focus upon the design and prototyping of a lightweight long-span building – a 500m2 ‘big shed’ for a full-scale prototyping and fabrication facility for the AA at Hooke Park. Paris. He was a founder member of Arup’s Advanced Geometry Group. Pier Luigi Nervi’s hangars or Frei Otto’s gridshells) and visit other related projects. designing and building site-specific occupiable structures in the Hooke Park woodland. function. and has provided structural engineering and form-finding consultancy within practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects and Antony Gormley Studio. Kate Darby is principal of rural architectural practice. We will be looking for technically and conceptually compelling solutions to what appears to be a simple brief. Interior of Ferdinand Dutert’s Palais des Machines. Next we shift in scale to test ideas at 1:1. detailed documentation and a full-scale construction prototype. studied architectural theory at the AA. giving us the oppurtunity to explicity test the relationships among form. has precise functional requirements. material and construction. The feedback generated by these physical artefacts. we will research the histories and technologies of lightweight clear-span sheltered space (for example. From the start of second term the unit will be based full-time at Hooke Park and will become increasingly collective. We will work with landscape architects to integrate the project within the Hooke Park masterplan and with consultant engineers on the technical systems. This assembly workshop. Each student will retain design responsibilities relating to their original proposition.DIPLOMA 19 Big Shed Diploma 19 this year will be a unique collaboration between the Diploma School and the newly established MArch Design & Make programme. and the founder of the annual Studio in the Woods which is concerned with the testing of ideas through making. synthesising the propositions so as to develop a single schematic design. which will also determine the theme of their final prototype piece and project documentation.
environmental and other architectural systems. In term-long courses or shorter projects students obtain knowledge and gain experience related to a wide range of architectural learning. leading to Technical Submissions that build upon the ideas and ambitions of projects related to work within the units. Together. Technical Studies offers surveys as well as in-depth instruction in particular material. UNDERGRADUATE: COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES 94 . Media and Technical Studies are an essential part of every year of the Undergraduate School. Third and Fifth Year students additionally take a Professional Practice course as part of their RIBA Part I and II requirements. Media Studies helps students to develop skills in traditional forms of architectural representation as well as today’s most experimental forms of information and communication technology. concepts and ways of thinking. These courses also provide opportunities for students approaching architecture from the different agendas of the units to come together in shared settings.UNDERGRADUATE: COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES Three kinds of Complementary Studies courses in History and Theory. the various courses on offer in Complementary Studies allow students the opportunity to establish and develop their own individual interests and direction within the school. structural. History and Theory Studies includes courses that develop historical and theoretical knowledge related to architectural discourses.
We think it is important that students are given the tools to understand the histories and theories behind architecture. Students. PROGRAMME DIRECTOR Mark Cousins UNDERGRADUATE Ornament: Reconstructing Architecture’s Battle Royal. Writing is a central skill for the architect and the lack of it would stunt individual professional development. In the first year students will be introduced to an understanding of the diversity of theoretical concepts and the history of architecture via a series of select themes that travel in time from antiquity to the present. 2009/10 96 97 . Architects are increasingly expected at a professional level to describe and analyse both designs and buildings in written form. It contains relevant dates and new regulations concerning student work. Overall the courses have the function of introducing students to the nature of architecture. History and Theory Studies organises evening lectures. forms of political power and forms of family life. By studying plans and other forms of architectural representation students will develop experience and ways of critically understanding architecture.HISTORY & THEORY STUDIES History and Theory Studies courses run over all five years of a student’s study at the AA. This year’s Friday lectures by Mark Cousins will be on Technology and the Subject. covering a wide spectrum of contemporary topics that are continuously changing from year to year. History and Theory Studies is renewing those aspects of the courses enabling students to develop their own point of view in seminars and through course requirements to develop their writing skills. it is for the seminar to allow an open discussion of the choices. In the second year the student is introduced both to the past of architecture and to the nature of architecture in different cultures. Such is envisioned through a series of distinct stages in the student’s development. In the first three years the intention of the courses is to provide a fundamental framework for the student’s comprehension of architecture at several levels. can choose to write either a thesis or two separate diploma essays. At the end of the Diploma School we would hope and expect that students would be able to independently research a topic and write about a problem clearly and with a definite argument. It is for the student to decide what he or she thinks. it is for the course to enable the student to articulate their thoughts and choices. in the future and across different cultures. who wish. special events and symposia. in the past. to architecture’s role in the materialisation of cultural ideas and then an understanding of contemporary buildings in detail. Students in the Intermediate School follow the courses outlined in the course document while students in the Diploma School choose from a number of optional courses taken in the Autumn Term only. In the third year students will study a variety of seminal twentieth-century buildings. not solely through the issue of design but also in the larger context of architecture’s relation to culture now. The course document proivdes a full account of courses and reading lists and will be available at the beginning of term. moving from a broad background on the theories and concepts of architecture. HTS seminar. These courses are designed to be much more focused and specific. As a consequence. The courses are also linked to another and major a function – writing. It considers the different ways in which architecture has been used as the material support of different religions.
Third Year: 16 Canonical Buildings and Texts + 16 Alternatives. or maladjusted. On a week-by-week basis students will come to understand and interpret key texts and decipher their different terms and issues. teen subcultures and the subtle everyday exchanges of urban dwellers. less consensual. Flow Lara Belkind This seminar investigates the spaces and infrastructures of an emerging twenty-first-century urban paradigm: the polycentric mega-city or ‘city of flows’. cultural. projects that signal other important architectural trajectories in this period. society studies (STS) and the work of Bruno Latour to explore the cultural complexity underlying technological mega-projects. Although rooted in the western tradition. Andrea Palladio. conforming suburb of the soul’. Course readings will provide an orientation in key ideas while writing assignments emphasise the development of original arguments and criticism. and much more within the accidental. Second and Third Year courses take place in Autumn and Winter Terms. appropriated by graffiti artists. flash mobs. critical and precarious space of the city. The seminar will maintain that the essential nature of architecture has emerged less in vacuo. 1900–68 Course Lecturers: Christopher Pierce and Brett Steele Teaching Assistants: Shumi Bose. utopia and fantasy. splintering and specialisation have characterised the evolution of the city from node to network. Second Year: Architecture and its Pasts Course Lecturer: Mark Cousins Course Tutor: Ryan Dillon Teaching Assistant/s: Alejandra Celedon and Ivonne Santoyo This course introduces students to the historical and cross cultural range of built forms. The course will start with the Amsterdam Bourse and Adolf Loos’s Ornament and Crime and finish with the Vanna Venturi House and Denise Scott Brown’s and Robert Venturi’s ‘On Ducks and Decoration’. of religion and of private life. we will explore key moments in a global history of buildings. Domenico Fontana. meaning in the abstract space of treatises. Braden Engel and Emanuel Rocha Ferreira de Sousa The course will continue to recalibrate its 16 entries to a twentieth-century architectural canon while also introducing an equal number of alternative. As JG Ballard once offered. paranoiac. Between design and architectural theory there is a constant exchange of categories and students will develop knowledge of these and the wide range of debates and practices defining modern architecture. technology. political protest. and filmic references. At the same time. It does so by looking at buildings that are related to the institutions of politics. It is precisely by struggling with the city that architecture has revealed its absolute form. the future is just going to be a vast.HISTORY & THEORY STUDIES First. technology. Focusing on high-speed transport and communications links. Yet infrastructure may open an ‘other space’ in the city: a heterotopia as conceptualised by Michel Foucault. The design of a network is itself a battleground upon which the form of the metropolis and its politics are determined – and the line between civil and social engineering is finely drawn. this architecture expressed his fear that ‘nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again. First Year: Constructs + Contexts An Introduction to Histories and Theories of Architecture and Urbanism Course Lecturer: Lara Belkind Course Tutor: Mollie Claypool Teaching Assistants: Daniel Ayat and Marlie Mul This course introduces foundational concepts and seeks to create a dialogue between contemporary practice and the history of architecture from antiquity to the present. Towards such space architecture has projected exemplary and paradigmatic forms. The projects presented week by week will be the theories and work of Donato Bramante. Our approach will incorporate an analysis of evolving theoretical concepts of formal production and aesthetics and will also situate built environment constructs within their social and political contexts. On the one hand. This course will examine the architectural dynamics of normalcy and perversion in the post-war American suburb through a critical reading of a series of textural. cities and texts. Diploma School courses take place in the Autumn Term only. Etienne Louis Boullée. Oswald Mathias Ungers and OMA. we will draw on case studies from a range of continents and cultures. But it also considers architecture from the point of view of modernisation in which architectural forms are increasingly both internationalised and globalised. This is not my Beautiful House Mark Campbell Scratch beneath the surface of normality and you are likely to find the complete opposite – the perverse. This is a new public sphere. they will learn ways to comprehend and analyse wildly different architectural projects and consider and question the role of the architect in practice. Networks can also operate as liminal zones that invite participation or subversion in a dispersed and polarised metropolis. Employing wide-view thematic lenses such as media. and rules. we will employ frameworks from the field of science. It considers the bases upon which new organisations of variation can be thought about in architectural terms. UNDERGRADUATE The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture Pier Vittorio Aureli The seminar starts by posing the question ‘What is Architecture?’ By highlighting and arguing six ‘projects’ in which the notion and the practice of architecture has been deeply theorised in its most essential aspects the seminar will not answer the initial question in a straightforward manner. 98 99 .
social and institutional factors constantly interact and form the materials that constitute the complex dynamics of the contemporary territory. migration and of inhabiting the planet without a visa. The Economist 2008) is the ‘best thing I’ve read about architecture for years’. carves. Using architecture as both the object and the method of enquiry. Gottfried Semper. said a good friend of mine. or later. On the other hand. Authors such as William Hogarth. Clearly this has created important consequences for nationalism. linguistic. and the Art Nouveau of the early twentieth century have habitually been described as architectural periods of decline and decadence. It also creates a condition of homelessness which refers not to just the lack of a house but to exile. This course tackles these problems through the history of stories and aspirations to homecoming. and for political conflict. Through a series of case studies of key cultural and technological shifts in twenty-first-century architectural production we will address the shifting role of error and chart the ever-increasing fetishisation and opportunistic colonisation of the false economy of the apparently precise. At one level the category of ‘home’ is related to the ‘house’ and thus to the nature of domestic space and architectural form. John Ruskin. Intelligent Life. biological. mineral. the term ‘home’ has importantly migrated in historical terms to include such things as the region or the nation of one’s origin. UNDERGRADUATE Error: The False Economy of Precision in Architecture Francesca Hughes If we put aside the dominant narratives of twenty-first-century architecture. We will also discover how each author provides us with interpretative tools that allow us to critically assess contemporary ornamental production. This course will give you a glimpse into one of architecture’s biggest conspiracies and equip you with the knowledge and vocabulary to partake in a rapidly emerging discourse. territory. 100 101 . moulds and reorganises their spaces of operation. Their interplay and competition reshapes. be it by Herzog & de Meuron. parametricism and optimisation. for the wider facts (whatever they are) with Bukowskiesque leanings. who was the best architect I knew till he started throwing so much coke up his nose. But who is it that condemns such ornamental virtuosity? And what are their ulterior motives? Are there alternative points of view? Using source texts from all three periods we will discover how ornament had repeatedly become the battleground upon which the future of architecture was forged. the stylistic eclecticism of the nineteenth century. a concern for the everyday. A critical analysis of the practical and symbolic performance of precision and the shadow category of error will bring us to understand differently what lies behind some of contemporary practice’s modus operandi: instrumentalism. the way architecture understands. architecture. a hoity. The seminar will explore a series of transformations in the connections between organisation of contemporary politics and their spaces of operation with architecture and urbanism being agents of that relation. Owen Jones.HISTORY & THEORY STUDIES The History of Homecoming Mark Cousins The history and nature of ‘home’ causes a great deal of trouble for architectural analysis. then what other undeclared agendas were served? And how exactly does the space of a margin for error operate within the greater spatiality of practice? This course argues that from the removal of ornament to the invention of standards and specifications. Louis Sullivan or Adolf Loos have all defined ornament for their own age and for their own wilful objectives. ‘Le Mépris’. the radical inflation of precision in digitalisation. It starts by considering the most famous homecoming of Homer’s Odyssey and looks at a twentieth-century version in the film of Jean Luc Godard. an alternative account emerges that might go something like this: things just got more and more precise. space. government and intervention. we will analyse a series of complex territorial transformations to reveal the underlying organisational processes in the theoretical junctures between notions of inhabitation. underlying pathologies and enduring legacies of these seminal texts. technological. Polity and Space John Palmesino The seminar investigates the relations between the process of construction of inhabited space and the forms of polity in the twenty-first century. Ornament: Between Virtue and Iniquity Oliver Domeisen The Rococo of the eighteenth century. Or did they? How precisely defined is the term ‘precision’ in the first place? Can we make a distinction between effective and redundant precision in its control of error? Why is error aligned with matter and not form? If effective precision was not always actually increased and the architect’s fear of error (with matter in tow) only symbolically assuaged. Alois Riegl. We will discuss the historical contexts. self-aggrandising and often preposterous discourse to be slapped around. Natural. In that sentence resides the content of the course: a penetrating if oblique and over-stylish essay. economic. a smart but inebriated and now dulled individual (lost). The contemporary territory is the seat of a multiplicity of transformational patterns and evolutive rhythms wrought by concurrent and often distant interests and promoted by a number of actors. fears and engages with error has silently steered its cultural and technological transformations. Toyo Ito or you. cultural. and we will determine their relevance in establishing a desperately needed contemporary theoretical framework. political. The Jean-Eric (or ‘Eight lectures on everything Zaha hates’) Paul Davies Jonathan Meades’ ten-page essay (‘Zaha: The First Great Female Architect’.
Living in an Old Country (1985). Focusing on technological aspects or on intellectualising the design process became equally attractive options for architects.yaelreisner. The aesthetic capacity of architecture is charged by visual qualities that might evoke emotions in people. He has previously worked at Moshe Safdie and Associates. A practising architect. ‘In Conversation with Léon Krier’ (2010). and from 2005–07 as a Studio Master for AAVSP. both in the U. This is when beauty comes into the conversation. How are we to assess their consequences? This section of the course will take a number of case histories as examples of the issues that such an analysis raises. After graduating from the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia. a visual discrimination that comments on a broader. cultural exhaustion and dreams. the Graduate programme and the PhD programme. Her book with Fleur Watson.00pm in the Lecture Hall This year’s lecture series will attempt to grapple with two different but related issues concerning technology. The Independent and The Guardian newspapers. He is a graduate of the AA and Syracuse University School of Architecture. Subjectivity became a taboo in architecture. and teaches in various London schools of architecture. both in the urban and rural landscape. collective cultural spectrum. Author/editor of The Architect: Reconstructing her Practice (MIT Press: 1996). and objectifying the design process was the main agenda. He is a Diploma Unit Master at the AA and is currently Research Advisor at the Jan van Eyck Academie.uk) with Chris Matthews in 2000. EMBT’s Shanghai Pavilion. Francesca Hughes joined the AA in 2003 where she has been unit master of Dip 15 since 2004 and intermittently taught HTS. Yet people outside the profession are surprised to discover that architectural design is neither led by nor generated through a process that is engaged with aesthetic issues or visual thinking. recently published by AA Publications. She is one of the contributors to the AD Magazine on the issue of Exuberance. It is through culture that architectural poetics are evolving. and conscience as a form of technology. He writes for Modern Painters and other magazines. and ARX Kabul in New York. printing. a technology of the self. He is the co-founder of Dogma. and abroad. with Tom Weaver. has been Visiting Professor at Columbia University and is currently Guest Professor at South Eastern University Nanjing China. Patrick Wright is a writer. and. projection. At the Berlage Institute he heads the ‘City as a Project’ PhD programme. She has taught at the Bartlett (UCL). She has taught at the Yale School of Architecture and at Harvard and has worked professionally creating large-scale design and redevelopment plans with public agencies in New York and Washington DC. and is coeditor of The Architect’s Guide to Fame (2005).net COURSE TUTORS Mollie Claypool is an architect and educator. She has previously worked at James Harb Architects. She is currently a tutor at the AA. Lately she was commissioned by the Karelic company to be the art director of a new porcelain lighting line – Ostracon. His theoretical studies focus on architectural form. Hughes Meyer Studio is an art / architecture practice whose work has been published by AR. He is a tutor in the Design as Research Laboratory programme at the Architectural Association. She runs her own Studio of Architecture and Design. Ryan Dillon is currently working for EGG Office based in Los Angeles. an international research network. with Martino Tattara. Recently he has worked with the film director Patrick Keiller and this generates the starting point of the course.com) Patrick Wright is a writer. PROGRAMME STAFF William Firebrace is an architect and author of Marseille Mix. Nevertheless personal expression is a reflection of one’s culture and. PROGRAMME DIRECTOR AND 2ND YEAR LECTURER Mark Cousins is Director of History and Theories. since 2000 as director of dlm ltd. A Troubled Relationship Yael Reisner Good architecture and brilliant buildings are mostly judged by their capacity to produce an aesthetic experience. in Sweden). Conversations with Architects about A Troubled Relationship was published by Wiley UK in April 2010. when the perception of the individual’s wide pallette of senses and judgments was substituted with a unified public opinion. Princeton University and the Cooper Union. telephony and phonography. author amongst other works of Living in an Old Country (1985). amongst other works. John Palmesino is an architect and urbanist. Christopher Pierce studied at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and gained a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Her dissertation examines infrastructure as a site of conflict and negotiation in contemporary Paris. a prize-winning architectural collective. Some of the reasons why architects are reluctant to generate architecture through its appearance are a result of a culture initiated in the early twentieth century. He formed Mis-Architecture (mis-architecture. He wrote a regular column for The Guardian in the 1990s and regularly contributes to the Washington Post. Yael Reisner has a PhD in Architecture from RMIT in Australia. He previously has been Head of Research at ETH Studio Basel and he is founding member of multiplicity. Mark Campbell is a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture at Princeton University.co. he obtained masters and PhD degrees at the Berlage Institute/ Delft University of Technology. The second half of the course will consider the inverse case – to what extent can we consider certain psychical organisations such as repression..K. He currently writes and lectures – and has curated an exhibition – on the topic of ornament. Independent and Guardian newspapers. CONSULTANTS Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. Open Lecture Course: Technology and the Subject Mark Cousins Fridays at 5. The Village that died for England (1995) and Tank – the Progress of a Monstrous War Machine (2000). From 1997–2000 he worked as project Architect for Zaha Hadid. a Diploma from the Architectural Association in London and a BSc in Biology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. ‘Chinese Whispers’ (2010). political theory and urban history. As a Fulbright Scholar. he has taught at Auckland University. architecturally.HISTORY & THEORY STUDIES Architecture and Beauty. TEACHING ASSISTANTS Daniel Ayat Shumi Bose Alejandra Celedon Braden Engel Marlie Mul Ivonne Santoyo Emanuel de Sousa 102 103 . she documented Paris’s Hôtels Industriels. The Village that Died for England (1995) and Tank – The Progress of a Monstrous War Machine (2000). predominantly on the subject of Las Vegas and entertainment architecture. He has taught at the AA for many years in the Undergraduate programme. She currently teaches internationally (Sci-Arc in LA. whose writings express a long-held interest in the subject. Among his recent publications are essays on Ron Arad’s Design Museum. Routledge and Wiley and exhibited in the UK and abroad. Brett Steele is Director of the AA School. His research and writings can be found online at brettsteele. March 2010. The first is concerned with the question of how the introduction of new technologies affects what we will call the experience of the human subject. and author of. He is a founding member of the Graduate School. from 2001–07 as Unit Master for Inter 9. Merrel. Lund Univ. COURSE LECTURERS Lara Belkind is a PhD Candidate at Harvard University where she also earned Master’s degrees in Architecture and in Urban Planning. the London Consortium. she is currently completing a book entitled Error. ‘In Praise of the Harpoon’ (2010). Oliver Domeisen studied at ETH Zurich and the AA. Landscape Patrick Wright The course concerns the recent work of Patrick Wright. He also teaches at the Research Architecture Centre. She has lectured internationally and served as external examiner in numerous schools. He has established with Ann-Sofi Rönnskog Territorial Agency. Paul Davies has lectured at the AA since 1997. and is a Project Editor at Phaidon Press. Her publications include a study of bloggers and urban transformation on New York’s Lower East Side and a history of urban camouflage in that neighbourhood since the 1970s. Maastricht. ANY. Since 2007 he is the Unit Master for Dip 13. Werner Sobek NY. The cases themselves will include writing. (www. the University of Reading and the University of Brighton. Art Forum. paranoia. He wrote a regular column for the Guardian in the 1990s and regularly contributes to the Washington Post. titled Architecture and Beauty. His research interests include contemporary American culture between 1960 and 1975. Goldsmiths in London UNDERGRADUATE where he is pursuing his Doctoral research.
to the innovative skills associated with traditional forms of architectural media and representation. 2009–10 104 105 . Media Studies Lab Courses Working in close relationship with the AA Computer Lab. and emphasises a sustained development of a student’s ability to use design techniques as a means for conceiving. Imaging. Media Studies emphasises the integration of established design techniques with progressive media and production methods. and to the today’s most experimental forms of information. Media Studies offers a set of computer laboratory-based courses that focus on direct instruction in a series of significant digital applications in the architectural pipeline.MEDIA STUDIES Media Studies at the AA includes required studio-based courses for First and Second Year undergraduate students. the school’s AV department. covering content such as 3D Modeling. developing and producing design projects and strategies. media and other creative specialists. Workshop and Computing staff. As the recent proliferation of digital design technologies has now matured as an integral part of the architectural education offered by the school. Computer Aided Drafting. These weekly courses are taught by AA unit staff. artists and other practitioners. communication and fabrication technologies. Studio-based courses for Second Year students are also open to participation by all students in the Intermediate or Diploma Schools. artists. Publication. Digital Computation and Scripting. providing students with the knowledge and skills associated with a wide range of contemporary design. Autumn and Winter Terms Photographs made during the fleeting light of dusk present technical challenges but also the opportunity to explore the notions of transience and mysterious psychological states. Together the many classes and special events comprising Media Studies expose students to the work of architects. In addition. covering methods of production in the design process. communication and fabrication media. and other relevant software. while laboratory-based courses are open to students throughout the entire school. Media Studies offers a range of workshop-format courses that allow students to grasp fundamental techniques in major digital applications for architecture. underlining the potential of production within the creative process. Media Studies provides for concise one-day courses that cover the fundamentals of many common computer applications. HEAD OF MEDIA STUDIES Eugene Han UNDERGRADUATE Student: Song Jie Lim Course: Painting Architecture (Alex Kaiser). This course will introduce students to the basics of photography and digital cameras whilst producing images shot within the parameters of this transient time. Each termlong course focuses on the conceptual and technical aspects of a specified topic of design media. First Year Courses The Violet Hour Sue Barr. Required Media Studies Courses Media Studies courses are a required part of the First Year and Intermediate Schools. as well as by invited outside architects.
A set of drawings will be produced that constantly develop a better understanding of perspective. mass. are tested through application to the city. Students will be encouraged to create their own distinctive notational system sensitive to space. Winter Term Further research and experiment with coatings will follow in the second term. We will consider the micro-structure of pigments and other materials as a source of the perceptual interdependence of micro and macro scale. including collage and bricolage. Autumn and Winter Terms The figure will be used as a departure point as we work through several exercises that enable us to study tone. Students will be introduced to the materiality of pure pigments with the focus on colour as micro-structure. Focusing on subtractive fabrication processes. moving from one. Autumn Term This course will experiment with systemic procedures and speculate on the possibilities of production modes as both performative and sensual aspects of digital craft. the iconographic and other representational devices and techniques. Materiality of Colour Antoni Malinowski. Video: First Year Joel Newman. charting and mapping tools. Second Year Courses F2F Shany Barath. Autumn and Winter Terms Students will become confident in drawing with perspective – from quick sketching to more complicated perspective constructs. That’s one minute in real time. Winter Term Techniques for constructing performative instruments. Autumn and Winter Terms How does the way we present information influence the way it is perceived and understood? The aim of this course is to introduce students to different techniques for the presentation of information. viewpoint. light and the characteristics of materials. the object will be the site for finding a successful structure by means of both improvisation and calculation. ColorCode/DataMurals Shany Barath. Information Design Heather Lyons. we will explore issues of non-sequential scalar growth. Through our ability to design directly at the information level. We will be working on both drawings and physical assemblages to develop design concepts. we will seek a novel range of control sensibilities for each and every part of our geometrical design. Autumn Term In a course focused on formal improvisation. Autumn Term The links between procedures used in representing and making space are explored through the translation of objects into drawings and the interpretation of sets of drawing into models. two. No techniques are excluded but students must create their own soundtracks. Students who did not participate in the earlier course will research strengthening and coating materials that can be applied to three-dimensional objects. Winter Term This course observes BioImaging visualisation techniques as potential indicators for new computational methods revealing extreme high data resolutions and unique contemporary exposure of materiality. and three-point perspective to orthographic translations and drawing complex curvatures within scenes and objects. Painting Architecture Alex Kaiser. Each session will look at different toolsets and devices. Life Drawing Trevor Flynn.MEDIA STUDIES Translation Object to Drawing Shin Egashira. Working according to a set of parameters. biomorphic improvisations and remind ourselves of the Matisse maxim ‘exactitude isn’t truth’. One-to-One Instruments Shin Egashira. Substantial Coating Marlie Mul. from the typographic through to graphing. After looking at examples of animated work will we embark on an exploration of techniques and methods. and trigger a generative approach towards the craft of carving/contouring. we will first expose the ghosted data sets of simple physical envi- 106 107 . UNDERGRADUATE Colour and Light Antoni Malinowski. time. Winter Term The course focuses on the interaction of subtractive and additive colour. line and simple underlying structures in a range of drawing media and in short and longer poses from male and female models. Within an architectural realm that is in itself composed of multi-scalar material properties. surface articulation and the fenestration of continuous non-repeating surfaces. Autumn Term This course focuses on the potential of colour in creating/manipulating space. Object Organisation Marlie Mul. we will work towards the creation of 1:1 scale functional objects made from styrofoam. Autumn Term Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world – Jean-Luc Godard In these sessions we will make a 1500-frame animation using video technology. We will also explore concept sketches. allowing students who took the autumn term course ‘Object Organization’ to complete their object with a suitable coating.
Through the development of data-sorting techniques (geometry. The final output will be a series of constructed details with the related drawings necessary for their fabrication and manufacturing. Throughout the term. Autumn and Winter Terms Using both 2D digital collage and 3D renderings. With the use of varied fabrication processes such as CNC machining. we will manufacture flexible moulds in which different replicas can be originated. Winter Term During the spring term we will maintain the formal attributes of the detail such as shape and dimension while changing the materiality. Winter Term In the spring term.2 Monia De Marchi. pushing the boundaries of what ceramic elements and surfaces can contain. capturing precisely one moment and one idea. students will be extending their knowledge in the scripting environment to include techniques in developing graphical user interfaces to control workflow strategies within Rhino using Python script.NET components specifically within the Windows environment. Students will be introduced to the basics behind the theory of computation and processing as a means to establish intelligent geometrical systems that can be applied to their ongoing unit projects. fabrication method. We will cover the basics of scripted logic to customise geometry using iterative logic. Graphical User Interfaces Eugene Han. etc.MEDIA STUDIES ronments in order to find correlating edges between the physical and the digital. Autumn Term This year’s investigation will create replicas of an initial architectural detail. Autumn Term The course focuses on the conceptual and technical aspects associated with the fabrication of digitally controlled architectural ceramic surfaces designed with 3D modelling software. aiming to achieve a seamless manipulation of the mainly photographic environment. The ‘pending structure’ should be beautiful and consider ideas of independence while respecting forms of integration – a measured ratio of directionality and belonging. 108 109 . Replicas v. Winter Term Building on the material investigations of the autumn term. manipulate and convey. Customised Computation Eugene Han. Winter Term This course will focus on the manipulation of digital geometry using scripted techniques within a NURBS modelling environment. students will investigate ways of replicating details within an economy of construction procedures. Pending Structures Valentin Bontjes Van Beek. We will explore animation technique through the capture and erasure of drawings on a single canvas. Replicas v. this course focuses on developing a working understanding of fabrication through designing on the CNC for an actual scale. Animation is that which gives life to the static. colour. The Invisible Visible Max Kahlen. The final output will be a series of constructed details with the related drawings necessary for fabrication and manufacturing. using Python for Rhino. we will experiment with the genius loci phenomenon. Autumn Term In this course we will animate ideas by creating and erasing drawings both in analogue and digitally. Students will produce and document relevant processes to determine the most effective customised workflows for design research projects. In the first phase replicas will be manufactured with similar materials but differing forms producing a range of copies that transition from a reductive to exaggerated. with associated . Drawing(s) Animation Valentin Bontjes Van Beek. This distance between drawings and animations is what we wish simultaneously to explore. examining the relationship of material structures and physical resolution. The course will culminate with the fabrication of a final project at Hooke Park. In a series of workshops students will learn surreal but pragmatic techniques to produce one image and one drawing. students will develop projects that address the design of installation pieces within the school. The aim of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design and create fully fired and glazed. UNDERGRADUATE Digital Ceramics Adam Furman and Marco Ginex. Rendering Environments Matej Hosek. The course will culminate with a short animated filmic clip. Using different methods of manufacturing. the course will deepen the plane of experimentation to probe the possibilities of additional three-dimensionally complex forms. Winter Term Going beyond the scale of the standard model. Autumn and Winter Terms This course will explore two contrasting forms of representation through a sensible transition from the beautiful reality of the photograph to the fascinating abstraction of the drawing.) we will translate variables into design components of both performance and effect. Digital Ceramics Adam Furman and Marco Ginex. Students will develop from digital design through to firing and glazing highly articulated and robust architectural details. ceramic tiling elements.1 Monia De Marchi.
Ecclesial Anatomy Tobias Klein. He is currently working as artist-colourist with MJP Architects on the redevelopment of the BBC’s Broadcasting House. Video: Intermediate Joel Newman. Adam Nathaniel Furman is a director at Madam Studio. visual art. and Rogers. Alex Kaiser graduated from Oxford Brookes University. Stirk. School of Architecture in London in 2009 and a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht in 2003. He has been teaching at the AA since 1999 and recently collaborated with Paul McCarthy on a Tate Modern publication. He has run the AA’s Audio Visual department since 1994 and taught Video within Media Studies since 1998. He studied at the Architectural Association.xym. ‘One not to be missed’.) and 3D-printing techniques. hybridise and collage the vast 3D components freely available within the city of London creating a rich and unexpected landscape of oddities and digitally sculpted interventions. graduating with the annual AA Prize in 2009. is Course Director of Drawing At Work and is freehand drawing tutor at several architectural and engineering offices including Foster & Partners. which may be without narrative. Antoni Malinowski is an artist whose practice comprises painting and large-scale drawing installations. Stirk. Arch at the AA graduate programme. We will investigate the geometries of the great churches of London. Heather Lyons is an architect and interaction designer who has designed everything from mobile handsets to interactive kiosks and environments. and has taught at the AA since 2001. though she’s now researching interactive environments with an interest in kinetic architecture. New York and London. Mundanities Tobias Klein. Artworks and installations include ‘English House’ at the Camden Arts Centre. an interdisciplinary design practice at the interface of architecture.org Valentin Bontjes Van Beek trained as a carpenter in Germany before attending the AA. Future Systems. an experimental architectural design platform and is researching narrative design in digital environments at the Royal College of Art and as a First Year Unit Master at the AA since 2008.D.I. using all means of photography at hand. In addition to teaching the Media Studies course.MEDIA STUDIES Painting Architecture Alex Kaiser. as well as for DLM Architects in London. He studied fine art at Reading University and has exhibited in the UK and abroad. He is a founder of . He is visiting tutor at Central St. UK) and has worked for Coop Himmelb(l)au. UNDERGRADUATE Marlie Mul is an artist from The Netherlands.laser-cutting. The piece and its structure. designing handsets for companies like Vodafone. 110 111 .ac. He has practised architecture in Berlin. She received a Masters Degree in Architectural Histories & Theories from the Architectural Association. Colour Photography: The Original Goswin Schwendinger. and has worked for Massimiliamo Fuksas Architetto in Rome. Martins College of Art and Design and R. Harbour and Partners. Tobias Klein studied architecture at the RWTH (Aachen. Autumn Term This year Colour Photography will again focus on the constructing of an desired image. and ‘Slow Box/Afterimage’ for the Tsunami Trienalle 2000. She established together with Gary Freedman SHaGa Studio. Beijing and New York before coming to London. We will then create models fusing sheet material technologies (CNC. and completed her Post-professional Masters Degree at the Architectural Association Graduate program. Goswin Schwendinger was born in Belgium. Marco Ginex is a director at Madam Studio. Trevor Flynn MFA Goldsmiths. Herfocus has been on mobile interactivity. HEAD OF MEDIA STUDIES Eugene Han is the founder of AVA-Studio. graduating in 1998. Anderson Inge studied architecture at the AA and at the University of Texas at Austin before completing additional academic training in structural engineering (at MIT) and sculpture (at St Martins). eugenehan@ aaschool. Autumn Term This course seeks to cross medical voxel based softwares (used for Magnetic Resonance Imaging) with representational mesh-based 3D packages.uk MEDIA STUDIES STAFFShany Barath studied architecture at TUDelft in the Netherlands. Using animation-derived software (3DS Max and Modo) this course seeks to fuse. and Boyarsky Murphy in London.Austria) and the Bartlett School for Architecture (London. ‘It changed my life’. Colour Photography: The Classic Goswin Schwendinger. the course explores digital sculpting by the means of poly-modelling/mesh geometries modification.etc. two. Shin Egashira worked in Tokyo. architecture and planning. She is an initiator of the online artists’ publication publishing platform www. and his paintings are in most major collections. Sue Barr heathcotebarr. We will dissect our personal life strategically to come up with an all encompassing scenario for a staged set. the University of Applied Arts (Vienna. Winter Term The course will investigate private. Following this he attended and graduated from the AA. He has taught at the AA since 1990 and is currently Unit Master of Diploma Unit 11.S. He is a regular consultant on computational and imaging platforms. became an architect in Switzerland. He is currently obsessed with combining traditional painting techniques with experimental architectural drawing. researching and developing systems in industrial design. Autumn Term Students will become confident in drawing with perspective – from quick sketching to more complicated perspective constructs. He has exhibited in the UK and Europe. new spaces shaped by the audio components that you will create in the initial stages of the project. including Tate’s. living and working in Berlin and London.no that was launched in 2009 Joel Newman was born in 1971 in rural Hertfordshire.horhizon. and three-point perspective to orthographic translations and drawing complex curvatures within scenes and objects. moving from one. Harbour and Partners. and has worked at OMA in Rotterdam. Spring Term The Classic has all the ingredients of The Original plus some extra toppings. graduating with honours in 2008. Winter Term Opposing a computational design trend of scripted logic. Matej Hosek studied architecture at the Technical University of Liberec and has worked at MilkStudio Architects. went to Spain to learn photography and moved to London to live. and she co-directs the Spring Semester Programme. Heather received her Master’s degree in Architecture from Princeton University. she has been Unit Master at the AA since 2005. amalgamating properties of MRI-scans. ‘Impossible Vehicle’ at the Spiral Garden. Germany). Tokyo. Monia De Marchi is an architect who studied in Venice and completed her M. will be a minimum of three minutes in length and will incorporate live-action footage. and has worked in Rogers. A set of drawings will be produced that constantly develop a better understanding of perspective. He studied at the Architectural Association. where he is currently a First Year Tutor. A constructed reality. ecology and computation. Shany has practiced Architecture with Ben van-Berkel _UNStudio in Amsterdam and Adriaan Geuze _West 8 in Rotterdam.
undertaking two courses in each year. a set of precepts capable of negotiating the technical requirements of construction in unforeseen futures. In these years students concentrate on critical case studies. including correct safety procedures. In the Fifth Year. Rebecca Crabtree. with a particular emphasis on the First. Full details of the courses and a statement of the course regulations will be found in the Complementary Studies Handbook. The Prospectus contains a brief summary of the courses offered. which will be available at the beginning of the Autumn Term.TECHNICAL STUDIES The Technical Studies programme stands as a complete and coherent technical education over five years. Second and Fourth years. Students conduct design research and experiments to explore and resolve the technical issues of the main project of their unit portfolio. Lecture courses form a portion of each year’s requirements. Its critical development is pursued through case studies. First Year Workshop Introduction Making is an important part of the programme for the year. Knowledge acquired in this way generates a ‘means’. lecture coursework. machines and facilities. developed through critical case studies of contemporary fabrication processes. a substantial individual work that is developed under the guidance of Technical Studies. analysis and drawing to first-hand experience. These studies include reflection and experimentation with the ideas and techniques taught. materials and construction will be DIPLOMA MASTER Javier Castanon INTERMEDIATE MASTER Wolfgang Frese UNDERGRADUATE Barcelona ceramics. and students spend a significant portion of their time in the workshop. From analogies with nature through to case studies of ‘live’ projects (currently in the design process or construction phase). constructed artefacts and buildings. Assembled in groups. and unpredictable contexts. the core topics of structure. 2009–10 112 113 . In the Third Year. The Thesis is contextualised as part of a broader dialogue in which the technical and the architectural agendas that arise within the unit are synthesised. students undertake a Technical Design Thesis. ranging through research. analysis and material experiments. material experiments and extensive research and consultation. It is founded on the provision of a substantial knowledge base. students will undertake a case study of a contemporary or iconic London structure. and constructs a creative collaboration with the material demands of individual unit agendas. workshop experiments and technical ambitions are synthesised in a detailed Technical Design. The programme continues to evolve from detailed discussions with lecturers all of whom are drawn from leading engineering practices and research institutions that engage in a wide range of disciplines and current projects. Case Study (Compulsory Course – Autumn Term) Marissa Kretsch with Ben Godber This introductory course teaches students the skills to examine a building with a critical and technical eye. with the guidance of Technical Studies tutors. The induction sessions are run by the workshop staff and cover the use of tools. site visits and physical modelling.
timber. In the final class. 114 115 . the course aims to eliminate the temptation of ‘greenwash’ from studio design work by providing students with analytical techniques to test and validate their environmental hypotheses. We will focus on interdisciplinary collaboration since the architect. which synthesises their individual architectural ambitions with an account of the material production of the proposal. materiality and expression. Guest speakers from other consultantancy will discuss their own perspective on the importance of collaboration. Observed behaviour of physical models under load is used to establish the parameters of a detailed digital model that a computer can analyse. structural forms and processes of assembly. During the lecture programme students will design. methods of manufacture. as lead consultant. Structures (Second Year Compulsory Course) Phil Cooper and Anderson Inge This course examines how the structural elements of a building carry load. integrating knowledge of the environmental context. The theory and practice of the effects of scale will become obvious from the model testing. leading to an understanding of how different materials can be used in a variety of applications. The individual projects are developed with support from technical teaching staff within the unit and from tutorials with Wolfgang Frese and the Intermediate TS staff. Above all. use of materials. in addition to the Structures course. Material properties. in particular the stability of the whole building structure.TECHNICAL STUDIES explored in class. Diploma School Fourth Year Seminar Courses Fourth Year students choose two courses from the selection on offer and may attend others according to their interests: Process in the Making Wolfgang Frese This course aims to highlight and explain the complex forces underlying the transformation of architectural designs into built form joining the processes that link the design of architecture with the ‘art of building’. fabrics and composites. Physical models are made and load-tested to illustrate deformation and failure. Emphasis is also placed on finding idealised conceptual models to demonstrate structural behaviour. Designing a structure requires choices about materials. undertake a Technical Design study as part of their main project. Each student group will build a physical model of their structure. Analytical skills will be demonstrated and used to make predictions. Third Year students. promoting better intuition for predicting the behaviour of real. Structures (Compulsory Course – Autumn Term) Phil Cooper and Anderson Inge This course aims to develop a feel for forces in structures. Environmental Design in Practice (Second Year Optional Course) Giles Bruce We all know environmental design is important – but we just can’t see how it is relevant to our studio work. Fernando Perez and Manja van de Worp Third Year students undertake a comprehensive design study that explores and resolves the central technical issues of their projects in collaboration with individual unit agendas. brick and blocks. making it essential to have the tools to predict the behaviour of the unbuilt object while it is only an idea. full-size structures. Material and Technologies (Second Year Optional Course) Carolina Bartram This course will conduct an investigation of the range of materials used in contemporary structures including concrete. cost and appearance are significant factors that will be reviewed. each team will be required to present their case study. Well-known buildings are analysed to show how strength and safety can be predicted by calculation. It also documents the research carried out in the process of developing the design project. The course aims to provide students with an intuitive grasp of the underlying principles of environmental design and the creative opportunities these present in terms of architectural form. has to constantly adjust and evaluate his designs to address these often contradict forces. durability. assembly and performance in use. Giles Bruce. Students will learn how shape and material influence the performance of real structures. Third Year Design Project Wolfgang Frese with Dancho Azagra. make and test a structural model as a competition. Seminars on specific relevant subjects are organised by the technical teaching staff and guest speakers as a means of further support. Structures (Third Year Compulsory Course) Phil Cooper and Anderson Inge This course introduces structural model analysis – inviting students to make and test scale models and to predict the static and dynamic behaviour of structures under load. Examinations are made of how forces create stresses and deformations in architectural structures taking account material properties. glass. common structural elements will be examined in order to gain an understanding of the behaviour of structures under load. Intermediate School Second Year students take Structures and one of two other courses offered. This course aims to challenge this sentiment by showing how every design decision that architects make has an UNDERGRADUATE immediate and quantifiable impact in terms of environmental performance. The study records the strategic technical decisions made as the design is developed. After an introduction to the development of structural form through past centuries. testing it to failure.
Giles Bruce is an architect specialising in environmental performance. and its critical development is pursued through case studies. assembly. Martin Hagemann. Melbourne. Form. prefabrication. exchangeability and maintenance the use of components in architecture has become very common. Fernando Perez Fraile studied architecture in Spain and has worked at Frank O. Environmental Modelling & Simulation Simos Yannas This hands-on technical course is on the use of environmental design software for the generation and assessment of climate data and the simulation of solar. INTERMEDIATE MASTER Wolfgang Frese studied at Stuttgart and the Bartlett.TECHNICAL STUDIES Small in Large – the Interrelation of Component and System Martin Hagemann For reasons of rationalisation. An introduction to fundamental environmental design parameters is followed by a study of adaptive comfort mechanisms relating to the different climatic. at the University of East and the AADRL in 2000. Paul Loh and John Noel The Technical Design Thesis is a substantial individual work developed under the guidance of Javier Castañón and the Diploma TS staff. material experiments and extensive research and consultation. in Cambridge.com). He has taught at the University of East London and is currently an associate at NEX. Gehry and Associates. He is a structural engineer at Buro Happold. The objective of the course is to make students more aware of structural options and thus more comfortable during the development of their unit project designs and in their future professional endeavours. He is an associate at Alsop Architects working on many international projects. CONSULTANTS Carolina Bartram Ian Duncombe Ben Godber Marissa Kretsch Emanuele Marfisi Simos Yannas Mohsen Zikri 116 117 . programmatic and operational conditions characterising unit projects. He is director of A_Zero architects and in consultancy with BDSP partnership. He has previously worked for Ken Yeang and Zaha Hadid Architects. and at the AA SED programme. flexibility. He has taught at Cambridge Universit. He has taught at the University of Navarre and has collaborated with the Technical Studies since 2002. Kenneth Fraser has taught at the AA since 2007 and is a director of Kirkland Fraser Moor Architects (k-f-m. The course is aiming to give the designing architect an insight into the theory and practice of component based structures. Germany. an advisor to the Department of the Environment Construction Research and Innovation Strategy Panel. Technology Transfers or Technomimetics John Noel This course pushes the boundaries of precedence studies by exploring the relevance of the manufacturing of everyday life artefacts and the formation of living things to the technologies. Students will complete a project involving research of completed buildings in different climatic zones and can conceive a futuristic building that extends design and social boundaries. PROGRAMME STAFF Dancho Azagra is a chartered structural engineer. We will examine the application of computer modelling tools for the design of buildings and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Paul Loh is educated in Singapore. Kenneth Fraser. the course will aim to expand the student’s technical awareness beyond the realms of traditional construction and encourage the application of these technology transfers to architectural designs. DIPLOMA MASTER Javier Castañón is in private practice as director of Castañón Associates (London) and Castañón Asociados (Madrid). Consulting Engineers. He has written about the subject of collaboration between architects and engineers in the design process. energy and the micro/macro environment and reviews the development of building skin. Manja Van de Worp is a graduate of the AA’s Emergent Technologies & Design programme. Researchers from different European and American institutes will be invited to show their latest experiments in theory and practice. stiffness and stability to buildings. thermal and lighting processes in and around real or virtual buildings. He studied in Ireland and Norway. London and the RWTH Aachen. This becomes input for modelling and simulation studies using software aimed at achieving thermal and visual comfort with minimum use of non-renewable energy sources. their organisation. Anderson Inge studied architecture at the AA and at the University of Texas at Austin before completing additional academic training in structural engineering (at MIT) and sculpture (at St Martins). performance and the current and future research. passive energy design and renewable energy sources are examined through real projects that can generate exciting solutions. or from the many lecture and seminar courses the student has attended in previous years. Philip Cooper is technical director of Cameron Taylor Bedford. This course starts with a brief history of the most common types of constructions and is followed by detailed studies of structural principles and forms that describe the theory and potential of the various systems. Ranging from studies of food packaging techniques to automobile chain production processes to nanotechnology material research. processes and materials at use in the construction industry. It examines the links between building form. Leeds University and at the AA. He joined IDOM in 1993 and set up IDOM UK. Martin Hagemann is an architect at Grimshaw’s. Assessment is by a panel of Technical Studies tutors and unit staff. and full details are set out in the Complementary Studies handbook. Energy and Environment Mohsen Zikri The course explores territories where architecture and engineering meet. John Noel studied mathematics and physics in Clermont-Ferrand before completing a civil engineering degree at Imperial College. An investiga- UNDERGRADUATE tion of sustainability issues. The thesis is contextualised as part of a broader dialogue in which the technical and the architectural agendas that arise within the unit are synthesised. He has also served as an RIBA external examiner. Sustainable Urban Design Ian Duncombe A new course will be presented in the 2011/2012 academic year Fifth Year Technical Thesis Javier Castañón with Giles Bruce. Studies in Advanced Structural Design Emanuele Marfisi Structures are complex systems providing strength. The central interests may emerge from current or past design work. where he is a member of the computational design research and biomimicry research groups.
Alastair Robertson. A series of lectures and discussion sessions explores issues related to the changing context of design and production of the built environment and different concepts and models of practice.500 words. It aims to provide students with an idea of what working in an architectural practice entails. effective ways to engage with the construction process.uk) to meet with Alastair. including ways to collaborate with UNIT STAFF Javier Castañon Hugo Hinsley Alastair Robertson Robert Sparrow UNDERGRADUATE other disciplines and consultants. political and legislative considerations. enough to succeed in practice. points of law. The guidebook is downloadable from the AA Website (www. Since AA students come from all over the world. some implications for developing a practice of design. describes the steps required for registration as an architect.aaschool.co. Students can make an appointment through Rob Sparrow (sparrow_ro@aaschool. and specific courses are run for third year and fifth year students. the sooner they will become part of the action and the more they will benefit from the experience.uk) is a mandatory part of students’ final Part 3 requirements and a failure to keep the records up to date during Part 1 and Part 2 can cause serious problems in future practice. UKBA liaison. the essays are encouraged to be comparative in nature. 118 119 . There are also more practical points. Developing practice experience is essential preparation for the final Part 3 examination. All year-out and post-Part 2 students must register with Rob Sparrow. as required. Professional Practice for Intermediate & Diploma School For year-out and post-Part 2 students.pedr. This should discuss.ac. in no more than 1. etc. in itself. Being a good designer is not. Part 2 Future Practice for Fifth Year Hugo Hinsley The context and conditions of architectural work are changing rapidly. both conceptually and practically.ac. ARB/RIBA validation procedures for Part 2 require evidence of Professional Studies. Working out in Architecture gives advice and tips on how to obtain a job and what is expected from year-out experience. Registration entitles students to workplace oversight. Students will learn how to ‘make themselves useful’ in an office with the intent that the sooner they are perceived as useful. Review and sign-off of PEDR records – the Professional Education and Development Record (PEDR – see www. for studies of situations arising both in Britain and in home countries. facts. Part 1 Professional Practice for Third Year Javier Castañón This course prepares Third Year students for their year out. tutorials with the PSA. This course provides an opportunity to investigate how design work is implemented in the real world and the implications of this for developing a practice of architecture. titled Roadmap to Architectural Registration. Students work with a tutor to develop a critical paper of approximately 3. The essays should present concepts. These issues include the changing context in which projects are realised. the AA Professional Studies Advisor (PSA) provides counselling on all aspects of training and work experience in architectural practice.uk/architecturalpractice). A Professional Studies Advisor is available for year-out and post-Part 2 students to help with work experience. in relation to the issues covered in the course. Practice needs to adapt. different responsibilities towards clients and users. Registration for the year out is free.ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE Developing an understanding of architectural practice is a mandatory requirement within the Intermediate and Diploma schools. as well as potential techniques and structures to support the evolution of the most effective future practice. Fifth Year students must achieve a pass in this course and include the assessed paper in their final portfolios. a time for practical training taken after completion of RIBA Part I. For post-Part 2 students it is £250. environmental issues and ethical implications.000 words. The first lecture. and many of them intend to practise back home. Four additional lectures cover a wide range of subjects illustrating issues with real-life examples and well-known case studies. Those students not participating in this presentation will need to submit a short written essay. economic and cultural impacts. The final lecture consists of a 15-minute presentation by four groups of students on a topic selected from those covered in the previous sessions. A guidebook on the year-out. For students subject to UK Border Agency visa regulations sign-on is critical because the AA cannot support visa extensions and renewals without proper documents. clearly and succinctly. There is no standard model of practice and each student should address the question of how to design a concept and structure of practice that will best support the type of work they aim to achieve. and suitable models and scales of an ‘office’..
two-week course offers an introduction to the examination process and covers all the topics central to professional practice. Alastair will also visit students in their offices if the situation warrants it. lecture notes and past papers that are on a CD.uk) as soon as possible after completing Diploma School/Part 2. The AA Part 3 programme uniquely brings together a group of many graduates from the AA. Our approach to grading examination papers follows the legal system where everything the candidate presents to the examiners forms part of a single ‘body of evidence’. the Architectural Practice Coordinator. which covers the costs of practice monitoring. It is delivered by experts from the world of architectural practice who are current with the latest changes in practice and procedure. For example. Candidates are drawn from the AA. candidates must establish their eligibility by submitting an essay and related documentation to the PSA for an Initial Assessment. He also teaches in the Housing & Urbanism programme in the Graduate School. are documented in the AA’s Part 3 Prospectus. There are currently 25 places available for each course and examination programme. schools outside the UK and qualified practitioners involved in the course as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) The examination is a two-step process. PROGRAMME STAFF Javier Castañón is in private practice as Director of Castañón Associates (London) and Castañón Asociados (Madrid). through Rob Sparrow.ac. Second. other UK schools and others who have had their initial architectural training outside the UK. at least two years’ practice experience (three to four years is more usual). candidates must have exemption from the ARB/RIBA Part 1 and 2 Examinations. For Part 3. meaning not only that students can become registered without further examination and use the title ‘Architect’ but also that employers. Although the Part 3 process at the AA follows the same standards adopted by all other recognised schools in the UK there are some differences. they must submit four written papers in a scenario-based examination and present themselves for a professional review by two examiners from the AA Board of Part 3 Examiners.ac. First. Hugo Hinsley is an architect with experience in housing. require a case study. of which one year must be after passing Part 2 and one year must be working in the UK on UK-based projects and under the supervision of a UK-registered architect. but the AA provides an extensive bibliography. as required. this is critical because the AA School cannot otherwise meet its sponsorship obligations to the UK Borders Agency.uk/architecturalpractice).co. pass rates exceed 75 per cent and any lack of success is generally caused by a lack of preparation or exposure to key practice activities such as contract administration. the AA does not. and meetings are usually in the AA Members’ Room over a cup of coffee. one beginning in March and the other in mid-September. which can be downloaded from the professional practice section on the AA website (www. All of these UNDERGRADUATE details. like most other schools. potential clients and insurers in the UK and most other countries in the world will recognise that they have reached the most critical benchmark in their career. advise and help students through the process.aaschool. particularly in the East End and Docklands. It is not a foundation course. The ‘gold’ standard is to pass the ‘Part 3’ and thus be recognised as competent in architectural practice. including building contract.pedr. to reach their decision of ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’. European urban policy and design. The registration fee for 2010/11 is £250. a 48 week/year advisory and support programme is provided for students out in the practice environment. For those subject to visa regulations. planning and building regulations as well as business management and soft skills such as personal presentation. Typically. He has taught at the AA since 1978. PEDR review and sign-off. Alastair Robertson. The AA’s examination is formally recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). His recent research explores London’s design and planning. To be eligible to sit the exam. the AA provides two courses and examination programmes.ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE Part 3 AA Course and Exam in Professional Practice Leading to exemption from the ARB requirements for Part 3 Alastair Robertson and Robert Sparrow Each year. other UK schools. the essential starting point of the process is to register with the school (through Rob Sparrow: sparrow_ro@aaschool. the documents submitted for their initial assessment and their exam papers. Meetings with the PSA are by appointment. including fees. An intensive full-time. The examiners can weight the component parts of the exam however they wish. The review is based on their record of professional experience (normally a PEDR record – see www. community buildings and urban development projects. As a senior consultant he has worked on several English new towns and St Katherine’s Docks in London and currently advises industry sector organisations in the UK and several governments in the Middle East on vocational training and qualification systems and policies. that are approximately 10 weeks long. To support Part 3 candidates. an initial Part 3 Assessment and tutorials with the PSA. Alastair Robertson trained at the AA and Manchester Business School and has taught at the AA since 1971.uk). The PSA also cannot sign PEDR forms unless the student is registered with the AA School. 120 121 . and housing and urban density. the AA’s Professional Studies Advisor (PSA) and Rob Sparrow.
provides a setting for advanced research and learning for architects. offers a Masters (MArch). Complementing these masters programmes. Emergent Technologies & Design (MArch/MSc) emphasises forms of architectural design that proceed from innovative technologies. All graduate degrees at the AA are validated by the Open University. GRADUATE SCHOOL 122 . Housing & Urbanism (MA) rethinks urbanism as a spatial discipline through a combination of design projects and contemporary theory. A new PhD by Design programme. The part-time Building Conservation course offers a two-year programme leading to an AA Graduate Diploma. techniques and knowledge related to the practices of contemporary urbanism. designers and other qualified professionals. and attend full-time studies according to the length of the course selected. The Design Research Lab (AADRL). the AA’s innovative team-based course in experimental architecture and urbanism. History & Critical Thinking (MA) encourages a critical understanding of contemporary architecture and urban culture grounded in a knowledge of histories and forms of practice. Sustainable Environmental Design (MArch/MSc) introduces new forms of architectural practice and design related to the environment and sustainability. All enrolled students join the school in October at the outset of an academic year. Landscape Urbanism (MA) investigates the processes.GRADUATE SCHOOL The AA Graduate School includes eleven postgraduate programmes offering advanced studies in one of the world’s most dynamic learning environments. the AA PhD programme fosters advanced scholarship and innovative research in the fields of architecture and urbanism through full-time doctoral studies. Full-time masters programmes include 12-month MA and Msc and 16-month MArch options.
Theodore Spyropoulos’ studio. In Phase II. examines behaviour as a catalyst to explore adaptive and deployable models.or context-dependent. Phase I design research agenda: Proto Design (v. workshop and seminar courses. parametric proto-types that intelligently vary general topological schemata across a wide range of parametrically specifiable site-conditions and briefs. examines architectural design processes incorporating novel digital fabrication. is focusing on the design of inherently adaptive. DRL DIRECTOR Theodore Spyropoulos FOUNDER Patrik Schumacher DRL PROGRAMME TUTORS Marta Malé-Alemany Alisa Andrasek Yota Adilenidou Shajay Bhooshan Lawrence Friesen Hanif Kara Riccardo Merello Yusuke Obuchi Christos Passas Robert Stuart-Smith Mollie Claypool Ryan Dillon GRADUATE Anon_SoftCast Tutor: Theodore Spyropoulos Team: Omrana Ahmed [USA – India] Mustafa El Sayed [Egypt]. Phase II design research agenda: Proto Design (v. The iterative methodologies of the design studio will focus on the investigation of spatial. Phase I. The aim is to detect scenarios that challenge the parameter-identification that allows systems to evolve as ecologies of machines. Proto-Tower. Marta MaléAlemany’s studio Machinic Control. after which each team documents their 16 months of design research work in a hardbound book. New forms of spatial organisation will be explored that are not type. is exploring the potential of rewriting material agency via the agency of information.3) In autumn term the DRL will continue to pursue its design research agenda. introduces design techniques and topics through a combination of team-based studio.2) Proto-Design systems developed in Phase I will be tested in site-specific testing scenarios. a three-term academic year beginning each autumn. Patrik Schumacher and Christos Passas’s studio. Agentware. teams carry forward their Phase I work in the form of comprehensive thesis design projects. Course Structure Four terms of study are divided into two phases.DESIGN RESEARCH LAB Design Research: Experimentation and Innovation (v. investigating digital and material forms of computational prototyping. engaging in contemporary discourses on computation and materialisation in the disciplines of architecture and urbanism. Yusuke Obuchi and Robert Stuart-Smith’s studio. the Design Research Lab examines production processes as active agents in the development of Proto-Design systems. The DRL investigates digital and analogue forms of computation in the pursuit of systemic design applications that are scenario. towards an architecture that is both adaptive and hyper-specific. Digital Materialism. At the end of January these projects are presented to a panel of distinguished visiting critics. This performance-driven approach seeks to develop novel design proposals concerned with the everyday.and time-based. Proto Tectonics. Sara Saleh [Italy – KSA] Nick Williams [Australia] 124 125 . Proto Design. structural and material organisation. investigates the life-cycle of buildings. Alisa Andrasek’s studio.14) The DRL is a 16-month post-professional design programme leading to a masters of Architecture and Urbanism (MArch) degree. Parametric and generative modelling techniques are coupled with physical computing and analogue experiments to create dynamic feedback processes. Considering controls systems as open acts of design experimentation. beginning the following autumn. as material and computational regulating systems.
Christos Passas. Autumn Term This five-week workshop in the midstage of Phase II addresses a detailed part of the spatial. architecture and detail systems. Yusuke Obuchi. Patrik Schumacher. It will probe concepts such as generative design. Alisa Andrasek. The seminar will explore ways of associating design with forms of research. including mathematics. Robert Stuart-Smith. Team-based presentations will examine these methods and outputs as case studies for studio experimentation. Ryan Dillon. Weekly sessions will include presentations related to course readings. 126 127 . tools and intended outcomes. Autumn Term Pursuing design as a form of research raises a series of questions that this course will examine in relation to larger technological. Alisa Andrasek. the preparation of thesis abstracts. Yusuke Obuchi. Each five-week module focuses on a specific set of methods and intended design output. Phase I Core Seminars: Embodied Patterns Alisa Andrasek. material and environmental systems of each team’s thesis project. with an emphasis on modelling techniques which act as feedback for the testing and development of the larger-scale proposals. A productive dialogue will be instigated with experts from other fields. writing styles and issues related to essays. This body of initial design research work will be carried forward to Phase II in 2011/12. Synthesis: Project Submission. Patrik Schumacher. economic and cultural contexts. Theodore Spyropoulos. Theodore Spyropoulos. structures and prototypes in developing thorough Phase II design proposals. GRADUATE Phase I Core Seminars: Design as Research I – Open Source Robert Stuart-Smith. Patrik Schumacher. structural. computer science. Theodore Spyropoulos. Christos Passas. the seminar will look at the thought experiments that have manifested since the early 1950s as maverick machines. Phase II Design Workshop: Adaptive Systems and Structures Marta Malé-Alemany. Autumn Term Design teams in five studios will carry forward their Phase I work on generative design systems. Autumn Term Autumn term begins with two sets of three design workshop modules. Systems will be developed to construct context-specificity. Behaviour: Examining the Proto-Systemic Theodore Spyropoulos. Autumn and Winter Terms These weekly sessions will review the basics of writing and research related to DRL course submissions. Theodore Spyropoulos. Phase II Design Studio: Urban Protocols Marta Malé-Alemany. developing models of spatial practice that are hyperspecific rather than generic. ranging from prototypes of urbanism. emphasising computational and material prototyping as both an analytical methodology and the prime mode of design production and representation. Examining cybernetic and systemic thinking through seminal forms of prototyping and experimentation. under the larger collaborative platform of Computational Salon. architectures and ideologies. as well as the implications of this for architectural and design practice. A presentation in November will serve as a major interim review.DESIGN RESEARCH LAB Phase I Design Studio: Proto-Architectures Marta Malé-Alemany. introducing Phase I students to a broad range of concepts and techniques that can be taken forward to further workshops and the year-long Phase I and Phase II studio projects. Autumn Term This seminar will investigate key ideas from the history of computation and contemporary sciences and their reverberations in the domain of architecture and design. Robert Stuart-Smith Five design studios will continue to challenge the notion of the design project driven exclusively by contextual and programmatic parameters. Robert Stuart-Smith. transformative and parametric controlled systems that can be deployed on multiple sites. Writing & Research Documentation Mollie Claypool. Contemporary fabrication protocols will be explored to create correlations of nonstandard elemental distributions through an active engagement with digital and material interaction. Winter Term This core seminar will articulate Proto-Design as a behaviour-based agenda that engages experimental forms of material and computational practice. The aim is to develop adaptive models through proto-versioning that affords generative. Phase I Design Workshops: Material Behaviour Marta Malé-Alemany. Presentations will cover resources in London. quantum physics and engineering. Alisa Andrasek. papers and project booklets. Each design studio will introduce a specific arena of design concepts. Robert Stuart-Smith. biology and systems theory as a knowledge resource and means of production. and applied to a series of specific briefs and sites for each studio. The ambition is to design open systems that have the capacity to rethink conventions of practice through the design and fabrication of architectural prototypes and processes. Tutorials will discuss ongoing research topics and seminar and studio presentations. algorithmic information theory and key ideas from quantum physics. Alisa Andrasek.
She has previously taught as an Adjunct Lecturer at AUTh and worked for Eisenman Architects.schumacher@ zaha-hadid. andrasek@gmail. Teams will make weekly presentations related to the readings and an analysis of selected projects. Rhino. programming and dynamic modelling techniques. based in London. Weekly readings on software technologies and design systems will relate computational work in art. DRL DIRECTOR Theodore Spyropoulos is director of the experimental architecture and design practice Minimaforms which published Minimaforms: Experiments in Communication in 2010. and is a Project Editor at Phaidon Press.com FOUNDER Patrik Schumacher is partner at Zaha Hadid Architects. he led the design for the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg. She previously taught at Sci-Arc and UCLA School of Architecture. Stuttgart. Torsten Broeder. the University of East London. He is a visiting research fellow at MIT and has previously taught at the graduate schools of University of Pennsylvannia and the Royal College of Art Innovation Design Engineering Department. RMIT Melbourne and RPI. Autumn and Winter Terms These optional workshops provide an introduction to the digital tools and systems used in the DRL. patrik. Ryan Dillon is currently working for EGG Office based in Los Angeles. He has previously worked as a project architect at the offices of Peter Eisenman and Zaha Hadid Architects. Sessions will build up to advanced scripting.com Christos Passas studied at the AA. He has a MEng in structural engineering from MIT. Riccardo Merello specialises in developing innovative design methodologies based on multi-disciplinary systems optimisation. Pratt. Digital Tools: Maya. yobuchi@gmail. music. new media. As Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects. Diego Perez-Espitia. Mustafa El Sayed. introducing the basic skills needed to build and control parametric models and interactive presentations. yota@arch-hives. science and other sources to contemporary architectural discourses around parametric design. Jose Manuel Sanchez. He is a graduate of the DRL. He is a tutor in the History and Theory Studies department at the Architectural Association. strategies and processes. Robert Stuart-Smith. a design-led structural engineering practice.U. among many other prestigious projects. Brian Dale. She studied at the University of Zagreb and Columbia University and has taught at Columbia. Hanif Kara is a co-founder of Adams Kara Taylor. Catia. Chikara Inamura. Canada. and university professor at Innsbruck University. He has worked at ROTO Architects and Reiser + Umemoto and is cofounder of Foresites. He works in the Advanced Technology and Research Group and Arup Associates’ Unified Design Research Unit and other R&D teams at Arup. Lawrence Friesen studied at Dalhousie University. Werner Sobek NY. Over the past nine years he has participated in a number of complex projects whose innovative realisation has entailed digital fabrication. Arduino & Macromedia – Software & Scripting Shajay Bhooshan. Winter Term This seminar is an overview of computational approaches to architectural design.com Yota Adilenidou studied at A. 3D Studio. Robert Stuart-Smith is a Design Director of Kokkugia. Yusuke Obuchi studied at Princeton. theo@minimaforms. and ARX Kabul in New York. marta@ male-alemany. London and received his doctorate at the Institute for Cultural Science at Klagenfurt University. and has taught computational design at various schools. He has worked in the offices of Lab Architecture Studio and Sir Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners and previously taught at RMIT University. He has previously worked at Moshe Safdie and Associates on projects such as the Peadbody Essex Museum and Khalsa Heritage Complex. He is a visiting professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He is a graduate of the AA and Syracuse University School of Architecture. and former graduate of the AADRL. and Columbia University. Sci-Arc and the University of Toronto.Th. completing the AAGradDes in 1998. the University of Reading and the University of Brighton. UPenn.DESIGN RESEARCH LAB Design as Research II: Computational Space Alisa Andrasek. She has previously worked at James Harb Architects. He is a consultant to Cecil Balmond on algorithmic design research. Evan Douglis and Sakellaridou & Papanikolaou Architects.com Alisa Andrasek is an experimental practitioner of architecture and computation in design and director of Biothing. Processing. She is currently a tutor at the AA. GRADUATE 128 129 . and worked at a number of architectural practices in Canada before setting up the design geometry studio at Buro Happold. He has assisted various diploma units at the AA since 1998 and is currently an examiner for the Institute of Structural Engineers and CABE Commissioner. Mollie Claypool is an architect and educator. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Kentucky and New Jersey Institute of Technology.com DRL PROGRAMME TUTORS Marta Malé-Alemany is Co-director of the Masters Programme of the IAAC Institut d’Arquitectura Avancada de Catalunya. Paul Jeffries. He studied philosophy and architecture in Bonn.net Shajay Bhooshan is a researcher in the Computation and Design (co|de) group at Zaha Hadid Architects.
manuals and video tutorials for scripting. Built models will explore the integration of material behaviour and fabrication processes. theories. Studio 1 and Studio 2. Shuai Feng – MArch with Distinction 130 131 . The programme is focused on the concepts and convergent interdisciplinary effects of emergence on design and production technologies. comprehensive manuals for constructive geometry. Core Studio 1 is supported by weekly sessions on associative modelling in Grasshopper/Rhino. digital experiments. the full documentation of their structural and environmental characteristics and of the role played by material properties and fabrication techniques in the development of their individual and group morphology. The Core Studio consists of design experiments and projects that together comprise an integrated evolutionary development of a population of active material systems. who wish to develop skills and pursue knowledge in design research that is located in new production paradigms. setting out the origins. instruments and practices of Emergent Technologies and exploring relations to the discourses of contemporary architecture. Seminar courses and workshops of Phase 1 provide the theoretical context. computational design systems and material strategies are driven by industrial processes and production. techniques and conceptual armature for Phase 2. Outputs from the seminar courses are critical and technical analysis. and on developing these as creative inputs to new architectural design processes. Evan Greenberg and Suryansh Chandra Autumn and Winter Terms The Core Studio course runs for two terms and has three modules – Induction Studio (Boot Camp). Core Studio: Active Systems Studio Masters Christina Doumpioti and Toni Kotnik. The Core Studio concludes with the presentation of the evolutionary series of materially constructed and digitally modelled artefacts. sessions on geometry and iterative processes. Phase 2 is the Design Dissertation for the MSc or the Design Thesis for the MArch. Each student has access to the archive of previous successful dissertations and theses. The outputs from Phase 1 provide the aims. with support from Wolf Mangelsdorf. Core Studio 1 Evolutionary strategies and computational techniques are used to develop the architectural qualities of different material systems. and examples of computational fluid dynamics and structural analysis of natural and constructed systems. the Design Thesis or Design Dissertation developed in spring term and finalised in summer term. and L-Systems to model and DIRECTORS Michael Weinstock George Jeronimidis STUDIO MASTERS Christina Doumpioti Toni Kotnik TUTORS Evan L Greenberg Suryansh Chandra GRADUATE Branching Strategies for Microclimates: A computational fluid dynamics analysis studying the existing turbulent wind patterns at the Waterloo Railway Terminal site.EMERGENT TECHNOLOGIES The Emergent Technologies and Design Programme is open to graduates in architecture or engineering with interest in architectural design that proceeds from innovative technologies. Students work in small groups that will change with each rotation of the three studio modules. along with a critical assessment of their potential for deployment in spatial and programmatic architectural scale applications. workshops on scripting in VB and in Grasshopper. There are two phases: Phase 1 contains the taught courses. studio workshops and projects and supervised research within the studio.
and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2005. George Jeronimidis is the Director of the Centre for Biomimetics in the School of Construction Management and Engineering. the data structures and processes of the genome to population dynamics and pressures. a Zurich-based architectural office. architecture. He studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.) Design Research Studio and the Thesis/Dissertation. Biomimetics Seminar Course George Jeronimidis with Evan Greenberg. and will work in pairs. Autumn Term Emergence has been an important concept in biology. Autumn Term An introduction to the ways in which organisms have evolved their form. artificial intelligence. anatomy. and optimisation techniques for structural and environmental performance and fabrication. and deliver an extended presentation of work to all students (incoming Phase 1 students and summer term MArch students). Barcelona and Yale. She received her MArch with distinction from the AA Emergent Technologies and Design. Years at sea in traditional sailing ships. He has been visiting professor at Rome. Natural Ecological Systems Design (currently focused on shorelines and deltas). Autumn Term The MArch fourth term runs simultaneously with the autumn term for the new students of the 2010/11 cohort. He has published The Architecture of Emergence. BSc AAMSc (Dist) is an architectural designer and co-director of the research collaborative Network Research + Design. An in-depth study of a natural system (general form.net. The experiment will conclude with the detailed modelling and analysis of the set of forms. and the University of Utah. He is an active member of the Smart Materials and Structures Committee of the Institute of Materials. The Design Research Studio concludes with the presentation of the fully developed Thesis/Dissertation proposal. The Design Research Studio facilitates the development of a deeper understanding of emergence and its application to advanced production in architecture. and followed this with a postgraduate course on Computing and Design at UEL. and structural and environmental properties with optimal computer-controlled fabrication. Core Studio 2 Genetic algorithms for the optimisation of computer-controlled fabrication will be developed and integrated with further development of the evolutionary morphogenetic techniques. newer domains of climatic modelling and other complex systems analysis and simulations. The master classes provide design inspiration and knowledge of implemented techniques in the professional field. With the parameters developed previously. Applications to structural and architectural design are explored in The Generative Design Experiments. He has published extensively in these fields with articles in scientific journals. He received the Acadia Award for Excellence 2008. and Urban Metabolic Design (currently focused on algorithmic design for energetic models of new cities in emer- GRADUATE gent biomes). Germany and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Virtual and Physical Prototyping. book and conference contributions. The MArch studio will be supported by a series of master classes delivered by invited guests and the Visiting Professors. Currently. lived as a child in the Far East and then West Africa. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Colloid and Interface Research in Golm. Further studio sessions are then delivered in seminar and workshop format to the MArch students. and principal researcher in OCEAN. he works as senior researcher at the ETH Zurich. Evan earned his Master of Science with Distinction in Emergent Technologies and Design from the AA School of Architecture in 2008. Born in Germany. (Analysis continues into winter term. including keynote lectures. Ran away to sea at age 17 after reading Conrad. Toni Kotnik is founder of Kotnik. We will work towards fully fabricated and digitally modelled. Founder of Emergent Technologies Masters Programme. VISITING PROFESSORS Achim Menges Fabian Scheurer Wolf Mangelsdorf 132 133 . DIRECTORS Michael Weinstock is an architect. exploration and development over succeeding generations will also include spatial organisations and environmental behaviour. His specialised teaching includes associative modelling in Rhino with Grasshopper and scripting in VB. science and the insights gained from experiments. information theory and computer science. operative constraints. Master Classes.EMERGENT TECHNOLOGIES control growth processes. urbanism and ecological engineering. emergence and material sciences. She is an architect and computational consultant at Arup Associates. the University of Tübingen. It will develop the ability to analyse complex issues and to engage in independent research. Spring and Summer Terms Three main fields of design research are offered – Active Material Systems with Advanced Fabrication. Students may choose one of the three fields. attended an English public school.architects. doubly curved material systems that exhibit advanced and integrated material properties. Minerals and Mining (IoM3). the interrelations explored and the engineering principles abstracted. materials and structures in response to varied functions and environments will be followed by an account of engineering design principles that have been abstracted from nature in current research projects for industry and material science. and is currently an architectural designer at Populous. The studio will conclude with fully fabricated and digitally modelled. STUDIO MASTERS Christina Doumpioti [Dipl Arch/Eng MArch AA RIBA II Architect GR TCG] studied Architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is a registered architect in Greece. TUTORS Evan L Greenberg. Suryansh Chandra is a research architect at Zaha Hadid Architects where he developed parametric design systems at the architectural and urban scale that explore new paradigms of the design process. mathematics. doubly curved material systems that exhibit fully integrated structural and environmental properties along with comprehensive documentation and assessment of their individual and group potential for further development towards architectural scale applications. Emergence Seminar Course Michael Weinstock. energy flows and behaviour) will be carried out. and Emergent Technologies and Design – Towards a Biological Paradigm for Architecture. He has worked in architecture and engineering offices and with product designers and artists in both New York and London. Comprehensive documentation will include critical evaluation of their individual and group potential for spatial and programmatic organisations across a range of architectural scales. while integrating theoretical discourses. concentrating on how their projects were produced and delivered – their digital techniques. Studied Architecture at the AA and has taught at the AA School of Architecture since 1989. His research interest lies in exploring the convergence of biomimetic engineering. surfaces and structures evolved in the experiment. with shipyard and shipbuilding experience. A survey is presented of the mathematics of evolution and embryological development. and received his doctoral degree from the University of Zurich.
Different forms of writing such as essays. journalists and editors. Through an examination of forms of architectural writing. reviews. short commentaries. research and practice. it focuses on the fundamental text of aesthetics. The first part discusses the rise of architectural history. Aesthetics and History. Marina Lathouri / Thomas Weaver This course. to interrogate the writing of history. a cross-disciplinary initiative supported by all of the Graduate programmes. has two parts. The programme also provides research facilities and supervision to research degree candidates (MPhil and PhD) registered under the AA’s joint PhD programme. To this aim. Kant’s Critique of Judgment. The aim is three-fold: to connect contemporary arguments and projects with a wider historical. the programme is involved with the design work produced by the graduate design courses and Diploma units through joint events. Photo Troy Conrad Therrien 134 135 . cultural and political context. Marina Lathouri This seminar series re-visits several key texts and examines the role they played in the construction and critical assessment of a canonical history of architectural modernism. to investigate the question of modernity and emergence of the modern subject. to enquire into new forms of knowledge.HISTORY AND CRITICAL THINKING History and Critical Thinking (former Histories and Theories) provides a platform for enquiry into theoretical debates and forms of architectural and urban practice. and HCT students act as jurors during reviews. This argument lays the foundation for the modern idea of art based upon the idea of a subjective aesthetic response. organised around a series of lectures. Mark Cousins This course provides an account of the intellectual bases of architectural theories within a modern field of aesthetics. Seville. writing sessions and conversations with invited authors. and comment in current AA publications. theory and DIRECTOR Marina Lathouri STAFF Mark Cousins Francisco Gonzalez de Canales John Palmesino Thomas Weaver VISITING TUTOR Pedro Ignacio Alonso CONSULTANT Braden R Engel GRADUATE History and Critical Thinking in Architecture thesis seminar. Histories of Modernism. A common concern of the different courses is to investigate the relations of theoretical debates to particular projects and practices in order to develop a critical view of the arguments underpinning the design and the knowledge produced through its mechanisms and effects. Central to the 12-month programme is an emphasis on writing as practice of thinking. May 2001. to produce a knowledge which will relate to design and public cultures in architecture. Starting with the traditional understanding of the relation of architecture to beauty through a brief summary of theories of the fine arts in Antiquity and in the Renaissance. it will interrogate a particular account of architectural and urban modernity that was propagated during the first half of the twentieth century but came to be dismantled in the years immediately prior to 1968. Architecture Knowledge and Writing. critics. publications and interviews will allow students to engage with diverse forms of enquiry and to articulate various aspects of their study. Term 1 has three main objectives: to help students understand the discipline of architecture and the critical role of writing in the process of its formation.
is the collective seminar where students learn about the nature of a dissertation from the shared experiences of the group.HISTORY AND CRITICAL THINKING criticism in relation to the emergence of the architect. manifestos. She taught at the Graduate School of Fine Arts. He has previously edited ANY magazine in New York and has taught architectural history and theory at Princeton University and the Cooper Union. GRADUATE HCT Debates: City. theory and design at the AA and at Cambridge University. this course refocuses attention on the production and design strategies employed by architects. STAFF Mark Cousins directs the AA’s History and Theory Studies at the undergraduate level. which has been involved with cultural studies. ETSA Barcelona and Harvard University. seminars. exhibitions. John Palmesino has been Head of Research at ETH Studio Basel and is currently Research Advisor at the Jan Van Eyck Academie. What is it. The Post-Eurocentric City. Her current research concerns contemporary forms of architectural research and emerging urban practices. and worked for Foster + Partners and Rafael Moneo. CONSULTANT Braden R Engel studied environmental design and philosophy in the USA and Histories and Theories at the AA. He also teaches at the Research Architecture Centre. essays. DIRECTOR Marina Lathouri studied architecture in Greece and the Berlage Institute and philosophy of art and aesthetics at the Université de Paris I. scholars. He has been Visiting Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and a founding member of the Graduate School at the London Consortium. Marina Lathouri This series of four seminars considers the conditions in which architecture organises its particular responses to current debates and investigates how these either reinforce or displace processes traditionally inherent to architecture. 136 137 . He has established Territorial Agency with Ann Sofi Rönnskog. the concept of space and the establishment of architecture as distinct discipline and profession. and the USA. Sorbonne. treatises. including drawings. Terms. Since 1999 she has been teaching architectural history. Pedro Ignacio Alonso These three lectures and seminars investigate the ways in which the contemporary notion of ‘fabrication’ has come to acquire the status that the notion of ‘construction’ had in accounts of modern architecture. Maastricht and Diploma Unit Master at the AA. field and argument. that we are trying to name with the term city? Would that mean that the emerging spaces are also spaces for a new politics? Is it possible to proceed through a critical body of architectural references. He has lectured in England. Term 3: Thesis Research Seminar The thesis is the most significant component of the students’ work. in order to rethink urban space against a background of a recent political philosophy that has questioned the communal? These are some of the questions. John Palmesino This lecture and seminar series seeks to articulate the theoretical conjunctions of the contemporary city. critics and historians. VISITING TUTOR Pedro Ignacio Alonso studied architecture at the Universidad Católica de Chile and completed his PhD on the rhetorical and discursive strategies of assemblage in modern architecture at the Architectural Association. Mexico. It analyses the links between the transformations in international and sub-state polities. the thesis outline and argument is individually presented to a jury of invited critics. He currently teaches at the Universidad Católica de Chile. The choice of topic. Part 2: Critical Practices. At the end of term. Rather than denying the validity of these different ways of criticism. Spain. however. It seeks to show how a knowledge specific to architecture emerged and developed. philosophical thinking and media and literary studies that it has distanced itself from explicitly assessing the work of the architectural practices of its own time. In term 4 the students further develop and complete their thesis to be submitted in September. and among others. existing or to be constituted. recovering a role for architectural theory. Since 2005 he has taught architectural theory at the AA and worked for Arup’s Urban Design. Reinventing the Contemporary Part 1: Critical Theories. politics and spaces Hosted by Marina Lathouri Many of the emerging urban formations and forms of urbanity are partially or completely novel institutional orders or systems of relations. Francisco Gonzalez de Canales studied architecture at ESTA Seville. concepts and themes used in current debates and practices will be investigated in order to clarify the ways in which they are put in arguments and projects. then. Investigating the subtle and nuanced modes of streamlining architectural and urban differences to reorganise sovereignty in contemporary human territories. Part 3: Critical Fabrications. processes of institutional change and the material structures of human environments. The unit trip at the beginning of the third term includes intense sessions to help students solidify their topic. Term 2 provides a platform for critical enquiry into contemporary theories. Thomas Weaver is the editor of AA Files. He completed his PhD on the radical experimentations on the domestic in the 1940s and 1950s. which will be addressed in this year’s debates with invited architects. Goldsmiths in London where he is pursuing his doctoral research. Francisco Gonzales de Canales These seminar-based sessions examine specific contemporary architectural projects. pattern books. Since 2008 he has been teaching history and theory at the AA and the University of Greenwich. The second part looks at the multiple formats within which this knowledge is being generated and communicated. the organisation of research and the development of the central argument are discussed within the Research Seminar which may be supplemented by individual tutorials. the notion of the architectural project. Central to the development of the thesis. debates and events. extraterritoriality and world-systems away from the traditional model of expansionism and diffusionism of the European city. design research and forms of architectural and urban practice. Organised around lectures. and was director of the Spanish Magazine Neutra. the course articulates notions of the post-colony. it enables the students to engage with a diversity of approaches and discuss disciplinary knowledge in a broad cultural and political arena. journals. University of Pennsylvania where she also completed her PhD on the multiple forms of engagement of modern architecture with the city focusing on the conceptual and design tools developed in the 1940s and 1950s.
While each of the Group Workshop teams will pursue distinctive lines of investigation. providing a framework for linking design investigation to a politically and historically informed approach to issues of contemporary urbanism. and our project work in the Design Workshop reflects this emphasis. Our main site for design investigation will be an inner-peripheral area of northeast London. Cities in a Transnational World. It offers a comparative analysis of the restructuring of cities in the context of the global internationalisation of the economy. with significant global shifts in the patterns of urban growth and decline. placing strong emphasis on issues of policy and planning and on current reforms in systems of urban governance. Each team will define the balance and integration of architectural. We will also hold an intensive design workshop in Taiwan. lectures and seminars. Offering a 12-month MA and a 16-month MArch. the Urban Seminar and individual work provide the opportunity to evaluate and reflect on different approaches to key issues in urbanism today. which allow students to develop an extended and focused study within the broader themes of the course. Lecture Courses and Seminars: Design Workshop. it is balanced between cross-disciplinary research and design application. social and political concepts that drive its work. Architecture has a central role to play in this dynamic context. We will engage with this site within the larger frame of London and the metropolitan region. and a written thesis for the MA or a design project for the MArch.HOUSING & URBANISM The Housing and Urbanism Programme applies architecture to the challenges of contemporary urban strategies. in developing far-reaching strategies and generating novel urban clusters. in which small teams of students and teachers explore and develop design responses to well-defined urban challenges. taking the opportunity to collaborate with other urbanism programmes and to test our design and conceptual approaches in a different context. This programme focuses on important changes in the contemporary urban condition and investigates how architectural intelligence helps us to understand and respond to these trends. It has two components: the Group Workshop. and the Urban Seminar. Autumn Term This course explores the social and economic context of housing and urbanism as it interacts with the formulation and implementation of strategies of urban development and with the reshaping of the role of architects and planners in the making of cities. The H&U programme places particular emphasis upon the urban inner periphery. where the complexity of the urban process is plainly visible. Today’s metropolitan regions show tremendous diversity and complexity. Students’ work is divided among three equally important areas: design workshops. DIRECTORS Jorge Fiori Hugo Hinsley PROGRAMME STAFF Lawrence Barth Nicholas Bullock Kathryn Firth Dominic Papa Elena Pascolo Alex Warnock-Smith GRADUATE Urban Study: Fitzrovia – business incubator and training centre 138 139 . which opens up a debate on different approaches to key themes in the programme’s areas of research. Winter and Spring Terms The Design Workshop is the core course of the programme. Autumn.
Winter Term This seminar series explores trends in contemporary multi-residential housing against the background of a discursive formation linking domesticity and urbanism. Other Events We will make a study trip to Hamburg in the Spring Term. Beginning with lectures and readings in the first term and building toward a seminar format in the second term. and lectures internationally on issues of urbanism and urban design. Thesis Seminar. Jacques Donzelot and Nikolas Rose. PROGRAMME STAFF Lawrence Barth lectures on urbanism and political theory. and the architec- ture and planning of reconstruction after World War II. Taking Mies van der Rohe’s patio houses of the 1930s GRADUATE and Karel Teige’s 1932 critique of the minimum dwelling as opening counterpoints. and completed a PhD under Leslie Martin. Students are encouraged to attend complementary courses offered by other Graduate School programmes and by History & Theory Studies. mixed use and new working and living patterns. regeneration. He is a visiting lecturer at several Latin American and European universities. Sennet and others. Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Toronto. The course will trace the twentieth-century development of urbanism to highlight the inherent political issues. Autumn and Winter Terms This course explores the various national and local strategies evolved by the state to meet the challenge of urban expansion during the twentieth century. Rather than presenting a continuous narrative history. students will investigate the relationship of key political concepts to the generation of new urban spatiality. cities and governments on large-scale strategic projects. Critical Urbanism.ac. and to comment on each other’s work. projects and texts that illustrate contemporary responses to the opportunities and problems created by growth. and rethinking density for housing and urban development. www. Spring Term This seminar is organised around the students’ work towards their written or design thesis. Alex Warnock-Smith is an architect and urban designer. urban design and urban regeneration. The programme also invites a number of academics and practitioners from all over the world to contribute to its activities during the year. Foucault. and the role of institutions in promoting urban transformation. She taught in the Cities Programme at the LSE. He practises as a consultant urbanist to architects. it attempts to identify appropriate tools and instruments of spatial intervention and design and examine their articulation through the redesigning of urban institutions and rules. this course develops students’ understandings of type and diagram in the pursuit of fresh approaches to urban living. His work is concerned with the relationship between social experience and urban space. and has been a consultant to many projects in Europe. community buildings and urban development projects. He researches and publishes on housing and urban development. and has been a jury member for a number of international competitions. He is a design review panel member for CABE and the West Midlands. Winter Term This course uses housing as a strategic vehicle for investigating the evolution of ideas and approaches to the informal and irregular processes of city making. with particular focus on the interplay of spatial strategies and urban social policy. particularly in Docklands. He has taught at the AA. Emphasis will be placed on developing students’ facility with the critical analysis of contemporary urban projects. She has worked on research projects on urban design policy and practice. Domesticity. Elena Pascolo is an architect who has worked in London and South Africa on large housing and urban regeneration projects. Kathryn Firth is the Director of Urban Design at PLP Architecture in London. the course explores the ways architecture has generated a range of critical and reflexive responses to the city over the last four decades. the lectures and seminars will look at key events. it reviews critically the growing despatialisation of strategies to deal with urban informality and its associated social conditions and explores the role of urbanism and spatial design in addressing those conditions.aaschool. and has a range of experience in practice. Autumn and Winter Terms This course will explore urbanism’s role as an instrument of diagnosis and critique. With reference to relevant projects. Rowe. urban policy and structure in European cities. Core readings for the course include theoretical and historical writings of Michel Foucault. Eisenman. post-war housing design and policy. He has a wide range of practice experience in the UK. teaching and research. 140 141 . In particular. She is a core member of the AA research cluster on the architecture of the informal city. lectured and published internationally. Tschumi and others. Recent research includes London’s design and planning. Housing and the Informal City. and consultant to a number of international and national urban development agencies. and has taught. offering a vantage point from which to consider critical issues such as density. Alex trained at the University of Cambridge and the Architectural Association. and is engaged in research on urban intensification. which has won awards for projects across Europe. and has participated as a design tutor in numerous international workshops on design and urbanism.uk/hu DIRECTORS Jorge Fiori is a sociologist and urban planner. It provides a forum for students to discuss work in progress with members of staff and invited critics. Hugo Hinsley is an architect with expertise in housing design. It will also review the development of ideas about housing form and production. the GSD at Harvard University. His research includes issues of housing reform with a special interest in Germany. Autmn Term This lecture and discussion series provides the foundations for an engagement with the urban as a problem-field in western governmental reasoning.HOUSING & URBANISM The Reason of Urbanism. Australia and the US. where she leads international projects in masterplanning. and will develop a theoretical perspective through an engagement with the work of Arendt. London Metropolitan University and University of Brighton. innovation environments and the transformation of workspace in the knowledge economy. Nicholas Bullock studied architecture at Cambridge University. He is a member of the research committee of Europan. He studied in Chile and has worked in academic institutions there and in Brazil and England. Dominic Papa is a founding partner of the practice s333 Studio for Architecture and Urbanism. It draws from the extreme circumstances of irregularity and socio-spatial segregation in the cities of the developing world. Rossi. and has written on the themes of politics and critical theory in relation to the urban. while background readings will include Koolhaas. Through this. The course will focus on post-1945 housing and planning in a number of European and US cities. Shaping the Modern City. Her research focuses on the development of spatial tools for urban strategies.
combined with migration from the countryside to the cities. 142 143 . Whilst drawing on the legacy of landscape design to address the dynamics of contemporary urbanism. has brought the smallest villages face to face with the phenomenon of globalisation – and its foreign capital and generic architecture. urban strategy and landscape ecology. material. The Landscape Urbanism MA programme is a 12-month studio-based course designed for students with prior academic and professional qualifications. propelled from the coastal zones into the countryside. Suzhou. All of these means are combined to project new material interventions that operate within an urbanism conceived as social. Design Studio 1. Nanjing. changing the faces of older towns. ecological and continually modulated by the spatial and temporal forces in which it is networked. is boosting a high-speed urbanism that produces new cities in the shortest imaginable time. Framework 2010/11 The course will focus on China’s ambitions to build 400 new cities by the year 2020 as the basis for its brief. top-down masterplanning collides with informally developed urban cores. transdisciplinary. there may be the potential to locate the fault lines of this dynamic as a space from a tactical urbanism that is qualitatively informed and territorially specific. We will engage opportunistically with the generation of ‘proto-strategies’ for new large-scale agglomerations as a means of critically addressing the phenomena of mass-produced urban sprawl. interrelated workshops and a series of lectures and seminars that form the core of project development. deploying the science of complexity and emergence. Indexical Models: Mediation Between Typical Organisational Paradigms and Local Conditions The autumn term is based on a series of intensive workshops. in the context of ‘post-traditional’ urbanisation. through application of either vernacular or western styles of building. Prototypical Urbanities: Iterations China’s economic boom. It aims to initiate a dialogue between the techniques being acquired and their application in the development of new organisational models. Tactical resistance: where generic. Our test bed will be the urban agglomerations of the Yangtze River Delta – including Shanghai. and the potentials it presents for the origin of industrial ecologies 2. 3. Ningbo – with students focusing on the emergence of three benchmark issues: 1. Metabolic rurbanism: the emergence of ‘desakota’ (urban villages) in which urban and rural processes of land use are combined. the tools of digital design and the thought of political ecology.LANDSCAPE URBANISM Landscape Urbanism is. PROGRAMME DIRECTOR Eva Castro STUDIO MASTERS Alfredo Ramírez Eduardo Rico PROGRAMME STAFF Douglas Spencer Tom Smith WORKSHOP TUTORS Clara Oloriz Enriqueta Llabres Nicola Saladino Teruyuki Nomura GRADUATE This drawing explores the flooding and pollution levels through the territory and sets a primary strategy of flood planes and irrigation canals. This directional urbanisation. Material identities: the inadequacy of providing new urban settlements with an instant ‘identity’. It comprises a design studio. by definition. Hangzhou. it integrates knowledge and techniques from environmental engineering.
STAFF Douglas Spencer has studied design and architectural history. Scripting Prototypes Alfredo Ramìrez. Her work is published and exhibited worldwide. and critical theory. providing us with the opportunity to engage with a real large-scale urban project and local planners and architects. Investigations developed during the year will be presented as a final Design Thesis in a public review at the end of September. Land-desktop and Space Syntax. Its aim is to serve as a quick and intense test-bed for the application of the techniques acquired into a real project within a new political context. in his essay ‘On Machines’. Autumn and Winter Terms Félix Guattari. introducing a wide range of techniques aimed at ensuring sustainable management and design. He is currently researching for a book that formulates a Marxian critique of contemporary architecture and ‘control society’. ranging from masterplanning for the Chelsea Flower Show. Autumn Term The workshop explores digital fabrication techniques to acquire an instrumental deployment of these tools and to create a feedback loop to overcome the traditional bi-dimensional reading of the city. & 4. Eduardo Rico. Autumn and Winter Terms This lecture series and seminar unit is designed to synergise with its workshops. He has acted as consultant and performed research in the fields of infrastructure and landscape in Spain and the UK. GRADUATE DFC (Digitally Fabricted Cities) Eva Castro. He studied Architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and subsequently completed the AA graduate programme Landscape Urbanism in 2005. 3. Madrid and London. The overall arrangement of the material components produced will be adjusted and further articulated to respond locally to specific conditions and globally to relational strategies. Relational Urbanism Eduardo Rico. Alfredo Ramírez is an architect and co-founder of GroundLab. Enriqueta Llabres. She studied at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and subsequently completed the AA Graduate Design programme with Jeff Kipnis. There will be tutorials on software packages such as Maya. She is winner of the Next Generation Architects Award. PROGRAMME DIRECTOR Eva Castro has been teaching at the AA since 2003. and has taught history and theory at a number of architectural schools. Alfredo Ramìrez. Currently he is involved in the development of infrastructural strategies for large-scale urban projects within the Arup engineering team as well as being part of the collective GroundLab. His research and writing on urbanism. the ContractWorld Award and the HotDip Galvanising Award. Alfredo is also collaborating with Fundacion Metropoli. Workshops: Indexing Territories Eva Castro. Winter Term This workshop will deal with the mediation of bottom-up readings and strategic decision-making concepts. Central to this phase will be the development of a prototype. China a 37ha landscape with a wide range of buildings due to open in 2011. Following this proposition the lecture series introduces a range of construction techniques related to the design of landscape projects that adopt a ‘machinic’ ethos to technical practice. He is currently focusing on leading the design and delivery of the Olympic and Legacy Parklands. Lu_ In The Field 10–11 Eva Castro. Eduardo Rico. Alfredo Ramìrez + Trento University Easter break This is the fourth of a series of workshops to be held each year during the spring break in conjunction with different LU collaborators. allow the Landscape Urbanism programme to continue to refine its own transdisciplinary approach by inviting an international and diverse range of speakers to offer new perspectives on the issues that concern its practice. engineering and architecture projects. Clara Oloriz. architecture. which are open to the public. Eduardo Rico studied civil engineering in Spain and graduated from the AA’s Landscape Urbanism programme. a malleable model capable of continuous transformation. synthesising and systematically processing it into indexical models. cultural studies. to developing networks of rural communities on the Portuguese coast. He has practised in Mexico City. projects and field trips. 144 145 . Plasma and GroundLab are currently lead designers for the International Horticultural Fair in Xi’an. Winter Term These lectures. Network Urbanism: Global Behaviour During the third term work develops different logics of proliferation while mastering degrees of self-differentiation. Radical Philosophy. Winter Term Differing scripting techniques will be explored as a means of creating flexible design tools that are capable of accommodating change and a degree of indeterminacy within the design process. specificity and responsiveness within the field. His work has been diverse. the Young Architect of the Year Award. She is cofounder of Plasma Studio and GroundLab. proposed that the concept of the ‘technological machine’ be expanded to one of ‘machinic assemblage’. Rhino. Machining Landscapes Tom Smith. A final public presentation of the project will be given to the clients. Alfredo Ramìrez. Sensitive Systems: Development of a Prototype The second term begins with a field trip to China. AA Files and Culture Machine. Autumn Term This workshop aims ito develop the students’ capacity for reading information from fields and then decoding. as well as the development of the Legacy Masterplan framework. Ecology & Environment Ian Carradice & Ove Arup Associates. Landscape Urbanism Guest Lecture Series 04. Tom Smith is a landscape architect and urban designer currently at EDAW AECOM. Eduardo Rico. Seminars and Lectures: Douglas Spencer. Autumn Term This lecture series by experts from the Ove Arup Environmental Unit addresses environmental concerns. to large-scale multidisciplinary landscape. He has been instrumental in the design of the London 2012 Olympic and Legacy Masterplan. Over its two terms it introduces the student to the transdisciplinary origins of landscape urbanism whilst defining its unique configuration and potential in the context of contemporary urban conditions.LANDSCAPE URBANISM 2. film and critical theory has been published in journals including The Journal of Architecture.
SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
The main research object of the master’s programme in Sustainable Environmental Design is the relationship between architectural form, materiality and environmental performance, and how this relation evolves in response to climate change and emerging technical capabilities. Sustainable environmental design is not a fixed ideal but an evolving concept to be redefined and reassessed with each new project. Observation, measurement and computer modelling and simulation are fundamental techniques that underpin the programme’s design research. These are applied at various levels of detail and intensity, extending the understanding of theoretical principles to inform the design process. The MSc option runs over 12 months (from October 2010 to September 2011) and is offered to both architects and engineers. The MArch option is addressed to architects and teachers of architectural design. Its 16-month duration (from October 2010 to January 2012) enables the exploration of detailed design agendas that can include the realisation of experimental structures. The taught programme is in two parts. The first half (Phase I, October– March) is common to both the MSc and MArch candidates and is structured around a series of joint studio projects undertaken in teams combining the two groups. Projects are supported by weekly lectures, seminars and workshops. The second half of the course (Phase II, April to September 2011 for MSc, April 2011 to end January 2012 for MArch) is organised around candidates’ dissertation projects. Studio Projects: Phase I Studio: What Can Buildings Tell Us, What Can We Tell Back, Autumn and Winter Terms During the autumn term building studies in London combine occupant and designer interviews with on-site observations and environmental measurements. Some 15–20 buildings will be selected for study, highlighting changes taking place in environmental standards and benchmarks, the large potential for environmental improvements across the housing stock and the challenges of zero-carbon design and climate change. The findings from these case studies provide starting points for design briefs to be developed over the spring term. The objective of the spring term studio will be to explore innovative and performative designs that address climate change and maximise use of natural resources, aiming at zero-carbon buildings. Phase II Studio: MSc Dissertation Projects, Spring Term Phase II of the MSc encompasses an extended six-month summer term that accounts for half of the total duration of the taught programme. During this term MSc candidates are expected to undertake a significant piece of research that addresses the programme’s areas of research as well as the student’s background, professional interests and special skills. Research topics are decided by the end of the spring term and are subsequently grouped into thematic clusters which provide areas of joint research that can be developed in teams of 2–4 students as well as individually.
DIRECTOR Simos Yannas UNIT STAFF Klaus Bode Gustavo Brunelli
Paula Cadima Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves Jorge Rodríguez Álvarez Rosa Schiano-Phan
Katerina Pantazi MArch Dissertation Project 2010 Urban Mataphors : Making rooftops work for the city and its inhabitants. Proposals for an urban block in Athens
SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
Phase II Studio: MArch Dissertation Projects, Autumn, Winter and Spring Terms In the autumn term and first part of the spring term 2010–11 the MArch studio will host the final stage of Phase II dissertation projects begun in the previous academic year. This comprises fifteen projects set in a dozen countries in different climatic regions. They are due for completion in early February, to be followed by a new group of over 20 MArch Phase II dissertation projects starting in April. Focusing on housing design and refurbishment, the MArch studio will expect to contribute a selection of projects for exhibition and publication. Lectures, Seminars and Workshops: Myths & Theories of Sustainable Architecture, Autumn Term Many architects and students take sustainable design for granted, as if it were now standard practice, while others see environmental performance as a mere by-product of the digital revolution. The course dispels such myths, which continue to obscure the development of an architectural discourse of sustainable design. Far from being a computational gadget or an issue of engineering, the environmental performance of buildings is fundamentally a matter for architecture, being an outcome of programmatic, formal and operational choices made, or ignored, by design. Sustainable environmental design requires essential architectural knowledge that recent generations of architects did not receive. Its main concepts and performative criteria are introduced in this course, providing the cognitive grounding and critical framework needed for design research and practice. Environmental Design Primer, Autumn and Winter Terms The course deals with key topics in environmental design research, focusing on adaptive responses as instrumental properties of intelligent buildings and sustainable cities. Lectures will look at the historical relationship between climate and architecture; adaptive theories of environmental comfort and their application in design; daylight and artificial light in architecture; natural and mechanical ventilation and other related topics. Lessons from Practice, Winter Term The course looks at both historical and contemporary approaches with case studies from the research and practices of the programme’s teaching staff and visiting lecturers to highlight design strategies and assess environmental performance in practice. Environmental Analysis Tools, Autumn and Winter Terms This technical course is on methods and tools applied before and during design to test ideas and environmental targets, simulate and compare the likely performance of alternative designs, assess predictions of environmental conditions against measured data and benchmarks, fine-tune design proposals and inform final design decisions.
Modelling & Simulation Workshop, Autumn and Winter Terms Following the weekly sessions of the Environmental Analysis Tools course, this is a hands-on workshop that provides training in the application of digital tools and procedures, helping to build the necessary knowledge and skills under close supervision. Research Seminar, Autumn, Winter and Spring Terms This seminar fosters the development of the research, presentation and writing skills required for studio projects, dissertations and professional work. A primary aim is the acquisition of a shared visual language for communicating the principles and outcomes of sustainable design. Other Events Study trips to Spain will undertake fieldwork as part of the spring term studio, collaborating with research teams there. All of this year’s students, and many of the programme’s recent graduates, will attend the PLEA 2011 international conference on Architecture & Sustainable Development to be held in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium in July 2011. There will be continued collaboration over the next two years with six other schools of architecture and several professional institutes of architects in the development of environmental design and architectural training in Europe.
Berlin. He has collaborated with the Rogers Partnership on the Welsh Assembly building in Cardiff, with the sculptor Antony Gormley on the engineering of the Blind Light exhibition and is working with Hopkins Architects on schemes for the London Olympics. Gustavo Brunelli graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo and won an Alban scholarship to the MA in Environment & Energy Studies at the AA, which he completed with Distinction in 2004. He has worked as environmental consultant on the new headquarters for Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro and with BDSP. Paula Cadima has taught at the Technical University of Lisbon, where she created and directed the master’s course on Bioclimatic Architecture, and at the AA Graduate School where she completed her PhD. A practising architect she chaired the Sustainable Architecture Working Group of the Architect’s Council of Europe in 2009 and will be taking over as president of PLEA later this year. She has been working for the European Commission in Brussels since 2005. Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves completed her MA in Environment and Energy Studies at the AA and a PhD on the sustainability of tall buildings at the University of São Paulo, where she has taught since 1998. She has practised in Rio de Janeiro with Ana Maria Niemeyer and has worked as an environmental consultant on projects in Brazil and won design competition awards. She is the author of The Environmental Performance of Tall Buildings published by Earthscan in June 2010. Jorge Rodríguez Álvarez graduated from the Architectural School of A Coruña, Spain and was awarded an MA in Building Conservation and Urban Regeneration from the University of Santiago. He completed the MSc in Sustainable Environmental Design at the AA with Distinction in 2008. He co-founded SAAI in 2009, an environmental consultancy firm with projects in Europe, Asia and America. Rosa Schiano-Phan studied architecture in Italy and completed her Masters and PhD studies in environmental design in the UK. She has worked with WSP Environmental and at Brian Ford & Associates, and was a Research Fellow at the Department of Built Environment, University of Nottingham. She is a co-author of The Architecture & Engineering of Downdraught Cooling published by PHDC Press in 2010. VISITING LECTURERS Nick Baker Catherine Harrington Raul Moura
DIRECTOR Simos Yannas received his doctorate for research on low energy housing design, and has undertaken projects on sustainable design with awards from national and international organisations. He was a Sir Isaac Newton Design Fellow in Architecture at the University of Cambridge and has lectured as visiting professor in some thirty countries. His book Roof Cooling Techniques was shortlisted for the RIBA Book Award in Architecture and Lessons from Traditional Architecture is due for publication this year. He was awarded PLEA Awards in 2001 and 2008. STAFF Klaus Bode co-founded BDSP Partnership, a London-based environmental engineering firm with offices in London, Lisbon and Belgrade. He was project engineer on Foster + Partners’ Commerzbank and on Rogers/Piano’s Potsdamer Platz developments in
CONSERVATION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS
The stewardship of the historic environment requires heritage practitioners with special skills in understanding, investigating, enhancing and communicating the legacy of the past. It is the ambition of this programme to inspire the participants to build upon their existing knowledge and skills to become more effective, competent and confident practitioners. This two-year part-time programme takes place on 32 Fridays over each of the two academic years and is designed to offer a comprehensive and innovative approach to the conservation of historic buildings. It attempts to address the need to conserve, the artefacts that require conservation, and the methods of conserving. Philosophical issues and craft techniques are explored and modern value systems of assessing significance are investigated. The programme includes site and craft workshop visits that are connected to current conservation issues of interest. The First Year engages the students in developing their own conservation philosophies, allied with the study of early and medieval building types. Students learn about causes of defects to buildings, as well as their diagnosis and repair. Amongst the required pieces of written work are a materials essay/investigation, a church development study, a conservation statement exercise, and a fabric condition survey of a building. The Second Year extends the scope of these studies including the issues associated with the development and repair of historic interiors and the introduction of services into historic buildings, further developing the students’ philosophies. The principal work for the student is a thesis of 15–20,000 words on a subject of their choice to be approved by the staff. This is developed with the assistance of a specialist external tutor for submission to external examiners. Those directing the programme benefit from the expertise of its advisors, Richard Halsey, Elain Harwood, Frank Kelsall, John Redmill, Clive Richardson and Robert Thorne. Many former students show their continuing commitment to the course by returning to lecture to current students. For 35 years the AA’s Building Conservation Programme has been recognised as one of the leading courses of its kind. The course is designed to meet the ICOMOS Guidelines for Education and Training and is informed by current developments in conservation best practice. The course is accepted by the RICS and IHBC, meeting the standards for members involved with conservation works.
PROGRAMME DIRECTOR Andrew Shepherd
PROGRAMME STAFF David Hills David Heath
PROGRAMME DIRECTOR Andrew Shepherd is an architect and has run a practice specialising in conservation work, principally in the ecclesiastical field for over 30 years. He is involved in international training programmes. He is a past graduate of the course.
PROGRAMME STAFF David Hills is an architect with a major conservation practice. He has a special interest in the conservation of modern architecture with heritage significance. He is a past graduate of the course.
David Heath was latterly Chief Conservation Architect to English Heritage. He is also the Thesis Tutor. He is the current Chairman of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. He is also a past graduate of the course. Church Fabric Survey site visit
On a yearly cycle. workshop-based design and alternative rural architectures. This year Design & Make will be a unique collaboration between the Diploma School (Diploma 19) and the MArch Design & Make programme. located at the AA’s Hooke Park woodland campus in Dorset. and has provided structural engineering and formfinding consultancy within practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects and Antony Gormley Studio. a unit master at the University of Cambridge. giving us the opportunity to explicitly test the relationships among form. It is open to post-graduate students of architecture who wish to pursue studio. Concluding the course. This assembly workshop. DIRECTOR Martin Self PROGRAMME STAFF Piers Taylor Kate Darby GRADUATE DIRECTOR Martin Self is an engineer and designer who has taught design and theory at the AA since 2004. site-specific design-andmake explorations at Hooke Park. and the founder of the annual Studio in the Woods which is concerned with the testing of ideas through making. the programme designs and constructs experimental buildings at Hooke Park. material and construction. and the theories of collective design. The core aspiration of the programme is to close the gap between design and making in architectural education.DESIGN & MAKE Design & Make is a full-time 16-month graduate design programme. the Design & Make Theses form individual analyses and critiques of the built project and present propositional arguments concerning the role of making with architectural design. The Design & Make programme consists of Design Studio projects and seminar courses. The induction project provides an intensive introduction to the programme’s key design methodologies. by placing students in an unique environment that physically combines design studio. the construction-based Make Studio and individual production of the Design & Make Thesis. the AA gained outline planning consent for new workshops. Learning is acquired experientially through collaboration with the project’s tutors. southwest England. Kate Darby is principal of rural architectural practice. The Make Studio consists of hands-on workshop-based fabrication and on-site construction work. studied architectural theory at the AA. full-scale. fabrication and construction technologies. as well as the environmental and phenomenal conditions of this richly wooded site. and in a rural community famed for its rich craft traditions. He was a founder member of Arup’s Advanced Geometry Group. function. The studio is located within a forest that provides building material. She is a founder member of Studio in the Woods and has taught design studio at Bath University and the Bartlett School of Architecture. STUDIO TUTORS Kostas Grigoriadis Barak Pelman Geraldine Dening MAKE TUTOR Charley Brentnall Dartmoor Arts Project installation 2010. led by Piers Taylor and Charley Brentnall 152 153 . contractors and tradespeople. Design approaches and skills developed in the first term are applied in the collective design of the Hooke Park project in the second. to be completed in Autumn 2011. accommodation buildings and other teaching facilities. workshop and building site. KDA. PROGRAMME STAFF Piers Taylor is a partner in award winning architects Mitchell Taylor Workshop. has precise functional requirements. engineers. sustainability theory and practice. In 2010. the core project is dedicated to individual. The four seminar courses are focused on the cultural theory of making as design. The work itself will focus upon the design and prototyping of a lightweight long-span building – a 500m2 ‘big shed’ for a full(-)scale prototyping and fabrication facility for the AA at Hooke Park.
The programme recognises the City as a new contemporary field. The contemporary city is understood here as the expansion and cumulative construction of the city in progress. 2008 154 155 . and is an architect in private practice. Intermediate School (Unit 2. By providing a unique integrated research platform dedicated to the examination and research of the future of the City. The aim of this investigation is to arrive at a proposal for a Contemporary City as an architectural project. Previously taught at the AA in the History and Theory Studies (2009–10). A Contemporary City For the past two decades. for example witnessed in the emerging and fast expanding cities in the Far East and Middle East. He is the co-founder and principal of the award winning Serie Architects (serie. This research will be demonstrated in a distinct contribution to scholarship in an integrated design and written dissertation. The Idea of the City. and at the University of Nottingham (BArch Unit 6. Currently pursues a doctoral degree at the TU Berlin. The focus of the course is the formation and design of cities explicated within its dominant types and large-scale architectural artefacts. Sam Jacoby trained as a cabinet-maker. the discourse of architecture in relation to its larger context has been predominantly discussed and reasoned through concepts of urbanism and articulated by complex form. He previously taught at the AA in the History and Theory Studies (2009–10) and was the Unit Master for Diploma School (Unit 6. He is a co-director of the Spring Semester Programme at the AA. can be seen as distinctly different from urbanism and is directly concerned with the emergent phenomena of the contemporary city. design and research agenda. the taught MPhil programme unites theoretical and practical design research. leading to an MPhil in Architecture. 2002–04). and pursues through architectural experimentation and speculation the meaningful production of new Ideas for the City. Diploma School (Unit 6. with little or no relevant alternative overarching theories for its existence and relentless proliferation. People’s Republic of China. on the other hand. area of study. The Great Flight Forward.uk) and is currently conducting his doctoral research in the Berlage Institute Rotterdam on the topic of type and the city. 2004–09).co. Implicit in such a proposal is the role of the dominant type as the embodiment of the Idea of the City – its raison d’être – and as a deep structure and pliable diagram of the city. It proposes the City as an architectural project and as a projection of the possibilities of architecture. It systematically examines and speculates on the design challenges of the contemporary city through both theoretical and specific architectural design enquiries. Chengdu. This understanding will focus on the conception and articulation of the city through its dominant types. PROGRAMME DIRECTORS Christopher C M Lee Sam Jacoby GRADUATE PROGRAMME DIRECTORS Christopher C M Lee graduated with the AA Diploma (Hons).PROJECTIVE CITIES The new Projective Cities Programme is dedicated to a research-and design-based analysis of the emergent and contemporary city. 2004–09) and Intermediate School (Unit 2. graduated from the AA. The current area of investigation will be the contemporary city itself. 2007–09). Yifan Liu. 2002–04).
short course will be offered this year as part of the AA School’s summer programme for students completing PhDs this year and to postdoctoral applicants who wish to train as PhD supervisors and examiners. Entry requirements are a five-year professional degree in architecture and a master’s degree from one of the AA School’s postgraduate programmes. MSc or MArch programmes which provide the theoretical grounding and appropriate tools for engaging in advanced research in their respective fields. preparing graduates for practice in global academic and professional environments. August 1980 156 157 . This is a full-time. or equivalent academic qualifications. An international event is organised annually by research students in the summer term on topics of current interest within the school. post-professional research degree option aimed at enabling candidates from an architectural background to make creative use of their design skills within the scholarly tradition of doctoral research. Seminars and Special Events While preparing their research proposals under the supervision of two of the programme’s teaching staff. Study for the PhD is full-time. PhD in Architectural Design From the last academic year applications are also considered for the PhD in Architectural Design – a studio-based option for qualified architects with experience in design research and an interest in relating theory to design practice. Applicants will be assessed on design portfolio.PHD PROGRAMME The AA School’s PhD Programme combines advanced research with a broader educational agenda. A new. with a minimum duration of two calendar years and a maximum of four years. The preferred entry route is through one of the AA School’s post-professional MA. reference letters. PhD candidates are expected to attend postgraduate courses related to their areas of research. research statement and an interview. The Architecture & Urbanism Management Group set in partnership with the Open University administers PhD research degrees. Photomontage: Teatro del Mondo by Aldo Rossi / Arrival to Dubrovnik. The PhD in Architectural Design can be taken over a minimum of two calendar years and a maximum of four years. Applicants from outside the AA School must hold a post-professional master’s degree in their proposed area of PhD research. PROGRAMME STAFF Lawrence Barth Paula Cadima Mark Cousins Jorge Fiori Hugo Hinsley George Jeronimidis Toni Kotnik Marina Lathouri Rosa Schiano-Phan Patrik Schumacher Thomas Weaver Michael Weinstock Simos Yannas GRADUATE Emanuel de Sousa. The PhD programme will run seminars serving its different areas of study on practical issues of research and on the writing and presentation of dissertations and research papers.
and continues its attempt to make the impossible possible. The office tackles social. where individual professions remain in their respective field of expertise. learning knowledge from other disciplines that will ultimately extend and adjust their own practice technique. Contrary to typical interdisciplinary design approaches.spatialwork. AAIS seeks to place students outside their normal comfort zone. the studio will continue to build up its network of professionals and experts within performance. dance. his interest lies in the relation of digital and physical space and the associations between subjects and objects. design and construct a series of interdependent spatial performances. She co-leads the AAIS programme and is Professor of Urban Design at the BUW. As a continuation of this observation the agenda for the AAIS aims to expose a hidden ‘worknet’ between multiple professions and their products. the projects will attempt to merge fashion. Tanja Siems is an urban designer and infrastructural planner and the director of the interdisciplinary practice T2 spatial work (to. Trespassing between art and architecture. UNIT STAFF Theo Lorenz Tanja Siems GRADUATE UNIT STAFF Theo Lorenz is a registered architect in England and Germany.net). To achieve this overlapping of disciplines. He has been teaching at the AA since 2000 and has directed the AAIS programme since 2008. economic and environmental problems as fuel to the design process and the development of a dialogue that can lead to an enhanced built proposal or solution rather than a reduced compromise. By creating unique events that form the basis for continued discussion. as well as a painter and media artist. Events will commence in March 2011 with the performative installation ‘In Motion’ in Madrid. We will test these performative interactive spaces through a design and construction at the 2011 C’n’B convention in Cologne. The novelist. music and film through workshops and symposia. Performance of ‘New Movement’ at the AAIS ‘Seed 2 Scene’ Festival. The course researches and applies alternative forms of collaboration between the multiple creative professions through the research. music and architecture to form one continuously changing environment. The series will conclude in September with a two-week event titled ‘A Little Communication’ in London that reappropriates previous happenings in Madrid and Cologne through dance performances. political. dramatist and game designer Thomas M Disch defines creativity as the ability to see relationships where none exist. the dance group ‘New Movement’ and music producers ‘Music Technology’. Our focus will investigate the required configurations for a commercial environment where the border between the producer and consumer (‘prosumer’) seems not to exist.AA INTERPROFESSIONAL STUDIO The AA Interprofessional Studio is a post-professional course leading to a Graduate Diploma in spatial performance and design. Germany. cultural and political salon talks and musical projects in one overall construction. conception and implementation of a series of genre-defying spatial performances and constructions. With this network in place we will organise. Image by Takako Hasegawa 158 159 . the AAIS provides students with a starting point for individual careers within a new overarching discipline. design. A collaboration with the ‘Matadero’.
DIRECTOR Alan Dempsey GRADUATE DIRECTOR Alan Dempsey is founding director of NEX. Independents Group five proposed academic partners 160 161 . collaborative platforms and manufacturing capability. Alan’s work has been widely published in the US. He was selected by the British Council as one of the six most significant Design Entrepreneurs in the UK in 2008. Each of the IG’s five proposed academic partners are independent bodies operating research initiatives outside of the conventional bureaucratic setting that now dominate university research. Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing and SIAL at RMIT in Melbourne. global network of expertise operating at the forefront of today’s revolution in design. The programme will enable collaborative project-based research and experimentation through a new annual residency programme open to graduates from any of the partnered schools. The 24-week residency will be a new formally acknowledged position within the school and the awards will be offered on a competitive basis to the most outstanding graduates from all six academic partners. the proposed partners for the Independents Group (IG) include five of the world’s leading independent architecture and design schools: Pratt School of Design in New York. Housed in a dedicated studio space at the AA School. exhibition and publication in collaboration with consultants and manufacturing partners and with guidance from the IG team. Control Shift at Hong Kong University. Their independence and smaller size allows them to be more responsive to cutting-edge computational design and manufacturing.INDEPENDENTS GROUP A Global Network of Independent Organisations in Digital Design and Manufacturing The Independents Group is a new programme at the AA that will establish a four-year experimental learning network comprising design and industrial leaders at the forefront of new computational thinking in architecture. residents will be given the opportunity to develop prototype projects for public presentation. Europe and Asia. infrastructure and urban design. The conference will be a public event bringing all partners together for the first time to discuss the status of recent work. and he was selected to represent the UK at the Beijing Architecture Biennale in 2008. The programme will be launched at the first global conference for the group held at the AA in the autumn term. the year’s research agenda and to announce the brief for the first competition. a multidisciplinary design office with an international profile that works at the intersection of architecture. The group seeks to harness the collective knowledge and experimentation of each of its partners to inform a larger. Sci-Arc in Los Angeles. and as one of the 40 most significant architects under 40 in the EU in 2010. Initiated by the AA School.
A symposium was held in October 2010 with invited guests drawn from the submissions. exploring and enhancing existing and new territories and modes of research.uk Concrete Geometries Directed by Marianne Mueller and Olaf Kneer. The cluster launched an international call for submissions in January 2010. architecture and artistic collaboration in order to develop new ways of thinking about energy.aaschool. Charles Tashima. managed by the AA’s Academic Head. design and the humanities. Research Clusters not only bring audiences. http://beyondentropy. with the expectation of their launch in the Spring of 2011. performances. 162 163 . Operating in part as ‘vertical units’. workshops. they are intended as platforms through which to consolidate expertise within the school. With particular emphasis on spatiality. The team is identifying unexplored themes and contradictions for designers. so that there are approximately four clusters operating at any one time. Research Clusters are mechanisms for triggering and integrating discussion and exchange across the school. whether social.or on-site exhibitions.com Urbanism and the Informal City Launched by Jorge Fiori. symposia. Research Clusters are expected to challenge existing forms of research and presentation – exploring alternative ways in which work can be produced. From this a final shortlist of works will be selected for an exhibition and publication. in consultation with existing cluster curators.ac. talk-shops and a symposium at the AA. The ideas generated in this seminar fed into a 2010 conference seeking new manifestos on the city. research material and ideas from the eight research groups for display and public debate. In addition to developing diverse areas of expertise and projects. researchers and specialists into the school. attracting 415 entries from the fields of art. takes applications from across the school for a new cycle of research areas. The 12th International Exhibition in Venice marked the end of the first year and brought together work. These methods have been in the form of events. students and outside partners for the purpose of realising a body of focused research.net City Cultures Initiated by Marina Lathouri The research seeks to develop new conceptual frameworks that redefine what historically has been constructed and institutionalised as the ‘city’. thinkers and practitioners to consider at a series of Unit ‘ìopen-mikeî’ sessions. The results of these findings will initiate an international design workshop in 2011. off. architecture. aesthetic or material. www. As originally conceived in 2005. and Alex Warnock-Smith The aim of the cluster is to explore the concept of the ‘ìinformalî’ as a parallel modality that shapes the urban condition. It is the ambition of the clusters to take the lead on enhancing the culture of applied research in the school. they are effective platforms in which the school’s teaching staff gains valuable experience and develops expertise by connecting to research activity outside the AA. Each year the AA Research Cluster Group. During 2008/09 the cluster held an open seminar that brought together AA tutors and outside visitors to identify a range of contemporary positions on the city. publications. Elena Pascolo. COORDINATOR Charles Tashima CLUSTER CURATORS Stefano Rabolli Pansera Marianne Mueller Olaf Kneer Marina Lathouri Jorge Fiori Elena Pascolo Alex Warnock-Smith GRADUATE Active Research Clusters are as follows: Beyond Energy: When Energy Becomes Form Directed by Stefano Rabolli Pansera The cluster attempts to fuse science. fabrications and inter-disciplinary collaborative research and competitions. The research investigates the intimate relationship between spatial form and human processes. http://aacitycultures. followed by an exhibition and publication. the cluster is seeking to discover ways in which ‘ìinformalî’ processes contribute to a radical rethinking of the city and its institutions. The deadline for new Research Cluster proposals this year will be in January 2011. activities and events that bring together diverse groups of AA staff.RESEARCH CLUSTERS AA Research Clusters are a programme of year-long special projects. conferences.blogspot.concrete-geometries.
To obtain further information and register for any of the programmes please go to the Visiting School section of the AA website or contact the Visiting School at email@example.com VISITING SCHOOL 164 . and not only into. local educators. symposia and public forums organised for international visiting students. for the purposes of exchanging information. both in London and internationally. All of the AA Visiting School programmes. the AA Visiting School. Buenos Aires. Moscow. directed by Christopher Pierce. published in early November 2010.VISITING SCHOOL Launched in Dubai in January. The AA Visiting School is an extension of the AA’s ongoing commitment to actively participate in the shaping of global architectural culture and develop its belief in a fundamentally experimental approach to architectural education. ideas and critical speculation on subjects at the forefront of architectural discourse. seeks to invent a new. the AA’s Visiting School offers a new dimension to the AA’s existing make-up as the world’s most international school of architecture: one able to enhance the flow of architectural ideas. elastic 21st-century educational infrastructure able to quickly realign and reconfigure partnerships. With nearly 90 per cent of its 650 full-time students arriving in London each year from 65 or more overseas countries. Koshirakura/ Tokyo will continue with a new programme. Additional programmes are also currently being planned in Tenerife. which is based on combining the highly focused agendas and interests of small design units with a prominent public programme. the AA School is growing its ability to rapidly adjust to the fast-changing. teachers. Costa Rica and Delhi. location and focus. architects and other experts from throughout the world. Launched by the AA School Director Brett Steele. audience and outside visitor participation. will be fully detailed in the AA Visiting School Prospectus. and with an equally high percentage of foreign teachers and tutors leading design. knowledge and talent – outward from. unpredictable realities and challenges confronting global architectural and design cultures today.ac. In the 2010/11 academic year the AA will organise more than two dozen unique short courses and other events and programmes as detailed in this section these will engage hundreds of new visiting students and bring together AA tutors. By doing so. 2008. Sydney. architects and others interested in experiencing the AA’s unique learning model. our historic London home. learning and research activities. the AA Visiting School (also known colloquially as the A(A) Longitudinal School) includes a global network of design workshops. and SummerMake will expand its series of programmes to include a new spring course.
agendas and techniques. Creative collaboration is encourage with over 80 students working in distinct groups hailing from more than 35 countries. fabrication. Tutors. full-time programme consisting of challenging design studios. seminars and lectures that emphasise the importance of both practice and theory in contemporary architecture. the programme will focus on the city of London as a site for architectural speculations. In the annual two-week programme participants design. media and technical studies courses. Applications should be made via the main undergraduate application form. exhibitions and other special events. By engaging in a challenging cycle of conception. Through access to the timber workshop. Agenda 2011: London Calling combines conceptual and material design research with the production of architectural projects in the form of comprehensive design proposals. which includes the core studio as well as electives from the AA undergraduate history and theory seminars. field study. Spring 2010–11 The AA offers places to students from schools of architecture overseas who wish to participate in the activities of the AA as a year away from their home institutions. depending on their previous experience and the portfolio of work they submit as part of the application process. it offers participants a selection of varying design approaches. a new programme in spring 2011 will design and build refurbishment modifications to the existing student accommodation building located on the campus. Students are accepted into the Second. these courses provide handson engagement in workshop-driven design and production.ac. including participation in Intermediate or Diploma School units. lecturers and critics include past and present AA unit masters as well as professionals pooled from diverse disciplines. SUMMER SCHOOL Summer 2011 The AA Summer Architecture School is a three-week. SSP sets a challenging and exciting design agenda. For further information please contact: Meneesha Kellay on undergraduateadmissions@aaschool. design studios and the working forest.uk UNIT STAFF Monia De Marchi Sam Jacoby UNIT STAFF Luke Olsen Martin Self UNIT STAFF Natasha Sandmeier 166 167 . prototyping and testing. As in previous years. SUMMER MAKE Summer 2011 The Hooke Park visiting school programme provides short residential courses at the AA’s woodland campus in Dorset. Spring 2011 The AA Spring Semester Programme (SSP) is a full-time. south-west England. The three-term. Many overseas schools are will grant credit to their students for their study at the AA and we will help to advise on these arrangements during the admissions process. visions of the future. Additionally. Complementary Studies courses and the AA’s evening lecture series.VISITING ONE YEAR AT THE AA Autumn. SPRING SEMESTER PROGRAMME Winter. Winter. Past school themes have included speed. each of the school’s units creatively use the city’s surroundings as their focus of research. 32-week programme involves students in all aspects of undergraduate life at the AA. Rooted in London. Based on the AA’s unit system. disaster and micro-strategies for difficult financial times. 15-week studiobased programme open to talented undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. build and test full-scale architectural propositions. they are introduced to the methods of an architecture focused on making. Third or Fourth Year. The programme is specifically designed to allow transferable study credits and the AA School awards a Certificate of Completion.
manufacturing and communication technologies. The Summer dLab is open to current architectural students. The entire city fabric has been profoundly modified and as a direct consequence crosswalks have become an unsafe and frightening proposition for pedestrians to traverse. This is nowhere more evident than in the proliferation of motor travel and the city’s response of widening the streets to dissipate traffic congestion. CNC-milling. producing a liquid context that spawns a conflict between the natural landscape and the shipping industry. BEIJING HYPERLINK Tsinghua University Winter 2011 Despite the global economic downturn the city of Beijing is rapidly expanding. The three-week programme is open to a small group of participants who are currently teaching architecture or related subjects and begins at the end of May 2011. The programme provides the opportunity for detailed discussion of ideas and methods of education during meetings with the school’s students and teachers. The programme introduces participants to a changing array of computational platforms and a forum to openly discuss progressive ideas on digital design. DUBROVNIK MITTELMEERLAND Winter 2011 Mittelmeerland is investigating the future of the Mediterranean as a territory of water. translate found conditions into large-scale urban interventions and envision future changes on land and water. In response we offer a short programme to give teachers of architecture an opportunity to engage with the teaching and research of the school and to develop a debate about the aims and strategies of teaching architecture. This conditon forces us to ask: how is the rapid growth of global trade affecting Mediterranean ports? Can each city along the Mediterranean turn one of the world’s largest hotspots into a vibrant ecospot? We will analyse existing conditions and future projections. Participants will present work for debate in a seminar and visits are organised to important examples of architecture and planning in London. 3D printing and other forms of computational tools will also be explored. Through the invention of ‘proactive prototypes’ the Beijing-based workshop will propose alternative crossing patterns and structures to alleviate the increasing congestion and foster experimental interaction and events through complex programming. Applicants will be selected on the basis of a brief written statement outlining the issues of architectural education.VISITING SUMMER DLAB Summer 2011 The AA Summer dLab offers visiting architects and students an opportunity to be involved in a two-week workshop that openly experiments with the potential of innovative digital design and its relationship to prototyping. dLab participants will be introduced to the basics of digital modelling and scripting. Over three years we will research six different Mediterranean cities located by the coast starting with Dubrovnik. UNIT STAFF Hugo Hinsley UNIT STAFF Yan Gao UNIT STAFF Medine Altiok Stephanie Tunka Krunoslav Ivanisin 168 169 . There is no fee for the programme. The course combines seminars and design exercises with presentations and discussions with dLab staff and visiting critics. VISITING TEACHERS Spring 2011 The AA’s innovative model as a place of education and debate attracts interest of academic visitors from all over the world. recent graduates and mid-career professionals wishing to further their understanding of digital and computational design concepts and their applications. playfully utilise small-scale phenomena. The coastline from Dubrovnik to Ploce stretches 113 km. laser cutting.
Fashion. Oman has been careful in its urban expansion. Parallel design projects and non-overlapping units will support this urban mobility. scenery and performance. Historically. In 2003 the sultan’s ‘Diwan’ of Royal Court Affairs circulated a pattern book for architects – ‘Elevational Guidelines for Buildings in Oman’. however. These dynamic spaces are the field where vanguard ideas incubate. urban. It will draw on Oman’s historical precedents to investigate new typologies for Muscat. which is a critical aspect of the urban growth of Oman. Throughout the workshop we will take advantage of Istanbul’s geographic diversity by inhabiting and making in many of its different spaces. the growing tourist trade and the profits it brings are forcing a rethink this philosophy. experimental and alien spatial apparel logics. specific material processes. UNIT STAFF Elif Erdine UNIT STAFF Jose Alfredo Ramirez Galindo UNIT STAFF Omid Kamvari UNIT STAFF Jorge Ayala 170 171 . With this book as our guide we will invent ways of filling the void in architectural thinking and identity. Muscat Winter 2011 Pattern will occupy the space between the contemporary and the traditional. The course will aim at defining different strategies based on the exploration of local conditions. MEXICO CITY RECOVERING WATERSCAPES Universidad Iberoamericana Winter 2011 Historically the lack of water has always been a major concern for the viability of Mexico City. The workshop’s main challenge is to identify and interpret the unique artistic and historical periods of Istanbul via its craft production and transform these artefacts through current discourse and the use of the latest fabrication techniques based on algorithmic tools. From right within fashion’s creative nexus F(AA)shions will foster ‘integral spatial qualities’ by harnessing the surprising typologies intrinsic to temporal bodies. experimentation with digital and representational techniques and the use of prototyping concepts. School of Architecture Winter 2011 Computed Crafts will focus on integrating local Turkish craft-making methods with digital computation. and singular proportions. It suggests that architects look to the existing buildings of Oman’s cities and environs as their models for creating an Omani character. PARIS F(AA)SHIONS Musée des Arts Decoratifs Winter 2011 The fashion scene today has become an ensemble of ‘socio-morphological forces’ connecting people and catalysing experimental. raw. fluid matter(s). is a complex terrain of architectural identities.VISITING ISTANBUL CRAFTED TOWER Istanbul Technical University. open-ended design. with infrastructural. we will rapid prototype templates that stage sharp. social and urban implications. posing a huge challenge on the metropolitan scale. On the edge of couture’s technological transformation. The workshop will explore the idea of recovering waterscapes and the potential they can offer Mexico City in its quest to reassess the present and rethink the future. and its affinity for transformation. Diversity in design proposals is encourage a way of opening up critical discussions and facilitating new and exiting ideas for Mexico City’s waterscapes OMAN PATTERN German University of Technology.
TEHRAN MANUFACTURING SIMPLEXITIES_ 002 Summer 2011 In recent years Iran has emerged as a cultural and economic hub within the Middle East. The programme’s agenda is to create a series of interventions to help revitalise the dilapidated public squares of the old centre of Rio de Janeiro. computational methods of optimisation for fabrication and adaptation to local means. site visits to the Loa Oasis and extraction sites will provide an insight into the surrounding landscape of Atacama.VISITING RIO DE JANEIRO MATERIA PRIMA Winter 2011 The design workshop in Rio de Janeiro will collaborate with artist Ernesto Neto and the Gentil Carioca Gallery located in the SAARA neighbourhood market. has become a major laboratory for contemporary cultural production. With its illustrious history in architecture it offers a fertile ground for research and investigation. SANTIAGO DE CHILE DESERTA Catholic University School of Architecture Winter 2011 Deserta will daringly approach a very harsh climatic and geographical condition – the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. UNIT STAFF Anne Save de Beaurecueil Franklin Lee UNIT STAFF Pedro Alonso UNIT STAFF Omid Kamvari UNIT STAFF Shajay Bhooshan 172 173 . we will explore how to use modelling to streamline the multi-stage processes of a design concept through to its physical manifestation. First. integration of form and structure. The area is characterised by its raw materials – from the colourful plastic confections used in carnival costumes to the vibrant displays of bags of spices and beads used by Ernesto Neto in his performative fabric structures. Continuing the agenda of last year’s workshop we will engage with algorithmic thinking through prototyping and experimenting at the 1:1 scale. desert agriculture and concentrated solar power (CSP). we will investigate the synthesis of computational design research with its constraints to give an emergent labour-effective economy. Second. The workshop will address the revision and redesign of its urban and architectural layout based on the new demands of the upcoming industries of lithium extraction. Tehran. Evening lectures. its capital city. BANGALORE HYPERTHREADS B M Sreenivasaiah College of Engineering Summer 2011 The objective of HyperThreads is to expand on applied design research with two main focal points. This year the investigations will be developed into site-specific strategies occupying abandoned construction sites. Drawing upon Le Corbusier’s Maison Dom-ino we will seek to understand how simple methods of manufacturing are present within historical Iranian structures and will attempt to influence today’s construction and design projects. The 10-day workshop is open to students and professionals interested in exploring alternative forms of practice. The workshop will employ these analogue modelling techniques to inform parametric design generation and digital fabrication techniques that will create a feedback loop between manual physical models and computational derived forms. The workshop will continue its agenda of exploring the following: physics-based design methods. methods and crafts.
Students will indentify misused niches in the city as opportunities to revitalise public space. customise and experience. UNIT STAFF Dora Sweijd Theo Sarantoglou Lalis UNIT STAFF Noam Andrews UNIT STAFF Christopher Pierce Christopher Matthews UNIT STAFF Liam Young Kate Davies 174 175 . hosted by LAU in Lebanon. rolling exhibitions. Our objective is to hybridise the last decade of digital design culture with local ingenuity and craftsmanship. (2) as contemporary archaeologists we will construct architectural souvenirs of the worlds that we see existing in the interstices of representational abstraction. Cage. surfaces and textures through intricate sampling and testing procedures. alien terrains and strange ecologies. The programme will give participants the opportunity to experience the environment that inspired Albers. field reportage. part documentarian and part science fiction soothsayer as the otherworldly sites we encounter will afford us a distanced viewpoint from which to survey the consequences of emerging environmental and technological scenarios. The workshop aims to push the boundaries of producing large and elaborate structures within a limited timeframe and budget. BLACK MOUNTAIN EXPERIMENTAL COMMUNITIES Black Mountain College Summer 2011 Black Mountain is the first of an annual series of ‘in situ’ workshops exploring past models of architectural and artistic communities within the context of the rich cultural landscape of the United States. ROAD SHOW UNCHARTED TERRITORIES Summer 2011 Uncharted Territories will throw open the doors of the institution and set off on an annual road-trip studio that will voyage to the ends of the earth to visit unreal and forgotten landscapes. Selected designs will be made available on a shared platform for anybody to download. layer. and (3) as interpreters we will abstract. which will be the platform to develop modular systems. You will be both visionaries and reporters. We will test 2D. ‘thick 2D’ and 3D digital printing techniques according to three agendas: (1) As hybrid laboratory scientists/fine artists we will invent an ‘atlas’ of volumes. We will clamber over the wreckage of the future to visit never never lands between cultivation and nature and spin cautionary tales of a new kind of wilderness. fold. reduce. MONTREAL OH CANADA McGill University Summer 2011 Mis-Architecture’s annual summer workshop will develop innovative methods for synthesising drawing and 3D methods of digital fabrication.VISITING BEIRUT BEIRUT AND BEYOND Lebanese American University Summer 2011 This year’s two-week Beirut visiting school. Each year the nomadic studio will be set in a different location and will take the form of a travelling circus of research visits. will focus on the production of spatially stimulating and fully usable structures for public gathering. print and scan to challenge the boundaries between 2D and 3D drawings. and impromptu tutorials. Fuller. Gropius and Rauschenberg and explore its untapped potential as a resource for contemporary production. In collaboration with a motley crew of leading practitioners and theorists we will explore methodologies and materials specific to Black Mountain College (1933– 1957) and develop design strategies that operate at the juncture of historical research and the act of making.
UNIT STAFF Evan Greenberg Christina Doumpioti UNIT STAFF Anne Save de Beaurecueil Franklin Lee UNIT STAFF Peter Ferretto UNIT STAFF Tom Verebes 176 177 . The nine-day studiobased course will investigate new computational design approaches in architecture and urbanism within the context of Shanghai. Students will work in teams to research specific biological systems. each developing their own position on Seoul and how technology is altering its landscape. which has forever inverted Seoul’s connection with the landscape. SEOUL SEOUL LAND-INGS Summer 2011 Skin has become inadequate in interfacing with reality. Technology has become the body’s new membrane of existence. SÃO PAULO HIGH-LOW Summer 2011 The aim of this programme is to rehabilitate marginalised populations and disused materials through the use of innovative computational design and digital fabrication processes. emblematic twenty-first century cities. Design proposals will negotiate the paradoxical dynamic forces of urban development and environmental change. In a city where land is at a premium. design and fabricate prototypes that respond to environmental stimuli. This workshop will be led by six AA tutors. modelling and fabrication tools are introduced in order to apply this information to the design of both passive and active responsive architectural systems. Advanced analysis. embodied in works like the Campana Brothers. Parametric design generation and digital fabrication techniques will be used to computationally redesign low-tech recycled `found objects` and to develop assemblage techniques that can be adapted by local inhabitants. extracting logics of organisation. SHANGHAI CITY OF THE SEA University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture Shanghai Study Centre Summer 2011 The topic for this year’s programme concerns an imminent crisis facing the megalopolis of Shanghai (which translates as ‘City of the Sea’) – its rising sea levels. geometry. structure and mathematics. its presence is constantly eroding. simulation. With this tactic we will define a new generation of digital design that employs both high-tech and low-tech strategies. However. This condition is exacerbated by the insatiable demand for land that causes urban densification. this connection evaporated with modernisation and the advent of concrete. – Nam June Paik Seoul is in constant transformation – a city condemned to be authentic. one of the world’s most rapidly growing. Ernesto Neto and even the Nilson Garrido Sports Academy. The prestigious topographical setting of Seoul forged a sacrosanct relationship between man and nature. co-taught by the faculty of Emergent Technologies and Design (Emtech) at the AA and the faculty of Architecture and MEDIAlab at California College of the Arts.VISITING SAN FRANCISCO BIODYNAMIC STRUCTURES California College of the Arts Summer 2011 Biodynamic Structures will explore active systems in nature and investigate biomimetic principles in order to analyse. The work will be inspired by the Brazilian tradition of creative use of simple materials. Present-day Seoul is full of contradictions and complexities that global gentrification is trying (hard) to iron out. The course is a 10-day workshop. This workshop will explore Seoul’s DNA–LAND.
They will work collaboratively on the implementation of one scheme fabricating it on site as a temporary prototype. Chile. PFL proposes a series of speculative workshops in Latinoamerica. starting in Valparaiso.VISITING SINGAPORE FRAGILE School of Design. The workshop will build on the diversity of approaches brought by the participants to propose new design strategies that emerge from the particularity of everyday Singaporean commodities. thus blurring the delicate boundaries of different scales between objects and the city. This year our migration to southeast Asia will explore the fragile state of our surroundings and inform alternative uses for the banal. VALPARAISO POLITICS OF FABRICATION LABORATORY Universidad Católica de Valparaiso Summer 2011 Politics of Fabrications Laboratory (PFL) is a research-through-design initiative which explores the changing political implications of material experimentations when applied to public urban space. PFL workshops will construct innovative political arguments by experimenting with the relationship between everyday activities and a particular material organisation. which experiment with politically charged material constructions in actual city sites. Within this unique urban setting we will investigate how new forms and uses can emerge from ordinary mass-produced elements. UNIT STAFF Nathalie Rozencwajg Michel Da Costa Gonçalves UNIT STAFF Nuria Álvarez Lombardero Francisco González de Canales Jeroen van Ameijde 178 . Singapore Polytechnic Summer 2011 Fragile offers an introduction to the AA’s unique approach to architectural education and design.
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Through membership participation in its governance. reviews the educational and cultural development of the school and Association. discussion and debate of architecture. on +44 (0)20 7887 4018. DECISION-MAKING IN THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY THE AA: PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY AND MEMBERSHIP The AA is more than a school of architecture.uk.RESOURCES Past President Jim Eyre. The council of the Architectural Association for 2010/11 is as follows: President Alex Lifschutz. Reyner Banham and Ahrends Burton Koralek. can be found in the AA library. originally established by students in 1847. such as the selection of the director of the school. The AA’s development office cultivates mutually beneficial relationships between the school and individuals. self-governing democratic body.ac. relaunched in 2006 to encourage current students to contribute images to the library). visit exhibitions and make use of the AA’s facilities. A large collection of CDs/ DVDs is available. the primary object of which is the running of a school of architecture.000 slides of AA student work and several valuable photographic archives by F R Yerbury. which operates one of the world’s largest calendars of lectures. In addition to online access to the Avery Index. various societies’ Transactions and Proceedings. The AA takes very seriously its role as an independent setting for the teaching. artists and other leaders as part of its academic and cultural programmes. although periodicals and some books are for reference only.uk/photolib The Photo Library holds around 150. designers. We also publish cards and postcards from the collection which are available from the AA Bookshop and hold regular exhibitions featuring the work of photographers who have made the biggest contributions to the collection in recent decades. engineers. It holds rare and early works – the earliest is the Nuremburg Chronicle of 1493 – and special collections on the modern movement. AA students and staff can download low-res images from a fully searchable website featuring 8.400 members of the AA internationally. The school community has. Ceng MIStructE Diana Periton. photographs and medals. Like the city of London that is its home. the library has full text subscriptions to a number of art and architecture journals. which has allowed it to sustain continual success and renewal.000 images from the collection. AADipl RIBA Honorary Treasurer Sadie Morgan. and the rules governing school community meetings.ac. at times fiercely fought for. critics. approves new applications to the membership. The Architectural Association is governed constitutionally as a charitable company. the nineteenth century and garden cities. is delegated to the AA director. It now has almost 46. minutes of council meetings.aaschool. and can gain more information by contacting Esther McLaughlin. AADipl Honorary Secretary Christopher Libby. provided by many individuals and organisations throughout the world. Graduate students can borrow a maximum of ten books. company secretary. Registered students and staff of the AA automatically become members. his contract with the council is dependent on maintaining the confidence of the school community. AADipl Sophie Le Bourva. together with over 250 plans. Members participate in lectures and events. interior design and landscape design. contact Kathleen Formosa. BSc(Hons) FICE FIStructE FRSA The council meets at least six times each academic year in order to monitor the Association’s financial health. drawings and paintings. JSTOR. the director of the school and the school community. the AA School receives no statutory funding either for its teaching activities or for its acclaimed cultural programme. A pioneering higher educational UK educational charity. Dating back to 1847. Direct funding or sponsorship enquiries can also be sent to: development@aaschool. CBE AADipl MArch RIBA FRSA FRGS FICPD David Jenkins. On an ongoing basis. Maintaining the AA’s independence is the key to the school’s ability to remain at the forefront of architectural education. The council appoints a company secretary to execute and administer the Architectural Association’s legal and statutory affairs. PHOTO LIBRARY 10am–1pm and 2pm–6pm Monday to Friday www. MA MBA Michael J P Davies. as well as student and staff involvement. on +44 (0)20 7887 4090. exhibitions and other public events dedicated to contemporary architectural culture. Day-to-day responsibility for the running of the school. The online catalogue allows users to check the library’s holdings and their availability. the AA. Each year the AA attracts the world’s foremost architects. Interested parties are actively encouraged to join the AA’s international network of supporters and partners. DEVELOPMENT OFFICE Since its founding in 1847. reference and information services are available only to staff and registered students and members of the Association. and the minutes of past meetings are made available for viewing in the library. international exhibitions. building types. it also holds a wealth of AA ephemera including posters. including Wendingen and L’Architecture Vivante. School community meetings are therefore a very important part of the Architectural Association’s governance.uk/library The AA library was founded in 1862 with a stock of ten books. The unique collection was originally created by AA students and staff returning from school trips and other travels. approve new business and review current initiatives and activities. The library also receives print editions of more than 137 periodicals and holds a substantial number of key historical magazines. with books and journals on the history of architecture of all countries and periods. The council also consults the school community on important governance decisions. For information concerning the AA’s council. The library website provides information about opening hours and policies and acts as a portal through which research can be undertaken on the internet.000 volumes. The Archives (approximately 450 cubic feet of documents) primarily contains the organisational and administrative records of the Association and the school. professional and political interests in the future of the world’s cities and built environment.ac. Up to eight books at a time can be borrowed by members and undergraduate students. institutions and corporate companies. In its constitutional structure it is first and foremost an association of members. Currently there are 4. Although the director is fully accountable to the council. leaflets. the Architectural Association has maintained and developed as an independent. The Architectural Association (Inc) is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee and its council are the trustees of the charity and directors of the company. and considers and approves the Association’s financial statements and proposed budgets. Most materials may be borrowed from the library. who play a vital role in shaping the identity and assisting in the development of the school. where every individual has an equal vote. theorists. the AA has remained both independent and self-supporting. the AA is distinguished by its international and multicultural make-up. and a number of journals. including the vital role it can play in bridging between public.000 slides of both historical and contemporary buildings. both financial and in-kind. Many were members of the AA Camera Club (founded in 1893. learning. AADipl Daniel Aram. not just of the school but of the association as a whole. The meetings are open to all AA members (including staff and students). ratifies all AA Diplomas and other academic awards. current architectural design and theory. MA HonFRIBA Christina Smith Rebecca Spencer Jerome Tsui Jane Wernick.uk AA COUNCIL The AA council – the governing body of the Architectural Association (Inc) – is elected each year by the membership of the Architectural Association including staff and students. or its charitable status. BSc Vice Presidents Julia Barfield. 25. BA(Arch) DipArch FRSA Julia King. The library has recently begun the process of organising the Archives of the Architectural Association. as well as to reserve and renew books online. Since 1971.ac. the council carries ultimate responsibility for the proper conduct and execution of the Architectural Association’s affairs. council and school community makes the school unique in the world of architectural education. council has chosen to exercise these responsibilities in a triangular relationship between itself. and membership is open to anyone with an interest in architecture. It is this independence from state and institutional control. Head of Development at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. and its leading position is made viable and enhanced through the generous support. and making it available to users. The Architectural Association is proud to have the benefit of an active and participatory democracy. and the Construction Information Service. the Art Index (full text). the council endorses the school’s academic agenda. BA(IntDes) MA(RCA) As trustees and directors. all registered students and contracted members of staff (with the exception of the director of the school) are constituents of the school community. however. a structure which has become an important hallmark of the school’s independent status. the council confirms the appointment of all staff. MBE RIBA Hans Henrik Lønberg. The Archives contains the institutional memory and history of the AA and serves as a key resource for the study of architectural education over the last 160 years. For further information contact: T +44 (0)20 7887 4076 membership@aaschool. including some of the world’s leading architects. OBE BA(Hons) AADipl RIBA Ordinary Members John Andrews. MPhil DipArch Kenneth Powell. organisations. influenced the future direction. at particular times.aaschool. On a yearly basis. LIBRARY Term-time hours: 10am–9pm Monday to Friday 11am–5pm Saturday www. The 180 181 . Information on the AA’s constitution. and promotes the work of the Architectural Association through participation in its cultural events and support of its fundraising initiatives. Eric de Maré. The library’s loan. The process of decision-making between director. Along with the council itself.
An agreement form must be signed to this effect. instruction can be found with the AV Manager / Video tutor. teaching times.aaschool. MODEL WORKSHOP Term-time hours: 10am–6pm Monday to Friday Saturday by appointment www. softwoods and panel products. InDesign. The spacious facilities and outdoor environment provide a setting for workshops and projects that might be problematic to carry out in the confines of central London. The existing structures at Hooke Park were designed by teams dedicated to pushing the boundaries of building with wood.aaschool.ac. Those borrowing equipment from the AV department are fully responsible for its security and care. Projects are open to all registered AA students in the Undergraduate or Graduate Schools. 3DS Studio Max and Maya will be introduced through one-day workshops in the autumn term.uk Technician nick.uk/ digitalprototyping The Digital Prototyping Lab offers a number of digital fabrication technologies including five laser-cutting machines available to individual students. This ‘laboratory of experimentation and research’ will be further developed in a way that takes account of the biodiversity of the natural environment. The workshop. As part of its educational remit. Staff have a broad range of experience and their aim is to support individual projects as well as units whose programmes depend upon the use of the workshop. experiments with bending ‘green’ wood and carrying loads across large spans on small-diameter roundwood beams. and for precise working in hardwoods. All registered students are able to use these facilities. More specific details about the workshops and registration can be found in the Course Booklet. Microstation. experimental sustainable construction. by the same team. is a prototype for a house in which the structure hangs like a tent on four A-frames. boundary banks and meadows. after which they are able to reserve machine-time through an online booking system. AAIR broadcasts music. The A V Custerson Annual Award provides funding to carry out projects associated with timber at Hooke Park. In addition to the online tutorials.5 miles from Dorchester. There will be eight full-day Saturday workshops in the Morwell Street Studio Room 101. Groups may borrow equipment as part of a well-defined unit project on or off school premises only after discussion with the AV Manager. Students interested in using the laser cutting machines are first required to attend an induction course. See the Scholarships & Bursaries section of this Prospectus for more details. and 12. field and found recordings. approximately four miles from Beaminster. plastics and small-scale modelmaking. Software commonly used includes Final Cut Pro Studio. The facilities were originally developed by an institute researching new uses for working with wood in modern construction. supported by specialist staff based at the site. Located around a central common room are eight double studybedrooms. documents and digitally archives public events and operates a video-editing resource studio presently located in the Computer Room. teaching staff should speak to the AV Manager with regards to technical instruction.aaschool. interviews. The refectory.RESOURCES photo library also holds archive recordings of over 1. compositions. After Effects and Garage Band. Outside of Term-time hours: 10am–6pm Monday to Friday 10am–2.ac. untreated timber. Peter Cook. It lends equipment to staff and registered students.ac. sound and display technology.500 AA lectures and conferences dating back to the 1970s that include titles by Cedric Price. The video studio is an open area for those undertaking video and sound work.aaschool. New students must attend a short induction course.uk/avlab The audiovisual department is concerned with video.wayne@aaschool. wetlands. and that they may not occupy the space without prior agreement. which includes woodlands. Students are advised to discuss proposals at an early stage to assess their viability. WOOD AND METAL WORKSHOP DIGITAL PROTOTYPING LAB AUDIOVISUAL LAB COMPUTER ROOM Term-time hours: 9am–9pm Monday to Friday 10am–4. spoken word and various other shows contributed by listeners. In addition there is accommodation for another two people in a cabin close by. Facilities are available for working in steel and nonferrous metals. Students are reminded that loan requests should be made between 2pm and 5pm and that most equipment is lent for a period of two days.ac. Software introductions will consist of six-hour teaching sessions and will be held in Morwell Street Studio Room 101 and the electronic media lab back room. Photoshop. AAIR www.000 films and documentaries which can be viewed in the Cinema or borrowed overnight.uk/radio radio@aaschool. Flash. Facilities may be used by all registered students and staff members. the AA equips its students to use current design systems and software packages to their fullest extent.uk/ lectures). additional software is sourced based on demand. HOOKE PARK www. digital 3D modelling and the preparation of files for digital fabrication.ac. A broad selection of the 08/09 lectures are available online (www. All First Year and new students will be required to attend a short induction course on safe working practices before they can use the workshop. Robin Evans. There is also a collection of over 1.ac. People interested in using CNC or 3D printing do not need an induction but are recommended to follow the guidelines as listed on the website. The spring term programme offers introductions to the advanced use of selected software packages for interactive presentations. Westminster Lodge. in pods that penetrate the exterior wall of the building. Unit-based projects (those outside of Media Studies) are possible if arranged in advance.ac. the lab offers inductions on file preparation for digital fabrication to groups and individual students and organises independent workshops open to students across the school.uk/ workshop The workshop is equipped with machine and hand tools for wood and metal. com) and AAIR Salon evenings at the AA with live performances by students and invited artists.ac.ac. showing filmmakers such as Agnes Varda and Alfred Hitchcock and genres that this year will include Bollywood and Film Noir. Staff and students must be aware that this area is for video and sound work only. The AA Film Club holds weekly film nights.30pm Saturday www. Hand tools and portable power tools may be borrowed when available. Illustrator.aaschool.uk/hookepark Hooke Park is a 350-acre woodland site in an area of outstanding natural beauty in west Dorset. Students are able to explore techniques ranging from modelmaking to object fabrication and prototyping and to produce work on a larger scale. It specialises in casting. assists guest speakers presenting lectures. events.ac.30pm Saturday The proliferation of digital design technologies has had a profound effect on architecture. Term-time hours: 10am–6pm Monday to Friday www. external registered students may do so at the discretion of the workshop staff and on payment of a prearranged fee. The registration for each term will be in the second week of term. It is important to note that all students need to register for the software workshops online. a collaboration by Frei Otto. Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid. the area is run on a booking system that allows students to work in a focused manner.uk/ modelshop The model workshop offers assistance and equipment to construct small-scale objects. Students wishing to borrow equipment (such as video cameras or sound recorders) should speak to the AV technician to check availability and discuss conditions. supporting teaching and events throughout the AA. ABK and Buro Happold. Equipment for teaching and the Event series is booked through an established procedure. Staff and students should liaise with their relevant coordinator at least one week prior to when the equipment is required. AutoCad. and has an adjoining yard for larger work.uk Created and produced by AA students. AAIR projects include Radio Anacapri (radioanacapri. Hooke Park provides the AA with a platform from which to research future material concepts in the building industry and operates as a showcase for 182 183 . features a grass roof and the use of unmilled. by Edward Cullinan and Buro Happold. The department is unable to provide support for late or impromptu classes or events. documentaries. Adobe CS.aaschool.uk www. four CNC milling machines and two 3D printers operated by lab staff.aaschool. each with its own shower and toilet. For those not able to take these courses. Hooke Park is open to registered students and staff from all sections of the school. Term-time hours: 10am–6pm Monday to Friday for video editing 2pm–5pm Monday to Friday for student equipment loans enquiries: Manager/tutor joel@aaschool. Courses run within Media Studies allow students to develop skills in this area. near the village of Hooke.
5 (academic). photographs. Student loans are available to home students. Offers of admission are based on evidence of motivation as well as intellectual and practical creative ability.co.uk bearing in mind that the AA is a private institution and so not all this information applies. staff. including all titles published by the AA. snacks and drinks are served in the bar on the first floor from 9. For further information see: www. Additional services include large-scale printing on the plotter and fax sending. although two A level passes are preferred. sandwiches. ENTRY TO FOUNDATION Suggestions on preparing your portfolio can be found online at: www. 10am–6. Monday 7 February 2011 Further details will be available on the AA website closer to the dates. Abitur. the arts or related areas. are compulsory at least at GCSE level. etc. Part 1 must be gained by 15 July prior to entry to the school. Students entering the Third Year must be registered for a period of one academic year (three terms) to be eligible to submit for the AA Intermediate Examination (RIBA/ARB Part 1. but only one A level pass (grade C or above) in a non-art/design subject is required. the professional qualification). essays or photographs. computer consumables.aaschool. UNDERGRADUATE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS BAR & RESTAURANT DRAWING MATERIALS SHOP 10am–5.ac. Tadashi Kawamata and others.slc. Please note we do not accept TOEFL. Essays. Lunch is served from 12. For applicants to Diploma School we can accept three years of study in a UK university instead of an English language qualification. drawings. videotapes and other essential equipment and supplies – all at very competitive prices. Plagiarism is unacceptable in the academic setting. The panel particularly likes to see evidence of current interests and activities in the form of freehand sketches. Applicants without conventional entry qualifications are also considered. INFORMATION UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS LEA and EU Awards The following information applies to undergraduate students on the five-year RIBA/ARB undergraduate course only and is subject to current government legislation. STUDENT LOANS AA BOOKSHOP MAEDA WORKSHOP Generously supported by the Maeda Corporation in Japan. late applications will be accepted up to 11 March 2011 (fee £65). pastries. For further details please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator (see below). PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES In order to be eligible for the AA Diploma and the AA Final Examination (RIBA/ARB Part 2). The SLC website is www. A second three-year cycle has focused on the use and longterm development of Hooke Park as a vital part of the school. The closing date for applications is 14 January 2011 (application fee £40). or those who have lived in the UK for three years prior to embarking on higher education. members.30pm on Saturday during term time in the dining room in the basement.15pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4. provided they are able to provide acceptable alternatives.aabookshop. O level. GCSE. Registrar’s Office undergraduateadmissions@ aaschool. for living expenses. drawing instruments. Applicants wishing to enter the Diploma School to gain the AA Final Examination (RIBA/ARB Part 2.direct. www.45pm Monday to Friday www.uk T +44 (0)20 7887 4051 F +44 (0)20 7414 0779 184 185 .info/ drawingmaterials It stocks a wide range of stationery. the Fourth and Fifth Years (minimum six terms) must be successfully completed. photographs and independent interests. tea. must have the AA Intermediate Examination (RIBA/ARB Part 1) or have gained exemption from RIBA/ARB Part 1. the professional qualification) through the school. video. Foundations in art and design must be accompanied by one A level (or equivalent) in a non art/design subject. who have sponsored exhibitions and other events at the AA for more than a decade. Upon signature of the application form applicants certify that the work submitted is entirely their own. photos of 3D objects or selfgenerated projects can all be included. The AA reserves Many students apply to enter the Fourth Year from other schools after completing Part I. OPEN DAYS Foundation/First Year: Monday 8 November 2010 Fourth Year: Monday 6 December 2010.30pm Monday to Friday 11am–5pm Saturday bookshop@aabookshop. Both school-leavers and mature applicants with previous experience are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of possibilities offered within the school. Students are admitted into the Undergraduate programme at any level except the Fifth Year.ac.15pm to 2. The shop also runs an overnight ordering facility for items not regularly kept in stock. including not only finished drawings but also sketches.uk/restaurant The bar and restaurant are open in term time to students. Maths and a Science subject.gov. Scholarships are available for new First. IGCSE. New students who have been offered a place should apply to their LEA/SLC.net www. it must be accompanied by at least one nonart/design subject. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade C. ENTRY TO FOURTH YEAR To accept a place. The bookshop is able to supply recommended course books and any title that is in print.uk At the present time EU students are not eligible for student loans for living expenses. a completed signed admission form and a one term non-refundable deposit must be received by the Registrar’s Office by the due date stated on the admission form. These forms can be downloaded from the website or are available from the Registrar’s Office.ac. Individual or group visits for those interested in applying can also be arranged with advance notice. plus the required English language qualification. Those transferring from other British schools must inform their LEA/SLC. A recognised English language qualification is required by 6 May prior to entry to the school. ENGLISH LANGUAGE the right to make a place in the school conditional on gaining a further English language qualification if deemed necessary.net T +44(0)20 7887 4041 F +44(0)20 7887 4048 The AA Bookshop stocks a wide range of recent books on architecture. subject to conditions below. Applications and portfolios will be assessed by the admissions panel. For All applicants are expected to submit a bound portfolio of art/ design work (no larger than A3 and between 10 and 30 pages) accompanied by a CD/DVD of additional material if so desired. APPLICATIONS Qualifications accepted: IELTS 6. The AA Foundation course is recognised by the RIBA as the equivalent of an Art A level. ENTRY TO SECOND OR THIRD YEAR (INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL) It is hoped that all applicants will include in their portfolios a good selection of work that reveals their individual interests and skills. Enquiries to: Undergraduate Admissions. Overseas applicants are required to have the recognised equivalent to the above examinations. Students are strongly encouraged to visit the AA before applying.00pm Monday to Friday during term time.ac.RESOURCES/INFORMATION further up-to-date information students should go to the student finance section of the website www. friends and guests from Monday to Friday. Applicants for Fourth Year who have studied for Part 1 in the UK (or other countries using the same grading system) must have gained at least a 2:2 in their degree. Evidence of full-time architectural study is essential. TUITION FEE LOAN New AA students (2010/11 onwards) from the UK and EU are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan (non-income assessed). The AA does not belong to UCAS. and all applicants must complete an AA application form.aaschool. Therefore the minimum entry requirements for students entering the Foundation course are as above for GCSE level.aaschool. This can be gained either by successful completion of Third Year at the AA for a period of one academic year (three terms) as a full-time student. The interview takes the form of a discussion around the applicant’s range of interests and focuses on the portfolio of work in architecture. ACCEPTANCE OF PLACES Students with previous design or architectural experience may apply to enter the Intermediate School.uk/admissions The minimum academic requirements for students entering the First Year of the course are two passes (grade C or above) at A level with at least five passes (grade C or above) in other subjects at GCSE. together with English Language.15am until 9. and applicants will be informed if they are invited to an interview at the AA. Workshops have been led by internationally renowned artists including Richard Wilson. Krzysztof Wodiczko. the Maeda Workshops have brought in a series of visiting artists who have worked closely with registered AA students and staff on intensive short-term projects leading to installations within the school. or by applying directly to the ARB for Part 1 exemption. Second and Fourth Year applicants who demonstrate both outstanding merit in their portfolio and financial need. SL IB English and SAT reading 550. They will be expected to submit a portfolio of their work to date. such as the International Baccalaureate. If one A level is in an art/design subject.uk/ portfolioguidelines ENTRY TO FIRST YEAR Students applying for First Year are not necessarily expected to submit an ‘architectural’ portfolio. Students are subject to penalties including dismissal from the programme if they commit an act of plagiarism. unless they have been resident in the UK for three years prior to embarking on higher education. This includes a range of AA merchandise items.aaschool. Coffee. Applications made after this date will be accepted at the discretion of the AA School. The AA reserves the right to ask you to gain an appropriate level of English before you apply or are interviewed.
It is awarded annually to British students. the Stephen Lawrence Trust and a number of generous private donations. a number of full-fee scholarships are available to British students entering the Diploma School. (Bursary awards range from one to one and a half terms. Nicholas Boas Travel Award Akhil Bakhda. Plagiarism is unacceptable in the academic setting. bases its decisions on academic performance. Completed bursary forms to be returned by beginning of March.305 PhD: £15.ac. Max Lock Bursary Max Lock studied at the AA from 1926 to 1931 and taught at the school during the late 1930s.960 16-month MArch: £25. Undergraduate applicants must complete the main application form no later than 14 January 2011.500 provides funding to carry out projects at Hooke Park. whose collaboration with the AA was instrumental in establishing the postgraduate course in Conservation of Historic Buildings. With the exception of Histories & Theories. and he left a generous legacy to support students working in this area. Jerome Tsui A travel award open to AA students who wish to study Roman architecture and urbanism has been established in memory of AA graduate Nicholas Boas (1975– 1998).750 Summer School: £1. Made possible through the support of Martin Caroe’s practice. Anne Gregory Bursary Charlotte Moe A bursary is offered each year in memory of Anne Gregory. The bursary is funded by his generous bequest to the AA Foundation. bequeathed a generous sum to the AA Foundation. stating their interest in an AA Scholarship in the ‘Scholarships and Awards’ section. Students work between seven and ten hours per week. Applicants must demonstrate both merit and the need for financial aid. has been established with the support of Stephen Lawrence’s family. covering a proportion of student fees per year. providing administrative or secretarial assistance in return for an agreed remission of part of their fees. with their 2010/11 recipients.747 Graduate Building Conservation Diploma (day-release course): £5.INFORMATION GRADUATE ADMISSIONS FEES SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES Application Procedure: Mandatory Requirements All applicants are required to complete an application form. subject to the conditions below. the annual award of £7. It is intended to promote study in those areas and is available to support a specifically defined and achievable project.595 Five-year undergraduate programme: £16. All applicants are encouraged to attend a personal interview. provide financial information and prepare a portfolio for the scholarship committee. which meets in March/April to distribute the awards. The scholarship is for one term’s fees. Enid Caldicott Bursary A bursary was established in 1978 in memory of Enid Caldicott. headed by AA Past President Crispin Kelly. and book and pass the examination before 6 May 2011 prior to entry in the Autumn Term. Further details available from the AA Secretary’s Office. The fund was established in 1957 in memory of Michael Ventris and in appreciation of his work in the fields of Mycenaean civilisation and architecture. Open to all AA students. Marjorie Morrison Bursary Umberto Bellardi Ricci Marjorie Morrison MBE. They are available for two or three years. Elizabeth Chesterton Bursary Fund AA alumna and former Councillor Dame Elizabeth Chesterton OBE left a generous bequest in support of bur saries for British students at the AA. The Graduate Bursary Committee. TOEFL is not accepted. and in addition to the previous requirements. recommendation from the tutor and financial need. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SCHOLARSHIP AND A BURSARY? Office upon an official offer of a place. Eileen Gray Fund The Eileen Gray Fund for AA students was established in 1980 by the distinguished architect and furniture-designer’s niece Prunella Clough-Taylor. to complete a scholarship application form. John Ng. Students whose work is considered to be of scholarship standard will be asked. Applications are particularly welcome from members of ethnic minorities entering the First Year. Scholarships are offered to new First. AA Slide Librarian from 1935 to 1975 and researcher until 1985.475 AAIS £14. and will be required to pass the IELTS academic examination with a grade of not less than 6. Around one in six AA students receive financial assistance from the Scholarship.960 (for 2010/11 intake only) MPhil 24-month Projective Cities £22. Second and Fourth Year applicants who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. are listed below. Wiklor Kidziak. Students are subject to penalties including dismissal from the programme if they commit an act of plagiarism. Further details are available from the AA Secretary’s Office. and must be applied for on a yearly basis. Bursary and Assistantship programme.aaschool. Candidates need to demonstrate both outstanding merit and financial need. The award is intended to fund original study or the publication of completed work.173 dLab: £1. Upon signature of the application form applicants certify that the work submitted is entirely their own. Emily Thurlow Thanks to the generosity of the Baylight Foundation. Bursaries are offered to existing AA students and new Graduate students.650 (for 2010/11 intake only) Visiting School Spring Semester Programme: £7. Named Scholarship and Bursary Awards. after an entry interview. which meets in June/ July to distribute the awards.ac. Martin Caroe Memorial Scholarship Established in memory of Martin Bragg Caroe. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade C or three years’ study in a UK university instead of an English-language qualification.5. Any student without the required IELTS grade (6. established in 2008 in support of British or UK- Overseas students from nonEnglish-speaking countries will be asked to demonstrate their fluency in written and spoken English. AA ASSISTANTSHIPS The AA is committed to giving as many talented students as possible the opportunity to study at its school in London.) David Allford Scholarship Adam Holloway This full-fee (three-term) scholarship has been set up to honour the memory of David Allford. Mike Davies Bursary Fund Thomas Fox. accompanied by the appropriate registration fee and original evidence of qualifications and the standard attained (copies will not be accepted).838 part time (2 days per week) MArch 16-month Design & Make £18. The Undergraduate Bursary Committee.uk HOW TO APPLY FOR A BURSARY FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS Bursary application forms are available from the Registrar’s Office from the end of March and should be returned by mid-May. Anthony Pott Memorial Award As trustees of this fund. For further information contact: T +44 (0)20 7887 4051 undergraduateadmissions@ aaschool. which now awards a series of bursaries and scholarships every year to talented students in need of financial assistance. ENGLISH LANGUAGE Fees are reviewed annually. Alvin Boyarsky transformed the AA into an internationally respected school and a forum for architectural experiment and debate. It is funded by David Allford’s friends and family and is awarded to a British student who demonstrates excellence and a need for financial aid. R D Hammett Bursary Rebecca Crabtree This bursary is funded by the generous bequest of graduate R D Hammett. Michael Ventris Memorial Fund This award is open to candidates of at least RIBA/ARB Intermediate status or equivalent.uk/admissions HOW TO APPLY FOR A BURSARY FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL STUDENTS Bursary application forms are available from the Registrar’s 186 187 . Caroe & Partners. The sum was increased by donations from among Marjorie’s friends. See also: www. a partner of YRM Architects and trustee of the AA Foundation. The AA reserves the right to make a place in the school conditional on gaining a further English language qualification if deemed necessary. New students wishing to apply will be told the procedure when they register at the beginning of the academic year. applicants to all programmes are required to submit a portfolio of design work (no larger than A4 format) showing a combination of both academic and professional work (if applicable). The closing date for applications is 31 October 2009.595 full time.990 One year at the AA: £16. Alvin Boyarsky Scholarship Sayaka Namba As AA Chairman from 1971 to 1990. the AA offers an award to assist a study project related to architecture and design. in memory of the young man who was murdered in a racist attack on 22 April 1993. A limited number of assistantships are offered to full-time registered students who are experiencing financial hardship. For the academic year 2010/11 they are as follows: Undergraduate School Foundation: £14. Nathaniel Mosley This bursary fund. All documentation is to be provided in English.173 Graduate School 12-month MA and MSc: £18.5 or above) must register in an English-language school. working for 35 years in the library. bases its decisions on academic performance. A bequest received from Ms Clough-Taylor in 2000 has expanded the scope of this fund. tutor recommendations and financial need. the scholarship is awarded to a second year student of the Conservation of Historic Buildings course based on an assessment of merit and financial need. who was involved with the AA first as a student and then as a member of staff. £5. who died while in her first year of studies. A V Custerson Award Anthony Custerson was passionate about Hooke Park and the use of indigenous and sustainable sources of timber. HOW TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP Stephen Lawrence Scholarship This award. It provides funds for a onemonth study visit based at the British School in Rome.545 Global programmes: see AA website for individual programme fee updates There is an additional £50 membership fee and £35 student forum fee per year. subject to continuing progress. Academic and/or work references should also be provided. Baylight Scholarships Dessislava Lyutakova.
It is generously supported by AA alumnus Mike Davies CBE.uk Graduate School Admissions graduateadmissions@ aaschool. Enquiries to: Graduate School Admissions Registrar’s Office T +44 (0)20 7887 4067 F +44 (0)20 7414 0779 graduateadmissions@ aaschool. MA 12-month course in Landscape Urbanism Professional degree or diploma in architecture/ landscape architecture or urbanism. Students who are From time to time it may be necessary to amend the AA’s normal open-door policy for Bedford Square. surveyors) may be considered.uk Spring Semester Programme visitingschool@aaschool. has initiated a generous commitment to the AA Foundation to support over the coming years a number of bursaries for deserving AA undergraduate students in need of financial assistance.uk MA 12-month courses in Histories & Theories Housing & Urbanism Second Class or above Honours degree in architecture or a related discipline from a British university.ac.ac. EQUALITY Upon registration in the school students will be required to sign a statement consenting to the processing of personal information by AA Inc in compliance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. Data will only be disclosed internally to members of the AA staff who need to know.uk Undergraduate School Admissions undergraduateadmissions@ aaschool. AA Graduate Diploma in AA Interprofessional Studies 12 months full-time 12 months part-time (2 days per week). established by AA alumni Keith Priest and Michael Fletcher. industrial/product design or other relevant disciplines (BArch/Diploma equivalent).uk OPEN DAY registered at the AA School are also encouraged to contact the Registrar’s Office and/or their Programme Director. Erlend Skjeseth. founding partner of Richard Rogers & Partners (now Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners) and current AA council member. appropriate support is put in place so that the student can achieve maximum success in their studies. Fletcher Priest Foundation Bursary Jack Self The Fletcher Priest Foundation. Henry Florence Studentship Zachary Fluker Established in 1916 in the name of AA President (1878–1879) Alex Stanhope Forbes Prize Lara Lesmes For work in the field of colour AA Travel Studentship James Kwong-ho Chung To travel in the UK or abroad Howard Colls Studentship Alma Ying Yi Wang For best drawings at the end of 4th year Alexander Memorial Travel Fund Max Hacke Henry Saxon Snell Scholarship Amber Wood To encourage design.ac. convalescent homes and asylums William Glover Bequest Huida Xia Established in 1913 Ralph Knott Memorial Fund Yheu-Shen Chen For necessitous students with promise AA Prize Camille Steyaert For significant contributions to the AA Holloway Trust James Rai.uk One Year at the AA undergraduateadmissions@ aaschool. will reward innovative thinking and application in design. sexual orientation or other irrelevant distinction. to ensure that if a student omits to declare a disability/learning difficulty prior to or during registration.uk Professional Studies (Year Out & Part 3) psco@aaschool. Applications made after this date will be accepted at the discretion of the school. regardless of their gender.uk Interprofessional Studio aais@aaschool. MArch 16-month course in Housing & Urbanism Five-year professional architecture degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent) or other related discipline. Prospective students are encouraged to contact or visit the Registrar’s Office to discuss their needs and to assess what support is available prior to starting the course. a short statement and original evidence of qualification. ethnic or national origin. Entry may be gained at these times by using the AA Membership swipe card or the entry buzzer. engineering.ac. industrial/ product design or other relevant disciplines.ac. family background. MSc 12-month course in Emergent Technologies & Design Professional degree or diploma in architecture. and when required. MArch 16-month course in Design & Make Five-year professional degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent). Elliot Krause Traditionally awarded for work related to the building and construction industry Julia Wood Foundation Prize Albane Duvillier Foster + Partners Prize Aimee O’Carroll For infrastructure and sustainability Nicolas Pozner Prize Award Frederik Hellberg For best single drawing Dennis Sharp Prize Simon Whittle For outstanding writing REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS MArch 16-month course in Emergent Technologies & Design Five-year professional degree or diploma in architecture. 188 189 . APPLICATION DATE Students are asked to apply by 14 January 2011 (application fee £40). Suitably qualified members of other disciplines (eg. Individual or group visits can also be arranged with advance notice.ac. abilities and potential. MArch 16-month course in Architecture and Urbanism (Design Research Laboratory) Five-year professional architecture degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent). construction of hospitals.ac. MArch 16-month course in Sustainable Environmental Design Five-year professional architecture degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent). This is an ongoing process throughout the academic year.ac. Late applications will be accepted up until 11 March 2011 (late fee £65).uk Visiting School visitingschool@aaschool. MPhil/PhD Candidates for MPhil/PhD research degrees are expected to have reached a level equivalent to that of an MA/MSc or MArch and must show evidence of previous experience in their proposed areas of research. engineering or other relevant disciplines. DATA PROTECTION CONTACTS Foundation undergraduateadmissions@ aaschool. Unit Master/ Tutor or Complementary Studies Course Master to assess what support would be available. or becomes disabled during the course. age.INFORMATION based students within the AA’s five-year architecture programme. disability. MSc 12-month course in Sustainable Environmental Design Professional degree or diploma in architecture.ac. AA Graduate Diploma in Conservation of Historic Buildings This two-year part-time (day release) course is open to students or professionals with Part 2 (RIBA/ ARB) or equivalent recognised qualifications. colour. religious/ political beliefs. to third parties outside the AA in accordance with the Act. Support and information is provided at every opportunity to encourage students to disclose their circumstances and thereby access the most appropriate support for their needs. engineering. Data will not be provided to third parties for direct marketing purposes. PLAGIARISM The AA aims to create conditions to ensure that students are treated solely on the basis of their merits. or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard (from a course lasting not less than three years in a university or educational institution of university rank). DISABILITY AND LEARNING DIFFICULTIES Plagiarism is treated as a serious offence and the AA may impose all or any of the following penalties on a student found guilty of it: • expulsion from the school • suspension from registration at the school or from particular courses for such period as it thinks fit • denial of credit or partial credit in any course or courses • an official warning DOOR SECURITY POLICY The Architectural Association School of Architecture aims to provide a high-quality personalised service tailored to the individual student’s needs. For further details please contact: Graduate School Admissions Registrar’s Office T +44 (0)20 7887 4067 F +44 (0)20 7414 0779 GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE ASSESSMENT Full information will be given in the Student Handbook 2010/11. Applications assessed individually upon receipt if a CV. MPhil 24-month course in Projective Cities Five-year professional architecture degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent). Friday 21 January 2011 Further details will be made available through the AA’s website nearer the date.
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ACADEMIC YEAR 2010/11 KEY DATES Autumn Term (12 weeks) 27 September – 17 December 2010 Introduction Week: Monday 20 – Friday 24 September Open Week: Monday 1 – Friday 5 November Christmas Party: Friday 17 December Winter Term (12 weeks) 10 January – 1 April 2011 Easter Party: Friday 1 April Spring Term (10 weeks) 26 April – 17 June 2011 2nd Year End of Year Reviews: Tuesday 31 May 4th Year End of Year Reviews: Tuesday 31 May – Wednesday 1 June Foundation End of Year Reviews: Wednesday 1 June 1st Year End of Year Reviews: Thursday 2 – Friday 3 June Diploma Honours Presentations: Friday 10 June Graduation Ceremony & Projects Review Opening: Friday 17 June .
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