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SED_SOS WORKSHOP, Bologna, Italy 03-07 June 2019 ... See MoreSee Less

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The Future Practice series continued on 14 May with Kimmy El'Dash (AA SED MArch 2015) who is now with Max Fordham & Partners, and Shashank Jain (AA SED MSc 2010) founder of Studio 4215. On 28 May we had Leonidas Tsichritzis (AA SED MSc 2014), currently a PhD candidate at the University of Kent, and the founders / directors of Atmos Lab Rafael Alonso (AA SED MArch 2017) Florencia Collo (AA SED MSc 2016) and Olivier Dambron (AA SED MSc 2016). ... See MoreSee Less

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Irene Giglio (AA SED MArch 2016 and now with Mario Cucinella Architects and SoS School of Sustainability) at the SED Studio to introduce this year's second study trip and design workshop to be held with SoS in Bologna next week. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our study trip to Boston for visit to Harvard GSD, MIT and to Boston architectural practices took place in early May led by SED Course Master Jorge Rodriguez Alvarez (AA SED MSc 2008). Many thanks to Michael Smith Masis (Harvard GSD & AA SED MSc 2008), John J. Aslanian (Harvard GSD), Lorena Bello (MIT Architecture), Blake Jackson (Stantec & AA SED March 2009), Paloma González (MIT Architecture), Sarah Williams (MIT Civic Data Design Lab), Ricardo Álvarez (MIT Senseable City Lab), Ariel Noyman (MIT Media Lab City Science Group), Shasha Rollinger (MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism), David Saladik (Mass Design Group), Sarah McKeever (Mass Design Group), Melanie Silver (Payette Building Science Group), Seung-Hyeok Bae (Payette Building Science Group), Ali Malkawi (Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities), Jeffrey Fitton (Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities). ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to Swati Bhargava (AA SED MArch 2018) whose design practice De Proxemics Studio received the award for "Excellence in Architecture & Design" at the Houses of Parliament in London yesterday. ... See MoreSee Less

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Celebrating on Graduation Day



AA SED End of Year Show


Merge Studio, Varun Kohli’s (AA SED MSc 2006) New York based architectural practice is currently on site with a new building in Bangalore, India:




Joao Oliveira Cotta’s (AA SED MSc 2012) architectural practice Oliveira Cotta Arquitetura wins international competition for the headquarters of the Electric Power Company in Northern Brazil.



Suraksha Bhatla AA (SED MArch 2011) wins in 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

DSCN0900 India’s Slum population is expected to surge to 104 million (9% of the national population) by 2017. As the nation’s disparity between the rich and poor deepens, the number of people living below poverty line (<1$ per day) has doubled over the last decade. Chennai city’s Nochikuppam slum is home to 5,000 fishermen families living in less than 1,500 shanties making it the third largest slum dwelling amongst the Indian metropolises. The rise of city’s squatters over the past decade indicated the struggle to cope with rapid urbanisation and the lack of political will, resulting in the failure of the government to regularise and successfully build resettlement tenements. The government’s only indirect response to such slums has been the construction of large-scale resettlement colonies on the outskirts of the city rather than recognising improving residents’ access to services.

Shanty-Scraper aspires to provide a unique solution for the fishermen of Nochikuppam located at Marina bay beach. The vertical squatter structure predominately is comprised of post-construction debris such as pipes and reinforcement bars that crucially articulate the structural stability. Recycled corrugated metal sheets, regionally sourced timber & thatch mould the enclosure of each dwelling profile and lend to their vernacular language. The double height semi enclosures serve as utility yards & social gathering spaces. The vertical transportation is fragmented into multiple plank lifts that are constructed from a simple mechanically driven lever & pulley contraption. The rhythmic timber lattice membrane structure at the ground level, houses the public sea food market, & forms the first level of defence against future tsunamis. The high rise typology serves as a vantage point for the fishermen to gauge high risk waters & during emergencies.


AA SED at PLEA 2014 Conference in Ahmedabad, India

An exhibition of twelve MSc and MArch dissertation projects by SED graduates from India was presented at the PLEA 2014 Conference “Sustainable Habitat for Developing Societies” held at CEPT University, Ahmedabad 16-18 December 2014.


SED MArch 2015  Catalogue of AA SED MArch Dissertation Projects 2015

MArch Dissertation Projects 2014

A selection of AA SED MArch Dissertation Projects completed in February 2014

SED study trip to Lisbon  to explore the city’s urban morphology and microclimates

SED MArch Showcase 2014 Catalogue of SED MArch Dissertation Projects 2014; see also SED entry to the Graduate Honours Projects exhibition which opened at the new AA Graduate Gallery.