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.


Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

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

+44 (0)20 7887 4000



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.


Kate Davies is an artist and architect. She is co-founder of nomadic design studio Unknown Fields, art practice LiquidFactory and field robotics group RAVEN. She undertakes site-specific and expedition-based work, operating through films, objects and installations. Kate was unit master of Diploma 6 [Unknown Fields] for eight years, as well as teaching MArch [unit 23] at the Bartlett, UCL. She is now Head of Media Studies and Director of the Unknown Fields Research Studio at the AA. She holds a BSc, Diploma and Masters in architecture from the Bartlett, UCL.


Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciuis an Architect and Creative Director at Neutral Digital, a leading UK agency that specialises in AR, VR and other immersive interactive solutions. As a leading expert in Timebased 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 in the USA, Canada and Europe. He co-founded and directed ‘UniversalAssemblyUnit’ and ‘CtrlArchDel’ studios.


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).

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.

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.

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.

Working as an independent designer and creative consultant in the field of performance art, Raluca Grada-Emandi graduated from the AA Interprofessional Studio and the Royal College of Art, with a previous degree in social psychology. Raluca’s work focuses on bridging materiality with its absence, manipulating distortions across both physical and virtual realities. It has been exhibited in the V&A, Sir John Soane Museum, National Theatre of Iceland and featured in Vogue, Designboom, Arts Thread, i-D magazine.

Juliet Haysom trained in Fine Art at The Ruskin School, University of Oxford 1998-2001, The Royal College of Art, London 2002-04, and completed RIBA Part-1 at the AA 2011-13. She is currently developing two solo artist's commissions within the site of a 19th-Century prison and a new pedestrian route in Bristol, and is Lead Artist for a new park on Unity Street in Bristol.

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 has combined architectural practice with teaching for nearly 30 years, in the UK as well as the USA. He initially completed trainings in both architecture and structures at MIT, and subsequently trained in painting and sculpture at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts School and at Central St Martins, London. In recent years Anderson’s teaching has concentrated on drawing and visualization for architects, delivering courses and workshops at numerous institutions including the Royal College of Art and the Rural Studio.

Sergio Irigoyenis an architect, computer graphics artist and video game developer, currently leading the department of real-time visualisation and virtual reality at Neutral Digital. His main research focuses on video games 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.

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.

Mara Kanthak works on the verge between art and architecture. Her approach is based on experiment taking inspiration from literature and theatrical performance, narration and speculations on culture, societies, ecosystems, landscapes and technologies. She currently works for muf Architecture Art and has previously taught at the TU Berlin and the Bartlett.

Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu is an Architect and Creative Director at Neutral Digital, a leading UK agency that specialises in AR, VR and other immersive interactive solutions. As a leading expert in Timebased 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 in the USA, Canada and Europe. He co-founded and directed ‘UniversalAssemblyUnit’ and ‘CtrlArchDel’ studios.

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.

Taneli Mansikkamäki is an architect, musician and a has been teaching at the AA since 2011. He is a founder of A Geometry Office (2017) based in London. Taneli's background is in the interdisciplinary media practices in Helsinki with interest in sound, space and geometry. Since relocating to London he has worked with several architectural offices such as the late architect Jan Kaplicky?'s Future Systems.

Zachary Mollica is an architect and experienced maker whose work explores the integration of innovative digital methods alongside traditional craft knowledge. Growing up Zachary worked with his father and grandfather - both carpenters. Before entering Dalhousie School of Architecture he studied liberal arts and physics. Zachary has since worked for a number of international architecture and design practices. After recently graduating with distinction from the AA's Design + Make programme in Hooke Park, he joined the course as a design tutor and contributes an intimate knowledge of the place we work.

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.

Inigo Minns is an architect with an interest in stuff. He has been teaching at a variety of colleges in different disciplines in the UK and elsewhere and runs a Diploma Unit at the AA.

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 architectural designer and researcher (B.Sc., TU Berlin, MArch, Bartlett) and cultural historian (B.A., M.A, KU Leuven). He has worked extensively in practice as a specialist for digital capture, design and fabrication and is currently working on a PhD by Design at the Bartlett, where he is also an undergraduate unit master.

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.

Thomas Randal-Page is an architect and co-founder of Building Works Unit, he currently runs a Unit by the same name at Oxford Brookes University where he focuses on teaching through making and working at 1:1..Prior to setting up his own practice Thomas has worked at internationally renowned practices 6a and Heatherwick studio.

Mattia Santiis an architect and computational designer based in London. His research involves digital design, material behaviour and robotic fabrication. He works as Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, working on projects at different scales. Graduated from the MArch DRL at the AA, he previously collaborated with other international practices in London and Rome, such as Robofold, Farshid Moussavi Architects, Op-AL, Alvisi Kirimoto+Partners and his works have been widely published. He graduated in Rome with a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering with honours.

Francesca Silvi is an architect and computational designer based in London. She works as Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, after having worked at Foster and Partners. She graduated from the MArch AD at the Bartlett School of Architecture and completed a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering in Rome. She previously worked in Rome and London in some international practices and has taught in Italy and UK.

Nathan Su is a designer and storyteller who works through speculation, architecture and film. His short films include ‘Through Leviathan’s Eyes’ and ‘The Atlas of False Desires’ which was awarded ‘Best Short Film’ at the 2017 Sci-Fi-London Film Festival. He studied architecture at the University of Melbourne and at the AA, and tutored at the AA Summer School. He works as an animator at Forensic Architecture, and is a co-founder and director of Inferstudio – a creative practice specialising in film and digital storytelling.

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.

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.