Forthcoming Events

Members’ Screening: The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

Series : Members' AA Cinema Screening
Date : April 23 2019
Time : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for a screening of The Fog of War (2003) Directed by Errol Morris

How does modern warfare work? How do you distinguish between the rational and the emotional? Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara (1916-2009) was the architect of the Vietnam War, and there are many who hold him responsible for this catastrophic conflict. In his book In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, McNamara offers 11 lessons that form the framework for a conversation in which he speaks candidly about his experiences as a student, the director of Ford Motor Company and a statesman. His deep interest in logic and aesthetics was already flourishing in his college days, but he is also remembered as a sophisticated politician with a penchant for statistics.

The interview with McNamara himself is interspersed with archive footage and audio recordings of conversations with John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. This Oscar-winning documentary offers an engrossing perspective on the dark machinations of 1960s American politics. McNamara places great emphasis on the importance of perception. How many soldiers should be allowed to die in the battle for a secure world? How can war be prevented? How do you define war crimes? He believed that a good leader should see war as a machine, one from which all emotion has been eradicated. Only in this way is it possible to avoid making major errors of judgement in the heat of battle.

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AA Building Conversations: St Paul’s Bow Common with Hugh Strange

Series : AA Building Conversations
Date : April 30 2019
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location : St Paul’s Church, Bow Common
Ticket Price : £5.00

A building visit led by Hugh Strange of Hugh Strange Architects, of St Paul’s Bow Common by Robert McGuire & Keith Murray, co-led by Alvaro Velasco, AA PhD candidate.

St Paul’s Bow Common

In 2013 St Paul’s Bow Common won the National Churches Trust Diamond Jubilee award for the best church designed since 1953.  The building is particularly significant as a built manifestation of the liturgical reform movement, reappraising the setting for modern worship that here is focussed around a central altar.

Hugh Strange

Hugh Strange established Hugh Strange Architects in 2011 and has gone on to win the RIBA Award 2011, AIA UK Award 2011 (Best Small Project) and the Wood Award 2011 (Best Small Project) for The Strange House, in South-East London The practice have also won the 2016 AJ Small Projects Award for Avon Wildlife Trust and the RIBA National Award for the Drawing Matter Archive.

AA Building Conversations

AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members to discuss in-situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by an AA PhD student, and will be a collective construction among all those present. This project has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar (AAPhD 2016), and realised by AA membership and AA PhD candidates Sofia Krimizi & Alvaro Velasco.

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AA Building Conversations: The Barbican Estate with Stephen Witherford

Series : AA Building Conversations
Date : May 9 2019
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location : Barbican Centre
Ticket Price : £5.00

This building visit led by Stephen Witherford of Witherford Watson Mann Architects, will explore The Barbican Estate designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon, with the conversation co-led by Alvaro Velasco, AA PhD candidate.

The Barbican Estate

The Barbican Estate was designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon. In 1954, the young architects were asked to submit designs for the Barbican. With its coarse concrete surfaces, elevated gardens and trio of high-rise towers, the Barbican Estate offered a new vision for how high-density residential neighbourhoods could be integrated with schools, shops and restaurants, as well world-class cultural destinations. Approval was given in 1959 for the residential blocks to be built and construction lasted for twelve years, with the complex officially opening in 1982. At the time of their completion, the Barbican towers were the tallest residential towers in Europe.

Stephen Witherford

Since establishing Witherford Watson Mann Architects in 2002, Stephen has led projects including Amnesty International UK, Bankside Urban Forest, the Olympic Legacy Masterplan and the 21st century Almshouse. He has a strong commitment to urban design and public space, and has taught at the London School of Economics Cities Programme, and served as a member of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group.

AA Building Conversations

AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members to discuss in-situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by an AA PhD student, and will be a collective construction among all those present. This project has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar (AAPhD 2016), and realised by AA membership and AA PhD candidates Sofia Krimizi & Alvaro Velasco.

Image: © Joas Souza

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Members’ Screening: Robinson In Space + Q&A with director Patrick Keiller & architect Sam Jacob

Series : Members' Screening
Date : May 15 2019
Time : 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : Birkbeck Cinema

Join us for a special screening in 35mm of Robinson In Space (1997), directed by Patrick Keiller. The sreening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Patrick Keiller and architect Sam Jacob.

England, 1995. An unnamed narrator sets out from Paddington to meet his friend Robinson in Reading, where the latter is earning a precarious living as an English-language teacher. Soon the couple (whom we never see) are enlisted as spies by a mysterious organisation and set out on seven meandering trips over England, in imitation of Daniel Defoe’s literary tour of the country. The first trip takes them along the Thames, west and east of London; the second to Oxford, Cambridge, and Bristol; the third to the West Midlands; the fourth to Birmingham and Liverpool; the fifth to Manchester and Hull; the sixth to Scarborough and Whitby; the seventh to Blackpool and Sellafield.

Speaking over images of a wide variety of places, the narrator gives a picaresque account of the couple’s uneventful journey, embroidered with historical and philosophical observations on English life. Inexplicably released from their quixotic task, the couple end their journey in Newcastle, where Robinson may or may not find the utopia he has been seeking.

The film will be shown in its original format of 35mm in Birkbeck Gordan Square Cinema. This event is a collaboration between the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Architectural Association

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AA Building Conversations: Danish Embassy and Duke of York Restaurant with Alan Dempsey

Series : AA Building Conversations
Date : May 28 2019
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location : Embassy of Denmark
Ticket Price : £5.00

This building visit led by Alan Dempsey of Nex—, will start at the Danish Embassy designed by Arne Jacobsen and move to the Duke of York Restaurant designed by Nex—. The conversation will be co-led by an AA PhD candidate.

The Danish Embassy

The Danish Embassy in London was designed by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. It is a purpose-built embassy in modernist design, which houses the chancellery functions as well as the ambassador’s residence. The design was made in respect to the scale and the traditional composition of buildings in the area, while at the same time creating a functional entity. The visible structure of the embassy comprises of stacks of glazed boxes, cantilevered out from concrete walls.

The Duke of York Restaurant

Designed by Nex—, The new Duke of York Restaurant occupies a prominent position on the King’s Road. The form of the building responds sensitively to the adjacent Grade II listed screen wall of the Duke of York Headquarters.  A counterpoint spiral of ribbon like off-white concrete leads to a public roof garden, supported on glazed arches. At ground level, the interior is designed with a desire to create a restaurant for all seasons, which connects interior and exterior. A technical world first — the innovative curved glazing can lower into the basement, allowing alfresco dining in fine weather.

Alan Dempsey

Alan is the founding Director of Nex—, Alan leads the design of all projects at Nex— , a London based architecture studio that designs buildings and spaces defined by place, people and atmosphere.  Alan graduated from the AADRL in 2002 and taught undergraduate and post-graduate courses at the AA from 2005-2013. Alan’s work has been recognised with awards and commendations from the D&AD, The Architects Journal, UK Technology Strategy Board, World Architecture Network, Building Design, and the Architecture Foundation. He has been an invited speaker at the AA, NAI, CAFA Beijing, ETH, MIT and other international venues.

AA Building Conversations

AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members to discuss in-situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by an AA PhD student, and will be a collective construction among all those present. This project has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar (AAPhD 2016), and realised by AA membership and AA PhD candidates Sofia Krimizi & Alvaro Velasco.

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AA Building Conversations: Sivill House with Tyen Masten

Series : AA Building Conversations
Date : June 6 2019
Time : 12:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location : Sivill House
Ticket Price : £5.00

A building visit led by Tyen Masten of PHASE3, of Sivill House by Skinner Bailey & Lubetkin, co-led by Sofia Krimizi, AA PhD candidate.

Sivill House

Sivill House was completed in 1962 in the Constructivist style and designed by Douglas Bailey, Francis Skinner and Berthold Lubetkin, the successors to the Tecton Group. The 76-flat council housing block on Columbia Road has 19-storeys, at a total height of 59m and is nearby to the Dorset Estate which was also designed by the same team.

Tyen Masten

Designer Tyen Masten is founding director of PHASE3, an architecture practice with work that goes beyond traditional expectations of building. PHASE3 operates as a platform that connects architecture, thinking and design to create big, serious, thoughtful projects. Tyen was a tutor at the AA in both the Diploma and Intermediate School between 2005-2017. During his tenure at Zaha Hadid Architects (2004–12) he successfully led the design on a multitude of projects in the Middle East and across the UK.

AA Building Conversations

AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members to discuss in-situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by an AA PhD student, and will be a collective construction among all those present. This project has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar (AAPhD 2016), and realised by AA membership and AA PhD candidates Sofia Krimizi & Alvaro Velasco.

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Members’ Screening: Workingman’s Death

Series : Members' AA Cinema Screening
Date : June 11 2019
Time : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for a screening of Workingman’s Death (2005) Directed by Michael Glawogger

Workingman’s Death is an unflinching portrait of the state of manual labour in the 21st century. The film is composed of six chapters, the first five are portraits of heavy manual labour around the world, the sixth shows contrasting scenes of youths in a former German industrial complex which had been converted into a leisure park.

In Ukraine, a group of men spend long days crawling through cramped shafts of illegal coal mines. Sulfur gatherers in Indonesia brave the smoky heat of an active volcano and the treacherous trip back down. Blood, fire and stench are routine for workers at a crowded open-air slaughterhouse in Nigeria. Pakistani men use little more than their bare hands to dismantle an abandoned oil tanker for scrap metal. Steelworkers in China fear they could be a dying breed…

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