20 June 2016
Architectural Association, London
It’s the final week of the academic year so of course the highlight event to attend is Projects Review – the end of year exhibition that showcases the work produced over the last 32 weeks. The theme for this year’s exhibition is ‘shared space,’ encouraging units and programmes within the school to find new ways to compromise, collaborate and demarcate their territory within the Georgian spaces of the AA to realise these rooms as cohesive exhibition spaces that somehow merge one agenda into another to take you on a tour of the year’s work. With the exhibition’s private view opening at 6pm on Friday in No.36, head to Bedford Square for champagne and to sample some strawberries from the Inter 12-designed Strawberry Tables.
Also this week is the launch of the title The Supreme Achievement by Black Square and Roman gallery CAMPO on Thursday at 6.30pm in the AA Bookshop. Then earlier on Friday, at 3pm, the Graduation ceremony will be held in the Square from 3pm with speeches by AA Director Brett Steele, AA Council President David Porter and the recipient of the AA Prize, as well as the recipient of this year’s Honorary Diploma. The end of year party following Projects Review will be held at Shoreditch Studios from 10.30 onwards following Projects Review.
While the rest of the week is dominated by exhibition construction, graduation preparation and presentations to the External Examiners for 3rd and 5th year students to achieve their Part 1 or 2 respectively, there are still a whole host of events this summer to look forward to. Members’ Evening on Monday, 27 June at 6pm is a chance to look around the exhibition without the crowds of opening night with delicious food and drink from Hooke Park. There will also be a few Members’ screenings such as Barbicania on 30 June and The Pedway: Elevating London on 14 July – both start at 7pm in the AA Cinema (37 Bedford Square). Later this summer between 4-22 July, FORMAT, our annual live magazine organised by Shumon Basar, returns for a 6th issue with 4 evenings focusing this year on couples within architecture. With speakers ranging from curator Catherine Ince to architect and AA Night School founder Sam Jacob, from Diploma 9 Unit Master and Summer School Director Natasha Sandmeier to artist and maker Madelon Vriesendorp, the series will chart the contested history of two-sided collaborations.
Have a great summer and the Weekly Edit will be back in the autumn for a whole new year of great events!