On November 19th the AA hosted the annual

Silver Gala


and welcomed over 120 guests to our home in Bedford Square with AA spirit embedded into the walls, the music and the good company we shared. We would like to thank all who attended and donated towards the Silver Gala.

The night was a great success with over £50,000 raised so far towards AA Public Programmes and Publications. We announced the new AA Wood Lab, made possible by a generous donation from John Makepeace, and launched Architecture in Translation with an exhibition of donated works currently on view at the AA until 6 December. We held a silent auction on the night and there are still a few items available for you to bid on.



Tuesday 19 November
36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES
Attire: Black tie (or a translation of it)
6.30pm Drinks reception and exhibition opening

7.30pm Dinner and performances

9.30pm Auction and after party

The 2019 Silver Gala celebrated the launch of Architecture in Translation, and raised funds to support Architectural Association Public Programmes and Publications. Voices from the AA and beyond came together to eat, celebrate our history and debate our future over delicious food and wine and a programme of performances.


Architecture in Translation

Today there are 7111 languages spoken around the world but it is estimated that by the turn of the century nearly half of the world’s languages are likely to be extinguished. At the AA we have students from more than 81 nationalities and we speak more than 40 languages. To celebrate and build on this diversity, and to recognise the value of language in the production of space and ideas, this year we are launching Architecture in Translation, a project that aims to build a multilingual and multicultural approach to architecture today.



3XN Architects
George Baird
Alan Henry Balfour
Norman Chang
Thomas Michael Darracott
Kohn Pedersen Fox
Andrew Griffin, Urban Agency
Sforza / Heah
Sachi Hoshikawa
Crispin Kelly
Asif Khan
Kengo Kuma

Silver Artwork Donors

Flavie Audi
Tatiana Bilbao
Nigel Coates
Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen
Douglas Coupland
Thomas Heatherwick
Steven Holl
Toyo Ito
Alfredo Jaar
Sam Jacob
Julia Koerner
Kengo Kuma
Lawrence Lek
Thom Mayne
Farshid Moussavi
Tom Sachs
Fredrikson Stallard
Bernard Tschumi
Roger Zogolovitch

An exhibition of donated artworks is on display until 6 December.


Photos from the event can be viewed online here.







Art Direction: Pentagram, Sascha Lobe

The Architectural Association would like to thank everyone who attended the Summer Garden Party, especially those who have donated towards Scholarships and Bursaries in support of future generations of deserving students.

You can donate towards Scholarships and Bursaries using Paypal. If you would like to donate over £5000 please contact alex@aaschool.ac.uk



When time,

distance and the material world are being neurotically rearranged

and dissolved by digital systems the

Summer Garden Party

becomes an essential tool

for not only having your brain tattooed by the work of 779 students

but for giving support to Scholarships and Bursaries

for future creative work at the AA

– LAWuN, 2019





Projects Review 2019 Private View

36 Bedford Square, WC1B 3ES

Guests attending the Summer Garden Party will also receive an invitation to the Projects Review 2019 Private View, a new event in advance of our annual exhibition opening offering a chance to see the show in relative calm and to meet our graduating students



Summer Garden Party

Bedford Square Gardens, WC1B 3DR

The Summer Garden Party is a new tradition we are starting this year: an evening of music, food and good company in celebration of our shared future and past. It will mark a historical moment for the school and bring together our wider community for what promises to be an unforgettable night. The evening is in support of Scholarships and Bursaries for future generations of deserving students.

Carefully curated wine, mead and beer from the most sustainable organic producers we could find and ethically minded food – delicious canapes followed by a light summer buffet.

DJ Misha will be spinning records while you whisper to blackberries and murmur to birches

Dress code: Summer cocktail attire (preferably with gardening gloves)

Entry: Guest names will be on the door for both the Private View and the Summer Garden Party. Please enter through no. 36 Bedford Square for the Private View and the South Gate entrance for the Summer Garden Party


You can donate towards Scholarships and Bursaries using Paypal. If you would like to donate over £5000 please contact alex@aaschool.ac.uk



The Architectural Association would like to thank everyone who attended or donated as part of the inaugural


Silver Gala


In support of the AA’s Public Programme and Publications





Saturday 17 November 2018

36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES


7pm Reception

Performance by AA Interprofessional Studio

Gallery Installation by AA Design Research Lab


8pm Dinner

Object Narratives by the AA Party Committee


10pm Cocktails

Cocktails Designed by AA Units and Programmes



Attire: Black Tie / Silver Tie



Silver Gala Committee


Silver Benefactors

Michael Davies Charitable Settlement
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Silver Donors

Ziba Ardalan and Pierre de Weck
Piers Gough
Kim Herforth Nielsen – 3XN Architects
Richard Sennett
Artur Walther

Chair Donors

Allies and Morrison
Deborah Berke
Norman Chang
Edward Cullinan
Drawing Matter Trust
Prof Hanif Kara – AKT II
Crispin Kelly
George L. Legendre
John Pawson
Patrik Schumacher
Benedetta Tagliabue
Nader Tehrani
Roger Zogolovitch

Media Sponsor


Art Direction

Zak Group


We thank everyone who helped us contribute to our goal, and are pleased to tell you that we raised £50,000 towards our Public Programme and Publications.

If you were unable to attend the Silver Gala, we would be glad to have your support, either by making a donation towards the AA’s Public Programme and Publications, or by putting us in touch with individuals and companies interested in building links with the AA. To find out more please contact Dena.Ziari@aaschool.ac.uk