The AA School’s PhD programme combines advanced research with a broader educational agenda, preparing graduates for practice in global academic and professional environments. Current doctoral research encompasses the topics of the school’s postgraduate programmes in architectural theory and history, architectural urbanism, emergent technologies and design, and sustainable environmental design. Within each of these strands candidates can engage in design-led research (PhD in Architectural Design) or follow the traditional route of the text-based dissertation. Across the programme’s streams, shared research issues are explored through specialist groups, seminars and other events in and outside of the school. This year, several of the programme’s PhD candidates contributed to conferences and publications in the UK and abroad. ‘A Day on the Grid’ was a public event organised by Alexandra Vougia, Costandis Kizis and Gabriela García de Cortázar Galleguillos, held in early May. The programme’s current PhD candidates and recent graduates participated, as well as teaching staff and students from across the school. The day tackled the issue of the grid from nine angles, each examined by two papers: ‘prologue’, Aldo Urbinati; ‘urban’, Alexandra Vougia and Ross Adams; ‘maps’, Gabriela García de Cortázar Galleguillos and Emmanouil Stavrakakis; ‘drawing’, Alison Moffett and Nerma Cridge; ‘plan’, Alejandra Celedon and Costandis Kizis; ‘intermission’, Merve Anil and Eleanor Dodman; ‘coordinates’, Ryan Dillon and Arturo Revilla; ‘graph’, Valeria Guzman and Jingming Wu; ‘epilogue’, Doreen Bernath; ‘discussion’, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Mark Campbell and Marina Lathouri.
Pier Vittorio Aureli
Vida Norouz Borazjani
Computational Morphogenesis of City Tissues
Supervisors: George Jeronimidis, Michael Weinstock
Recent developments in mathematical biology coupled with the rapid develop¬ment of computational tools have allowed the implementation and simulation of biological processes in other fields such as architecture. Such processes from the natural sciences offer great potential in exploring and understanding dynamic models. The research will explore a subset of concepts and techniques from mathe¬matical biology for their potential incorpo¬ration into the design process, focusing on the morphogenesis of digital objects and their model of organisation through a dynamic model.
Ali Farzaneh is a PhD Candidate at the Architectural Association in London. He holds a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Architecture. He has worked at Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna and SOM in DC and has taught at the University of Oklahoma.