AA.MEDIA

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.



CONTACT:

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

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

+44 (0)20 7887 4000
@AAMediaLab

STUDIO

STAFF
MS-CORE


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.


DIRECTOR

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 and operates between writing, drawing, film and photography. Kate was unit master of Diploma 6 [Unknown Fields] for eight years, And taught MArch [unit 23] at the Bartlett, UCL. She is now Director of the Unknown Fields Research Studio at the AA. She holds a BSc, Diploma and Masters in architecture from the Bartlett, UCL.

LAB COORDINATOR

Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu is a practicing architect who co-founded UniversalAssemblyUnit and CtrlArchDel studios and is creative director at Neutral Digital, a leading UK agency that specialises in AR, VR and other immersive interactive solutions. As a leading expert in time-based media & digital storytelling, his work GravityONE, and critically acclaimed Choreography for Militarised Airspace, has been exhibited in the UK, USA, Australia, Japan and Europe. Oliviu runs the AA’s Motion Studio, previously teaching and running workshops in the USA, Canada and Europe.

STUDIO TUTORS

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 a design fellow at Cambridge University 2006 to 2014.

Sebastián Andía holds a MArch II from the AA School DRL and studied at Universidad de Mendoza in Argentina, where he participated in exchanges with Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City and Washington DC Virginia Tech, USA. Founder of the London based company OF. STUDIO and previously worked in New York as lead designer at Asymptote Architecture, he now works as a lead designer at Zaha Hadid, while teaching several schools including AA School and at 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 Read Drift Deramer Revir.

Sue Barr holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art and is head of Photography at the AA. She works and exhibits internationally, most recently as part of the AutoPhoto exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in Paris.

Frederique Barchelard is an architect and painter. Her work aims to picture the contemporary strangeness of everyday beauty through large format paintings, sculptures and architecture projects. She often collaborates with Faye Toogood Studio in London. 

Eleonor Dodman is an architect who graduated from the AA and has worked for Wilkinson Eyre Architects. She now runs her own practice based in London. Her work has been exhibited in the RA, RSA and London Festival of Architecture. In 2014 & 2018 she taught a Summer School unit at the AA. 

Shin Egashira is an architect and artist working on installations, drawings and sculptures, combining disciplines and mismatching opposites: new and old, fast and slow, digital and analog. Shin has taught at the AA since 1990 and has been unit master of Diploma 11 since 1997, looking at the inner periphery of London and how the neoliberal forces of change can be counteracted by alternative forms of urban and architectural intervention. He also conducts landscape workshops in rural communities around the world, with a focus on designing by making. He is also founder and director of the Koshirakura Landscape Workshop, an annual event in the mountains of Niigata in which participants from all over the world join the Koshirakura village community to design, build and enjoy meals together.

Marko Gligorov is an architect and a designer born and raised in Belgrade who eats and rarely sleeps in London. Marko works at Zaha Hadid Architects, where his projects span 4 continents and teaches at the AA school of Architecture, where he explores with students how alternative, societal decision making can improve architecture as a whole.

Raluca Grada-Emandi graduated from the AA Interprofessional Studio and the Royal College of Art, with a previous degree in social psychology and now works as an independent designer and creative consultant in the field of performance art. Raluca’s work focuses on bridging materiality with its absence, manipulating distortions across both physical and virtual realities. Her work 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 and The Royal College of Art, London. Her interest in working on site-specific projects led to her completion of RIBA Part-1 at the AA in 2013. She has worked as an associate artist at Muf architecture art studio and is currently developing a solo artist’s commission built into the site of a 19th Century prison in Bristol, and is lead artist for a new park in Bristol and a new public garden in Amesbury.  

Anderson Inge has combined architectural practice with teaching for nearly 30 years, both in the UK and the US. He initially completed training in Architecture and Structures at MIT, and 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 visualisation for architects, delivering courses and workshops at numerous institutions including the Royal College of Art and the Rural Studio.

Alex Kaiser studied architecture at Oxford Brookes and the Architectural Association. His practice, Different, is an East London-based studio focused on investigations at the intersection of architecture, visualisation and digital fabrication. 

Harry Kay is an architect who works across set design, art installation and architecture. His projects range from stage sets for the Palais Garnier in Paris, to a concert hall in a medieval castle in the Czech Republic. Harry was awarded AA Honours for his thesis on the international cultural impacts of consumerism.

Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu is a practicing architect who co-founded UniversalAssemblyUnit and CtrlArchDel studios and is creative director at Neutral Digital, a leading UK agency that specialises in AR, VR and other immersive interactive solutions. As a leading expert in time-based media & digital storytelling, his work GravityONE, and critically acclaimed Choreography for Militarised Airspace, has been exhibited in the UK, USA, Australia, Japan and Europe. Oliviu runs the AA’s Motion Studio, previously teaching and running workshops in the USA, Canada and Europe.

Antoni Malinowski is an artist based in London who works with pigment, light, movement and time investigating the dynamic relationship that exists between pictorial and architectural spaces. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw and at the Chelsea Collage of Art, 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 www.saturatedspace.org

Inigo Minns is an architect with an interest in drawing and stuff. He has been teaching at a variety of colleges in different disciplines in the UK and elsewhere and runs Diploma unit 12 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 is an artist and designer who uses scenographic techniques to interrogate emerging techno-political concerns in his work. He recently launched Post Workers Theatre, a collaborative design troupe who investigate performative persuasion and modes of agitation. He is also a co-founder of Scene Everything Studio who specialise in exhibition and production design and currently co-leads the third year BA studio at the Goldsmiths Design Department.

Joel Newman studied fine art at Reading University and has been a course tutor in Video with AA Media Studies since 1998. He 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 AA’s New Media Research Initiative and is currently a consultant in Film and Sound to the AA’s Spatial Performance & Design (AAIS) MA/MFA course.

Thomas Parker is an architectural designer and filmmaker who graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture. His interests lie in experimental architectural design explored through the deployment of custom built speculative devices and scenarios for the generation of spatial conditions. His work explores various forms of digital technology, including 3D scanning, which focuses on the way we might translate between different modes of representation and working to generate new architectural languages.

Dr. Caroline Rabourdin is an architect and essayist. She graduated from INSA Strasbourg, the Bartlett, and holds a PhD from UAL. Her research interests include spatial theory, phenomenology, geometry, spatial literature and translation studies. She teaches at UCL, UCC and the AA, where she initiated and runs the Paris Visiting School.

Thomas Randal-Page Combining design led architectural practice with teaching and hands-on building, passion for materials, making and people lie at the heart of both strands for Thomas Randall-Page’s work. Having worked at 6A architects and Heatherwick Studio, he founded his own practice, now working at a variety of scales and speeds from substantial long-lasting buildings to installations, stage and set design. Thomas co-founded Building Works unit in 2011 and also runs workshops internationally, co-leading a design unit at Oxford Brookes University as well as being a guest tutor at the AA.

Mattia Santi is an architect and computational designer based in London. His research involves digital design, material behaviour and robotic fabrication. He works as 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, Alvisi Kirimoto+Partners and his works have been widely published. He graduated in Rome with a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering with honors.

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 different schools in Italy and UK.

Paula Strunden studied in Vienna and Paris before graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. With experience working for Archithese, Raumlabor and Herzog & de Meuron, Paula developed her interest in virtual and augmented reality and is exploring how architects can contribute to the development of these new immersive tools.

Nathan Su is a speculative designer and storyteller. He is a researcher and film-maker at Forensic Architecture, and a co-founder of Inferstudio – a speculative design practice that uses operative storytelling to craft, find and critique the emerging technologies and cultures of cities. He has taught media workshops in compositing at the AA, the Bartlett and Strelka, and has tutored for the AA’s Summer School and Intermediate Unit 3.

Emmanuel Vercruysse is an artist, architect and craftsman with a passion for design-through-making who trained in both furniture design and architecture. He works intuitively through iterations of drawing, craft and code. He is co-director of AA Design and Make at Hooke Park, co-founder of art practice LiquidFactory, a member of the design collective Sixteen Makers and the field robotics group RAVEN. Emmanuel was previously a 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.