‘What is Contemporary?’ – Conjuring with Ghosts (Geists): A Dialectical Fairy Tale


History as Narrative of the Present (PhD seminar with Marina Lathouri and guest speaker Joan Ockman) Following on the seminar ‘What is Historical?’ in Term 1, discussions with guest speakers will take place this term. Continuing and expanding on the previous sessions, the theme is ‘What is Contemporary?’. For the first session on Thursday at 4:30pm […]




AA PhD alumni commended in the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2018


In Dec 2018, AA PhD Alumni Dr. Jingru (Cyan) Cheng received a commendation from the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2018 with her work titled ‘Care and Rebellion: The Dissolved Household in Contemporary Rural China’. This work is part of her PhD by Design thesis ’Territory, Settlement, Household: A Project of Rural China’ supervised by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Sam […]




AHRA PhD Student Symposium


The 2019 AHRA PhD Student Symposium will take place this year 24-25 April at the University of Manchester, UK. According to the event’s website, the ‘AHRA Research Student Symposium 2019 takes as its starting point a broad and prolonged transition occurring in architectural research during the past decade. New and interdisciplinary approaches emerge as a […]




Aiman Tabony

The Ecological Superblock Design Science for the Architecture of the City


The design research uses evolutionary computation to create novel morphologies and topologies of city tissues, and to develop a generative computation model applicable to different climates and ecological systems by modifying the operative and critical parameters. The project seeks to establish a methodology based on principles extracted from design science and new developments in the biological sciences, advances in material sciences and new modes of production, including digital fabrication.




Alejandra Celedon Forster

Rhetorics of the Plan: Architecture and the City


Why did the plan dominate architectural discourse and practice for the last two centuries, and how did this affect the discipline?

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Alvaro Arancibia Tagle

The Social Re-Signification of Housing: A Design Guide for Santiago de Chile


This newly started PhD project challenges the current state of Santiago de Chile’s social housing policy and its extreme dependence on the private market.




Alvaro Velasco Perez

Exile on Main St.: The desert as internalising territory


In a series of lectures delivered between 1953 and 1955, Hannah Arendt argued for understanding the origin of the political realm in the separation between polis and desert that took place in the Ancient Greek democracy, a dichotomy that demarcates the politeía and the apolitia. My interest lies in the edge between politeía and apolitia established in the political landscape through the metaphor of the desert. By researching projects that engaged with the idea of the desert (in iconological and/or physical form) in the late-60s and early-70s I want to question what separates the categories of political and apolitical. My thesis is that the dichotomy polis/desert was challenged through these practices, reshaping the political dimension in architecture.




Andrea Goh

Home & Territory as an Apparatus of Social Engineering: Study of Singapore Home Ownership Policies





Arthur Aw

The Diagrams of Workspace Neighbourhood - Hidden Patterns and New Relationships of Innovation Environments





Brendon Carlin

Territorializing Interiors: Non-Typological Housing in Japan