RICOCHET 2 – Open call for proposals
Series : Ricochet
Date : February 28 2018
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Front Members’ Room
Interested to challenge the AA community with a visceral sharing of your work in progress on architecture, design, writing, models, videos or work that defies classification? Are you willing to experience your current uncompleted work and thinking pushed and pulled in directions alluded in it but still unaccounted for? Are you ‘bored’ by the architecture crit ritual and seek the excitement of an embodied architecture exchange? If yes, it’s time to answer the RICOCHET call.
AA Members and alumni are invited to submit proposals for RICOCHET 2 scheduled for 28 February 2018. The RICOCHET series, organised by John Andrews and Maria Theodorou, is a platform for AA Members and alumni to bring works in progress to the school to be put under scrutiny by students and colleagues. Intended as an intensive discussion and exchange of ideas, RICOCHET will assemble the AA’s bodies, humours and brains to exercise in the immersive environment of architectural gymnastics.
To submit your interest to discuss your work in progress at RICOCHET 2, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by 19 January 2018. Your e-mail should include the following information:
1. Personal information: Name, surname, title (Dr, Ms, Mrs etc.), your e-mail address and AA Membership number (if known)
2. Proposal: A brief description of the work in progress you would like to discuss, which should contain your proposal’s title, a text (up to 300 words) and visuals (up to 3 images, or a link to a short video)
3. Your brief biography (up to 100 words – please indicate your relationship to the AA e.g. Member, alumna/us)
Please submit one proposal only and keep the following dates in your diary:
+ Submission of interest deadline: 19 January 2018
+ Notification to successful proposals: 31 January 2018
+ RICOCHET 2 event: 28 February 2018
We look forward to receiving your proposals and keep in mind you need to cater for your own expenses to come at the AA for the RICOCHET discussion, which will be recorded and broadcast at a later date.
AA Dialogues: Assemble’s Jane Hall with Summer Islam
Series : Dialogues
Date : March 7 2018
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Lecture Hall
The technical and bureaucratic complexity of “making” leads to simplification, categorization and the ultimate abandonment of discourse which is left within the academic sphere. How to resist and inhabit the precious blurry lines between different fields, practice and research, design and use? Jane Hall, a member of Turner prize winning Studio Assemble in conversation with Summer Islam of 6A Architects will reflect on history of that quest, where we are and where we can be.
Assemble are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design. They began working together in 2010 and are comprised of 18 members. Assemble’s working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the on-going realisation of the work. Assemble were awarder Turner Prize in 2015.
Jane Hall is a founding member of Assemble. She studied architecture at King’s College Cambridge and the Royal College of Art and she was the inaugural recipient of the British Council’s Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship (2013). She is currently a PhD candidate at the RCA where her research compares the work of Lina Bo Bardi and Alison and Peter Smithson, to explore the way in which postwar architecture evolved within the context of the Modern Art Movement on both sides of the Atlantic. Her work on public space, occupation and collective action in Brazil has been published in Blueprint magazine, The Architectural Review and most recently, Matzine.
Summer Islam is an associate at 6a architects in London. Alongside practice, Summer teaches a design studio for the MA in Architecture at the London Metropolitan University. She graduated from the Architectural Association with Honours in 2014 having subsequently taught at the AA Visiting School in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Summer recently undertook research into the work of Aino Aalto as part of the Forgotten Masters series at the Royal Academy.
Please note: Priority will be given to Members and alumni of the Architectural Association. Please bring your AA Membership card. If you are not a Member of the AA but wish to attend, please e-mail email@example.com.
Curated by Marko Milovanovic, AA Dialogues is about AA Members and alumni taking an active part in conversations. Come with questions, ideas and thoughts to explore how other ‘makers’ operate on the edges or outside of the architectural field to inform or challenge how we identify ourselves, work and think. Are we in fact becoming more and more collaborative and how do we handle a contemporary obsession to define who we are instead of what we do?
Image Credit: Alison and Peter Smithson © AA Photo Library
Members’ Screening: Last Year At Marienbad
Series : Members' Screening
Date : March 13 2018
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema
Join us for an exclusive screening of Alain Resnais’ Last Year At Marienbad, 1961.
Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais’ epochal Last Year at Marienbad (L’année dernière à Marienbad) has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. Written by radical master of the New Novel Alain Robbe-Grillet, this surreal fever dream – or nightmare – gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig) who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-filled château they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlour games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais’ investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story.
Only open to AA Members. Book your seat using the form below.
Hooke Park Members’ Trip: Campus tour + foraging and forestry walks
Series : Members Trip
Date : May 12 2018
Time : All Day
Location : Hooke Park
Ticket Price : £50.00 - £80.00
AA Members and alumni are invited to explore Hooke Park, the AA’s woodland campus in Dorset.
Tours of the architecture campus buildings and talks on the development of Hooke Park as a unique place for learning, experimentation and self-sufficiency will take place throughout the day. You also have the chance to join medical herbalist and Hooke resident Georgie Corry Wright on a foraging woodland walk.
08.20 | Depart London Waterloo
11.20 | Arrival at Hooke Park
11.20 – 11.40 | Coffee, introduction to Hooke Park in the Prototype House (1989, Richard Burton and Frei Otto)
11.40 – 12.20 | Tour of original buildings including Workshop (1987 by Richard Burton & Frei Otto) and Westminster Lodge (1995) by Edward Cullinan Architects
12.20 – 13.00 | Tour of AA Design + Make buildings including: Timber Seasoning Shelter (2014), Biomass Boiler House (2015) and Big Shed (2012) plus Wakeford Hall project update
13.00 – 13.40 | Lunch served in the Refectory
13.40 – 14.40 | Campus tour, Design + Make: Woodchip Barn (2016) and Sawmill Shelter (2017)
14.40 – 16.15 | Foraging walk led by Georgie Corry Wright, Hooke Park resident and medical herbalist
14.40 – 16.15 | Growing timber for future architecture: Tour of the forestry at Hooke Park with Jez Ralph
16.15 – 16.45 | Tea
16.45 | Depart Hooke Park
If you have any questions, please contact the Membership & Alumni team on 020 7887 firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Hooke Park © AA Photo Library
23 spaces available BOOK / VIEW
An Evening to Remember Paul Oliver (1927–2017)
Series : Memorial/Celebration
Date : May 26 2018
Time : 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location : Architectural Association
Ticket Price : £15.00
We extend a warm invitation to this event at the Architectural Association remembering Paul Oliver – influential former AA tutor and world-authority on blues music and vernacular architecture.
Programme of events
3.30-4.00 pm Arrival and refreshments
4.00-5.30 pm Informal speeches: Memories of Paul, chaired by Alyn Shipton
5.30-7.00 pm Drinks reception and music
99 spaces available BOOK / VIEW