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
Inigo Minns
Acting Head (maternity cover)

Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

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

+44 (0)20 7887 4000



Image: Huang Yi Studio

AA MEDIA // As techniques and tools of communication, fabrication, and computation are regularly revised in the field, AA Media deploys a range of skills aimed at both reinforcing and reinventing the methods in which students approach design and architecture. AA Media operates over the Autumn and Winter terms and is composed of three primary groups; Studio, Lab and Workshops.

STUDIO // Media Studies Core courses are studio based and address a particular aspect of architectural production, within the scope of a single course topic, providing students with the knowledge and skills associated with a wide range of contemporary design, communication and fabrication media. They are a requirement for First Year and Second Year students, but Intermediate Studio courses are open to any student enrolled in the Intermediate or Diploma School.

AA unit tutors, as well as staff from workshops, computing and the AV department teach these weekly courses alongside specialists from outside of the school. This year’s courses address diverse media including; video, photography, drawing, animation, narrative, physical assemblage, textiles, analogue and digital fabrication, electronics, web-based media, fieldwork and curation.

LAB // Media Studies Lab courses are composed of a series of skills based one-day workshops open to students from across the school, that introduce students to fundamental techniques in major digital applications for architecture. Working with the AA Computer Lab, MS Lab courses cover many of the most common computer applications, from 3D modelling and computer-aided drafting to imaging, publication, digital computation and scripting, various physics-based analyses and other relevant software. Enrolment for MS-Lab courses are voluntary, as the inclusion of this group within Media Studies is provided as a means to help students that have particular interest in learning a specific application within a short period of time.

WORKSHOPS // AA Media Workshops are one-off events, short introductions, tasters or demonstrations open to curious minds from across the school. We welcome suggestions by students and staff for potential workshops or events. Details of workshops will be posted on the website and events list throughout the year, also can be followed on the AAMediaLab's Twitter account.