AA Conversations selects one unmissable event for you to attend this week
28 April 2015 Architectural Association, London   With the Public Programme continuing into Term 3, the first three weeks of term are an eclectic collection of interesting and fun events. To kick off this term, this week there are four events to choose from with the conversation between Zaha Hadid and Julia Peyton Jones on collaboration falling in the middle. In addition to that event, the lecture to attend this week is African Modernism: Architecture of Independence that celebrates the launch of the eponymous book on Thursday evening. The book which features incredible pictures of the sub-Saharan urban landscape by Iwan Baan also has texts by former First Year and Summer School tutor Ingrid Schröder and AA graduate Manuel Herz. In a discussion about the role of the architect in developing a national identity, Schröder and Herz will be joined by Rachel Stella Jenkins and Alex Warnock Smith to debate the origins of this form of architectural experimentation. There will be a drinks reception to follow the lecture in the South Jury Room.   Also this week is the first in a series of three talks that celebrate the AA Collections on Tuesday evening. This term's series are all focusing on the legacy of important AA women - a continuation of the AA XX 100 celebration. Using material from the AA Archive, Photo Library and Library, Dr. Iain Jackson will discuss From Croydon to Chandigarh: Jane Drew and the creation of Tropical Modernism. Then on Wednesday night is the aforementioned conversation: Julia + Zaha: Collaborations organised by MISS. This lecture will be ticketed with a relay available to watch in the New Soft Room and Rear Second Presentation Space for those unable to get tickets. And finally on Saturday, there will be a Gallery Talk for the Ludwig Leo exhibition Ausschnitt which opens this Friday in the Front Members' Room. The talk will be given by the curators of the exhibition Jack Burnett-Stuart (Base for Architecture Research) and Gregor Harbusch (ETH Zurich).   See the Events List to find out more or check the AA website to find out What’s On. Welcome back!