Forthcoming Events

AA Building Conversations with Taro Tsuruta

Series : AA Building Conversations
Date : October 27 2017
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location : Westminster Underground Station
Ticket Price : £10.00 - £15.00

AA Members, students and alumni are invited to join the 2016 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize winner Taro Tsuruta (AADipl 1996) on this visit to the iconic Hopkins’ designed Westminster Underground Station and the accompanying parliamentary building of Portcullis House. Completed in 1999 and shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, the station has been described as a “dramatic concrete well, woven with stacked banks of escalators that hang from a dynamic network of flying concrete beams and steel tubes”.

Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, AA Building Conversations combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. AA Building Conversations brings together practising architects and the AA community 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 AA graduate school students Alvaro Velasco Perez and Raül Avilla, but will be a collective construction among all those present.

Tsuruta Architects was established in 2006 by Taro Tsuruta, an experienced Japanese architect. Tsuruta worked with leading London design practices on complex multi-award winning projects before setting up his own studio. His original designs are informed by an exacting understanding of construction technology, combined with a deep respect for light, materials, context and the practicalities of everyday life. The practice has enjoyed critical acclaim for House of Trace – a radically different approach to home redevelopment. The project was warmly received in the press and gained numerous industry awards, most notably the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stephen Lawrence Prize 2016.

Please note you will require an Oyster Card of contactless payment card to access Westminster Underground Station as part of this visit. Due to security restrictions, the group will be unable to enter Portcullis House itself.

Open to AA Members, students, and alumni. Book your place using the form below.

Image: Mike Quinn, licensed under Creative Commons Licence

 

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Members’ Screening: The Architecture of Doom

Series : Members' Screening
Date : November 7 2017
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for an exclusive screening of The Architecture of Doom, a film by Peter Cohen.

Cohen postulates a theory that the Third Reich’s obsessive pursuit of an ideal society was in part a fulfilment of its leaders’ own aborted creative careers. Using archival footage underscoring National Socialism’s obsession with purity and order, and contrasting it with the so-called “degenerate” work of the German avant garde, Cohen attempts to draw parallels between Hitler’s own subjective aesthetic views and his systematic extermination of millions of European Jews.

“Using archival footage and documents, familiar and unfamiliar, Cohen marshals his arguments and his evidence masterfully” – Washington Post

“A brilliantly written and visualized documentary” – Bright Lights Film Journal

Only open to AA Students and Members. Book your seat using the form below.

 

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Little Architect – AA XX 100 Family Workshop: Yes, she can

Series : AA XX 100
Date : November 11 2017
Time : 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location : AA Front Members’ Room

AA Members, alumni and the general public are invited to bring along the budding architects and designers in their life to this Little Architect Family Workshop as part of the AA XX 100 project, celebrating 100 years of women in the Architectural Association.

Designed by Little Architect founder and director, Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido, this workshop invites boys and girls aged 7-15 to hear from and get creative with female architects working in the profession.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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RICOCHET – CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Series : Members Trip
Date : November 14 2017
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : 36 Bedford Square

 

Are you interested to challenge the AA community with a visceral sharing of your work in progress? Are you willing to experience your current uncompleted work and thinking pushed and pulled in different directions? 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 the forthcoming RICOCHET series – organised by John Andrews and Maria Theodorou – which begins on Tuesday 14 November 2017.

The RICOCHET series is a platform for AA Members & 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 the RICOCHET series, send an e-mail to events@aaschool.ac.uk by 4 September 2017 . Your e-mail should include the following information:

+ Personal information: Name, Surname, and AA membership number (if known)

+ 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)

+ Biography (up to 100 words, indicating your relationship to the AA, e.g. Member, alumna/us etc.)

Please submit one proposal only and keep the following dates in your diary:

Proposal submission deadline: 4 September 2017

Notification to successful proposals: 22 September 2017

RICOCHET ONE: 14 November 2017

We look forward to receiving your proposals. Please note that you will need to cover your own expenses to come at the AA for the RICOCHET discussion, which will be video recorded and broadcast at a later date.

 

 

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AA Alumni Evening

Series : Reunion
Date : November 22 2017
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : 36 Bedford Square

AA alumni from across the generations are warmly invited to return to Bedford Square for a drinks reception to meet and reconnect with fellow graduates.

Hosted by interim school director Samantha Hardingham, this is your opportunity to hear about the latest school news and developments.

Places are free, but limited. Book your place now using the form below.

Image: Valerie Bennett

 

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Members’ Screening: The End of Suburbia

Series : Members' Screening
Date : December 5 2017
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for an exclusive screening of Gregory Greene’s The End of Suburbia, 2004.

Arguing that modern life as we know it is doomed to end as oil reserves begin running out, this documentary focuses on the intertwining histories of the energy industry and the suburbs. Prompted by the desire to move away from dangerous, dirty urban spaces, American suburbia emerged in earnest after World War II, enabled by the rapid growth of the automobile industry. In interviews, experts predict a grim future, with nations fighting over oil and the collapse of food-supply chains.

Only open to AA Students and Members. Book your seat using the form below.

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