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Further your knowledge, skills and talent in postgraduate programmes offering advanced learning and degrees at the worlds most international school of architecture

Architectural Association School of Architecture Graduate School

The AA Graduate School includes 11 postgraduate programmes offering advanced studies in one of the worlds most dynamic learning environments. Unless otherwise noted, all enrolled students join the school in September at the outset of an academic year and attend full-time studies according to the length of the course selected.

Graduate School 2012/13

Design Research Laboratory (MArch Architecture & Urbanism) is the AAs innovative team-based course in experimental architecture and urbanism. Emergent Technologies & Design (MArch/MSc) emphasises forms of architectural design that proceed from innovative technologies. Housing & Urbanism (MArch/MA) rethinks urbanism as a spatial discipline through a combination of design projects and contemporary theory. Landscape Urbanism (MA) investigates the processes, techniques and knowledge related to the practices of contemporary urbanism. Sustainable Environmental Design (MArch/MSc) introduces new forms of architectural practice and design related to the environment and sustainability. History & Critical Thinking (MA) encourages a critical understanding of contemporary architecture and urban culture grounded in a knowledge of histories and forms of practice. The part-time day-release Conservation of Historic Buildings programme leading to an AA Graduate Diploma offers a multi-faceted approach to historic buildings and their conservation.

Design & Make (MArch) pursues the design and realisation of alternative, experimental rural architectures, and is based at the the AAs Hooke Park campus in Dorset. Projective Cities (MPhil) is a 20-month course dedicated to the city as a projective site for knowledge, research and design. AA Interprofessional Studio (Post-grad Dipl Spatial Performance & Design) offers a one year full- or two-year part-time course leading to a post-graduate diploma and is open to professionals in many fields who collectively work on projects between architecture, art and performance. AA PhD Programme fosters advanced scholarship and innovative research in the fields of architecture and urbanism through full-time doctoral studies. PhD in Architectural Design programme in advanced design research is an innovative design-led full-time doctoral programme for architects, designers and other qualified professionals. All graduate degrees at the AA are validated by the Open University.

Design Research Laboratory (MArch in Architecture & Urbanism)

The DRL is one of the most recognised MArch graduate design studies in the world. Young architects come from around the world to participate in its collaborative design curriculum, which emphasises an open-source approach to developing new machinic and highly networked design tools, processes, forms and architectural proposals. The programme explores the design discourse and tools needed to capture, control and shape an endless flow of information within the distributed electronic realm of todays rapidly evolving digital design disciplines. Comprehensive design proposals are pursued by collective self-organised teams addressing common topics through shared information-based diagrams, data, models and scripts. The DRL also offers a variety of specialised workshops aimed at the development of expertise in a range of computational design and production systems, as well as seminar series on topics related to the current agenda. Entry requirements for the MArch (16 months): five-year professional architecture degree (BArch / Diploma equivalent)

Emergent Technologies & Design (MArch/MSc)

The Emergent Technologies & Design programme is open to graduates in architecture or engineering who are interested in design that proceeds from innovative technologies and wish to develop skills and pursue knowledge in design research located in new production paradigms. Phase 1 of the programme consists of taught courses, studio workshops and projects, alongside supervised research within the studio. Phase 2 entails further supervised research and a design dissertation for the MSc or a design thesis for the MArch. The programme is focused on the concepts and convergent interdisciplinary effects of emergence on design and production technologies, and on developing these as creative inputs to new architectural design processes. The instruments of analysis and design in Emergent Technologies are computational processes. Entry requirements for the MArch (16 months): five-year professional degree or diploma in architecture, engineering or other relevant disciplines; for the MSc (12 months): professional degree or diploma in architecture, engineering or other relevant disciplines.

Housing & Urbanism (MArch/MA)

The Housing and Urbanism programme applies architecture to the challenges of contemporary urban strategies. Todays metropolitan regions show tremendous diversity and complexity with significant global shifts in the patterns of urban growth and decline. Architecture has a central role to play in this dynamic context, developing far-reaching strategies and generating novel urban clusters. This course focuses on important changes in the contemporary urban condition and investigates how architectural intelligence helps us to understand and respond to these trends. Offering a 12-month MA and a 16-month MArch, the course is balanced between cross-disciplinary research and design application. Students work is divided among three equally important areas: design workshops; lectures and seminars; and a written thesis for the MA or a design project for the MArch, which allow students to develop an extended and focused study within the broader themes of the programme. Entry requirements for the MA (12 months): Second Class or above Honours degree in architecture or a related discipline from a British university, 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); for the MArch 16 months):five-year professional degree in architecture or a related discipline.

Landscape Urbanism (MA)

Landscape Urbanism constitutes a collective endeavour to construct a mode of practice where the processes and techniques that have historically modelled the landscape are integrated into the domain of urbanism. The programme sets out to develop new systems that engage with the social and environmental conditions that continuously reconfigure the city today. Our methodology is by definition multidisciplinary. Expanding from the legacy of landscape design to consider the complexity of contemporary urban dynamics, it integrates knowledge and techniques from such disciplines as environmental engineering, urban strategy, landscape ecology, the development industry and architecture. The MA programme operates by synthesising the dynamic and temporal forces that shape contemporary urban landscape with the generative potentials of materials developed through abstract organisational systems. Entry requirements for the MA (12 months): professional degree or diploma in architecture/landscape architecture or urbanism or other relevant discipline.

Sustainable Environmental Design (MArch/MSc)

The conditions for a symbiotic relationship between buildings and the urban environments they form and occupy are the main concern of the SED masters programme. The dynamic energy exchanges characterising this relation foster distinct change in the climates of cities, the environmental performance of buildings and the comfort and energy use of their inhabitants. Knowledge and understanding of the physical principles underlying these exchanges, along with the conceptual and computational tools to translate them into an ecological architecture and urbanism, form the core of the taught programme in Sustainable Environmental Design. This is structured in two consecutive phases. Phase 1 combines MSc and MArch candidates and is organised around joint studio projects that are worked on in teams. Project work is supported by weekly lectures, research seminars and computer workshops. Phase 2 is focused on dissertation projects, which are undertaken individually and supported by regular seminars and tutorials. Entry requirements for the MArch (16 months): five-year professional architecture degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent); for the MSc (12 months): professional degree or diploma in architecture or engineering.

History & Critical Thinking (MA)

History & Critical Thinking provides a platform for critical enquiry into debates and forms of architectural and urban practice. The aim is threefold: to connect contemporary arguments and projects with a wider historical, cultural and political context; to produce a knowledge relevant to design and public cultures in architecture, including the AA School; and to enquire into new forms of architectural knowledge, design research and practice. Central to the MA course is an emphasis on writing as a critical practice of thinking. Different forms of writing such as essays, reviews, short commentaries and interviews allow students to engage with diverse forms of enquiry and articulate the various aspects of their study. Students are encouraged to publish their work and to present it at conferences and seminars within and outside the school. Entry requirements for the MA (12 months): Second Class or above Honours degree in architecture or a related discipline from a British university, 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).

Conservation of Historic Buildings (AA Grad Dipl)

This two-year day-release programme leading to an AA Graduate Diploma is designed to provide a multi-faceted approach to historic buildings and their conservation. It is recognised as one of the leading courses of its kind, and many practitioners in the field are former students. The course was set up in 1975 by the RIBA and COTAC. The overall aim is to study the practical conservation of buildings within a wider historical context, in order to encourage a broad-based and sensitive handling of issues relating to conservation and reuse. Based in the UK, the course nevertheless has an international dimension. The course studies basic attitudes to conservation, with the recognition, diagnosis and repair of building faults; traditional building materials and crafts, building archaeology, historic buildings legislation and building types from the early medieval period up to the seventeenth century. Entry requirements: Part 2 (RIBA/ARB) or equivalent recognised qualification in a related field.

Design & Make (MArch)

This 16-month MArch graduate design programme is based at the AAs Hooke Park, a working woodland in Dorset in the southwest of England, and is open to graduate students of architecture and related disciplines who wish to pursue studio- and workshop-based design and realisation of alternative rural architectures. On a yearly cycle, the programme will design and construct experimental buildings at Hooke Park, in the process creating a new rural AA campus and showcase for ecologically sustainable design and construction. The two-phase, four-term course starts with a series of seminars to build a theoretical foundation, and a core studio in which students engage in relevant contemporary design practices. Workshop-based experimentation proceeds in parallel with studio-based design explorations. Design studios, planning submissions and on-site construction form the heart of AA D & Ms projectdriven pedagogy. Entry requirements for the MArch (Design & Make) (16 months): five-year professional architecture degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent) or other relevant disciplines.

Projective Cities (MPhil)

Projective Cities is a taught MPhil programme dedicated to the study of the city as the critical site of new architectural knowledge, speculation and research. Its ambition is to redefine and reclaim architecture as essential to theorising, conceptualising, describing, forming, organising and ultimately projecting new ideas of and for the city. In providing a unique integrated research platform committed to the systematic examination and research of the future of the city, the programmes scope is both analytical and speculative, uniting theoretical and practical design research. The 20-month full-time programme is structured in two phases. Phase 1 is a 30-week taught portion, with seminars, design studios and workshops. In Phase 2 also lasting 30 weeks students complete their individual research under supervision, working towards the submission of an original and integrated design thesis and written dissertation at the end of the programme. Entry requirement for the MPhil (20 months): four- or five-year degree in architecture (BArch/Diploma or equivalent).

AA Interprofessional Studio (Post-grad Dipl in Spatial Performance & Design)

Spatial Performance and Design is a programme that operates in the in-between areas of art, architecture and performance, and is designed to appeal to professionals and students who would usually not have the opportunity to study at the AA. The course is a forum for discussion beyond the immediate scope of the studio and as an interdisciplinary project office realising creative, collaborative work. The intense, super-fast and almost impossible but in the end richly successful collaborations result in entirely unexpected and exciting realisations. Spatial Performance and Design offers a one-year full-time course of study or a two-year, part-time, two-day-a-week option both leading to a post graduate diploma. Entry requirements: Second Class or above Honours degree in architecture or a related discipline from a British university, 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).


PhD Programme (PhD)

The AA Schools PhD programme fosters critical discourse and innovative research in the fields of architecture and urbanism. Within these fields the thematic and methodological origins of current projects derive from three main areas of research: architectural theory and history (mainly critical reassessment of twentieth-century architecture and urbanism and critical enquiry into contemporary architecture knowledge and city culture); architectural urbanism (its role in addressing central issues in contemporary urban conditions and debates); and sustainable environmental design (its critical dimension and innovative applications in architecture and urbanism). Eligible candidates may also enrol for the PhD in Architectural Design, an option for qualified architects with experience in design research and an interest in relating theory to design practice. Entry requirements: applicants must hold a post-professional masters degree in their proposed area of PhD research.

PhD in Architectural Design

Applications are also considered for the PhD in Architectural Design a studiobased option for qualified architects with experience in design research and an interest in relating theory to design practice. This is a full-time, 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. Entry requirements: a five-year professional degree in architecture and a masters degree from one of the AA Schools postgraduate programmes, or equivalent academic qualifications. Applicants will be assessed on design portfolio, reference letters, research statement and an interview. The PhD in Architectural Design can be taken over a minimum of two calendar years and a maximum of four years.

Design Research Laboratory


+nous_KRAMA. Tutors: Patrik Schumacher, Christos Passas Team: Ermis Chalvatzis (Greece), Jian Chen (China), Natassa Lianou (Greece), Andri Shalou (Cyprus)

Design Research Laboratory


Top: student Brendon Carlin experimenting with real- time mapping systems for postdisaster scenario prototypical systems

Bottom: Final Phase 2 Jury, January 2011 Invited critics: Mark Burry, Frdric Migayrou, Neil Denari, Philippe Morel, Albert Taylor, Charles Jencks, Roland Snooks and Brett Steele

Design Research Laboratory


Top: Ctrl + M_Digital Plaster. Tutor: Theodore Spyropoulos. Team: Claudia Ernst, (Germany), Manuel Jimnez Garcia (Spain), Roberto Garca Velez, (Spain), Stella Dourtme (Greece)

Bottom: M.O.F_MycoFARMx. Tutors: Yusuke Obuchi, Robert Stuart-Smith. Team: Bo Thamwiset (Thailand), Junjie Zeng (China), Walee Phiriyaphongsak (Thailand), Xin Guo (China)

Emergent Technologies & Design


Top: Core Studio 2: Systems of Organisation Students: Alkistis-Georgia Karakosta, Maria Tiliakos, Nicolas Leguina de Enterria, Brett Watkins. In order to create a network of parks and public space within a given urban condition a model of transitional space based on attraction and repulsion was studied and from this a connectivity pattern emerged.

Bottom: Core Studio 2: Systems of Organisation Students: Dominik Lisik, Yasaman Mousavi, Jacob Bekermus, Paula Velasco Ureta The distribution of transportation flows within an urban environment is used for the spatial reorganisation of the area along Broadway Market, with the goal of reactivating parts of the urban tissue.

Emergent Technologies & Design


EmTech-Students in collaboration with ETH Zurich, Chair of Structural Design. For a temporary pavilion in Zurich the behaviour of plywood was studied in more detail. The whole installation uses only three sheets of plywood that are machined with a series of two-dimensional curved lines. These parabolic curves have been designed and optimised for sun shading and to allow for maximum curvature once assembled.

Housing & Urbanism


Top: Royal Docks, Industry / Institutions / Infrastructure new institution mixing learning and production

Bottom: Royal Docks productive ecology Sections of mixed-use development

Housing & Urbanism


Top: Lower Lea Valley three linked projects respond to the current fragmentation and heterogeneity of the area. New public interiors within large blocks inserted into the industrial park; activation of nodes on the multi-layered infrastructure; and developing marshland for work/live space.

Bottom: Lower Lea Valley, Rhizomatic entities the city as a hybrid assemblage of parts with multi-layered and contradictory ordering

Landscape Urbanism


Hsueh-Yen Chuang, Shantesh Kelvekar. Mesh proliferation for a new development with port and logistical facilities, Jingtan Island, China

Landscape Urbanism


Top: Rui Liu, Eunah Ham, Zaneena Hyder Karukapadath Habeeb Tea farming and water networks, Zhijiang District, Hangzhou, China

Bottom left: AALU Students Kai Fu, Alicia Hidalgo, Hira Waseem with HKU students. Water movement indexing drawing, Chong Shou Cixi, China Bottom right: AALU Students Kai Fu, Alicia Hidalgo, Hira Waseem with HKU students. Water pollution indexing, Chong Shou Cixi, China

Sustainable Environmental Design


Dana Nishimura Bryan, Keunjoo Lee, Elsie Vlachos, Juliane Wolf, Extended Family Housing on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela MSc / MArch Term 2 Urban Living Environments Project. Designed to produce its energy naturally; graphs show that indoor temperatures can be kept at comfort level (grey band) without mechanical support.

Sustainable Environmental Design


Priji Balakrishnan, Bjorn Rosaeg, Philippe Saleh, Yukari Takagi, Using Rooftops for New Housing in London MSc / MArch Term 2 Urban Living Environments Project. Near zero-carbon development on existing building follows from fieldwork, measurements and parametric studies carried out on the building in Term 1.

History & Critical Thinking


Writing and Critical Thinking in Architecture Symposium, 25 March 2011

Conservation of Historic Buildings


Top: Berat, Albania designated as a Museum City in 1961

Right: Yannis Kizis lecturing at the AA

Design & Make


Top and bottom: Big Shed construction the shed will accommodate future assembly and prototyping activities at Hooke Park

Design & Make


Top and bottom: Design & Make students in the Hooke Park workshop

Projective Cities


Sakiko Goto, Station as the Interface to the City

Spatial Performance and Design


Top: Trish wearing the Exquisite Corpses dress in Nave 16 at the Matadero Madrid. Photo Henrietta Williams

Bottom: Diego Ulrich and Nazli Usta concept model for the white inflatable structure

PhD Programme


Top: Elia Zenghelis and participants at the AHRA Research Student Symposium, AA Lecture Hall, 14 May 2011

Bottom: Extracts from the Aldo Rossi archive studied by Emanuel de Sousa during his residency at the Canadian Centre for Architecture


Application Procedure Full details on the application procedures for all graduate school programmes are available from Applicants must complete an application form, accompanied by the application fee and original evidence of qualifications (copies will not be accepted). Academic and/or work references must also be provided. With the exception of History & Critical Thinking and Conservation of Historic Buildings, applicants are also required to submit a portfolio of design work (no larger than A4 format) showing a combination of both academic and professional work (if applicable). All applicants are encouraged to attend a personal interview. All documentation must be provided in English. To meet both the AA and the UKBA English Language requirements you will need to have one of the acceptable language qualifications listed below, unless you are from one of the following groups: You are a national of an Englishspeaking country as per the list on the UKBA website. OR You have been taught in English at the level equivalent to a UK bachelors degree for a minimum of three years. OR You have studied on a Tier 4 child visa in the UK and the course was longer than six months and completed within the last two years.

The following qualifications satisfy both the requirements of the UKBA and the entry requirements of the AA. IELTS (Academic 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each category) two-year validity period: must be within the two years at time of CAS visa application. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English at grade C1 or C2 Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English at grade C2 Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) overall minimum of 63 with a score of at least 59 in each category Internet-based TOEFL overall score of 90 with at least 22 for listening, 22 for reading, 23 for speaking and 23 for writing. Application Deadlines Applications are due by 13 January 2012 (fee 40). Successful applications made by this date are eligible to apply for an AA Bursary. Late applications must be submitted by 12 March 2012 (fee 60). Applications made after this date will be accepted at the discretion of the school. Enquiries should be addressed to: Graduate School Admissions Registrars Office T +44 (0)20 7887 4067/4007 F +44 (0)20 7414 0779 graduateadmissions


Prospectus The AA Prospectus contains more information about the school and its programmes. A copy of the Prospectus, together with an application form, is available on request from: Graduate Admissions Coordinator Admissions Office Architectural Association School of Architecture 36 Bedford Square London WC1B 3ES T +44 (0)20 7887 4067 / 4007 F +44 (0)20 7414 0779 graduateadmissions Architectural Association 36 Bedford Square London WC1B 3ES T +44 (0)20 7887 4000 F +44 (0)20 7414 0782 Produced by AA Print Studio Printed in England by APG / Blue Printing Cover photos Valerie Bennett Architectural Association (Inc), Registered charity No 311083. Company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No 171402 Registered office as above. AA Members wishing to request a large-print version of specific printed items can do so by contacting AA Reception +44 (0)20 7887 4000 / or by accessing the AA website at

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