What goes around comes around. The AA Night School, founded in 2013, offers events such as book readings and discussions, cross-practice crits, architectural photography, workshops and talks. It takes its inspiration from the origins of the AA (Architectural Association) itself, which started as an evening school in the 1870s. Back then the programme was a radical mix of peer-directed learning and critique organised by young practitioners reacting against the system of office tutelage – effectively cheap labour (think unpaid internships today).
Billing itself as “an ongoing speculative project dealing with alternative models of architectural education”, the Night School does not claim to offer an alternative model itself but aims to become a test pit and mirror for new ways to learn and engage with architecture. Time will tell whether it progresses beyond a curated events progamme to offer a true counterpoint to the AA’s system. p (rgw)