MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 07:  Artist Es Devlin poses in Room 2022: An installation by Es Devlin, presented by American Express Platinum at Miami Beach EDITION on December 7, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for American Express Platinum)

AA Dialogues: Es Devlin

Manifesto for Architectural Dishonesty

The work of Es Devlin challenges the idea of space, how we perceive it, how it is constructed and what it ultimately is. In conversation with Marko Milovanovic, Es will look back and discuss twenty years of designs for events, theatres and super stars’ performances and how that work engages its performers, spectators, architecture and cities, how it evolves through conversation and collaboration and how it questions and changes set narratives.

Es Devlin OBE is known for her kinetic sculptures meshed with light and film for opera, dance, film, theatre, runway shows and concerts. She has created stage sets in collaboration with Beyoncé, Kanye West, U2, Jay Z, Adele, The Weekend. She designed London Olympic closing ceremony and the Rio Olympic opening ceremony and continues to work in theatre at all scales. Es has been awarded the 2017 London Design Medal, 3 Oliver Awards, Evening Standard Critics’ Circle and was appointed OBE in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to stage and set design.

Please note: This event is only open to Members and alumni of the Architectural Association. Please bring your AA Membership card to enter the Lecture Hall. Seats will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. 


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: Courtesy Es Devlin, Room 2022, Edition Miami