Jury in Translation

Language : Mandarin and English
Event series: Architecture in Translation

2:00pm, 24 Jan 2020
Lecture Hall, Architectural Association
36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES

1000 Forms of Dumplings

Celebrating 2020 Lunar New Year
at the AA

6:30pm, 24 Jan 2020
Architectural Association
36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES

1000 Forms of Dumplings

Celebrating 2020 Lunar New Year at the AA

As the symbol of family reunion and good fortune, dumplings are the stars of any table for a celebratory Lunar New Year. While the symbolic meaning may be shared across cultures, the form of dumplings has been transformed in different cuisines. This year at the AA we will gather with our creative minds and hands to explore the art of wrapping and celebrate the diversity of the AA community through the making of dumplings. There will be small prizes for those who get the lucky bites! We will name and document the dumplings so please be prepared for the photo-shooting and drawing session for your own creation.
The event is organised by the AA Chinese Alumni Group and coincides with Jury in Translation as part of the wider Architecture in Translation project that celebrates the wealth embedded in different languages in the production of architectural ideas. As a ticketed event a contribution of £15 is required to cover the costs involved. Your contribution grants you access and includes food and one welcome drink. There will also be a cash bar available.

Programme: The evening will include dumpling making, rice cake beating, food, drink and performances.

The event is open to all,
(students/alumni/members/public wishing to connect)
but booking is essential.


Image credit:
Dumpling paintings by Andrea Goh, AA PhD Candidate; Composed by Chen Zhan, AA Dip.

Jury in Translation

The Architectural Association, a school with more than 81 nationalities, is launching Architecture in Translation, a project that celebrates the wealth embedded in each different language in the production and dissemination of ideas, discourse, and debate in architecture. The project identifies terms, concepts, and values inherent to different linguistic and cultural contexts to produce a Multilingual dictionary of architectural terms in the 21st century.

‘Jury’ is a term used specifically in schools of architecture referring to student presentations to a panel of experts who provide critical feedback on the projects presented.

The first Jury in Translation will be held on Friday, 24 January to coincide with the Lunar New Year. Students will present projects produced across Chinese-speaking contexts to a panel of invited experts from architecture and related disciplines. The jury will take place in both English and Mandarin and will be translated live. The jury will culminate in a celebration of Lunar New Year organised by the AA Chinese Alumni Group.

Transcripts of the event in both languages will be used as part of the ongoing research that aims to identify terms and concepts yet to be translated linguistically or culturally. These juries aim to foster intellectual curiosity and create an opportunity to expand our architectural vocabulary through an investigation into specific terminology, contexts and cultures.

Critics include:

Christopher Lee is the co-founder and Principal of Serie Architects London, Mumbai, Singapore and Beijing; and leads the design of Serie across all four offices. He is Associate Professor in Practice of Urban Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He previously served as Design Critic at the GSD (2011-12). Prior to that he was the Director of the AA Projective Cities MPhil Programme (2010-12) and AA Diploma and Intermediate Unit Master (2002-09 ). Lee graduated with the AA Diploma (Honors) from the AA, received the RIBA President’s Medal Commendation Award, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture and Urbanism from the Berlage Institute and TU Delt. In 2017 he was appointed as a London Mayor’s Design Advocate to work on the Good Growth by Design programme addressing key challenges facing London's built environment.

Jiazhi Fengjiang currently teaches at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she has recently completed a PhD in Anthropology. Her doctoral research explores the emergence of grassroots philanthropy in contemporary China. Her broader research interests lie in ethics, humanitarianism, political economy, gender, welfare, as well as visual and graphic anthropology.

Guangyuan Li's architectural journey has spanned the UK and China over two decades. He graduated from the AA Emergent Technologies programme in 2009 where he received a Distinction prior to joining the international firm Foster + Partners. Guangyuan is an Associate Partner and leads architectural teams to create projects worldwide.

Doreen Bernath is an architect and a theorist across disciplines of design, technology, philosophy, visual art, media and cultures. Trained at Cambridge and the AA, she won a RIBA scholarship and was a finalist in RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Thesis (PhD). She is a co-editor of RIBA’s The Journal of Architecture, teaches at the AA on the PhD, HTS and Projective Cities MPhil programmes, and co-directs AA Budapest Visiting School. She also teaches at the Leeds School of Architecture and co-founded the independent research collective ThisThingCalledTheory.

Mark Morris is Head of Teaching and Learning at the AA and works on diverse curricular objectives across the School as well as teaching History & Theory Studies. His research focuses on questions of visual representation, scale models, and the history of architectural education. Mark is the author of Models: Architecture and the Miniature (Wiley) and Automatic Architecture (UNC). He is a member of the London Higher group and the V&A Architectural Models Network. Mark is a recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Medal and the RIBA Research Trust Award.

Qishan Huang is an architect and Associate Partner at Foster+Partners. Qishan graduated from the AA and has been working on Chinese projects for over 8 years, addressing the exploration of future office space, conservation and city regeneration.

Jingru (Cyan) Cheng obtained both PhD by Design (2018) and M.Phil Projective Cities (2014) at the Architectural Association (AA), and is currently a tutor in MA Architecture (ADS7) and postdoctoral research associate in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. Her research interests lie in the intersections between architecture, anthropology and sociology, with a focus on socio-spatial models in China. Cyan’s research on Care and Rebellion: The Dissolved Household in Contemporary Rural China received a RIBA President’s Awards for Research commendation (2018).
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