Past Events

Members’ Walking Tour led by Patrick Lynch

Series : Members Trip
Date : October 14 2017
Time : 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location : Holborn Viaduct
Ticket Price : £0.00

AA Members and alumni are invited to join Patrick Lynch on this walking tour as he traces the effects of two 19thcentury infrastructure projects upon the Civic Ground and architecture of London, to reveal the presence of what Alberti called ‘second nature’ in the architecture and artworks of London today. Designed to accompany Patrick’s new book, Civic Ground: Rhythmic Spatiality and the Communicative Movement between Architecture, Sculpture and Site, this walking tour reveals the potency and continuing inspiration of urban poetics upon the architectural imagination, and we will trace its influence on the 19th, 20th and 21st century civic architecture of London.

We will begin on The Farringdon Road. This is in fact the lid of a tunnel that encloses the now canalised River Fleet. The erasure and burial of this ancient natural feature blurred what was previously a very obvious border between The City of London and The City of Westminster. Similarly, the creation of The Albert Embankment and the raising of a retaining wall to The River Thames has occluded and cauterized the previously open and rhythmic relationship that Somerset House enjoyed with the natural world, via its now truncated River Gate. Traditionally, the relationship between the natural topography of a city and its architecture was richly mediated, not only by a series of more or less porous thresholds, but also by ornamental art works and sculptures. The role that sculptures play in articulating a poetic and mythical sense of place is one of the most vital and interesting aspects of civic culture, and yet it is something that is most often overlooked in formalist and functionalist analyses of cities.

We will then descend into the thick underground layers of Blackfriars Station, travel along one of Bazelgette’s tunnels, emerging at Temple to continue our walk on top of this densely porous man-made topography. Seeking, along the way, traces of the relationships between the natural world and the city that was traditionally articulated in sculptural settings; ending our journey at Westminster City Hall on Victoria Street, where a new artworks by Rut Blees-Luxemburg and others occupy a public space designed by Lynch architects and Vogt landscape architects – an example of the collaborative continuity between architects, designers and artists that characterises the re-emergence of Civic Ground.

This event is ticketed.  Book your place now using the form below.

Not an AA Member? Join today at www.aaschool.ac.uk/membership

Please note you will require a valid Oyster card or contactless payment card to travel on the London Underground.

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AA Building Conversations with Hik Nissanke and Jon Lopez

Series : AA Building Conversations
Date : October 10 2017
Time : 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location : Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate
Ticket Price : £0.00

 

AA Members, students and alumni are invited to join OMMX principals Hik Nissanke and Jon Lopez on this visit to two Camden housing projects: Loudoun Road Housing and Workshops by Tom Kay, and Neave Brown’s Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate.

Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, AA Building Conversations combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. AA Building Conversations brings together practising architects and the AA community to discuss in-situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by AA graduate school students Alvaro Velasco Perez and Raül Avilla, but will be a collective construction among all those present.

OMMX produces architecture that responds directly to the exponentially changing setting of the modern world. In catering for both conscious and subconscious needs and desires, it seeks to challenge the misconceptions, aspirational hangovers, accepted norms, and prevailing orthodoxies that render societies impotent to enact meaningful change. The principals, Jon Lopez and Hikaru Nissanke, were formerly Fellows at Cambridge University, UCL & CSM, where they taught architecture as a vehicle to examine these phenomena, with urgency and without bias. The office resists advancing a formulaic approach to design to avoid the production of a formulaic architecture. Since its foundation in 2010, it has rapidly developed an international reputation as one of the leading studios of their generation.

This event is now sold out. Why not book on to our next Building Conversations visit?

Image: AA Photo Library

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Saturday Gallery Talk: AA XX 100: AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017

Series : Saturday Gallery Talk
Date : October 7 2017
Time : 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location : AA Gallery

AA Members are invited to join the curators of AA XX 100: AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017, Elizabeth Darling & Lynne Walker, for an in-situ conversation about the exhibition’s content and design.

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

The story of women at the Architectural Association is at once a history of women’s presence within a very particular educational institution, a history of women’s presence within the architectural profession and a part of the history of twentieth-century architecture in both Britain and the wider world. The exhibition explores this story and begins with ‘1917’ – a section that focuses on women’s admittance, the first students, their training and early work, and continues with a series of displays that set contemporary and historic examples side by side. Through photographs, models, drawings, and other archival material, the further themes presented are Collaborations, Beyond the Drawing Board, The AA Spirit, The Politics of Practice, Public Practice/Public Service and Local/Global, plus a special feature devoted to student work across the generations. Projects featured range from the very first building designed by AA women, recent museum projects by Amanda Levete Architects and an installation that focuses on Zaha Hadid’s connections to the AA.

Image: Valerie Bennett

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Members’ Screening: Urbanized

Series : Members' Screening
Date : October 3 2017
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for an exclusive screening of Urbanized, a documentary by Gary Hustwit about the design of cities and the issues and strategies behind urban design, featuring some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

“Concerned inhabitants of the global village would do well to track this one down” – Time Out

“Even viewers with deep knowledge of modern urban planning are likely to learn something from the carefully selected images and thoughtful interviews that make up most of Urbanized” – New York Times

Only open to AA Students and Members. Fully booked? Check out other Members’ Screenings here.

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Tour of Projects Review 2017

Series : Projects Review
Date : July 14 2017
Time : 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location : 36 Bedford Square

AA Members and alumni are invited to join a private tour of the Projects Review 2017 exhibition.

Projects Review 2017 offers an overview of the AA’s 2016/17 academic year. On display are hundreds of drawings, models, installations and photographs from all the AA’s units, courses and departments, documenting the diversity and experimental nature of the AA School.

At the AA architecture is pursued as a form of cultural knowledge across year-long design projects and portfolios. We believe that truly great schools don’t just nurture and support architectural talent, they also build audiences for experimentation, out of which new architectural ideas, visions and projects emerge.

Image: Valerie Bennett

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My Architect

Series : Members' Screening
Date : June 29 2017
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

An AA Members’ Screening of a film by Nathaniel Kahn, My Architect, 2003

Director Nathaniel Kahn barely knew his father, but many throughout the world did. He was renowned architect Louis Kahn, who designed noteworthy buildings in California, Texas and even Bangladesh. Nathaniel explores his father’s past, interviewing architects such as Frank O. Gehry, as well as members of the multiple families started by the philandering Louis. What emerges is a portrait of a brilliant but unreliable man whose creations, which are featured prominently in the film, still astound.

Only open to AA Students and Members.

No booking required. The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.

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Members’ Evening 2017

Series : Members' Evening
Date : June 26 2017
Time : 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location : Architectural Association

All AA Members and press contacts are invited to Members’ Evening 2016, an exclusive private view of the Projects Review exhibition on Monday 27 June.

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AA Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony 2017

Series : AA Graduation
Date : June 23 2017
Time : 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location : Bedford Square Gardens

Dear AA graduates and graduating students,

Please find below details of this year’s AA Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony, which will take place at 3.00pm on Friday 23 June 2017 in Bedford Square Gardens. Please read through the information below carefully. Every 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 in Bedford Square – please remember to bring your AA Membership card to scan in exchange for your entry ticket(s)
  • 12.30 Individual graduation photographs available in 32 Bedford Square
  • 2.15 Students queue at North Gate entrance to Bedford Square Gardens
  • 2.30 South Gate entrance to Bedford Square Gardens opens to guests
  • 3.00 Graduation ceremony begins
  • 4.45 Students gather for 2017 Group Photo
  • 5.00 Reception in Bedford Square Gardens – drinks and canapés
  • 6.30 Projects Review Opening

TICKETING
Confirm your attendance and book your tickets. Booking is now open via the private link sent to you directly by email from the Membership and Alumni Office. All graduating students are entitled to two complimentary guest tickets and additional tickets can be purchased for £30 each, with no limit on the number of additional tickets per graduating student.

Entry Passes
On the day of graduation the ticketing desk will open at 12.30pm and will be located on the pavement outside 32-34 Bedford Square. All graduating students are to collect entry passes for themselves and their guests by presenting their AA Membership card.

If you are now living abroad and require a confirmation letter for visa purposes, please contact Krishna Songara (Krishna.Songara@aaschool.ac.uk) in the Registrar’s Office for more information.

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. Should the weather forecast be unfavourable, please ensure you bring an umbrella as you will be queuing outside the garden in the open air.

THE CEREMONY
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 entrance of AA Building 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 end of year Projects Review Exhibition will open immediately following the ceremony at 6.30pm.

INDIVIDUAL PHOTOGRAPHS
Academic photographers Ede & Ravenscroft will be available to take individual photographs of graduates and guests from 12.30pm. 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. To pre-register for your individual photos follow this link, noting “Architectural Association” as the Institution and “Friday 23 June” as the date.

GROUP PHOTOGRAPH
All graduates will be taken for the Group photograph in front of the building immediately following the ceremony. This will be available to pre-order online at the point of booking graduation ceremony tickets, or available to purchase after the event. The group photo is professionally taken by Ede & Ravenscroft, printed at 18″ x 8″ (45cm x 20cm) and mounted ready to be framed.

GRADUATION FILM
A Graduation film will be available to pre-order at a discounted rate online, or available to purchase at the standard rate after the event. The film captures the whole day in high definition and includes interviews with staff and students, snapshots of family and friends enjoying the event and the entire ceremony complete with image capture of each student as they receive their certificate on stage.

STUDENT ASSISTANTS NEEDED
If you know any non-graduating students interested in assisting on the day please ask them to email 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 guest of this in advance.

PARKING FACILITIES
There is a car park on Adeline Place and limited Pay & Display bays in Bedford Square. Please advise any guests who are driving that restrictions on resident bays are enforced 24/7.

Should you require any further information about the ceremony, please contact the AA Membership and Alumni Office 10am-6pm Monday-Friday on 020 7887 4076 or at graduation@aaschool.ac.uk.

Best wishes,
AA Membership and Alumni Office

Image: © Valerie Bennett, AA Photo Library

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Members’ Walking Tour – London’s Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest

Series : Members Trip
Date : May 31 2017
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : Meeting point: 36 Bedford Square

Coinciding with London Tree Week 2017 and the launch of Paul Wood’s new book, ‘London’s Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest’, Members and students are invited on a walking tour setting off from the AA 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 the school 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.

The tour will begin outside 36 Bedford Square and is open to AA Members and Alumni.

Image: Paul Wood

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The Forgotten Space

Series : Members' Screening
Date : May 25 2017
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

An AA Members’ Screening of a film by Allan Sekula & Noel Burch, The Forgotten Space, 2007

The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.

Only open to AA Students and Members.

No booking required. The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.

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AA-DD: Asemic Architecture – Design Doodle

Series : The Shadow Series
Date : May 18 2017
Time : 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location : Front Members Room – Architectural Association

This event is part of The Shadow Series organised by John Andrews & Maria Theodorou With the support of Membership Office.

The final discussion of the 2016-17 Shadow Series will be dedicated to the asemic mark; a mark containing no conscious meaning or specific semantic content. The term is often applied to the calligraphic fusion of image and text, but we will be examining the associated conceptual bridge between automatic drawing (the doodle) and architecture, being attentive to the primacy given to drawing in general. The doodle is usually read retrospectively as the start of the design process, but we are interested to focus on the asemic mark as the manifestation of a crisis in which rules, forms and structures crack and self-combust.

The Shadow Series intends to turn the (usually) shadow condition of AA members and alumni into a shadowing force that debates architecture at the present scale of an expanded AA. Unlike the global school, in which the AA ventures across a variety of locations, the shadow series is an intimate event, held at the institution’s core, that assembles the AA’s bodies and brains to debate current architecture issues and processes. Held every third Thursday of the month, from 6.30–8.30pm, on a variety of topics.

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Stuart Nolan Workshop – Illusion: Attention Control, Physical Deception and Illusion Design

Series : The Origin Story – Media and Making in Practice
Date : May 13 2017
Time : 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location : 36 Bedford Square
Ticket Price : £0.00

Stuart Nolan

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AA Collections Talks: Catalina Mejía Moreno

Series : AA Collections
Date : May 9 2017
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Lecture Hall

‘If we can have the first slide and the lights off’

In the shape of a 35mm colour slide show this talk will reproduce some of Reyner Banham’s and Robin Evan’s slide collection archived at the AA Photo-library, projecting their still unknown photographic transparencies. The talk analyses the distinct use of the slides by these two aforementioned architectural historians. In doing so it reflects on the particularities of this architectural medium and exposes the tension between the double nature of the slide as public – performed for a collective audience – and private – as used for personal means of documentation.

This talk is part of the Mellon Multidisciplinary Research Project Architecture in/as Photography at the CCA in Montreal.

Catalina Mejía Moreno is Senior Lecturer in Architectural Humanities at the University of Brighton and Adjunct Faculty member at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. She is currently PhD candidate in Architectural Theory and Criticism at Newcastle University and Mellon Researcher at the CCA in Montreal. The DAAD and the Getty Research Centre have also supported her research on architecture and photography.

Image:Reyner Banham self-portrait
Reyner Banham slide collection. Copyright Mary Banham, AA Photo-Library

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Hooke Park Day/Weekend Trip

Series : Members Trip
Date : May 6 2017 - May 7 2017
Time : All Day
Location : Hooke Park
Ticket Price : £0.00

Members and students are invited to explore Hooke Park and its environs on the Annual Bluebell Open Day, with the option of an overnight stay at nearby Haselbury Mill.

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 first day, with the opportunity to undertake light forestry work among the vast and beautiful woodland on the second day.

Train times:

Saturday 6 May

Depart London Waterloo at 09.20 | Arrive Crewkerne at 11.48

Depart Crewkerne at 17.19 | Arrive London Waterloo at 19.49

Sunday 7 May

Depart Crewkerne at 15.22 | Arrive London Waterloo at 17.59

If you have any questions, please contact Guy Norton on 020 7887 4034/guy.norton@aaschool.ac.uk


Image: Hooke Park © AA Photo Library

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AA Collections Talks: Geraint Franklin

Series : AA Collections
Date : May 2 2017
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Lecture Hall

Sweet geometry: Edward Reynolds at the AA, 1956-8

A student at the Architectural Association from 1956-8, Edward Reynolds (1926-59) produced work of startling originality, including faceted and curvilinear geometries, zoomorphic forms and complex circulation systems. This talk sets Reynolds within the context of architectural discourse in 1950s London, exploring his connections with other students and his tutors Bill Howell, John Killick, James Gowan and others.

Geraint Franklin is an architectural historian specialising in British architecture since 1945. His book Howell Killick Partridge & Amis will be published by Historic England in June 2017.


Image: Concert Hall, Trafalgar Square; Edward Reynolds, Paul Drake, Alan Lee, 1958, 4th year (tutor: John Killick)

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Caracas: The Informal City

Series : Members' Screening
Date : April 27 2017
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

An AA Members’ Screening of a film by Rob Schröder, Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner, Caracas: The Informal City, 2007

CARACAS. The informal City is a groundbreaking documentary in two parts; the first explores the evolution of new informal urban developments that are arising as a result of globalization. The second part focuses on the most violent mega-city on the South American continent, Caracas, where more than four of its six million inhabitants live in self built constructions in the barrios where only the laws of the strong rule.


Only open to AA Students and Members .

No booking required. The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.

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AA Collections Talks: Dr Amara Thornton

Series : AA Collections
Date : April 25 2017
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Lecture Hall

“Supply[ing] a third dimension”: Architects (Re) Constructing Archaeology, 1900s-1960s

Architect-archaeologist and Architectural Association graduate Seton Lloyd wrote his memoirs in the 1980s. He reflected on his own route into archaeology – through architecture – stating that what architects brought to the table (literally) was the ability to “supply a third dimension”. Reconstructing the past has always been of utmost importance to archaeology, but how much of this vision was actually the work of architects?

This talk will present an overview of some key architects in archaeology (several of them former AA students) and the vision they brought to interpreting the past – both technical and artistic. It will draw on research into the lives and work of these architect-archaeologists to explore how their practice and experiences shaped the way that archaeology was presented both on and off the page, from technical surveys and site plans to exhibition displays, films and children’s books.

Amara Thornton is an Honorary Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. She specialises in the history of archaeology, with a focus on British archaeologists working in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is coordinator of the History of Archaeology Network at the Institute, and Principal Investigator of Filming Antiquity, a project digitising and researching excavation films from the early-mid 20th century. She blogs on her research at http://www.readingroomnotes.com.

Image: copyright UCL Institute of Archaeology

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Into Eternity

Series : Members' Screening
Date : March 23 2017
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

An AA Members’ Screening of a film by Michael Madsen, Into Eternity, 2010.

One of the biggest problems facing countries who rely on nuclear energy is what to do with the highly toxic radioactive waste. In 1970, Finland began construction of a massive underground bunker designed to safely store its nuclear waste until it decays and becomes safe a process that takes 100,000 years. Through interviews with leading Finnish scientists and researchers, director Michael Madsen explores the consequences of nuclear energy and human fallibility.

Only open to AA Students and Members.

No booking required. The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.

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Remembering Patrick Hodgkinson

Series : Memorial/Celebration
Date : March 11 2017
Time : 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location : AA Lecture Hall

 

A Celebration Organised by the Hodgkinson Family in Association with the AA

An informal event hosted by the AA in association with the Hodgkinson family which celebrates the life and work of Patrick Hodgkinson (1930–2016) – perhaps the most adept of an extremely accomplished student cohort that joined the AA in the 1950s, and who later, working with Leslie Martin, excelled as the project architect of Harvey Court, Cambridge, before going on to establish his own office around the commission for the Brunswick Centre in Bloomsbury. From the mid-1970s onwards Hodgkinson’s career moved into academia, teaching at the AA, Cornell, and ultimately at Bath, where he proved to be a charismatic and enormously influential figure for an emerging generation of English architects. The event will be structured around a high tea, and will feature a number of informal speeches by Hodgkinson’s friends, colleagues and former students, as well as images of his life and work.

This is an open event and attendees are asked to RSVP at their earliest convenience by completing the form below.

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Marguerite Humeau Studio Visit

Series : Members Trip
Date : March 10 2017
Time : 6:00 pm
Location : Marguerite Humeau, Studio 1.1, Cell Studios
Ticket Price : £0.00

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Series: The Origin Story – Media and Making in Practice

Following Marguerite Humeau’s lecture on Wednesday, 8 March, there will be a visit to her studio as a unique opportunity to understand how she works and the environment within which she practices.

For details on the lecture visit: This link
For more information about Marguerite Humeau’s practice and projects visit: Marguerite Humeau’s website

This visit is open to AA Students & Members and non-members – spaces are limited.
If you are interested in visiting Marguerite’s studio please book a place below.


All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.

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Little Architect, Family Workshop Architecture on Other Planets

Series : Members' Talk
Date : March 4 2017
Time : 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location : Architectural Association

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Workshop aimed at children from 5 to 12 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Little Architect is the AA’s architectural programme for UK primary schools. Alongside space architect and NASA collaborator David Nixon, children will learn about futuristic architecture and design. They will have a chance to draw their own building, debate and compare their ideas before creating a collective future city on Mars. Parents and carers are also invited to dream of utopian buildings with us. The workshop is free but space is limited. Please book in advance below (for the child’s place only).

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AA Building Conversations, Jamie Fobert tour of Bromley Hall School

Series : AA Building Conversations
Date : March 3 2017
Time : 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Location : Bromley Hall House
Ticket Price : £0.00

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A visit led by Jamie Fobert Architects, at which AA Members will be granted exclusive access to Bromley Hall School which is a former school for physically handicapped children. This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest. The architecture company, Jamie Fobert, have a reputation for innovative and inspiring architectural design in the residential, retail and arts sectors.

Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, this series of events combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. 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 AA PhD candidate Sofia Krimizi, but will be a collective construction among all those present.

While Tower Hamlets have granted us special access, the building has been boarded off for years with no electricity or sanitary facilities Visitors must wear hard hats, carry torches, bring a bottle of water and be watchful of trip hazards (the AA can provide some hard hats and torches if you don’t have one – please let us know). Visitors will need to stay with the group throughout the visit, follow a set route to minimise the risk of trip hazards and refrain from accessing any areas not included in the tour.

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AA Building Conversations with Stephen Bates at Robert Adam’s Chandos House

Series : AA Building Conversations
Date : February 24 2017
Time : 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location : Chandos House
Ticket Price : £0.00

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A visit led by Stephen Bates of Sergison Bates Architects, at which AA Members will be granted exclusive access to Chandos House, designed in 1769 by Robert Adam, the most prominent architect in Georgian Britain.

Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, this series of events combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. 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 AA PhD candidate Sofia Krimizi, but will be a collective construction among all those present.

Stephen Bates Biography

Stephen Bates is a founding partner of Sergison Bates Architects.  Stephen has taught at the AA, ETH Zurich, EPFL Lausanne, the Oslo School of Architecture, ETSAB Barcelona, the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is currently Professor of Urbanism and Housing at TU München. Established in 1996, Sergison Bates Architects has won numerous international awards, among them the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal and the Erich Schelling Medal for Architecture

www.sergisonbates.com

The series has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar, AA PhD (c), together with AA Membership

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AA Building Conversations with John OMara

Series : AA Building Conversations
Date : February 17 2017
Time : 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location : All Saints
Ticket Price : £0.00

This building visit led by John O’Mara will take place at All Saints, 7 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8JG.

Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, this series of events combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. 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 AA PhD Sofia Krimizi, but will be a collective construction among all those present.

John O’Mara Biography

John O’Mara studied architecture and technology of archtecture at Bolton Street Institute, Dublin, Southbank University, and the Architectural Association, London.  He joined Herzog & de Meuron in 2008 as Project Man­ager on the Tate Modern Project, and moved to London in 2009 to coordinate the UK office, directing projects such as the Blavatnik School of Government, the Tate Mod­ern Project, and One Wood Wharf and The Royal College of Art Battersea South.

www.herzogdemeuron.com

The series has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar, AA PhD (c), together with AA Membership

IMAGE:  All Saints © AA Photo Library

 

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Troika Studio Visit

Series : Members Trip
Date : January 27 2017
Time : 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location : Troika Studio
Ticket Price : £0.00

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Following Sebastien Noel’s lecture on Wednesday, 25 January, there will be a visit to Troika’s studio as a unique opportunity to understand how they work and the environment within which they practice.

This visit is open to AA Students and AA Members only. Spaces are limited

Tickets are free for AA students and there is a £10 fee for AA Members outside of the School. Please select ticket type below.

Image: Troika with ‘Hardcoded Memory’ / © David Levene

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Martino Gamper Studio Visit

Series : Members Trip
Date : January 19 2017
Time : 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location : Gamper Ltd
Ticket Price : £0.00

Following Martino Gamper’s lecture on Wednesday, 18 January, there will be a visit to his studio as a unique opportunity to understand how he works and the environment within which he practices.

This visit is open to AA Students and AA Members only. Spaces are limited

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Winged Creatures: where do architects go after they graduate?

Series : The Shadow Series
Date : November 17 2016
Time : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : Rear Second Presentation Space, Architectural Association

The Shadow Series intends to turn the (usually) shadow condition of AA members and alumni into a shadowing force that debates architecture at the present scale of an expanded AA. Unlike the global school, in which the AA ventures across a variety of locations, the shadow series is an intimate event, held at the institution’s core, that assembles the AA’s bodies and brains to debate current architecture issues and processes.

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Garbage Warrior

Series : Members' Screening
Date : November 10 2016
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

A documentary following architect Mike Reynolds and his environmentally conscious “Earthship” houses, this film explores his struggle with the New Mexico government to change building code laws.

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The Education of an Architect: Robust Guesswork

Series : The Shadow Series
Date : October 20 2016
Time : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : Rear Second Presentation Space, Architectural Association

The Shadow Series intends to turn the (usually) shadow condition of AA members and alumni into a shadowing force that debates architecture at the present scale of an expanded AA. Unlike the global school, in which the AA ventures across a variety of locations, the shadow series is an intimate event, held at the institution’s core, that assembles the AA’s bodies and brains to debate current architecture issues and processes.

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Ekumenopolis/City Without Limits

Series : Members' Screening
Date : October 13 2016
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

The invented word ‘ecumenopolis’ represents the idea that in the future urban areas and megalopolises would eventually fuse and there would be a single continuous worldwide city as a progression from the current urbanization and population growth trends. Taking Istanbul as an example this film takes us on a long journey from demolished shantytowns to the tops of skyscrapers.

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UNKNOWN FIELDS: The Dark Side of the City

Series : Saturday Gallery Talk
Date : October 1 2016
Time : 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Location : AA Gallery, Architectural Association

Please join us on Saturday 1 October in the AA Gallery for an informal talk by exhibition curators and AA Visiting School Directors Kate Davies and Liam Young.
All welcome, complimentary drinks and refreshments.

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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Series : Members' Screening
Date : September 15 2016
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

AA Member’s Screening of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, a film by Chad Freidrichsis, tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.

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The Pedway: Elevating London

Series : Members' Screening
Date : July 14 2016
Time : 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location : Architectural Association

AA Member’s Screening of The Pedway: Elevating London, a film by Chris Bevan Lee, is a documentary on the post-war redevelopment in the City of London.

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Barbicania

Series : Members' Screening
Date : June 30 2016
Time : 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location : 36 Bedford Square

AA Member’s Screening of Barbicania, a feature length film capturing a month-long immersion in the life of the Barbican Centre and Estate in London, by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine.

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Members’ Evening 2016

Series : Members' Evening
Date : June 27 2016
Time : 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : Architectural Association

All AA Members and press contacts are invited to Members’ Evening 2016, an exclusive private view of the Projects Review exhibition on Monday 27 June.

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AA Projects Review 2016

Series : Projects Review
Date : June 25 2016 - July 16 2016
Time : 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location : Architectural Association

Save the date for the AA’s annual exhibition of Student Work!

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Graduation 2016

Series : Graduation
Date : June 24 2016
Time : 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location : Architectural Association

This year’s AA Graduation & Prizegiving ceremony will take place in Bedford Square Gardens on Friday 24 June from 3pm.

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Utopia London

Series : Members' Screening
Date : May 12 2016
Time : 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location : 36 Bedford Square
Ticket Price : £0.00

AA Member’s Screening of a film by Tom Cordell, Utopia London, 2010

There was a time when London united around the vision of a better future. A group of young idealists were fusing science and art to build an egalitarian city. This documentary presents their story. Join Tom Cordell on a journey through the city where he grew up, meet the architects who designed it and watch them reunite with the buildings they created. See how their work, which once revolutionised life in the city, can today inspire an optimistic vision of the future.

Only open to AA Students and Members

The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.

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Modern Forms

Series : A subjective atlas of 20th-century
Date : April 30 2016
Time : 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location : 36 Bedford Square AA SCHOOL
Ticket Price : £0.00

Please join us on Saturday 30 April in the AA Gallery for a talk by Nicolas Grospierre.

All welcome, complimentary drinks and refreshments will also be served for more information please e-mail events@aaschool.ac.uk

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Image: © Nicolas Grospierre, Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy, Kalisz, Poland, 2012

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Members’ Screening Series on artists Christo & Jeanne-Claude – Umbrellas

Series : Members' Screening
Date : March 17 2016
Time : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Membership and the AA Cinema invite you to join us for the third in our trilogy of film screenings on artitsts Christo & Jeanne Claude, ‘Umbrellas’, a film by Albert Maysles, Henry Corra and Grahame Weinbren

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Members’ Screening Series on artists Christo & Jeanne-Claude – Islands & Christo in Paris

Series : Members' Screening
Date : February 18 2016
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Membership and the AA Cinema invite you to join us for the second in our trilogy of film screenings on artitsts Christo & Jeanne Claude, ‘Islands’ & ‘Christo in Paris’, two films by the Maysles Brothers

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Members’ Building Visit to Segal Close and Walters Way in Lewisham SE London

Series : Building Visit
Date : February 3 2016
Time : 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location : Segal Close and Walters Way

In line with the AA exhibition Walter’s Way – the Self-Build Revolution we are delighted to offer our Members the opportunity to visit self-built Segal houses in the South London borough of Lewisham

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Saturday Gallery Talk: Walter’s Way – the Self-Build Revolution

Jon Broome

Series : Saturday Gallery Talk
Date : January 16 2016
Time : 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location : AA Gallery

Saturday Gallery Talk. Walter’s Way – the Self-Build Revolution. Please join us for a talk by Architect Jon Broome, who worked with Walter Segal on the Lewisham self-build projects in the 1980s.

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Members’ Screening Series on artists Christo & Jeanne-Claude – Christo’s Valley Curtain & Running Fence

Christo's Valley Curtain & Running Fence

Series : Members' Screening
Date : January 14 2016
Time : 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Membership and the AA Cinema invite you to join us for the first in our trilogy of film screenings on artitsts Christo & Jeanne Claude, ‘Christo’s Valley Curtain’ & ‘Running Fence’, two films by the Maysles Brothers

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Members’ Cinema Screening: Inside Piano

Series : Members' AA Cinema Screening
Date : December 3 2015
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

AA Member’s Screening of 3 films by director’s Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine from their Living Architecture Series

The event is free and is open to all AA Members & Students, seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Complimentary drinks & snacks will be served. Any questions please e-mail events@aaschool.ac.uk

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Exclusive Member Visit to Barbican’s The World of Charles and Ray Eames FULLY BOOKED

Series : Members' Talk
Date : November 25 2015
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : Barbican Art Gallery

AA Membership is delighted to offer an exclusive chance to visit The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at the Barbican.

The evening will take place at the Barbican Gallery on 25 November 2014, from 6:30-8:30pm, with a special talk by exhibition Curator & AA Member Catherine Ince.

Tickets are free but open to AA Members only, booking is essential.

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Saturday Gallery Talk: The Yellow-Star Houses Of Budapest with Nigel Swann & Gwen Jones

Series : Members Trip
Date : November 14 2015
Time : 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Location : Front Members Room – Architectural Association

Please join us on the afternoon of Saturday 14th November in the AA Front Members’ Room for a gallery talk by photographer Nigel Swann of his exhibit ‘The Yellow-Star Houses of Budapest’. Swann will also be joined Dr Gwen Jones of the Open Society Archives, Budapest.

All welcome, complimentary drinks and refreshments will also be served for more information please e-mail events@aaschool.ac.uk

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Members’ Cinema Screening: Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron + Gehry’s Vertigo

Series : Members' AA Cinema Screening
Date : November 12 2015
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Screening of Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron + Gehry’s Vertigo from Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine’s Living Architecture series.

The event is free and is open to all AA Members & Students, seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Complimentary drinks & snacks will be served. Any questions please e-mail events@aaschool.ac.uk

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AA XX 100: Women In Architecture 1975-2015

Series : AA XX 100
Date : November 7 2015
Time : 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location : Architectural Association

In commemorate 40 years since Architectural Design’s ‘Women in Architecture’ issue of 1975 – AA XX 100 will host a day long seminar on Saturday 7th November from 9:30-5:30pm.

Speakers include Speakers include: Yasmin Shariff, Julia Barfield, Paul Warner, Helen Castle, Peter Murray, Barbara Goldstein, Clare Devine, Lucy Bullivant, Helaine Blumenfeld, Mary Bowman, Eva Alvarez, Judit Kipian, Eleanor Gawne, Ed Bottoms, Mariagiulia Bennicelli, Kate Macintosh, Santa Raymond & Nuria Alvarez.

The event is free to attend but booking is essential.

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AA 1965 Reunion

AA Membership and Alumni Office

Series : Reunion
Date : October 21 2015
Time : 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location : Architectural Association
Ticket Price : £0.00

We are pleased to invite you to a Reunion of the school’s class of 1965 at 36 Bedford Square on Wednesday October 21st 2015. Please arrive for a drinks reception at 5 pm, at which time tours of the school’s current facilities are to be conducted by students for anyone interested. At 7.30 there will be a sit-down meal.

Details of the dinner menu can be found below. If you have special dietary requirements please contact Events Coordinator Joanne McCluskey at events@aaschool.ac.uk. The cost will be £40 per person.

We look forward to seeing you and would be grateful if you could advise us of your intention to attend by Monday 5th October.

AA Membership and Alumni Office

Photos by Ping Ping Lu

Image: AA Dining Room 1960s ©Paul Simpson & AA Photo Library

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