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On Wednesday, June 30, join the AA PhD candidates and supervisors for a day of discussions with guest critics Dubravka Sekulic, Thandi Loewenson, Gabu Heindl, Olivia Neves Marra, Matilde Cassani, and Platon Issaias. All abstracts can be downloaded here PhD Crit June 2021  Zoom link below.   9 AM               Anna Font 9.40                  Gili Merin 10.20                Tian […]

Join us on Wednesday, May 12, at 6.30 pm BST for an event organized by the AA PhD Candidates On Zoom, link below “Spatial immensity beggars designation.” – John R. Stilgoe What does it mean to grapple with the immensity of the Americas? The third issue of “Manifest: A Journal of the Americas”, highlights propositions that […]

End-of-Term Presentations

On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, you are all welcome to join the End-of-Term presentations of the AA PhD programme – with guest critics David Burns (RCA), Alejandra Celedon Forster (Universidad de Chile), Adam Kaasa (RCA), Platon Issaias (AA), and Jingru Cheng (RCA). Download the full schedule and abstracts here: 210331_PhD Crit The presentations will start […]

Join the PhD Programme of the Architectural Association for a seminar with Professor Irene Cheng (California College of the Arts). On Wednesday, March 17, at 6 pm London time. See zoom link below. In the 1840s, workingmen in New York City turned to land reform as a primary means to redress the growing inequality in […]

A seminar with Irina Davidovici (ETHZ) organized by the PhD Programme of the Architectural Association Wednesday, February 10, at 6 pm UK time – see zoom link below This lecture examines the bourgeois projections and expectations that underlined the reform of early working-class housing estates in late-19th and early-20th century London. It hypothesizes that the urban and […]

A Seminar with Jacopo Galimberti (University of Bologna) Join us on Wednesday, Jan 27, at 6 PM London time on Zoom for an event organized by the PhD Programme of the Architectural Association. Recent years have seen a surge of interest in the Wages for Housework Campaign, a feminist movement active during the 1970s and […]

End-of-Term Presentations

On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, join AA Candidates and Directors of Studies, with guest critics Jeremy Lecomte (ENSA-V), Gabu Heindl (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna) and Gabriele Mastrigli (Universita’ di Camerino) for a day of discussions on ten ongoing PhD theses. Full abstracts here: 201202_PhD Presentations-compressed_compressed Zoom link: https://aaschool.zoom.us/j/99847635792?pwd=czNlSGZDWjRTc3N3WmJlUEo4alVUdz09 Schedule 9 AM Qing Liu, “A […]

Join us on zoom for a day-long symposium organized by the PhD Programme of the Architectural Association, on Friday, November 20 – access link can be obtained by registering here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/god-is-in-the-detail-labour-architecture-and-the-politics-of-construction-tickets-123471048229 The construction of architecture is often addressed as a matter of technical expertise or poetic craftsmanship; seldom is it addressed as a matter of […]

Over two days, we will discuss 16 ongoing theses on Zoom. Join us at the link below and check out the full abstracts here: 200620_Abstracts Programme Day 1 – Tuesday, June 23, 2020 AM session with guest critics Hamed Khosravi and David Burns 10 am Anna Font Vacas 10.40 Enrica Maria Mannelli 11.20 Takako Hasegawa […]

Join us on zoom (link below) for a seminar with Hans Teerds Organised by the AA PhD Programme Wednesday 27 May 2020, 18:00 London time Spatial thinking is political thinking, the German-American philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) once wrote. It is political, not because it is concerned about a specific space nor place, but since it […]

Join us on Zoom (link below) at 4 pm London time for a seminar with Stefan Gruber organized by the PhD Programme of the Architectural Association, London Commoning the City: Notes on Assembling an Atlas Against the backdrop of the escalating climate crisis, social inequity and political polarization, the failures of governments or the market […]

A Seminar with Philippe Morel Organized by the AA PhD Programme Wednesday, February 19, 6.30 PM Architectural Association London, 33 Bedford Square, First Floor In 2007, Tim Berners-Lee coined the expression “Giant Global Graph” as a definition of web 3.0 based on the semantic linkages of human and machine-created data objects. 13 years later, architects […]

A Seminar with Sebastien Marot (EPFL) organized by the AA PhD Programme Wednesday, January 29, 2020 6.30 pm, 33 Bedford Square, First Floor, Back Room Given the environmental predicament which is now ours, our core hypothesis is that no sound reasoning will develop on the future of agriculture and architecture, which both emerged as the […]

End-of-Term presentations

On December 4th, guest critics Hamed Khosravi (AA), Marina Otero Verzier (RCA- Het Nieuwe Instituut), and Gabriele Mastrigli (UNICAM) will review 13 in-progress theses from the Architectural Association’s PhD programme. Join us at 9 am at 33 Bedford Square, First Floor, Front Room; full abstracts available here End-of-Term crits 1912. Schedule: 9.00 Sebastian Clark The […]

Join us and guest critics Manolis Stavrakakis (AA, UCL), Adam Kaasa (RCA), and Platon Issaias (AA, RCA) for an afternoon of presentations from 1.30 pm onwards at 33 Bedford Square, First Floor, Front room Full abstracts here: june19_abstracts Programme 13.30 Brendon Nikolas Carlin Big-House, No-House Towards a New Non-Typological Architecture(s) 14.15 Enrica Maria Mannelli The […]

End-of-term Presentations

Join us on Wednesday 27 March at 2 pm, 33 Bedford Square, first floor, front room, for an afternoon of presentations and discussions with guest critics Jon Goodbun (RCA) and Jeremy Lecomte (ENSAV). You can find all the abstracts here: march19_abstracts Programme 14.00 Enrica Maria Mannelli THE SOCIAL FACTORY Social Movements from Autonomy to Precarity: […]

Gardening at Night

Join us at 33 Bedford Square, first floor, front room, on Thursday, December 13, for a day of discussions on the in-progress work of Diploma 14 on the architecture of the garden – with guest critics Sébastien Marot (EPFL), David Burns (RCA), and Pep Avilés (Penn State, editor of Faktur). Morning session 10-13, afternoon 14-18.30. […]

End-of-term PhD Presentations

Join us on Wednesday 12 December at 2.30, 32 Bedford Square, first floor, front room, for an afternoon of presentations and discussions with guest critics Barbara Penner (UCL) and Christophe van Gerrewey (EPFL). You can find all the abstracts here: december18_abstracts Programme 14.30 Enrica Mannelli THE SOCIAL FACTORY Social Movements from Autonomy to Precarity: Italy, […]

A Symposium Organised by the City/Architecture PhD programme Friday 30 November 2018 AA Lecture Hall, 36 Bedford Square The overarching premise of this symposium is to re-frame the domestic space as a battlefield of practices of planning and counter-planning. Its frontiers, those separating the space of inside from the outside, the space for production from […]

Elements of Domestication

A Seminar with James Westcott Editor, Elements of Architecture (Taschen, 2018) organized by the ‘City/Architecture’ PhD Programme Wednesday, November 21, 6.30 pm 37 Bedford Square, First Floor “a major modification of the human organism, namely its ability to pay attention, occurred when a major cultural innovation, domestication, was adopted. … the house … should be […]

Open Research Seminar at the Architectural Association ‘City/Architecture’ PhD Programme Pier Vittorio Aureli & Maria Shéhérazade Giudici The seminar focuses on the history of settlements from prehistory to today seen from the perspective of one of the most controversial issues of human history: the process of domestication. By domestication we mean the complex of practices […]

City after Labour

A Seminar with Andreas Rumpfhuber organized by the ‘City/Architecture’ PhD Programme. Wednesday 23 May, 6.30 pm, 33 Bedford Square, first floor. City After Labour Since the End of the Second World War our Societies witness a profound ideological and technologic alteration that today is being experienced in an accelerated and intensified way. From the beginning this alteration […]

A Seminar with Fabrizio Ballabio (York University, EPFL) organized by the ‘City/Architecture’ PhD Programme Wednesday, May 16, 6.30 pm in 33 Bedford Square, First Floor, Back room In the opening weeks of 1764, the prosperous and densely populated Kingdom of Naples was struck by a widespread and devastating grain dearth which saw in little over a […]

End-of-term presentations

Join us on Tuesday, March 27, for our end-of-term presentations in Bedford Square, nr 32, first floor, back room, with respondents Jeremy Lecomte (ENSA Versailles), Platon Issaias (RCA), and Mark Morris (AA). Full abstracts available in pdf format here: march18_abstracts 11.00 Lukas Pauer 11.45 Ioanna Piniara 13 – 14 Lunch break 14.00 Brendon N. Carlin 14.45 […]

On Friday 15 December, at nr 33 Bedford Square, first floor, front room, we’ll discuss 14 in-progress researches with the Diploma 14 students and guest critics Jeremy Lecomte (ENSA Versailles), David Burns (RCA), Fabrizio Ballabio (EPFL Lausanne), Platon Issaias (RCA) and Mark Campbell (AA). You can download the abstracts here: abstracts_web Morning session 10-13, afternoon […]

End-of-Term presentations

Join us tomorrow, December 6, at nr 32 Bedford Square, first floor, front room, for our end-of-term presentations with respondents Marina Otero Verzier (Het Nieuwe Instituut), Jon Goodbun (RCA), Adam Kaasa (LSE), Manolis Stavrakakis (UCL Bartlett) and Mark Campbell (AA). Full abstracts available in pdf format here: 1217_abstracts Schedule: 12.00 Lukas Pauer, Symbolic Sanctuary Markers: Ancient Megalithic […]

Architecture and Labour Space and the Production of Subjectivity Video of the Symposium organised by the ‘City/Architecture’ PhD programme, Friday 13 November 2015. Part 2 of 3: Peer Illner, Peggy Deamer, and roundtable with P. V. Aureli, Peer Illner, Peggy Deamer, Fabrizio Ballabio, Andreas Rumpfhuber, Fabrizio Gallanti Scroll down for abstracts and timing of the presentations […]

Architecture and Labour Space and the Production of Subjectivity Video of the Symposium organised by the ‘City/Architecture’ PhD programme, Friday 13 November 2015. Part 2 of 3: Fabrizio Ballabio, Andreas Rumpfhuber, Fabrizio Gallanti Scroll down for abstracts and timing of the presentations 00:06:30 min Fabrizio Ballabio (Architectural Association, AYR) The Palace, the Pulpit and the Plant. […]

Architecture and Labour Space and the Production of Subjectivity Video of the Symposium organised by the ‘City/Architecture’ PhD programme, Friday 13 November 2015. Part 1 of 3: Pier Vittorio Aureli, Francesco Marullo, Maria Sheherazade Giudici Scroll down for abstracts and timing of the presentations We must start speaking about workers again, with programmes and projects that […]

A Seminar with Eric Wycoff Rogers, Cambridge University, Organized by the City/Architecture PhD Programme Wednesdsay 8 November, 6.30 pm. 33 Bedford Square, First Floor, Back Room. Domestic labor has, at times, been central to the reproduction of capitalism. As Rosa Luxemburg demonstrated in The Accumulation of Capital, capitalism’s dominance over other modes of production (primitive […]

Origins, Shelters, and Traps

A Seminar with Adrian Lahoud, Dean of the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art, London  Organized by the City/Architecture PhD Programme Wednesdsay 25 October, 6.30 pm. 33 Bedford Square, First Floor, Back Room. Protection from the natural environment is a fundamental human need. Architecture’s primary role is to satisfy this need. Or so a […]

A Seminar series by Pier Vittorio Aureli & Maria Shéhérazade Giudici Fall Term 2017 Architectural Association, London, PhD Program ‘City/Architecture’ The seminar will focus on a critical history of domestic architecture from its origins to the present. Why we live in houses? Why has this become the predominant way of living? Why has the history […]

End-of-year Reviews

On Tuesday 20 June, respondents Gabriele Mastrigli, Manolis Stavrakakis, and Mark Campbell will review eight theses – join us for a day of discussion on landscape, architecture, and the citizens who inhabit them. In the PhD Room, 32 Bedford Square, back room, ground floor, with Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria Shéhérazade Giudici. 11.30 Brendon Nikolas […]

A Seminar with Hamed Khosravi Wednesday, March 29, 33 Bedford Square, first floor, back room Organized by the City/Architecture PhD Programme The aftermath of the Second World War not only marked the beginning of new geopo­litical order but also once again brought back discourses of architecture and planning to the frontline of those confrontations. The […]

A Seminar with Alvaro Sevilla Buitrago, Associate Professor in the Department of Town and Regional Planning at the School of Architecture, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Organized by the City/Architecture PhD Programme at the Architectural Association. Wednesday, March 1, at 6.30 pm. 33 Bedford Square, First Floor, Front Room. Between the late 1800s and the 1930s […]

A Seminar organized by the City/Architecture Phd Programme Guest lecturer Łukasz Stanek, Manchester Architecture Research Centre Wednesday, February 1st, 6.30 pm Architectural Association 33 Bedford Square, First Floor, Front Room Against the dominant reduction of architecture’s globalisation to “Westernization,” this talk argues that the world-wide mobility of architecture was accelerated after World War II by […]

End-of-Term Presentations

Architectural Association PhD Program ‘City-Architecture’ Wednesday, December 7, from 2pm End of the Term Presentations 33 Bedford Square, First Floor Front Guests Critics: Murray Fraser (UCL, London) Barbara Penner (UCL, London) Tarsha Finney (UTS, Sydney) Programme and Abstracts of Presentations: 2 pm – 3 pm First Year Candidates 2 pm Brendon Carlin Non-Typological Housing: A […]

A seminar organised by the ‘City-Architecture’ PhD program Plan of Majdanetskoe mega-site, Ukraine Thursday November 10th, 5.30pm Architectural Association, 33 First Floor Back Perhaps the most influential essay ever written by an archaeologist is V. Gordon Childe’s ‘The Urban Revolution’, published in a 1950 edition of Town Planning Review. Childe linked the origins of urban […]

Monday 27th, from 2pm

Wednesday, March 2nd from 6.30 to 8 Architectural Association, London, 33 first floor front ‘The Use of Things’ A Seminar with Thanos Zartaloudis organised by City-Architecture PhD program In this talk I will present a genealogy of the peculiar notion of use in its fragmented and surprising journey from early ancient Greece to classical Roman […]

“Achtung Schule!” The “Metallic Carnival Party” at the Bauhaus, featuring its director Hannes Meyer, February 9th, 1929. Photo Walter Funkat, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau.Hannes Meyer and Us A Seminar with Amir Djalali Wednesday February 10th from 18.00 to 20.00 
33 Bedford Square, First Floor Front Despite his unlimited commitment to the New World and its age, […]

The house for doing nothing A Seminar with Aristide Antonas Wednesday November 25th from 18.00 to 20.00 
33 Bedford Square, First Floor Front The work of Aristide Antonas represents today one of the most interesting practices that uses architecture and design as a form of enquiry into the relationship between architecture and contemporary forms of […]

Architectural Association, London AA Bookshop Books Launch: Peggy Deamer (ed) Architect as Worker and Andreas Rumpfhuber, Michael Klein (eds) Modelling Vienna: Real Fictions in Social Housing Hosted by the PhD program ‘City/Architecture’ Thursday 12th of November 6.30 PM As teaser for the ‘Architecture and labor’ Symposium we will host a book launch of two recently […]

A Symposium organised by ‘The City as a Project’ Research Collective and the PhD programme ‘City/Architecture’

A Seminar with Mario Carpo. Wednesday October 28 from 18.00 to 20.00. 
36 Bedford Square, Soft Room.

City/Architecture PhD program End of Year Presentations Thursday 25th of June, from 15th to 19.30th 33 Bedford Square, First Floor, Back Room Radical Settlements The Iranian Shahraks, The Jesuit Mission, The Hortus Conclusus and The Chinese Commune To settle is one of the primary conditions for architecture. When it provides conditions for inhabitation architecture reduces […]

A Seminar with Peer Illner. Wednesday May 13th from 17.00 to 19.00. 32 Bedford Square, South Jury Room.

The Image of the Interior

City/Architecture PhD program. 3rd Round-Table Seminar. A seminar with Charles Rice.

OMA: The First Decade

A seminar with Christophe Van Gerreway. 2nd Round-Table Seminar organized by the City/Architecture PhD program, on Wednesday February 18th from 10.30 to 13.30, at the AA.

A Seminar with Andreas Rumpfhuber. First round-table seminar organized by the City/Architecture PhD program, on Wednesday January 28th from 16.00 to 18.00.

June 13th, 9.30. Aula, TU Delft.

23 May, TU Delft, Aula. From 9.30 till 14.00.

16 May, TU Delft, Aula. From 9.30 till 14.00

6 May, TU Delft, Aula. From 9.30 till 14.00.

The Dom-ino Effect

The Dom-ino Effect. A One-Day Symposium at the Architectural Association, London
Friday 14 March, 10am – 7pm, Lecture Hall

We are glad to announce the release of The City as a Project, edited by Pier Vittorio Aureli, and published by Berlin-based Ruby press. The book collects essays from the participants of the research program, started in 2010.

Thursday, May 30th, 2013. TU Delft-BK, Zaal A, 14:00-18:00

Thursday 28 March. Room Z, 15:00 – BK-TU Delft

Thursday, February 21st, TU Delft-BK, Room P, 14.00-17.00

Midterm reviews on February 20th at Schieblok, Rotterdam.

The Architectural Association’s Diploma Unit 14, led by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria S. Giudici, will hold an end-of-term presentation on Tuesday 11 December at 33 Bedford Square.

Pier Vittorio Aureli on Walter Benjamin’s reading of architecture. Friday 30 November, 15:00.

In Progress Presentations

On November 23rd, BK-TUDelft, Room P, 14:00-17:30. In progress presentations. Respondants Bernard Colenbrander, Michiel Riedjik, Tom Avermaete, Lara Schrijver

We are glad to announce our very first doctoral thesis defense, The Fourth Typology – Dominant Type and the Idea of the City, by Christopher C. M. Lee. 26 October 2012 – 10.00 – Aula TU Delft, Senaatszaal.

Maintenance as a project. On Friday June 22nd from 16.00 to 19.00

Christophe Van Gerrewey will talk about Geert Bekaert’s existential project: how can one write, for more than sixty years, both constantly and consistently about architecture?

Thursday April 26 from 18.00 to 21.00 – J.J.P. Oud room

Friday April 27th from 18.00 to 21.00 – J.J.P. Oud room

In-progress Ph.D. presentations with Bernardina Borra and Platon Issaias

With Francesco Marullo and Amir Djalali

Concentrating on three art/music groups with which Kelley was involved, “Live Dead” will discuss the relation between Kelley’s musical production and his art into the 1980s.

The paper engages with Fredric Jameson’s essays, which associate recent so-called ‘isometric’ architecture with finance capital, to challenge the notion of ‘abstraction’ he advances.

On November 25th. Tahl Kaminer, Marina Lathouri, Lara Schrijver and Thomas Weaver will respond to presentations of the Ph.D. candidates.

Friday November 11th from 19.00 to 22.00. Second Seminar of the 2011-2012 series “The Project: the Rise and Fall of a Political and Artistic Paradigm.”

October 20th – 16.00-19.00 – Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, The first seminar of the 2011-2012 series

The 2011-2012 seminars program.

Against the trite cliché that the modernist city is a rigid and totalitarian apparatus, Sarah Whiting will present the case of the Chicago Superblock as a “projective” case study.

The seminar examines the work of two historians of architectural modernism – Colin Rowe and Manfredo Tafuri – and the ways in which their histories were constructed.

Presentations by Platon Issaias, Hamed Khosravi and Bernardina Borra, on Monday, May 30th, 10.00 – 13.00. These three presentations will address radically different ways in which power and its spatial organization has been materialized, reformed, contested, and perhaps evaded.

The seminar will focus on the architectural production of the years 1937 (the Nazi bombing of Guernica) to 1945 (the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki), with the goal of reintegrating overlooked episodes into the historical narrative on modern architecture.

In 1978, the year Colin Rowe’s Collage City and Oswald Mathias Ungers’ “Berlin: The City as a Green Archipelago” both came out, Rem Koolhaas published Delirious New York, a theoretical and poetical masterpiece which can be considered as the manifesto for contemporary super-urbanism […]

Two Ph.D. in-progress presentations, on April 28th. Maria S. Giudici will compare two examples of urbanization as a logic of urban organization opposed to politics: Hausmann’s Paris and Cerda’s Barcelona. Dubravka Vranic will analyze the autonomy of urban form and space from political institutions in the case of Novi Zagreb.

This talk presents the ongoing research project South of East-West. Post-Colonial Planning, Global Technology Transfer, and the Cold War in order to address the possibility of an architectural historiography of the global Cold War.

Presentations by Amir Djalali, Fernando Donis, and Francesco Marullo. Berlage Institute, March 29, 16.00 – 19.00

In this presentation I argue that Durand’s idea of type inheres in his method offers the possibility to formulate the disciplinary knowledge of architecture itself. This suggest that the idea of type through Durand can be understood in two ways; the first involves the principles that can be abstracted from building precedents and the second involves a generative method to further these principles in the design of buildings, utilizing the abstracted principles or deep structure. The second implies a rational process, the logic of type as a method; in other words, typology.

On Thursday 27 January Mario Carpo will give a seminar titled “The Rise and the Fall of the Albertian Paradigm”

This presentation will address the recasting of the architect’s role within the institutional context of MIT in the late 1960s, looking at the development of techniques of controlling urban and environmental “systems” and the populations who inhabited them—their monitoring, quantitative description, regulation, management, organization, and visualization.

A seminar with Cesare Birignani. The seminar will explore a series of historical transformations in the way the city was problematized in ancien régime France by discussing both a series of administrative and juridical practices developed to manage the city of Paris, and a corpus of texts produced, from the end of the 17th century until the Revolution, under the rubric of “police science.”

Second year presentation on 5 November 2010