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, 2-5pm

The course creates a dialogue between analogue tools used to represent and communicate our surroundings and their technological counterparts in contemporary high precision 3D scanning. Learning from the Inuits of Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), who carve driftwood idols to navigate their environment, we too will invent our own analogue registry systems to navigate captured digital space, looking for new ways to catalogue environments that cannot be defined by conventional terms or methodologies.

Throughout the course we’ll explore both large scale Lidar scanning as well as photogrammetric capture, along with a range of different complementary softwares, that can be used in both active fabrication and visual representation of scanned data. We will actively seek to create complex compositions between different data sets to form a landscape unique to its own reading, along with the construction of a complementary analogue device, to allow for navigation and experience on our own defined terms.

Session 1: INTRODUCTION: Wednesday 9th January 2019
- Introduction to brief
- Introduction to tools - process of viewing the world through objects - along with software we’ll be using throughout the course.
- Digital/analogue referencing system design task.

Session 2: PHOTOGRAMMETRY: Wednesday 16th January 2019
- Photogrammetry session with found objects.
- Digital working - An introduction to working with point clouds in rhino.

Session 3: WORKING AND VISUALISATION: Wednesday 23rd January 2019 
- Visualisation and image creation from rhino.
- Initial construction of 3D models (maquetes) and design of scaled calibration system.
- Cloudcompare alignment and exporting.

Session 4: LIDAR: CAPTURE: Wednesday 30th January 2019
- Large scale lidar Session.
- On site scanning (Site TBD from previous sessions).


Session 5: LIDAR: WORKING: Wednesday 13th February 2019 
- Support for working with scan data in different programmes and examples of various uses.
- Exploration of the capture sessions results.
- Initial compositing of data to form landscapes of operation.

Session 6: ANALOGUE / DIGITAL: Wednesday 20th February 2019
- Refining visualisation along with the formation of the analogue navigation piece.
- Further experimentation of navigation device and landscape.

Session 7: CALIBRATION: Wednesday 27th February 2019
- Continued working towards final outcome and resolution within the hybrid pieces.
- Additional support for software skills and workflows to help realise final outcome.

Session 8: NAVIGATION/ MS JURY DAY: Wednesday 6th March 2019 
- Final Review!