Past Events

Silver Gala

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

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

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

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

Series : Bloomsbury Festival
Date : October 20 2018
Time : 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

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

 

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AA Little Architect Family Workshop: Yes SHE Can!

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

 

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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

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

 

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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 :
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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

The Light House Visit is now fully booked

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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


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

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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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Members’ Screening: The End of Suburbia

Series : Members' Screening
Date : December 5 2017
Time : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location : AA Cinema

Join us for an exclusive screening of Gregory Greene’s The End of Suburbia, 2004.

Arguing that modern life as we know it is doomed to end as oil reserves begin running out, this documentary focuses on the intertwining histories of the energy industry and the suburbs. Prompted by the desire to move away from dangerous, dirty urban spaces, American suburbia emerged in earnest after World War II, enabled by the rapid growth of the automobile industry. In interviews, experts predict a grim future, with nations fighting over oil and the collapse of food-supply chains.

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

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AA Alumni Evening

Series : Reunion
Date : November 22 2017
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : 36 Bedford Square

AA alumni from across the generations are warmly invited to return to Bedford Square for a drinks reception to meet and reconnect with fellow graduates.

Hosted by interim school director Samantha Hardingham and alumnus and past president Keith Priest, this is your opportunity to hear about the latest school news and developments.

Places are free, but limited, and will include two complimentary drinks. Book your place now using the form below.

Image: Valerie Bennett

 

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RICOCHET 1

Series : Ricochet
Date : November 14 2017
Time : 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location : 36 Bedford Square

RICOCHET 1 focuses on aspects of performance and architecture and the actuality of presence. Two discussants Sarah Akigbogun and Florencia Collo will entice responses from the audience by presenting works in progress; these range from actual performance acts, as in theatre, to the technical and architectural aspects of performance in the presence of assembled bodies and materials.

 

Theatre without walls: No Proscenium Arches Please  

What possibilities are opened up if one considers theatre as something that can happen anywhere? Appropri8’s interests lie in liberating theatre from its traditional spaces and exploring the potential this creates at the architectural and urban scales. We are interested in constructing narrative, activating dead spaces, creating communities and taking theatre to new places. The presentation includes a work in progress extract from ‘House’, part of the ‘Urban Histories’ series which explores themes of the city and memory.

Sarah Akigbogun, Architect, BSc Arch Eng AAdpl ARB RIBA, MA Central St Martins studio aki | appropri8

                                                                                                                                                     

 

Syncing architecture with environmental technology

Atmos lab consults architects using environmental science to design out machinery. The technology available nowadays to evaluate the environmental conditions of a project is far ahead of its current architectural exploitation. The challenge lies in how to bring the artistic license into a world of data, how to convey the physical sensitivity with architectural language. Our endeavour is to curate the scientific evidence to make its architectural use become thinkable.

The presentation will cover some of our latest work, both with an industry validated firm and with cult architects.

Florencia Collo, DipArch AAMSc, Director atmoslab www.atmoslab.io

 

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 2 call for proposals in December 2018.

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Little Architect – AA XX 100 Family Workshop: Yes, she can

Series : AA XX 100
Date : November 11 2017
Time : 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location : AA Front Members’ Room

AA Members, alumni and the general public are invited to bring along the budding architects and designers in their life to this Little Architect Family Workshop as part of the AA XX 100 project, celebrating 100 years of women in the Architectural Association.

Designed by Little Architect founder and director, Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido, this workshop invites boys and girls aged 7-15 to hear from and get creative with female architects working in the profession.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Members’ Screening: The Architecture of Doom

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

Join us for an exclusive screening of The Architecture of Doom, a film by Peter Cohen.

Cohen postulates a theory that the Third Reich’s obsessive pursuit of an ideal society was in part a fulfilment of its leaders’ own aborted creative careers. Using archival footage underscoring National Socialism’s obsession with purity and order, and contrasting it with the so-called “degenerate” work of the German avant garde, Cohen attempts to draw parallels between Hitler’s own subjective aesthetic views and his systematic extermination of millions of European Jews.

“Using archival footage and documents, familiar and unfamiliar, Cohen marshals his arguments and his evidence masterfully” – Washington Post

“A brilliantly written and visualized documentary” – Bright Lights Film Journal

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

 

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AA Building Conversations with Taro Tsuruta

Series : AA Building Conversations
Date : October 27 2017
Time : 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location : Westminster Underground Station
Ticket Price : £0.00

AA Members, students and alumni are invited to join the 2016 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize winner Taro Tsuruta (AADipl 1996) on this visit to the iconic Hopkins’ designed Westminster Underground Station and the accompanying parliamentary building of Portcullis House. Completed in 1999 and shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, the station has been described as a “dramatic concrete well, woven with stacked banks of escalators that hang from a dynamic network of flying concrete beams and steel tubes”.

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.

Tsuruta Architects was established in 2006 by Taro Tsuruta, an experienced Japanese architect. Tsuruta worked with leading London design practices on complex multi-award winning projects before setting up his own studio. His original designs are informed by an exacting understanding of construction technology, combined with a deep respect for light, materials, context and the practicalities of everyday life. The practice has enjoyed critical acclaim for House of Trace – a radically different approach to home redevelopment. The project was warmly received in the press and gained numerous industry awards, most notably the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stephen Lawrence Prize 2016.

Please note you will require an Oyster Card of contactless payment card to access Westminster Underground Station as part of this visit.

Open to AA Members, students, and alumni. Book your place using the form below.

Image: Mike Quinn, licensed under Creative Commons Licence

 

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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.

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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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