AA School Announces 2011 Honours Students
- Institution’s highest accolade is awarded to just four of it s finest graduating students
- Part of the annual Projects Review show, June 18 – 9 July at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, Bedford Square, London -
The Architectural Association School of Architecture has announced the names of the 2011 Honours Students, the highest accolade the institution can bestow on a graduating student, as it prepares to open this year’s Projects Review – the annual student showcase of some of the most radical and experimental thinking in architecture and cultural enquiry today.
Four fifth year graduating students have been awarded Honours : Kim Bjarke, Tom Fox, Fredrik Hellberg and Aram Mooradian, who will be awarded with an AADipl (Hons) on Friday 17 June. Their work will be exhibited alongside the work of 650 other students across all levels of the AA School at this year’s Projects Review, opening 18 June and running until 9 July. [Full details of Projects Review: http://bit.ly/jKwNJ1] An exhibition dedicated to the work of the four Honours Students will follow later this year at the AA School.
Honours are awarded annually to the graduating students with the most accomplished and innovative work. The four selected this year join the impressive list of alumni of the AA School who have graduated with Honours, which includes Peter Ahrends and Sir Nicholas Grimshaw.
Project s Review, which runs from 18 June – 9 July, is an opportunity to see drawings, models, design prototypes and interactive installations demonstrating cutting-edge architectural concepts from the graduating students of the one of the world’s most internationally acclaimed architecture schools, with exhibition spaces spread throughout the AA School’s premises in Bedford Square.
Honours Student Tom Fox says: “Having started the work on Libya’s relations with Europe last September, receiving Honours was fantastic, as I have been able to discuss these recent events as urban phenomena at a time when architecture has retreated from such a discourse. I am very proud to be awarded the AA Diploma with Honours, and I look forward to further developing the research that I have started over the last couple of years”
Honours Student Kim Bjarke says: “The Honours Award means more to me than perhaps I would like to admit. For me the life as a student of architecture was filled with a level of insecurity and doubt, always questioning if my skills were good enough. As I now leave the student life behind me the Honours Award provides a security and confidence that I will carry on with me to the future of my professional career”
Project Review website: http://projectsreview2011.aaschool.ac.uk
Exhibition Dates: Saturday 18 June to Saturday 9 July 2011
Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am – 7pm; Saturday 18 June 1pm – 5pm; Saturday 25 June, 2, 9 July 10am – 5pm
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