AA.MEDIA

Architectural Association
Media Studies


AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.



CONTACT:

Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Inigo Minns
Acting Department Head
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

AA MEDIA
Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000

STUDIO

STAFF
MS-CORE


The tutors that make up the Media Studies Staff department come from a wide range of experience and expertise, from individuals running their own practices and consultancies to those deeply involved with larger offices. Areas of professional expertise range from art, to new media, and of course architecture. By integrating such a range of staff within the undergraduate school, participation in Media Studies exposes students to knowledgeable designers heavily integrated into the AA and their respective professional communities.


DIRECTOR

Kate Davies is an artist and architect. She is co-founder of art practice LiquidFactory, the nomadic design studio Unknown Fields, and the field robotics group RAVEN. She undertakes expeditions to remote locations across the globe to investigate how people use, inhabit and understand landscape. At the AA she is Head of Media Studies, Unit Master of Diploma 6 and Director of the Unknown Fields Visiting School. She holds a BSc Diploma and Masters from the Bartlett School of Architecture.

ACTING DEPARTMENT HEAD

Inigo Minns

LAB COORDINATOR

Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu is senior interaction designer and art director at Neutral Digital, a leading UK agency that specialises in VR and other immersive interactive solutions. As a leading expert in Time-based Media & Digital Storytelling and following GravityONE, his critically acclaimed Choreography for Militarised Airspace, his work has been exhibited in the UK, USA, Australia, Japan and Europe. Trained as an architect, Oliviu runs the AA's Motion Studio, previously teaching and running workshops at the Princeton University School of Architecture, the Bartlett, UCL, and AA First Year Studio, Diploma 6 & the DRL.

STUDIO TUTORS

Miraj Ahmed is a painter and architect. He has taught at the AA since 2000 and is an Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Art. He was also a Design Fellow at Cambridge University (2006-14).

Charles Arsène-Henry founded the speculative research agency White Box Black Box in 2009. He is conceiving The Library is on Fire with the Luma foundation and writing the metafiction Molly Psycho Mantis Bloom

Kasper Ax is an architect, designer and researcher. He is PhD fellow at CITA in Copenhagen and partner of AWJ Architects. He previously worked as an associate architect at the Brussels/London Based practice LASSA Architects and Asymptote in New York. He holds an M.Arch from the Bartlett and has since 2009 taught various courses and units at a number of schools including the AA, Bartlett and the University of Westminster.

Sue Barr studied at the London College of Printing where she specialised in photographing brutalist architecture and now works internationally as an architectural photographer. As a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art, her research, ‘The Architecture of Transit: Beauty and Sublimity in Motorway Architecture from the Alps to Naples’, is due for completion in summer 2017.

Shany Barath are the co-founders of SHaGa Studio, a design collaborative based in London and Tel Aviv. Their work fuses extensive practical experience with cutting edge design methodologies, technological innovation and creative material application across varying scales. They studied architecture at the TU Delft and the AA, where they have been teaching since 2009 and directing the AA TLV Visiting School. Shany is currently Studio Master of First year.

Shin Egashira makes art and architecture worldwide. Recent collaboration experiments include ‘Time Machine’ (Beyond Entropy) and ‘Twisting Concrete’, which intends to fuse old and new technologies. He has been conducting a series of landscape workshops in rural communities around the world. Shin has been teaching at the AA since 1990 and is the Unit Master of Diploma Unit 11 since 1997.

Matej Hosek uses his architectural degree to explore the computer-generated imagery representing architecture and environments. Studied Faculty of Architecture at Technical University of Liberec in Czech Republic. After studies, between 2008-2010 he worked at Vyonyx Studio in London and started a rendering course for the AA. Currently has a Senior Visualiser position at AsymmetricA studio and works for clients like F+P, Aedas and Gensler.

Anderson Inge practises architecture in London. He trained in both architecture and structures at MIT, and in fine arts at Central St Martins. He has developed a pedagogy for drawing and visualisation, which he delivers at numerous institutions, currently at the AA and the Rural Studio.

Sergio Irigoyen is an architect, computer graphics artist and video game developer at Neutral Digital. His main research focuses on video gaming tools and techniques applied to architectural visualization and design. Sergio holds a Masters in architectural design from The Bartlett. He teaches digital studies at IE university in Spain and Media Studies at the Architectural Association in London, he has taught numerous workshops at The Bartlett, Architectural Association, Chinese University of Hong Kong and others.

Alex Kaiser studied architecture at Oxford Brookes and the AA. In 2011 he co-founded the practice Ordinary Ltd, an East London-based studio focused on creative investigations at the intersection of architecture, digital fabrication, material sciences and theory.

Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu is senior interaction designer and art director at Neutral Digital, a leading UK agency that specialises in VR and other immersive interactive solutions. As a leading expert in Time-based Media & Digital Storytelling and following GravityONE, his critically acclaimed Choreography for Militarised Airspace, his work has been exhibited in the UK, USA, Australia, Japan and Europe. Trained as an architect, Oliviu runs the AA's Motion Studio, previously teaching and running workshops at the Princeton University School of Architecture, the Bartlett, UCL, and AA First Year Studio, Diploma 6 & the DRL.

Antoni Malinowski is an artist who works with pigment, light, movement and time investigating the dynamic relationship that exists between pictorial and architectural spaces. After studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw and furthering his studies at the Chelsea Collage of Art, Malinowski has based his practice in London. His major solo exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre in 1997 triggered many collaborations with architects on permanent large scale interventions in architecture. In 2002 Antoni Malinowski has established Materiality of Colour course at the AA where he has been researching with his students the dynamics of colour/space interactions. In 2012 he has initiated Saturated Space research cluster which has grown to become an independent colour research platform.

Flavien Menu is a London-based architect with a postgraduate dual degree in urban policies (London School of Economics/Sciences Po Paris). Apart from his practice developing strategic research projects and urban development schemes, his writing aims to fuel the social, political and cultural debate on built environment issues, and has been widely published.

Alison Moffett is an artist and educator. Originally from Tennessee, she obtained an MFA from the Slade School of Fine art and an MA in History and Critical Thinking from the AA.

Nicholas Mortimer & Joseph Popper are artists and designers and co-founders of Scene Everything studio. In their individual practices they both work with narrative and fiction in a range of media. They also share an interest in the historical and future consequences of technological advancement, and the impact they have on society and culture.

Joel Newman studied fine art at Reading University under teachers including Richard Wilson, Bill Culbert, Anya Gallaccio and Marc Camille Chaimowicz. He has been a course tutor in Video with the Media Studies at the AA since 1998 and has exhibited his video works at galleries including the Architecture Foundation, the ICA, the Whitechapel Art Gallery and the AA. From 2006-08 he was a co-curator for the New Media Research Initiative at the AA.

Thomas Pearce is an architect and cultural historian based in London. He holds an MArch from the Bartlett, a BSc from the TU Berlin and an MA in History from the KU Leuven. He has published theoretical work on the architecture of the proto-internet, the aesthetics and materiality of data landscapes and on the concept of suboptimalisation in digital fabrication.

Thomas Tørslev Jensen is an architect and partner of Copenhagen based AWJ Architects. He previously worked in a number of offices, most recently as a senior architect at Zaha Hadid Architects. He holds an M.Arch with distinction from the AADRL (2012) and has taught at several schools including Aarhus School of Architecture, the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and Diploma 17 at the AA.

Mattia Santiis an architect based in London. His research involves digital form-finding, material behaviour and robotic fabrication. After graduating from the MArch DRL at the AA, he joined Zaha Hadid Architects. Previously he worked in other international practices in London and Rome, where he graduated obtaining a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering with honors.

Francesca Silvi is an architect based in London. Her research focuses on digital simulation, fashion design and robotic fabrication. She joined Foster and Partners after graduating from the MArch AD at the Bartlett School of Architecture. She previously worked in Rome and London in some international practices. She graduated in Rome with a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering.

Caroline Rabourdin is an architect and essayist. She graduated from the INSA Strasbourg, the Bartlett (UCL) and has completed her PhD Thesis at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL). She teaches in Media Studies, History & Theory Studies, and for the MA in History and Critical Thinking. She is also the director of the Paris AA Visiting School for architects’ writing practice.

Antoine Vaxelariefirst studied architecture in Lausanne before moving to London to join the Architectural Association, where he graduated with Honours in 2013. Since 2010 Antoine has worked in several offices in Zurich, London, Brussels, Tokyo and Mexico City. In 2016, Antoine co-founded TOI-T, an architecture and critical consultancy practice based in Barcelona and Brussels.

Emmanuel Vercruysse is an artist, architect and craftsman with a passion for design-through-making. Trained in both furniture design and architecture he works through iterations of drawing, craft and code, and approaches design as a tacit process that oscillates between intuitive acts and precise operations.
He is co-director of AA Design and Make at Hooke Park, co-founder of art practice LiquidFactory, the field robotics group RAVEN and a member of the design collective Sixteen Makers. Emmanuel was previously Senior Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he was unit master of MArch Unit 23 for 8 years, and lead the Robotics and Cad-Cam research lab (2009-2015), overseeing its development into one of the UK’s leading design fabrication facilities.

Sebastián Andía is currently working as a Lead Designer at Zaha Hadid. He previously worked in New York as Lead Designer at Asymptote Architecture. He holds an M.Arch II from the AADRL (2012). He studied at Universidad de Mendoza in Argentina where he got his degree as an architect with honors. During his studies, he did exchanges with Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City and Washington DC at WACC (Virginia Tech), USA.  He has taught at several schools including Diploma 17 at the AA and The Bartlett.

Delfina Bocca is currently working as a Architect at Zaha Hadid. She previously worked internationally in the UK, Italy and Argentina from product design to masterplan. She holds an M.Arch II from the AADRL (2014) and is a registered architect in Argentina, where she completed her studies. She has participated in numerous workshops and taught at schools in both Argentina and the UK.