AA TwentySeventeen Graduates

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AA TwentySeventeen Graduates

This post has been specifically curated to celebrate the graduates of the AA of 2017. Thank you and congratulations to you all!


Diploma 1

Hotel Croydon by James Mak

Hotel Croydon is emblematic of our cities, wants, and aspirations, however momentary. Our interior desires are always measured within a grid. They are homes without possessions, order without housework, clean sheets without laundry.
Only to move in then to move out.


Hotel Croydon_James Mak

Diploma 2

Sanctuary by Shahaf Blumer

We are losing the contemplative mind.

Gardens by definition are havens of peace, yet their experience within the urban realm is fragmented and superficial. The intent of the project was to formulate a landscape architectural prototype that lingers over sensorial experiences found in “wild nature” to accommodate self-reflection.

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Sanctuary by Shahaf Blumer

Narcissus Terminal by Natasha Rieffel


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Diploma 4

Anti-Acheiropoietic Space by Hyun Vin

We deal with repeating destructions and reconstitutions of images. Amongst them an analytical recomposition of the Nuremberg courtroom, an architectural recording device, that inaugurated notions of crimes against humanity and reappearances of contested nature. These devices are then deployed to negotiate human and nonhuman relationships in new European institutions.

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Anti-Acheiropoietic Space by Hyun Vin

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James Anicich

Diploma 5

The Inhabitable Fountain by Anthony Ko

The Inhabitable Fountain creates a new space of public gathering in Beijing through the manipulation and control of water – though it functions as a new Propaganda Tool for the Chinese Government to show domination and total command of China’s most valuable, yet scarce resource. The way this monument is used, or abused, by the people, is the way the fountain comes to life.

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The Inhabitable Fountain by Anthony Ko

River Nile House by Maya Laitinen

By reclaiming the Nile river as a public sphere in Cairo, focusing on women, especially grandmothers participation in it, the River Nile house should give both women and the river a stronger voice and visibility in the city – through a structure responding to and interacting with them, through movement.”


River Nile House by Maya Laitinen

Diploma 7

Powers of Byte by Zipu Zhu 

The Landscapes of Collisions concerns the perception of humans, with the perception of digital technologies. They are new views of merged visions created and left behind through the interactions. We see more and consume more, the ability to cope with the changes marks the progression of society as Mobility Wellbeing.”


Powers Of Byte by Zipu Zhu

Beyond Caring by Tyler Bollier

Could our cities do with some more Wild? This Department explores preventive health at the scale of the City.  By using the tallest mammal on earth, the Giraffe, as an instrument to Re-wild the Landscape of Whitechapel, London.

Beyond Caring

Beyond Caring by Tyler Bollier


House of Radical Togetherness by Stefan Jovanovic

Welcome to the House of Radical Togetherness. A house that speaks to the unconscious via symbolism and codified narratives like the Tarot. This is a space which is porous, runs on simultaneity and calls for intimacy. It is a conversation between bodies and materials, between silver and silk. The laundry needs to get done, the witch needs to be fed, but most importantly of all, the little fool within needs to be let free.

01_Silk Map

House of Radical Togetherness by Stefan Jovanovic

Diploma 8

1001 utopias by Carolina Gismondi

A 1001 utopias tackles the problems of urban discontinuities, re-telling the story of an imaginary Milan as an example of an abstract European metropolis.


1001 utopias by Carolina Gismondi

City of Golden Squares by George Guida


Tuscan Special by Lorenzo Luzzi

The “Tuscan Special” is a transformative method that works against absolute preservation of Historical Italian cities. Challenging the role of perspective, a geometrical method of translation transforms the existing into an imaginary scenario. This intangible projections intend to provoke and transform the stagnant condition of Italian architecture into an evolving city, not by denying the past, but instead by stealing from it.


Diploma 9

Through Leviathan’s Eyes by Nathan Su (AA Diploma Honours)

We live in a time where cultural ideologies, aspirations and fears are as diverse and dynamic as ever. And yet, our world views are becoming increasingly singular, extreme, and sadly – polarised. Our media echo-chambers feed us personalised, self-affirming realities that keep us well within the boundaries of our own predispositions and assumptions. But what if the technologies that currently blind us, could somehow bind us together?

‘Through Leviathan’s Eyes’ is an optimistic, speculative glimpse into a world where reality is constructed collaboratively. The film is a non-narrative tour through a near-future condition of ‘cityness’ imagining a rewriting of technological priorities; turning the blinding drive for personalised reality into a truly mixed reality. Here, the unstable, ever-shifting, yet somehow intelligent collective compose space in a constant state of re-writing and over-writing, that every so often, coalesces into an urgent, moving obsession. The city renders itself as a tangible, augmented palimpsest. A cultural manifestation of Hobbes’ Leviathan.

01_The Urban Palimpsest (Feature Drawing)

The Urban Palimpsest by Nathan Su

The Great Indoors by Emma Fraser

Our contemporary condition is one of interiority. The relationship between the domains conceived as inside and outside have shifted immensely and the difference between these domains is becoming progressively less distinct.

In response to a version of the future where our earth has been consumed by smog, the project proposes an offset of the earth’s habitable crust to form a new pangaea. This colossal structure of unimaginable scale seeks to protect humanity from the toxic air and provide a new interior version of living.’

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The Great Indoors by Emma Fraser

Kill BIM by Anatolios Stathiou

Kill BIM is a video game that follows the protagonist, Lewis, and his struggle against a mundane and homogenised built environment. Although BIM encourages a collaborative model between professionals, in architecture it has facilitated standardisation. Within the game, Lewis will eventually discover the instruments of change and will decide the fate of BIM.


Kill BIM by Anatolios Stathiou


Form Follows Threshold- Ceci n’est pas un Dome by Federica Zambeletti

The project starts from the notion of form follows edge and uses the dome, as cutting plane to challenge how edges and thresholds determine the way we create and perceive. The edge as both the architects limit and as the physical border through which we have delineated and demarked cities and territories. The project positions itself at the intersection between mind and architecture.


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Form Follows Threshold- Ceci n’est pas un Dome by Federica Zambeletti

Diploma 10

The People’s Economy, Community Capitalism by Tané Kinch

The People’s Economy is a community capitalism strategy enabling independent traders to use new subdivided spaces within existing urban fabric to create turnovers which fund further conversions of profitable units and increase local domestic stock. The system reasserts local economic power in a time of gentrifying neighbourhoods and franchise investments.


The People’s Economy, Community Capitalism by Tané Kinch


Working With(in) Kipling Estate by Tsen Yeoh

Housing estates make a large part of London. But why are they so separate from the city? The project inserts a series of shared spaces into Kipling Estate to promote collaboration between local stakeholders and the community, transforming the estate into valuable civic space and reintegrating it into the city.


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Working With(in) Kipling Estate by Tsen Yeoh_

Diploma 11

Confluence by Joshua Penk (AA Diploma Honours)

Strategy for the archaeological excavations and development of Convoys wharf

This is a project about the meeting of  eras; the slowly exposed remnants of past dockyard structures, revealed by years of archaeology. And the fast paced comparatively short-lived new developments of large scale housing. They meet in this project at ground level; this level defines the territory of the investigation into this unique site. A place existing +10 meters above sea level and -10 meters below. A place generated from 1513 until 2000 and then degenerated before re-generation.

Places that demand not to be lost are exposed for the first time to the city at large for the first time in their existence. Those people that demanded are free to explore these places for the first time in 500 years and allowed to appreciate all that the place has to offer without displacing the creations of contemporary society.



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Confluence by Joshua Penk



Diploma 13

SPA by Laurens Paulman

The project SPA is redefining the relationship between people, water and the metropolis. Gradients of treatments, transparency and water atmospheres organize a new medical experience towards a holistic care, integrating body and mind, and integrating the person and the city.”


SPA – sana per aquam by Laurens Paulman

Diploma 14


Across the Straits, Housing for a Multi-Ethnic Population by Terence Lim

A project that attempts to reinvent housing outside forms of colonization in Malaysia.



Across the Straits, Housing for a Multi-Ethnic Population by Terence Lim

Diploma 17

Where is the centre? by Jonathan Cheng (AA Diploma Honours)

This project is an exploration of the use of arts and spaces of creative production as a kind of infrastructure of participation, impacting the formation of the cultural center as a project that has encapsulated modern policies of widespread cultural access and the elimination of class alienation. This has, however, drawn into question what exactly is the dominant content in this typology of cultural architecture? Leisure and a collective externalization of domestic programs are really propped up by the political agency of creative production and consumption. An understanding of how participation – an active negotiating of resistance and domination – is, here, driving the formal provocation.

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Where Is The Center?by Jonathan Cheng

VOLUPTUOUSITY by Kira Sciberras

VOLUPTUOUSITY – An experiential tactile space where the ground is unstable, which uninstalls the habit of routine. This keeps the user constantly aware of themselves, as well as of the space. This way the ground never allows one to be productive in any way but rather is constantly aware of the environment.


VOLUPTUOUSITY by Kira Sciberras

Primitivity by Yuyu He

With no one question the existing conditioned routines in daily life, hence leisure has become a representation of images produced by consumerism traps. By creating an environment for work, leisure and minimal living, in order to challenge our habitat, the existing understanding of surrounding environment, the awareness of our body and the interaction with others.

Primitivity by Yuyu He


The Space of Dew by Patricia de Osma

Architecture that emerges from the soils and the agricultural waste of el Valle de Ica to manifest a new spatial dynamic of public space that passively condenses water from the humid air of the desert coast of Peru. The system deploys itself from the private into the public domain, fracturing the rigid perimeter imposed by the informal settlers and opening into a new domain, an interfacial space for commerce and education, where the traditional Quincha is challenged to create autonomy and identity.


The Space of Dew by Patricia De Osma


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