AA Conversations selects one unmissable event for you to attend this week
19 January 2015 Architectural Association, London   The focus of Week 2 is MArch presentations as the many Masters programmes have their Phase II juries, which mark the culmination of their students' time at the AA. The Public Programme reflects this shift as each evening there is a keynote speaker relating to the programme whose jury takes place earlier that day. As a result each lecture has a very specific focus within the remit of the programme it is linked to, which makes it hard to choose one in particular to attend.   That said, the one that extends beyond this week in its relevance to the AA, is John Frazer's Thursday evening lecture as the first of two DRL keynotes. Titled An Evolutionary Architecture Reassessed, the lecture celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Evolutionary Architecture exhibition and its eponymous book, which launched on 26 January 1995. It also marks the 25th anniversary of Frazer's Morphogenesis Unit which was Diploma Unit 11 from 1989 to 1996. The evening will track the development of digital design from the unit's work to the formation of DRL and then subsequent developments through the work of architects in the profession, as well as how the Evolutionary Digital Design theory came to be recognised across several professions including politics, law, philosophy and engineering.   In addition to Frazer's lecture, the week begins with Monday evening's Housing & Urbanism's keynote address by Ruurd Gietema from KCAP who will discuss Pulling Strings Only When Things Go Wrong. This is followed by Professor Brian Ford of the University of Nottingham as SED's Keynote speaker on Tuesday with his talk on The Empirical Tradition and Innovation in Architecture. Jan Knippers looks at Biological Design and Integrative Structures for Emtech on Wednesday and Jason Kelly Johnson from Future Cities Lab wraps up the week as the second DRL Keynote speaker with his lecture on A City of Intelligent Machines. All lectures are in the Lecture Hall starting at 6pm.   See the Events List to find out more or check the AA website to find out What’s On.