Forthcoming Events

Gianni Botsford – Light House Visit

Series : Building Visit
Date : October 2 2018
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location :
Ticket Price : £0.00

 

A visit led by Gianni Botsford at which AA Members will be granted exclusive access to Light House.

Completed in 2005, the key challenge Gianni Botsford Architects faced with Light House was maintaining privacy while also optimizing daylight and sunlight penetration into the house. The starting point of the project became to represent the empty volume of the site as a 3D grid of data points, producing a database of solar and daylight conditions throughout the year. This, alongside the client’s preferences and lifestyle, formed the basis of the design process.

As a result, the section became inverted, placing the bedrooms on the ground floor and the living spaces on the first floor. Terraces and gardens create internal courtyard volumes into which the surrounding spaces face. The inward looking nature of the site in conjunction with the inverted section led to the development of a completely glazed roof which functions as an environmental moderator, filtering sunlight and daylight through layers of transparency and opacity.

 


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Image Credit: © Nick Kane

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Tonkin Liu – The Sun Rain Room Visit

Series : Building Visit
Date : October 9 2018
Time : 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location : Tonkin Liu
Ticket Price : £5.00

 

A visit led by Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin of Tonkin Liu Architects, at which AA Members will be granted exclusive access to The Sun Rain Room. The award winning two-storey extension and restoration of a Grade-II Listed Georgian townhouse serves as both a studio for the practice and a home for the partners’ family.

Each of Tonkin Liu’s projects embodies our relationship to nature. In Sun Rain Room the perimeter walls of the rear courtyard support a plywood roof, curved in plan and section to allow maximum light into a patio garden. Rainwater gathered at the top of the townhouse falls through a pipe, following the roof’s curving leading edge to a spout over a long rainwater harvesting tank. The tank floods the patio at the push of a button, transforming it into a reflecting pool, and bouncing raindrops are illuminated by a beam of light.

 


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Image Credit: © Alexander James

 

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Denise Scott Brown: Wayward Eye – Exhibition Tour

Series : Members Trip
Date : October 10 2018
Time : 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location : Betts Project

 

Join us for a tour of ‘Wayward Eye’ an exhibition of photography by legendary architect-planner and theorist Denise Scott Brown, shown at Betts Project Gallery. The tour will be led by Marie Coulon, Director and Founder of Betts Project.

‘I’m not a photographer. I shoot for architecture — if there’s art here it’s a byproduct.

Yet the images stand alone. Judge what you see.’

—Denise Scott Brown

Taken between 1956 and 1966, these photographs reveal Scott Brown’s formative explorations into urban systems, Pop Art, and the complexity of the American vernacular — interests that she and partner Robert Venturi would later develop in the pivotal Learning from Las Vegas. The photographs offer a glimpse into the social transformations of the 1960s as seen through the wayward eye of one of architecture’s most influential practitioners.

Exhibition is open until Saturday, 20 October 2018

www.bettsproject.com

 


Only open to AA Members.

Book your place by emailing events@aaschool.ac.uk (please include your membership number and the event you would like to book).

Image Credit: Denise Scott Brown, Pico Boulevard – Santa Monica, 1966, pigment on paper, 28 x 43 cm. © Denise Scott Brown. Courtesy Betts Project.

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London’s Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest

Series : Bloomsbury Festival
Date : October 20 2018
Time : 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location : Architectural Association

 

Paul Wood – author of London’s Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest – will lead a walking tour setting off from the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture to explore London’s urban forest.

Looking specifically at street trees and their impact on the cityscape, Paul will provide a brief history of urban trees and their use in planning from the 19th century onwards and offer some thoughts on best practice for planners and architects. Taking in streets around Bedford Square in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, coincidentally spanning two boroughs – Westminster and Camden – we will look at trees in situ highlighting their impact on the city, the differences between local authority planting, and the remarkable variety of species to be found.

This event was originally held as part of the Bedford Square Festival, an annual four-day programme of free events in July organised as a collaboration between five of the cultural institutions that reside on Bedford Square in Bloomsbury: The Architectural Association, New College of the Humanites, the Paul Mellon Centre, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Yale University Press London. For more information, please visit: www.bedfordsquarefestival.co.uk

This event is open to all and places are free, but limited. Book your place using the form below.

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AA Digital Prototyping Lab Open House: Developments in 3D fabrication for architecture

Series : Bloomsbury Festival
Date : October 20 2018
Time : 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location : Architectural Association

 

Angel Fernando Lara Moreira – architect, researcher and head of the AA’s Digital Prototyping Lab – hosts an open morning at the AA’s brand new centre for 3D fabrication, demonstrating the latest technologies available.

Join us and find out more about how architects and designers make use of lasers, computer numeric control milling, robotics and 3D printing & scanning during the design process.

This event was originally held as part of the Bedford Square Festival, an annual four-day programme of free events in July organised as a collaboration between five of the cultural institutions that reside on Bedford Square in Bloomsbury: The Architectural Association, New College of the Humanities, the Paul Mellon Centre, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Yale University Press London. For more information, please visit: www.bedfordsquarefestival.co.uk

This event is open to all and places are free, but limited. Tours run every 30 minutes and last for half an hour. Book your place using the form below, choosing the start time you would like to attend.

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AA Little Architect Family Workshop: Yes SHE Can!

Series : Bloomsbury Festival
Date : October 20 2018
Time : 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location : Architectural Association

 

Designed by Little Architect founder and director, Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido, this family workshop invites budding architects and designers aged 7-15 to hear from and get creative with female architects working in the profession. Children will hear from speakers about their careers in architecture and get to ask questions before designing buildings for a future city in a celebratory collective collaged mural and presenting their architectural visions to the group!

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

This event was held as part of the Bedford Square Festival, an annual four-day programme of free events in July organised as a collaboration between five of the cultural institutions that reside on Bedford Square in Bloomsbury: The Architectural Association, New College of the Humanites, the Paul Mellon Centre, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Yale University Press London. For more information, please visit: www.bedfordsquarefestival.co.uk

This event is open to all and places are free, but limited. Book your place using the form below.

 

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A celebration of the architecture of Bedford Square – Benedict O’Looney

Series : Bloomsbury Festival
Date : October 20 2018
Time : 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location : Architectural Association

 

This walking tour tells the remarkable architectural history of Bedford Square, one of the best-preserved Georgian Squares in Britain, an exemplar of modern domestic architecture in the late eighteenth century. This walk is a unique opportunity to see some of the normally hidden interiors of the finest houses on the square where much original features and detailing survive. While the Grade l listed townscape of Bedford Square has been carefully preserved, in recent years there has been considerable new development on adjacent streets. This tour concludes with a look at some of the exciting new projects on the edges of the square showing how the West End has flourished and grown around this elegant oasis of historic Georgian architecture.

This event was originally held as part of the Bedford Square Festival, an annual four-day programme of free events in July organised as a collaboration between five of the cultural institutions that reside on Bedford Square in Bloomsbury: The Architectural Association, New College of the Humanities, the Paul Mellon Centre, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Yale University Press London. For more information, please visit: www.bedfordsquarefestival.co.uk

This event is open to all and places are free, but limited. Book your place using the form below.

 

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DSDHA – Tour of Smithson Plaza

Series : Building Visit
Date : November 20 2018
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location : Smithson Plaza (The Economist Building)
Ticket Price : £5.00

 

Completed by Alison and Peter Smithson in 1964 for the Economist and acquired by Tishman Speyer in 2016, the Economist Plaza has now been renamed ‘Smithson Plaza’ in honour of the original architects.

DSDHA are proud to be restoring this iconic complex: one of London’s most significant urban landmarks and public spaces; widely appreciated internationally as a triumph of Brutalist architecture.

Having considered the impact of incremental changes since 1964 – the Smithsons themselves made alterations to their project before SOM architects’ major reworking in the 90s – DSDHA have assessed what might be preserved or changed and have developed a phased restoration framework for the complex’s sensitive restoration and substantial upgrade.

DSDHA’s interventions create sustainable workspaces and new flexible facilities as well as maintaining this unique public space for the city. Their design has been guided by a rigorous methodology, devised in conversation with distinguished scholars and experts and informed by extensive historical research and in-depth forensic investigations on the fabric of the Plaza.

 


Only open to AA Members. Book your place using the form below.

Image Credit: 2018 © Michael Carapetian

 

We are currently experiencing technical issues with our booking form. If you are unable to book through the form below and would like to make a booking, please email events@aaschool.ac.uk. We apologise for the inconvenience.

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