22 June 2015
Architectural Association, London
It’s the last week of not just the term but the academic year so the event on everyone’s mind is Graduation followed by the opening of the end of year show Projects Review. The theme for this year’s exhibition is ‘floors’ leading us to expect that the various rooms within the Georgian houses that we occupy will be transformed into a diverse set of topographies that somehow merge one agenda into another to take you on a tour of the year’s work. Across this terrain in Bedford Square with champagne and strawberries aplenty, the graduation ceremony will be a bit different this year with live musicians, a few new speakers added to the line-up of the AA Director and the AA Council’s President, as well as the option to pre-order a video of the ceremony which includes highlights from the academic year. The ceremony will be followed by drinks and canapés in the square and at 6pm the exhibition opens to the public, which in turn is followed by an end of term after party at Pulse London & the Bankside Vaults at the Southbank.
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. The Members’ Private View on Monday, 29 June at 6pm is a chance to look around the exhibition without the crowds of opening night with delicious food catered by Hansen & Lydersen whose smoked salmon is unparalleled and proper gin and tonics mixed by . On Wednesday, 1 July AA XX 100 will host a reception celebrating women in 33 First Floor Front from 6.30pm onwards where three speakers: AA Council Member Elsie Owusu, recent graduate Eleanor Dodman and architecture practice vPPR will present their work and female role models to a gathered crowd. Later this summer between 8-17 July, FORMAT, our annual live magazine organised by Shumon Basar, returns for a 5th issue with 4 evenings focusing this year on the career. With speakers ranging from graphic designer Irma Boom to AA Director Brett Steele, from furniture designer Martino Gamper to curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, the series will question why the career is a format that usually only makes sense looking backwards, never forwards.
Have a great summer and the Weekly Edit will be back in the autumn for a whole new year of great events!