01 February 2016
Architectural Association, London
To complement our Term 1 What’s Next series that invites graduates back to the AA to discuss their unique forms of practice, in Term 2 we have introduced a new tutor lecture series to invite academic staff to speak about their individual projects, research and interests outside of the AA, as a way to see how that influences and contributes to the briefs they develop for units and programmes within the school. As the first lecture in this series, Diploma 8 Unit Master Maria Fedorchenko will speak on Thursday evening on the topic, Towards a New Chapter of the Diagrammatic Project. Analysing influential case studies of diagrammatic projects by MVRDV, OMA, SANAA and UN Studio, Maria will then advocate for the redirection of a consistent disciplinary project with the argument that more “plastic” design approaches are a better fit for contemporary contexts and practices.
Also this week, is Monday night’s lecture by Laurent Stalder on Charting the Environment. James Stirling’s Arrows as the culmination of a day-long workshop by Stalder with Intermediate 13. On Tuesday, Ekaterina Golovyatuk from OMA will give a lunchtime lecture in the New Soft Room on Preservation of Modernism: Garage Museum for Contemporary Art by OMA. Wednesday sees another lunchtime lecture, this time a conversation between Inter 1 Unit Master Mark Campbell and V&A curator Catherine Ince on Information Overload. Also on Wednesday is a Membership visit to Segal Close and Walter’s Way at 10am in Lewisham as part of the ongoing exhibition in the AA Gallery on the work of the architect Walter Segal and the self-build revolution he initiated. On Wednesday evening, the AA Bookshop will host the launch of the title Concrete Concept by Christopher Beanland. Finally on Friday, AA Media Studies tutor Charles Arsène-Henry will continue our Tutor Lecture Series with a talk on Metafiction #1 : The Prismatic Subdivisions of an Idea.