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Monday 11–Friday 15 May

AA Weekly

Final Juries take place this week at the AA

As we approach the end of the 2019–2020 academic year, this week final juries will be taking place online. This is an opportunity for students from Foundation, First Year, Experimental and Diploma Programmes to receive feedback on their projects from their tutors, peers and invited critics from around the world before end of year Tables. A schedule of juries will be available on the AA website, enabling the school community to watch juries taking place across the school. Good luck to all the students presenting. For more information, visit the AA Diary

Q&A with Belinda and Eva

Projects Review and Graduation

Monday 11 May, 12pm BST, Student Forum Team
Join Belinda Flaherty, Registrar, and Eva Franch, AA Director, this week to discuss the results of the Projects Review and Graduation survey and to decide on a format for the end of year events.
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Strategic Plan Meetings

Monday 11 May, 6pm BST, Wednesday 13 May, 10am BST, Friday 15 May, 1pm BST, AA Lecture Hall Team
AA Director Eva Franch and members of the Senior Management Team will introduce and discuss the latest version of the AA 2020–25 Strategic Plan. Monday will introduce the plan through it’s Vision, Mission and Values, Wednesday will focus on AA People and Friday will be a discussion about both AA Pedagogy and Platforms. Find out more

Open Tutorials

Monday 11 May, 1pm BST
Open Tutorials offer all students the opportunity to get fresh perspectives and extra advice on their design work during 30-minute feedback sessions. This week, Miraj Ahmed, Eleanor Dodman, Shin Egashira, Juliet Haysom, Anderson Inge, Marina Lathouri, Inigo Minns and Theo Spyropoulos will be available. Book a tutorial

Workshops On Reality

Architectural Economics: Hooke Park Futures

Deadline to register Monday 11 May
The first Workshop On Reality will run for seven weeks. Participants will learn and also produce pedagogical, ecological and economic feasibility studies for the future of AA Dorset. Led by Nicholas Kaspareck, this course will give students the knowledge to test their ideas for Hooke Park against a set of financial and legal frameworks. This workshop has limited capacity. Sign up to participate

Silvia Franceschini

When Education Coincides with Life

Projective Cities Seminar, Tuesday 12 May, 10am BST, AA Lecture Hall Team
In the first of a new series of lectures, Silvia Franceschini, Associate Curator at Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium and co-author of Global Tools 1973–1975: When Education Coincides With Life, will critically retrace the experience of Radical Design Global Tools and its multidisciplinary school program ‘without students or teachers’. Find out more

Scott McAulay

On Climate Literacy

AAction Lunchtime Lectures, Wednesday 13 May, 1pm BST, Zoom
This event forms part of the From Now On series of lunchtime lectures organised by AAction. Scott McAulay is an architectural designer and co-ordinator of the Anthropocene Architecture School, the first decentralised school of architecture, activism and climate literacy.
Find out more

Ana Ribeiro

Sleeping Problems and Insomnia

Wednesday 13 May, 2pm BST
Chartered Clinical Psychologist Ana Ribeiro will continue her series of workshops on mental health and wellbeing. This group workshop will address how the right amount and the quality of our sleep are vital to mental and physical health. Find out more

CMS Lab Software Clinics

Immersive Media (XR) and Interactive

Saturday 16 May, 10am BST
Communication and Media Studies tutors will be available to discuss any software queries that students might have in 30-minute, individual tutorials. This session will cover programmes such as, but not limited to, Unreal, Unity, C#, JavaScript, HTML, Arduino, VVVV, MaxMsp, TouchDesigner, MadMapper and Adobe XD. Sign up

How To Videos

New 'How To' videos are now available to view. Rasha Alshami of the Digital Prototyping Laboratory introduces DPL Robotics and Patricia Roig of the AA Library demonstrates how to search for e-books and how to browse Project Muse

Remote Computer Labs

The computer labs at the AA can now be accessed by students remotely. Bookings should be made by email between 9am and 5pm BST for the following day. The workstation will be accessible for a period of 24 hours starting from 10am BST, instructions will be provided upon booking. Book a slot

Earth Drawings

Global Forums Exhibition, Earth Drawings, 9–20 May, AA Virtual Gallery
The school received an array of submissions in response to the open call for drawings that depict the Earth from alumni, staff, students, prospective students, members and friends of the AA. Submissions included Council Member Sam Jacob’s ‘A House That Is The Whole World’ (pictured), designed during lockdown when the whole world is at home, and home has become our whole world. Selected submissions are being exhibited in the AA Virtual Exhibition Gallery, designed by Space Popular. Find out more

The week at a glance

Monday 11–Friday 15 May


Earth Drawings
AA Virtual Gallery, 8-20 May

Final Jury Week
Various locations 11–16 May

MON 11

Weekly Q&A with Belinda Flaherty and Eva Franch
Student Forum Team, 12pm BST

AA 2020–25 Strategic Plan: Vision, Mission and Values
AA Lecture Hall Team, 6pm BST

Open Tutorials
1pm BST

TUE 12

Projective Cities Seminar: When Education Coincides with Life
AA Lecture Hall Team, 10am BST

WED 13

Coffee with Samy
Coffee with Samy Team, 9.30am BST

AA 2020–25 Strategic Plan: AA People
AA Lecture Hall Team, 10am BST

Writing Centre Workshop, Studying a Poem: Symmetry Writing Centre Team, 10am BST

AAction Lunchtime Lecture: Climate Literacy
Zoom, 1pm BST

Mental Health Workshop: Sleeping Problems and Insomnia
2pm BST

THU 14

Career Advice Session
AA Careers Office Team, 2pm BST

FRI 15

Coffee with Samy
Coffee with Samy Team, 9.30am BST

AA 2020–25 Strategic Plan: AA Pedagogy and Platforms
AA Lecture Hall Team, 1pm BST

SAT 16

CMS Lab Software Clinics
10am BST

AA Digital Worlds

The AA Digital Worlds have been created to enable the School Community to continue its academic ambitions, social gatherings and spontaneous experiments. This map can be used to navigate these online spaces, more of which will be added in due course. View the map


Bursary Application Forms

The deadline for eligible students to apply for a bursary is approaching. Sign up for a bursary application form by emailing Completed applications must be returned by Friday 15 May. Sign up for an application form

Zoom Call Incident

We deeply regret that during a scheduled public lecture this week, the Zoom meeting was hacked and disturbing imagery appeared that disrupted the event. We have taken steps to enhance our online security to protect future events. If anyone affected needs support, please contact the AA Counselling service


Congratulations to all students awarded High Passes for their work in Environmental and Technical Studies. This project by Alison Siying Chen (Experimental Unit 17), titled 'Landing the Earth Casted Pools Below the Vault' was awarded the ETS3 High Pass with Distinction.

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