Past Events

AA Building Conversations: Waterlow Court with Adam Khan

Series : AA Building Conversations
Date : May 21 2019
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location : Waterlow Court
Ticket Price : £0.00

This building visit to Waterlow Court designed by Ballie Scott, will be led by Adam Khan of Adam Khan Architects in conversation with Alvaro Velasco, AA PhD candidate.

Waterlow Court

Waterlow Court formed part of the Industrial Dwelling Company involvement in Hampstead Garden Suburb development in North-West London. Open in 1909, the building is designed in the Arts and Craft style. Behind its timber-framed exterior elevation the building is organised around an arcaded cloister. Though traditional in its Neo-Tudor language, the houses are composed by a skilful design of Baillie Scott in which he developed new solutions in typological level. The Court includes a wide variety of dwelling types, from small terraced homes to stacked apartments. It was made up of fifty three- to five-room flats, with, originally, a communal dining area and was intended for the new breed of single working women who would not be able to keep servants, but would surely benefit from some degree of co-operative living. As well as a the communal dining area, there was a communal kitchen, a small common room, and servants’ (including a housekeeper’s and porters’) quarters. There was also a bicycle shed for these progressive women, and allotment strips for them to grow their own flowers.

Adam Khan

Adam Khan Architects was founded in 2006 and aims to address key issues of our time: social inclusion, sustainability and the vitality of public space. The practice’s design methodology is based on careful study of context, collaborative working methods and an active process of client and user engagement. Awards include NLA Award: Housing 2018, RIBA Award: National 2014, Graham Allen Award: Conservation and Design 2016 and RIBA Award: National 2014 among others.

AA Building Conversations

AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members 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 an AA PhD student, and will be a collective construction among all those present. This project has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar (AAPhD 2016), and realised by AA membership and AA PhD candidates Sofia Krimizi & Alvaro Velasco.

Image: © AA Photo Library

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Members’ Screening: Robinson In Space + Q&A with director Patrick Keiller & architect Sam Jacob

Series : Members' Screening
Date : May 15 2019
Time : 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : Birkbeck Cinema

Join us for a special screening in 35mm of Robinson In Space (1997), directed by Patrick Keiller. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Patrick Keiller and architect Sam Jacob.

England, 1995. An unnamed narrator sets out from Paddington to meet his friend Robinson in Reading, where the latter is earning a precarious living as an English-language teacher. Soon the couple (whom we never see) are enlisted as spies by a mysterious organisation and set out on seven meandering trips over England, in imitation of Daniel Defoe’s literary tour of the country. The first trip takes them along the Thames, west and east of London; the second to Oxford, Cambridge, and Bristol; the third to the West Midlands; the fourth to Birmingham and Liverpool; the fifth to Manchester and Hull; the sixth to Scarborough and Whitby; the seventh to Blackpool and Sellafield.

Speaking over images of a wide variety of places, the narrator gives a picaresque account of the couple’s uneventful journey, embroidered with historical and philosophical observations on English life. Inexplicably released from their quixotic task, the couple end their journey in Newcastle, where Robinson may or may not find the utopia he has been seeking.

The film will be shown in its original format of 35mm in Birkbeck Gordan Square Cinema. This event is a collaboration between the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Architectural Association

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AA Building Conversations: The Barbican Estate with Stephen Witherford

Series : AA Building Conversations
Date : May 9 2019
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location : Barbican Centre
Ticket Price : £0.00

This building visit led by Stephen Witherford of Witherford Watson Mann Architects, will explore The Barbican Estate designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon, in conversation with Tatjana Crossley, AA PhD candidate.

The Barbican Estate

The Barbican Estate was designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon. In 1954, the young architects were asked to submit designs for the Barbican. With its coarse concrete surfaces, elevated gardens and trio of high-rise towers, the Barbican Estate offered a new vision for how high-density residential neighbourhoods could be integrated with schools, shops and restaurants, as well world-class cultural destinations. Approval was given in 1959 for the residential blocks to be built and construction lasted for twelve years, with the complex officially opening in 1982. At the time of their completion, the Barbican towers were the tallest residential towers in Europe.

Stephen Witherford

Since establishing Witherford Watson Mann Architects in 2002, Stephen has led projects including Amnesty International UK, Bankside Urban Forest, the Olympic Legacy Masterplan and the 21st century Almshouse. He has a strong commitment to urban design and public space, and has taught at the London School of Economics Cities Programme, and served as a member of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group.

AA Building Conversations

AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members 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 an AA PhD student, and will be a collective construction among all those present. This project has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar (AAPhD 2016), and realised by AA membership and AA PhD candidates Sofia Krimizi & Alvaro Velasco.

Image: © AA Photo Library, Reyner Banham, 1972

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AA Building Conversations: St Paul’s Bow Common with Hugh Strange

Series : AA Building Conversations
Date : April 30 2019
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location : St Paul’s Church, Bow Common
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A building visit led by Hugh Strange of Hugh Strange Architects, of St Paul’s Bow Common by Robert McGuire & Keith Murray, co-led by Alvaro Velasco, AA PhD candidate.

St Paul’s Bow Common

In 2013 St Paul’s Bow Common won the National Churches Trust Diamond Jubilee award for the best church designed since 1953.  The building is particularly significant as a built manifestation of the liturgical reform movement, reappraising the setting for modern worship that here is focussed around a central altar.

Hugh Strange

Hugh Strange established Hugh Strange Architects in 2011 and has gone on to win the RIBA Award 2011, AIA UK Award 2011 (Best Small Project) and the Wood Award 2011 (Best Small Project) for The Strange House, in South-East London The practice have also won the 2016 AJ Small Projects Award for Avon Wildlife Trust and the RIBA National Award for the Drawing Matter Archive.

AA Building Conversations

AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members 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 an AA PhD student, and will be a collective construction among all those present. This project has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar (AAPhD 2016), and realised by AA membership and AA PhD candidates Sofia Krimizi & Alvaro Velasco.

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Members’ Screening: The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

Series : Members' AA Cinema Screening
Date : April 23 2019
Time : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for a screening of The Fog of War (2003) Directed by Errol Morris

How does modern warfare work? How do you distinguish between the rational and the emotional? Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara (1916-2009) was the architect of the Vietnam War, and there are many who hold him responsible for this catastrophic conflict. In his book In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, McNamara offers 11 lessons that form the framework for a conversation in which he speaks candidly about his experiences as a student, the director of Ford Motor Company and a statesman. His deep interest in logic and aesthetics was already flourishing in his college days, but he is also remembered as a sophisticated politician with a penchant for statistics.

The interview with McNamara himself is interspersed with archive footage and audio recordings of conversations with John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. This Oscar-winning documentary offers an engrossing perspective on the dark machinations of 1960s American politics. McNamara places great emphasis on the importance of perception. How many soldiers should be allowed to die in the battle for a secure world? How can war be prevented? How do you define war crimes? He believed that a good leader should see war as a machine, one from which all emotion has been eradicated. Only in this way is it possible to avoid making major errors of judgement in the heat of battle.

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Jonathan Tuckey Design – Southbank Centre Archive

Series : Members Trip
Date : March 25 2019
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location : Southbank Centre Archive
Ticket Price : £0.00

Join us for this exclusive visit of the Southbank Centre archive with project lead Matt Farrer, Associate at Jonathan Tuckey Design, and Clare Wood, Southbank Centre Archivist.

As part of the Southbank’s long-term programme of restoration and improvement, the Southbank Centre has opened their archive to the public. The Archive Studio, designed and built by Jonathan Tuckey Design, is a free-standing, self-supporting structure; an open framework that makes the scale of the archival process apparent to visitors, allowing visitors to meet the archive team and to actively engage with the collection.

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This event was originally planned to take place on 19 March and has now been rescheduled for 25 March.

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Remembering John Andrews (1950-2019)

Series : Memorial/Celebration
Date : March 16 2019
Time : 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location : Front Members Room – Architectural Association

We extend a warm invitation to this event at the Architectural Association remembering John Andrews – one of the most inspirational and influential educators to emerge from the AA School, who sadly passed away on Saturday 16 February.

The event will be held at the Architectural Association Front Members’ Room and Bar from 3pm – 7pm on Saturday 16 March.


3.00–4.00 pm Arrival, wine and snacks

4.00–4.30 pm Informal speeches: Memories of John

4.30–7.00 pm Drinks reception and student performance


The event is open to all who knew John – so that we can estimate numbers, please help us by completing the RSVP  form below.

Address: Architectural Association School of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES

 

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Stanton Williams – Royal Opera House Tour

Series : Members Trip
Date : March 13 2019
Time : 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location : Royal Opera House
Ticket Price : £0.00

Join us for a tour of the new Royal Opera House extension with Stanton Williams Architects.

The original building that now houses the Royal Opera House was designed by E.M. Barry and opened in 1858. Barry also designed the iron Floral Hall that was originally intended as a flower market.

Stanton Williams have recently redesigned the entrances, reconfigured the ground-floor lobby and added a 400-seat auditorium as part of the Open Up project. The Open Up project forms a part of the Royal Opera House’s aim to make ballet and opera available to everyone and aims to make the building more welcoming, transparent and permeable.

Image: © Hufton+Crow

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Members’ Screening: Wall (Mur)

Series : Members' AA Cinema Screening
Date : March 5 2019
Time : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for an exclusive screening of Wall (2004) Directed by Simone Bitton

WALL (Mur) is a cinematic meditation on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which the filmmaker blurs the lines of hatred by asserting her double identity as Jew and Arab. In an original documentary approach, the film follows the separation fence that is destroying one of the most historically significant landscapes in the world, while imprisoning one people and enclosing the other.

On the building site of this mad wall, daily utterances and holy chants, in Hebrew and in Arabic, defy the discourses of war, passing through the deafening noise of bulldozers. MUR offers its spectators a last glimpse of the beauty of this land and the humanity of its inhabitants a moment before they disappear behind the wall.

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Image: Photograph by Léopold Lambert (2010), Depicting the Israeli wall near Jerusalem separating East Jerusalem and the West Bank

 

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dMFK – Salters’ Hall

Series : Building Visit
Date : February 26 2019
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location : Salters’ Hall
Ticket Price : £0.00

Join us for this exclusive tour of Salters’ Hall with Julian de Metz from De Metz Forbes Knight Architects.

Salters’ Hall was the last building designed by Sir Basil Spence. Brutalist in style, the building was originally completed in 1976, and is Grade II listed. The Worshipful Company of Salters appointed dMFK in 2006 to explore ways to improve income producing potential, sustainability and public visibility of the building, while retaining the livery hall functions. The building was re-opened in 2016 after a refurbishment and extension by dMFK Architects.

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Salters’ Hall, 4 London Wall Place, London, EC2Y 5DE

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Curator led visit of ‘A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing’ Exhibition

Series : Members' Event
Date : February 22 2019
Time : 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location : Victoria and Albert Museum – Gallery 128a
Ticket Price : £0.00

Join Shumi Bose, RIBA Exhibitions Curator, for curator guided visit of A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing at the V&A. The visit will be followed by drinks at a nearby pub.

A Home for All is a collaborative display by the V&A + RIBA Architecture Partnership. Drawn from the RIBA Collections and V&A archive, this display presents six UK social housing projects from the last 100 years (five historic and one contemporary), each demonstrating an experiment in social housing design. The display includes works from the RIBA collections by Neave Brown, Mary Duggan Architects, Ralph Erskine Arkitektkontor, Denys Lasdun, Tecton and the architectural departments within various local government bodies.

Shumi Bose is a teacher, curator and editor based in London. With Finn Williams and Jack Self, she co-curated Home Economics, for the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture.

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Squire and Partners – The Department Store

Series : Building Visit
Date : February 14 2019
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location : The Department Store
Ticket Price : £0.00

Join us for this exclusive tour with Tim Gledstone, Partner at Squire and Partners, who led the practice’s design and interiors teams to create its new office at The Department Store.

In 2015 Squire and Partners purchased a dilapidated Edwardian department store in Brixton.  Formerly known as Toplin House the building dates from 1906 and was bought in a derelict condition. Squire and Partners collaborated with craftspeople and furniture makers to restore the building and convert it into their new office building. Original Crittall windows, Burmese flooring, cast-iron radiators and a tiled central staircase have been restored where possible,  while internal spaces have been reconfigured by installing a new triple-height void and a new rooftop social space with a bar and restaurant.

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The Department Store
248 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8FR

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Member’s Screening: Denise Scott Brown’s Soane Medal Lecture

Series : Members' AA Cinema Screening
Date : February 5 2019
Time : 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for an exclusive screening of Denise Scott Brown’s Soane Medal Lecture.

In this one hour documentary, Denise Scott Brown narrates the early life experiences that shaped her later practice, illustrating the narrative with her own largely unseen photographs. This lecture was commissioned by Sir John Soane’s Museum, pre-recorded in Scott Brown’s home in Philadelphia, and originally shown at an event to celebrate Denise Scott Brown’s 2019 Soane Medal Award.

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Image credit: Denise Scott Brown in front of The Strip, Las Vegas, NV, US, 1966, Photo by Robert Venturi, courtesy of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc.

 

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CANCELLED – John Pawson – Design Museum Tour

Series : Building Visit
Date : February 5 2019
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location : Design Museum
Ticket Price : £0.00

Join us for this exclusive tour of the Design Museum with John Pawson CBE.

The Design Museum opened its new home in 2016 in the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington. John Pawson CBE and former AA student, was appointed for the interior architecture of the £83 million restoration of the 1960s Grade II* listed building. Pawson was responsible for the building’s newly configured interiors, which aim to preserve and enhance the original structure’s inherent architectural qualities, while also accommodating the full programme of a contemporary museum. Within the scheme, the galleries, restaurant, education spaces, members’ room, library and offices are arranged around a minimal oak and marble lined atrium. Pawson also designed the standalone museum shop.

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Fire, Smoke, Roasted Beast

Series : Members Trip
Date : February 2 2019
Time : 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location : Front Members Room – Architectural Association
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BBQ Party to celebrate the Chinese New Year at the AA

The old story of Chinese New Year always ends with how brave villagers defeated a beast. On the Saturday 2 February, we will celebrate the Year of Pig with a special Hog in the Box and a BBQ party at the AA.

The event is organised by the AA Chinese Alumni group and requires a contribution of £25 to cover the costs involved. Your contribution grants you access and includes food and one free drink. There will also be a cash bar available.

This first-ever Chinese New Year event at the AA is part of the Four-City Dinner Party Series 2019 for AA Chinese Alumni to come together and reconnect.

The event is open to all (students/alumni/members/public wishing to connect) but booking is essential. Make your contribution and book your ticket using the form below.

6pm – 6.45pm Arrival Drink + Snacks [Front members room + Terrace], Live Performance – Chinese Lute Play [Front members room]
6.45pm – 7pm Unveiling of the Hog + Toast together [Terrace], BBQ Servicing starts (vegetarian options included) [Bar]
7pm – 8pm Live Performance – Singer/Guitar [Front members room], Mah-jong [Front members room], Dumpling Making and Cooking [Back members room]
8pm – 9.30pm Kara OK [Front members room], Mah-jong continues [Front members room], Dumpling Making and Cooking continues [Back members room]
9.30pm – 10pm Cool down

If you would like any further information about the event please contact the event organiser –

Jingru (Cyan) Cheng
Email: cyanjingrucheng@gmail.com
Wechat ID: jingru-cyan-cheng

Image: Made up of two ancient inscriptions of the Chinese character Jia, the word for home and family. The ideogram is a pig under a roof, a perfect concept to represent the meanings of Hog in the Box, Year of Pig and Home.

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Sophie Hicks – 1A Earl’s Court Square Visit

Series : Building Visit
Date : January 22 2019
Time : 1:00 pm
Location : 1a Earls Court Square
Ticket Price : £0.00

 

Join us for this exclusive visit of 1a Earl’s Court Square with Sophie Hicks of Sophie Hicks Architects.

Hicks founded Sophie Hicks Architects in 1990 while still a student at the Architectural Association. In parallel to her work on flagship fashion stores around the world, Sophie Hicks acquired three sites in London, all in conservation areas, with the intention of building a contemporary house on each. The second of the three, 1a Earl’s Court Square, was completed in 2018.

Amidst a climate of opposition to contemporary architecture within conservation areas, Hicks has delivered an example of a modern, sustainable and comfortable home in this Earl’s Court building. Hicks’ houses respect the past, and respond to it, while at the same time expressing the spirit of our times. A rare sight in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, this house sits right on the street and does not try to hide itself for being contemporary in its design.

Built on a small site of just 75m², the house employs thermal mass through the use of structural concrete to control both its temperature and acoustics. The perception of space is maintained through raising the ceilings and by ensuring the house is visually open to the natural world outside.

The visit will take 45 minutes.

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Members’ Screening: Citzen Jane: Battle Cry For The City

Series : Members' AA Cinema Screening
Date : January 15 2019
Time : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Cinema

 

Join us for an exclusive screening of Matt Tyrnauer’s film Citzen Jane: Batlle Cry For The City, 2016.

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanisation moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.
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Film Screening: Gholam

Series : Members' AA Cinema Screening
Date : December 12 2018
Time : 7:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Synopsis

Set in London in 2011, Gholam is the story of an enigmatic Iranian cab driver, who works at night and doesn’t like to talk about his past.He has two jobs, yet seems not to be interested in the money. He eats at his uncle’s café every day, yet is fully aware of being betrayed by him. He agrees to the arrangement his mother makes for his return home, yet has no intention of going back. We learn that he was once a war hero, and yet disappeared from the battlefield without a trace.A man with no past, no future, no convictions, he still gets involved in the conflict of a total stranger and carries it through to the very end.

Biography: Mitra TabrizianMitra Tabrizian is an Iranian-British artist and filmmaker. Her photographic work has been exhibited and published widely and is represented in major international museums and public collections, including the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Smithsonian Institution, Washington and Los Angeles County Museum of Art amongst others. Solo museum shows include Tate Britain (2008).

She is a recipient of several photographic awards, including the Royal Academy ‘Rose Award for Photography’ (2013) and exhibited at the Venice Biennale (Iranian pavilion, 2015). Tabrizian’s short films have been screened at premier festivals including, Berlin and Toronto. www.mitratabrizian.com
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Members’ Screening: Mountain

Series : Members' AA Cinema Screening
Date : December 11 2018
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for an exclusive screening of Jennifer Peedom’s Mountain, 2018.

Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives? From Tibet to Australia, Alaska to Norway armed with drones, Go-Pros and helicopters, director Jennifer Peedom has fashioned an astonishing symphony of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heliskiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers. Willem Dafoe provides a narration sampled from British mountaineer Robert Macfarlane’s acclaimed memoir Mountains of the Mind , and a classical score from the Australian Chamber Orchestra accompanies this majestic cinematic experience.

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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 : £0.00

 

Join us for this exclusive tour of the newly renovated Smithson Plaza. The tour will be led by Deborah Saunt of DSDHA.

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.

 


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Image Credit: 2018 © Michael Carapetian

 

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Silver Gala

Series : Silver Gala
Date : November 17 2018
Time : 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Silver Gala

 

Saturday 17 November 2018
36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES

 

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Members’ Screening: New Town Utopia

Series : Members' AA Cinema Screening
Date : November 13 2018
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for an exclusive screening of Christopher Ian Smith’s New Town Utopia, 2017.

New Town Utopia is a documentary feature about utopian dreams and concrete realities… the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex.

A journey of memory, place and performance guided by the artists, musicians and poets of Basildon. Facing austerity, adversity and personal battles they are individuals driven by their creative spirit to improve their community through art, poetry, music… and some rather angry puppets.

New Town Utopia features Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent (Iris, Topsy-Turvy, Moulin Rouge) as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP. Directed by Christopher Ian Smith (citizensmith.net) and Executive Produced by Margaret Matheson (Scum, Sid and Nancy, Sleep Furiously). You can follow our progress on Facebook, Twitter + Instagram by clicking below.

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Members’ Screening: Human Flow

Series : Members' AA Cinema Screening
Date : October 23 2018
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for an exclusive screening of Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow, 2017.
More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.

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

Series : Bloomsbury Festival
Date : October 20 2018
Time : 4:00 pm - 5:30 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

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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

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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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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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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 using the form below.

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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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 : £0.00

 

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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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.

 


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

Image Credit: © Nick Kane

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Tour of Royal Airforce Museum led by Alan Dempsey

Series : Members Trip
Date : July 10 2018
Time : 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location : RAF Museum London
Ticket Price : £0.00

On the day of the Royal Airforce centenary celebrations, AA Members and alumni are invited to join this exclusive tour of the new Royal Airforce Museum in north London, led by alumnus and former tutor Alan Dempsey (AADRL 2002), founding director of architecture practice Nex, who has recently completed a large-scale redevelopment programme of the museum.

The multi-million-pound project is the realisation of a masterplan by Agence Ter and Nex, and the result of an international competition win in 2014. The scheme sees the creation of new exhibition and visitor facilities alongside new landscaping that improves visitors’ understanding of the site and the museum’s connections with surrounding communities.

The tour will start at 3.30pm but Members are welcome to arrive early for the centenary flypast at 1.05pm.

Places for the tour are limited – please book below.

Photo Alan Williams.

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AA Alumni Evening (2007-2017 Graduates)

Series : Reunion
Date : July 3 2018
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : 36 Bedford Square

As part of our on-going Alumni Evening series, 2007-2017 graduates are warmly invited to return to Bedford Square for a summer cocktail party toasting the opening of the AA’s new Digital Prototyping Lab.

Hosted by the AA director Eva Franch i Gilabert, this is your opportunity to explore the school’s brand new facilities, hear about the AA’s latest news and developments, and meet and reconnect with fellow graduates.

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

 

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Members’ Evening 2018

Series : Members' Evening
Date : June 25 2018
Time : 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location : Architectural Association

AA Members and press contacts are invited to an exclusive private view of the Projects Review exhibition on Monday 25 June 2018, from 6pm-8pm.

Guests will have a chance to tour the end of year show in a relaxed setting with AA Students on hand to talk and answer questions about their work.

Complimentary food and drink will be served.

If you are a journalist looking to cover the AA Projects Review exhibition and would like to attend, please e-mail events@aaschool.ac.uk.

 

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AA Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony 2018

Series : AA Graduation
Date : June 22 2018
Time : 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location : Bedford Square Gardens

This year’s Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony will take place at 3.00pm on Friday 22 June 2018 in Bedford Square Gardens. Please read through the information below and print a copy for your reference on the day. Each year we experience a wonderful turn out, and look forward to celebrating and congratulating all our graduates on their efforts.

ON THE DAY

12.00 – Ticketing desk opens

12.30 – Individual photographs available from Ede & Ravenscroft at 32 Bedford Square

14.15 – Students make their way to North Gate entrance to Bedford Square Gardens

14.30 – South Gate entrance to Bedford Square Gardens opens to guests

15.00 – Graduation ceremony begins

16.45 – Students gather for 2018 Group Photo

17.00 – Reception: Drinks and canapés served

18.00 – Projects Review opens

TICKETING

All graduating students attending the ceremony are entitled to two complimentary guest tickets. An unlimited number of additional tickets can be purchased for £30 each. Booking details will follow in Term 3.

If you or your guests require a confirmation letter for the purposes of obtaining a visa, please contact the AA’s Compliance Officer Krishna Songara (Krishna.Songara@aaschool.ac.uk) with details of your request. 

A live stream of the ceremony will be available for friends and relatives who are unable to attend at www.aaschool.ac.uk/live.

DRESS CODE

Academic gowns are not required, however smart or national dress is expected. In case of unfavourable weather conditions, please ensure you and your guests bring umbrellas as you will be queuing outside the garden in the open air.

THE CEREMONY

Guest tickets will be available for collection by the graduating student at the Bedford Square Gardens South Gate ticket desk from 12pm.

At 2.15pm all graduating students are required to gather at the garden’s North Gate entrance and make themselves known to the undergraduate and graduate school coordinators.

The South Gate entrance to Bedford Square Gardens will open for guests at 2.30pm. Seating will be first come first served.

Following the speeches and presentation of awards and prizes, students will proceed to the paved area in front of 34-36 Bedford Square for the group photograph. Complimentary drinks and canapés will be served in the gardens until 6pm. Please make your guests aware that in line with UK licensing laws no drinks will be allowed outside the garden gates.

The 2018 Projects Review exhibition will open immediately following the ceremony at 6.30pm.

GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPHS AND FILM

Individual photographs: From 12.30pm on the day of the ceremony, academic photographers Ede & Ravenscroft will be available to take portrait photographs of graduates and guests. They will be based in 32 Bedford Square First Floor Front and will have graduation robes on hand for individual photos. Copies of individual photos will be available to order from Ede & Ravenscroft directly. Details on how to register for your individual photos will follow in Term 3.

Group photograph: A group photograph of all graduates will be taken in front of the AA immediately following the ceremony. This will be available to pre-order online when booking graduation tickets, or available to purchase after the event at the AA Bookshop.

Graduation film: A film documenting graduation day will be available to pre-order at a discounted rate, or available to purchase at the standard rate after the event.

STUDENT ASSISTANTS NEEDED

If you know any non-graduating students interested in assisting on the day please ask them to contact the Membership & Alumni Office at graduation@aaschool.ac.uk. They will be paid the standard student rate, and will be entitled to attend the ceremony at no cost.

DISABLED FACILITIES

If wheelchair access is required, please contact graduation@aaschool.ac.uk in advance to make the necessary arrangements.

TOILET FACILITIES

Toilet facilities will not be available in the Gardens. The toilets within the AA buildings will be available for use. Please ensure you advise your guests of this in advance.

PARKING FACILITIES

There is an NCP Car Park on Adeline Place and limited Pay & Display bays in Bedford Square. Please advise any driving guests that restrictions on resident bays are enforced 24 hours a day.

Should you require any further information about the ceremony, please contact the Membership & Alumni Office 10am-6pm Monday-Friday on 020 7887 4034 or at graduation@aaschool.ac.uk

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Members’ Screening: City of Ghosts

Series : Members' Screening
Date : June 6 2018
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for an exclusive screening of Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts, 2017.

 

Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award), City of Ghosts is a singularly powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core as it elevates the canon of one of the most talented documentary filmmakers working today.

Captivating in its immediacy, City of Ghosts follows the journey of ‘Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently’, a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

 


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RICOCHET 3: Experimentation? – Open call for proposals

Series : Ricochet
Date : May 30 2018
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Front Members’ Room

Are you interested in challenging the AA community with a visceral sharing of your work or experiments with architecture design, writing, models, videos or work that defies classification? Are you seeking the excitement of an embodied architecture exchange on experimentation?  If yes, it’s time to answer the RICOCHET call.

AA Members and alumni are invited to submit proposals for the RICOCHET 3  scheduled for 30 May 2018. The RICOCHET series, organised by John Andrews and Maria Theodorou, 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 guy.norton@aaschool.ac.uk by 24 April 2018 (deadline). Your e-mail should include the following information:

Personal info: Name, Surname, your title (Dr, Ms, Mrs etc.), your e-mail 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)

Your brief biography:up to 100 words -please indicate relationship to the AA i.e. member, alum

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

Submission of interest: by 24 April 2018 DEADLINE

Notification to successful proposals: 2 May 2018

RICOCHET 3 Discussion: 30 May 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 audio recorded and broadcast at a later date.

 

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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 : £0.00

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, AA Gallery

4.00–5.30 pm Informal speeches: Memories of Paul, chaired by Alyn Shipton, AA Lecture Hall

5.30–7.00 pm Drinks reception and music performances by Sadie Roach, the Sarah Chaplin Jazz Duo , and the Alyn Shipton Jazz Trio

 


 

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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 : £0.00

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.

ITINERARY

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

OR

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

Hooke from above


If you have any questions, please contact the Membership & Alumni team on 020 7887 4034/events@aaschool.ac.uk

Image: Hooke Park © AA Photo Library

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Members’ Screening: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Series : Members' Screening
Date : May 2 2018
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for an exclusive screening of Jon Shenk & Bonni Cohen’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, 2017.

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, travelling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.


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AA Dialogues: Charlie Koolhaas

Series : Dialogues
Date : March 15 2018
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Front Members’ Room

The culture of hybrid

Having extensively documented and interpreted architecture and cities around the world, Dutch artist, writer and educator Charlie Koolhaas is a commentator on the evolving nature of urban life. In a dialogue with Marko Milovanovic, Charlie will recall images and thoughts about physical and invisible signs of collective and individual transformations and the impact of technology, mass media and politics on the contemporary culture and society.

Charlie Koolhaas grew up in London and currently operates a studio out of Rotterdam. Her recently exhibited sculptural photography explores corners and streets of Guangzhou, Dubai and Rotterdam. She studied at the New York University and the Goldsmiths and she lived in Guangzhou, China where she founded the international journal UNIT magazine. In 2007 Charlie co-curated the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture. Her photography has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and Vitra Design Museum. Her solo show True Cities was on show at the AA in 2011.

Please note: This event is only open to Members and alumni of the Architectural Association. Please bring your AA Membership card to enter the Front Members’ Room. 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 Credit: Light at the End of the Tunnel, 2017 © Charlie Koolhaas

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RICOCHET 2: The Archive

Series : Ricochet
Date : March 14 2018
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Front Members’ Room

RICOCHET 2 focuses on archives (analogue and digital), their ‘production’, uses (including manipulation) and will touch on the increasing importance of the politics of archives, archives treated as testimony, archive storage/visualization and relation with machine learning (archive dreaming). Two discussants Ioana Marinescu and Bojana Barltrop will present their work on individual and institutional archives, while Edward Bottoms the AA archivist, will comment on the AA archive practices.

 

Ioana Marinescu: Past Present. Performing the Archive

How does the archive become alive, explosive, part of the city, part of our history in making? Ioana will talk about her long-term research that involves archival material and recent projects that bring this material into the present. She works with large scale photographs in public spaces, with projections and live readings to give voice to an archive of photographs, testimonies and drawings that recall lost parts of her hometown Bucharest.

Ioana Marinescu BA Arch, DipArch RIBA studied architecture in Romania and UK. She practiced as a photographer in London in parallel with teaching architecture and photography. She is currently completing a PhD by practice at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. At the AA, Ioana showed the ’Gas Pipes’ photographs back in 2006.

 

Dr Bojana BarltropInstitutional Archives and Personal Archives: The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Belgrade and its Reconstruction

What are the implications – if any – for the museum’s current agenda regarding its institutional archive of artistic practices from a state (Yugoslavia) that doesn’t exist anymore? Video with Dr Zoran Eric PhD, Chief Curator, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Belgrade, Serbia.

A future of Analogue Photographic Archives

Are fictionalised records of cities produced from digitised analogue materiel ‘real’? Or these are fictionalised(‘fake records’) of fictionalised cities (‘fake cities’)? The presentation of videos from solo exhibition staged by the Museum of Contemporary Arts in May 2017. Videos/discussion

Dr Bojana Barltrop PhD, artist, practicing designer and theoretician. Educated at the AA (PhD), Skolen for Brugkunst (School of Arts and Crafts) and Grafiske Hojskule (Royal College of Graphics) in Copenhagen, Faculty of Philosophy (Department of Psychology) and Faculty of Arts and Design (Belgrade).

 


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 assembles the AA’s bodies, humours and brains to exercise in the immersive environment of architectural gymnastics. Discussions themes are generated by proposals selected from a pool of submissions to the RICOCHET open calls. Watch out for the next RICOCHET 3 call for proposals in March 2018.

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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.


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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

Collaboration

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 events@aaschool.ac.uk.


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

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Gallery Talk and Round-table Discussion: The Baltic Material Assemblies – Geologies and Infrastructures

Series : Saturday Gallery Talk
Date : March 3 2018
Time : 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location : AA Gallery

The Baltic Material Assemblies, an exhibition at the AA and RIBA, presents architecture from the Baltic states, investigating the materialities and infrastructural and cultural connections that seem to have persevered the political borders and conflict lines that changing regimes have aimed to introduce in the region. The exhibition investigates the projections of futurity as they seem to be inscribed into geologies, infrastructure and architecture.

‘The Baltic Material Assemblies: Geologies and Infrastructures’ expands on the themes of the exhibition by inviting contributors to walk through the gallery and talk about their work within the framework of the show before breaking off into a session with presentations by Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Oleksiy Radynsky, Maroš Krivý and Agata Marzecova, Ines Weizman. Click here for information about the contributors.

 

Programme of events

12pm | AA Gallery and Bar: exhibition tour together with project contributors and curators

1pm | AA Barrel Vault: individual presentations by speakers

3pm | Round table discussion

Register your free place by using the booking form below

 

Image credit: Ignalina XI, Control Room, 2015, Jonathan Lovekin

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AA Dialogues: Ursula Mayer

Series : Dialogues
Date : February 14 2018
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Lecture Hall

Constructing Identity 

The questions of identity and social and personal histories are at the breaking point and the internationally acclaimed director and artist, Ursula Mayer is capturing that fragility. In her cinematic work, she draws historical references and builds spaces, narratives and characters to preserve the current moment of transgression. In conversation with Marko Milovanovic, Mayer will talk about those subjects and methods of her philosophical enquiry.

Ursula Mayer is an Austrian artist and film director. Her prize-winning and internationally exhibited practice spans a range of media, including film, video and sculpture. Her single and multi-channel films are crystalline circuits of images, composed of signs borrowed from architecture, fashion, literature, politics, mythology, geology and science. Austria artist Mayer exhibits internationally and is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Derek Jarman Award for experimental film and the Otto Mauer Prize in 2007. She currently lives and works in London and Vienna. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and the Goldsmiths.

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 events@aaschool.ac.uk.


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: Gonda, 2012 © Ursula Mayer

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Members’ Screening: The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg

Series : Members' Screening
Date : February 13 2018
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for an exclusive screening of Jacque Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964).

The angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through lilting songs by the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time


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AA Dialogues: Yinka Shonibare with Elsie Owusu

Series : Dialogues
Date : January 24 2018
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Lecture Hall

Space for art: London and Lagos

Beyond the striking, colourful language of Shonibare’s work that explores the questions of identity at the end of the Empire, there is a profound sense of an urgency to give space to the emerging generation. On the ground floor of his London studio, Yinka has created an ‘alternative universe and playground’ for artists and in collaboration with AA Councillor Elsie Owusu, he is transporting the idea to Lagos, Nigeria and its unique social and urban context.

Yinka Shonibare MBE was born in 1962 in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art, first at Byam School of Art (now Central Saint Martins College) and then at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA. Shonibare’s work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. Shonibare was a Turner prize nominee in 2004. His work ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ was the 2010 Fourth Plinth Commission, and was displayed in Trafalgar Square until January 2012.

Elsie Owusu OBE is a principal of Elsie Owusu Architects. A Specialist Conservation Architect, her projects include the UK Supreme Court, London’s Green Park Station and transport projects in Ghana and Nigeria. Previously a board member of Arts Council England and the National Trust of England, Elsie is currently serving on the boards of the Architectural Association, the UK Supreme Court Arts Trust and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Council. She is also Vice-Chair of the London School of Architecture.


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: Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, 2010 © Yinka Shonibare MBE Courtesy the artist. Photography courtesy Stephen White.

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AA Dialogues: Es Devlin

Series : Dialogues
Date : January 17 2018
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Lecture Hall

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

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Members’ Screening: Lola Montès

Series : Members' Screening
Date : January 16 2018
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for an exclusive screening of Max Ophüls’ Lola Montès (1955).

Lola Montès is a visually ravishing, narratively daring dramatization of the life of the notorious courtesan and showgirl, played by Martine Carol. With his customary cinematographic flourish and, for the first time, vibrant color, Max Ophuls charts the course of Montès’s scandalous past through the invocations of the bombastic ringmaster (Peter Ustinov) of the American circus where she has ended up performing. Ophuls’s final film, Lola Montès is at once a magnificent romantic melodrama, a meditation on the lurid fascination with celebrity, and a one-of-a-kind movie spectacle.


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

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Saturday Gallery Talk: Every House on Langland Road

Series : Saturday Gallery Talk
Date : January 13 2018
Time : 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location : AA Front Members’ Room

AA Members and alumni are invited to join architect Michael Gold for an in-situ Gallery Talk exploring the exhibition Every House on Langland Road by Simon Phipps and Darren Umney.

Places are free, but limited.  Please book using the form below.

Every House on Langland Road is an exploration of Netherfield, a unique housing project built in the new city of Milton Keynes in the early 1970s. The houses were designed before the collapse of the post war consensus in an optimistic spirit of public housing and social mobility. They were however built under the pressures of the three day week and within the budgetary constraints of a remote central government with shifting policies. The unique length, presence and history of the Netherfield streetscape provides a backdrop against which long standing and unresolved questions around the nature of housing, and social housing in particular, are brought into focus.

The exhibition brings together a number of representations of Netherfield including original architects’ drawings and photography of the estate as it was built. Material from the archives is juxtaposed with contemporary images which reflect and expose the visual impact of the buildings, the topographical sweep of the site, and the structural aesthetics of architectural photography.

More information about the work can be found at www.netherfield.estate

Image: Valerie Bennett

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