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Collaboration Between AA SED and AA Design & Make

The SED Cohort took a trip to Hooke Park to explore various timber structures and get to know more about the Design and Make Program. The 2-day trip included a quick exchange of ideas by doing analytical work and spot measurements by the SED students, along with Prof. Joana Goncalves, to contribute to an ongoing project of Design and Make Program, as well as assess existing structures scattered around Hooke Park.

Presentation Given To AA SED Programme In ARUP London Office 

AA Students conducted a visit to Arup London Office to get to know more about their CPD (Cities, Planning, and Design) Department. Along with students from Landscape and Urbanism, Housing and Urbanism, and Projective Cities, the Sustainable Environmental Design cohort sat down for some quick Q&A and a walk around the multi-level office space.

Day Trip to Cambridge Accordia

SED goes to Cambridge for a day tour assisted by Joe Jack Williams. Cambridge Accordia is a collection of homes developed since 2003 with a unique architectural uniformity, interesting use of materials, and a comprehensive planning guideline — making it a great model for modern housing developments.

Foster + Partners London Office Hosted 2022-2024 SED Students

Impromptu office visit to Foster + Partners last January 2023, hosted by Irene Gallou (SED 2004). SED students were walked through the office— explored the work spaces, scanned through physical models, exposed to the material swatches library, and discussed the importance of sustainability and environmental design in the firm.


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.