Architectural Association
Media Studies

AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.


Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Inigo Minns
Acting Department Head
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000




Image: Eva Hesse, Untitled, 1964


Alison Moffett
Tues, 2-5pm, Room TBC

Within this course, we will investigate different approaches to drawing as an act of thought or creation within art and architecture. Looking first into historical examples, we will discuss how an image works compositionally and how balance and form affect the overall structure. Moving on to exploring mark making itself, on the most fundamental level a point or a line, it is the trace left behind as evidence of human interaction.

This is the participatory action epitomized in Paul Klee’s famous quote, “drawing is taking a line for a walk.” There is a direct physical action involved that includes the presence of a body within the trace left behind. Combining these two fundamentals, form/space and action/line becomes the crux of architectural thought: the paradox of the pyramid and the labyrinth. Finally, we will investigate the role of chance in creation. A mistake can be the originator of the most interesting, unforeseen results. It is by exploring these ideas visually that we will work through the process of creating a critical drawing, one that is both a construction and a generator of ideas.

Course Outline

Tuesday 10 Jan / 14 Feb
A look into the allegorical origin of drawing.
Form and Space: working with composition and the figure/ground relationship.
Compositional exercise in positive/negative space, shape, and form using cast shadows.

Session 2: LINE
Tuesday 17 Jan / 21 Feb
The mark as an action, an extension of a body.
Exercise in mark making as performance.
To create the trace of an event or presence.

Session 3: ARCHIVES
Tuesday 24 Jan / 28 Feb
A visit to the archives to see some of the different ways drawing has been utilized over the history of the AA. The mistake: How taking advantage of chance can be the most creative generator.
Deconstruction and reconstruction of previous exercises, bringing together form, space, the trace of the body, and chance.

Session 4: TUTORIALS
Tuesday 31 Jan / 7 March
Working on the final project, a reworking and rebuilding of all that has gone on beforehand. Finishing off with a short presentation of the projects in progress.