AA.MEDIA

Architectural Association
Communication and Media Studies


AA Communication & 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. Communication 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

STUDIO

STAFF
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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 Communication & Media Studies exposes students to knowledgeable designers heavily integrated into the AA and their respective professional communities.


DEPARTMENT STAFF

DEPARTMENT HEAD
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 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 COURSE TUTORS
Miraj Ahmed is a painter and architect who has taught at the AA since 2000. He is also an Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Art and was a Design Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2006-14).
Sebastian Andia holds a March II from the AADRL. He studied at Universidad de Mendoza in Argentina where he received his degree as an Architect with honours. During his studies, he participated in exchanges with Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City and Washington DC at WACC (Virginia Tech), USA. In New York, He worked as Lead Designer for Asymptote Architecture in New York City. He now works as an Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects. Sebastian Andia is currently a project architect on a major mixed-use 250-meter tower in China. He is being teaching at several schools including AA School and at the Bartlett.

Charles Arsène-Henry founded the speculative reading agency White Box Black Box in 2009. He is conceiving The Library is on Fire with the Luma foundation and writing Molly Psycho Mantis Bloom

Sue Barr is Head of Photography at the AA and holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art. She works and exhibits internationally and was part of the AutoPhoto exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. She has had recent solo shows at Galerienhaus in Stuttgart and the Arles Photo Festival. Her latest book, ‘The Architecture of Transit’, was published by Hartmann Projects.

Yoni Bentovim is a film director based in London. His films, spanning documentary and fiction, have been programmed worldwide at festivals and for television broadcast, including Channel 4, France 3, SBS, RTP, Amazon Prime, The Guardian online, Victoria and Albert Museum, Barbican, NY Anthology Film Archives and have received multiple awards.

Henry Cleaver is the Digital Prototyping Technician at the AA where he provides expertise and advice to students using the DPL. He is an accomplished furniture and lighting designer, model maker and graphic designer. He holds a degree in Model Making for Design from the Arts University Bournemouth and since 2013 has been key to the development of the AA’s Digital Prototyping Lab.

Eleanor Dodman is an architect and a graduate of the AA. Her London based practice focuses on residential and cultural projects. She has taught at the AA, Birmingham University, Cardiff University.

Gary Edwards is an Architect skilled in architectural design and research, specialising in free and open digital technologies, manufacturing and robotics. He is founder of RE.JE architects and robotics, and runs advanced robotics workshops. With training and experience in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, he has experience in multi discipline working and collaboration, essential to both successful construction and robotics projects. He is a passionate educator and teaches at both e AA and the Bartlett where he completed his March.

Shin Egashira is an architect, artist, educator and PhD candidate that worked in Tokyo, Beijing and New York before coming to London where he has lived for the past 30 years. From 1990 he has taught at the AA and has been Unit Master of Diploma Unit 11 since 1996. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, with the most recent solo show at Betts Projects in 2019. He has been artist in residency at the Camden Arts Centre in London and Bennington College in Vermont. Shin has taught many workshops around the world, always looking for alternative ways to teach, learn and practice design. He has been running the Koshirakura Landscape Workshop in Japan over the last 20+ years and the AA Maeda Workshop in Tokyo, London and Hooke Park for more than a decade. Alongside of the AA Shin is a visiting professor at Tokyo University of Fine Arts, where he teaches once a year.

Raluca Grada-Emandi is working as an independent designer and creative consultant in the field of performance art. She graduated from the AA Interprofessional Studio and the Royal College of Art, with a previous degree in social psychology.
Raluca’s work focuses on bridging materiality with its absence, manipulating distortions across both physical and imaginary realities. Her work has been exhibited at 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.

Matej Hosek uses both his architectural degree and passion for arts to explore CGI and how it can be used in representing architecture and environments. Graduated in 2007 at FUA (https://fua.tul.cz/en/). Between 2008-2010 he worked at Vyonyx Studio in London and started a rendering course for the AA. Currently is an associate at AsymmetricA studio and works with clients like F+P, Aedas and Gensler. https://www.behance.net/matejhosek

Anderson Inge has combined architectural practice with teaching for nearly 30 years, in the UK as well as the USA. He initially completed trainings in both architecture and structural design at MIT, and subsequently 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 visualization for architects, delivering courses and workshops at numerous institutions including the Royal College of Art, the Rural Studio, and the Bartlett.

Oskar Johanson (AA Dipl’19) is a designer and writer. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, where he also teaches. With Adolfo Del Valle he founded and edited PNYX, the AA’s weekly publication (2015–19).

Harry Kay is an architect based in London and the Lake District. As a designer Harry has designed stage sets for the Paris Opera, installations for museums in London and New York, and numerous architectural projects in Europe. Harry is founder of WORKKS. and Built Works, who are a part of the winning team to design the British Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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 ( www.AntoniMalinowski.co.uk ) is an artist who works with pigment, light, movement and time investigating the dynamic relationship that exists between pictorial and architectural spaces. Since 2002 Antoni has been researching with the AA students the dynamics of colour/space interactions. In 2012 he has initiated Saturated Space research cluster www.saturatedspace.org

Patricia Mato-Mora studied architecture at the Architectural Association, and materials at the Royal College of Art. She teaches Environmental and Technical Studies and Communication and Media Studies at the AA, specialising in Ceramics and Fabrication. She works alongside artists and architects to realise large-scale projects employing various craftsmanship methods, while practicing independently as an artist; directs the AA Visiting School in the Sonora desert and has also taught in the AA Experimental Programme (2015-17) and the AA Summer School (2018).

Anna Mill is a designer and author with a background in architecture. Her first book Square Eyes, with co-writer Luke Jones, explores a near-future city where mesmerising digital visions are drawn over the crumbling physical world, and dreams, memory and realities blur. Anna won the 2019 World Illustration Awards for her work on Square Eyes, and has produced short stories for the Architectural Review and the Oslo Architecture Triennale.

Inigo Minns is an architect with an interest in drawing as a tool for architectural communication. He has been teaching at a variety of colleges in different disciplines in the UK and elsewhere and runs a Diploma Unit at the AA.

Alison Moffett is an artist and educator. She has exhibited in the UK and internationally and has taught at the AA, in HTS and MS, since 2011, as well as being a guest critic at other UK universities. She has an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, and an MA in History and Critical Thinking from the AA.

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.

Ana Maria Nicolaescu works with images and words to explore the complexities of the digital world, with a focus on aspects of gamification, image circulation and art production. Recent projects include Worlding for Real , for Global Art Forum 14; In 20/20 , at the AA; Roblox: Notes from the Front , in TANK Magazine. She is co-founder of Cream Projects.

Thomas Parker is designer, fabricator and visual artist whose interests lie in experimental architecture and methodological approaches of spatial design. He has a longstanding background in 3D scanning, visualization and fabrication, having graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he also now teaches MArch Unit 17.

Thomas Randall Page Combining design led architectural practice with teaching and hands-on building. Passions for materials, making and people lie at the heart of both strands of Thomas Randall-Page’s work. Having worked at acclaimed architects 6A and Heatherwick Studio Thomas founded his own practice. Working at a variety of scales and speeds from substantial long-lasting buildings to installations, stage and set design. Co-founded Building Works Unit in 2011 Thomas still teaches with this group running workshops internationally, co-leading a design unit at Oxford Brookes University as well as being a guest tutor at the Architectural Association in London.

Buster Rönngren holds an MArch and an AA Diploma with Honours. He was a student of Shapes of Fiction in 2013 and has since then participated as researcher for The Library is on Fire

Mattia Santi is co-founding director of SASI Studio, an architecture and design office based in London. He previously worked as Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, after having worked at Robofold, Farshid Moussavi Architects, Alvisi Kirimoto & Partners. Mattia holds a MArch in Architecture and Urbanism (DRL) from the Architectural Association and a MEng in Architectural Engineering with honours from University of Rome Tor Vergata. Mattia is also co-founding director of the digital magazine Data Aided Design.

Francesca Silvi is co-founding director of SASI Studio, an architecture and design office based in London. She previously worked as Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, after having worked at Foster and Partners, 3D Reid, Coffice. Francesca holds a MArch Architecture Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture and a MEng in Architectural Engineering from University of Rome Tor Vergata. Francesca is also co-founding director of the digital magazine Data Aided Design.

Paula Strunden Based between Amsterdam and Vienna, Paula Strunden is an architectural designer and PhD researcher who develops multisensory mixed reality experiences. Her work has been exhibited at architecture and film festivals internationally as well as the Royal Academy of Arts, Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam, MU Artspace Eindhoven and the Tallinn Architecture Biennale.

Sebastian Tiew is a digital artist and designer. He has worked as a researcher and 3D artist for various architectural offices and design agencies in London, developing real time projects and applications for both cultural and commercial purposes. He is co-founder of Cream Projects.

Jelena Viskovic is an artist who works with technologies that facilitate interaction and world-building. She develops web-based, mobile applications and uses videogame engines to build immersive stories, social research tools, and virtual worlds. Her projects Forum, Patternist and Rromok were commissioned by Rhizome (US), the V&A (UK) and Transmediale (DE).