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




Wednesdays, 10am – 1pm

This course aims to explore the relationship between forces and forms through the medium of fluids and fabrics.

- Fluids – Principally liquids and gases, fluids will be the primary agents in our experimenta- tion. We will explore how processes may cause fluids to change state via melting, evaporating sublimating, freezing, crystallising, reacting and going-off.

- Fabrics – from geotextiles to soap film, fabrics are the flexible barriers that allow us to control the movement and mixing of fluids.

- Forces – differences in pressure, density, viscosity and elasticity produce forces that will be manipulated to produce a myriad of forms.

- Forms - our world is simply full of geometries which are derived from these elemental rela- tionships. In this course you will explore hands on the fundamental physics which link a drop of mercury to a zeppelin, a granite tor to a soap bubble, and a waterbed to a beer gut.

We use a methodology of analogue experimentation and critical analysis to produce artefacts.
These objects may become 1:1 prototypes of details or scale models of far larger structures or they may just teach you about the universe.

Session 1: PHENOMENA: Wednesday 3rd October 2018
- Course introduction
- My background in architecture and sculpture
- An introduction to Fluids, Fabrics, Forces and Forms

Session 2: FOCUS: Wednesday 10th October 2018
- Trip to Institute of Making
- Pairs of students will find a process or interaction to study Tutorials to plan 1st experiment
- Materials list

Session 3: MATERIAL EXPERIMENT: Wednesday 17th October 2018
- Practical material play session

Session 4: ANALYSIS OF OUTPUTS: Wednesday 24th October 2018
- Speculation into variables Emotive responses


Session 5: GAINING CONTROL: Wednesday 7th November 2018
- Further practical experimentation into critical factors

Session 6: VARIATIONS: Wednesday 14th November 2018
- Development of selected outputs through iterative development Workshop & Tutorials

Session 7: CONCLUSIONS: Wednesday 21st November 2018
- Recording and ordering of outputs Speculation into applications

*HOOKE PARK residential weekend workshop // Saturday 24th + Sunday 25th Nov
Working together as a whole group we will expand upon one of the phenomena or techniques you have studied and developed and build a large-scale object or space.

Session 8: MS JURY DAY: Wednesday 28th November 2018
- Demonstration and explanation, discussion with invited guests