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
The Invented Chinese Classical Garden
Supervisors: Mark Cousins, Doreen Bernath
The Chinese classical garden has been a popular topic in Chinese architecture for almost 30 years. Used to refer not only to landscape, but also to architecture and urban design, it has been a key concept in Chinese contemporary architecture. Why did the Chinese classical garden assume such a role in preference to other forms of traditional architecture? This study investigates the construction of the concept of the Chinese classical garden in relation to twentieth-century architectural history and theory writing.
Jingming Wu studied Architecture at Southeast University in Nanjing, China, and graduated in 2008. In 2012 she received a Masters in Architectural History and Theory from the same university. She supervised undergraduate students in architectural history and theory up until she began her PhD at the Architectural Association in 2013. She has been awarded several design prizes, including the Shikenchikusha design competition in Japan, has published several papers, and has presented internationally at various conferences.