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
‘Works on paper' is a phrase that comes from the fine art world in which it is used to describe an art practice in parallel to sculpture, installation, painting etc. It seems absurd to use the term in architecture as it is the norm - architectural drawings tend to end up on paper. However, the course aims to explore architectural projective drawings as starting points for works that might exist for their own sake – rather than mere descriptions of buildings.

You are invited to extend your knowledge of measured projective drawing, explore its systems and discover possibilities inherent within these forms of representation. You should chart a journey of speculation starting from a space, object or phenomena - acquiring new criteria, concerns and values along the way. Drawings should not only represent spaces in measure and geometry, but also other characteristics that are interesting – e.g. time, movement, micro-climate, light, sound, materiality, texture, smell, memory, scale, atmosphere etc. Represent the hidden dimensions of space and form. Data should be recorded – sketches, photography, video, sound recordings can all be used to document phenomena and inform the construction of drawings.

Drawings will be further mediated through the use of model making, photography, CAD, text, pigment etc, enabling deviations from origins. The drawings will not only be a means of enquiry, but also experiments that become objects in themselves – works on paper. We will have regular discussions through the course punctuated by gallery visits and visiting practitioners. You may use your unit project as starting point or alternatively select an object or room.

Your unit projects have many concepts and ideas that can be explored through projective drawings and can through drawing take of another line of enquiry and another direction. It will be possible to use the techniques learned in this studio to your Unit projects. The process as outlined above will be applied similarly.

As an alternative to using unit project as starting point, you may survey an object, room or phenomena to document measurements as the basis for scaled drawings that generate your drawing journey.
Session 1: MODES OF REPRESENTATION: Wednesday 9th January 2019
- Power-point talk on modes of representation – Intro. to orthogonal 2d and 3d and perspective drawing 2d and 3d drawing techniques; plan, section, elevation, oblique, axonometric, isometric and perspective
- Studio practical – examine and set out the starting generative drawings

Session 2: GUEST ARTIST TALK: Wednesday 16th January 2019
- Power-point talk – guest artist 
- Studio practical / workshop– technical drawing continued – thinking of context

Session 3: OBJECT TRANSFORMATION AND METAMORPHOSIS: Wednesday 23rd January 2019 
- Studio practical –object transformation and metamorphosis. Collage and new narratives through mixing media (model, photo, computer etc.). Gallery visit (pm) 
- Establish / define individual projects

Session 4: TESTING DRAWINGS AND INTENTIONS: Wednesday 30th January 2019
- Studio practical – Testing drawings and intentions. Table top presentation and discussion of the work to date.


Session 5: COMPOSITION TECHNIQUES: Wednesday 13th February 2019 
- Talk and studio practical on composition techniques; layout, colour, paper, print, framing, mounting techniques etc. With invited guest.
- Development of drawings. individual tutorials

Session 6: STUDIO PRACTICAL: Wednesday 20th February 2019
- Completion of projects - framing, layout, display etc. continued. Individual tutorials.

Session 7: PRESENTATION: Wednesday 27th February 2019
- Exhibition preparation, installation and discussion.

Session 8: MS JURY DAY: Wednesday 6th March 2019 
- Presentation and discussion.