Programme Head: Marina Lathouri

Course Tutors: Tim Benton, William Orr, John Palmesino

Workshop Tutor: Doreen Bernath

Contributing Tutor: Claudia Nitsche


Visiting speakers: Jorella Andrews, Shumon Basar, David Cunningham, Keller Easterling, Marco Ferrari, David Knight, Nadir Lahiji, Massimiliano Molona, Louis Moreno, Siri Nergaard, Benjamin Noys, Sam Jacob, Francesco Jodice, Manuel Orazi, Alessandra Ponte, Michelangelo Sabatino, Maria Theodorou, Anthony Vidler, Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Ines Weizman, Thanos Zartaloudis


Programme Head

Marina Lathouri (Director) studied architecture and philosophy of art and aesthetics. She has lectured at the University of Cambridge and has been visiting professor at the Universidad de Navarra (Spain) and the Universidad Católica in Santiago (Chile). Her current interests lie in the conjunction of historiography and politics, writing in architecture, city, land and political philosophy. She co-authored Intimate Metropolis: Urban Subjects in the Modern City (Routledge 2008) and City Cultures: Contemporary Positions on the City (AA Publications 2010) and has published numerous articles.


Course Tutors

Tim Benton is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Open University. His research achieved international renown in the history of architecture and design between the wars. His work on Le Corbusier is very widely cited; his book on the Villas of Le Corbusier (first edition in French, 1984) has gone through several editions and now exists in French, English and Italian editions. In a series of important articles Benton extended the research of this classic text. His book The Rhetoric of Modernism: Le Corbusier as lecturer (2007) was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix du Livre sur l’Architecture by the Academie de l’Architecture, Paris and is currently available in French and English editions. The book Lc Foto: Le Corbusier: Secret Photographer was published by Lars Mueller Publications in July 2013. More recently, he has been working with the Association Cap Moderne on the restoration of the villa E-1027, Le Corbusier’s cabanon and the Étoile de mer and Unités de camping at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, publishing a book Le Corbusier, peintre à Cap Martin (Paris 2015), which was awarded the Prix du Livre de la Méditérrannée. He has further edited a new edition of the English language publication of Le Corbusier’s Precisions (1930), Schediegger & Spiess, 2015.
Benton also worked on a number of exhibitions and their catalogues, including Art Deco 1910-1939 and Modernism, designing a new World at the V&A and the exhibition on the Italian architect Luigi Moretti at the MAXXI gallery in Rome (opened 27 May 2010). He also curated an exhibition on Art Deco at the Fundacion March, Madrid (2015). He curated one of the rooms of an exhibition on Le Corbusier and Photography at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds (2012), subsequently on show at the CIVA gallery Brussels. His international reputation is confirmed by an entry on his work in the volume 6 of the Dizionario dell’architettura del XX secolo, Turin 1995 and by invitations in the United States, including a semester as Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor at the Clark Art Institute at Williams College (2009), Columbia University (2007), the Bard Graduate College (2003 and 2006) and at the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (2010-2013).


Will Orr is a British-Canadian theorist and historian. In 2019, he completed a PhD at the AA, where he now teaches in the History and Theory Studies and as supervisor in the PhD programme. His research examines shifts in disciplinary and professional ideology from the 1960s to the present.


John Palmesino is a Swiss-born Italian architect and urbanist.
He is Diploma Unit Master and director of the AA Territories Think Tank at the AA Architectural Association, London, as well as Research Fellow at the Research Architecture Centre, Goldsmiths University of London. In 2007, he established Territorial Agency together with Ann-Sofi Rönnskog.

Territorial Agency is an independent organisation that innovatively promotes and works for sustainable territorial transformations. It works to strengthen the capacity of local and international communities in comprehensive spatial transformation management. Territorial Agency’s projects channel available spatial resources towards the development of their full potential. Territorial Agency’s work builds on wide stake-holder networks. It combines analysis, projects, advocacy and action.

Research Projects
With Territorial Agency, photographer and film-maker Armin Linke and curator Anselm Franke, he is the author of Anthropocene Observatory, a multi-year research and film project investigating the unfolding across international institutions of the consequences of the thesis of a new man-made geological epoch. The project is commissioned by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Territorial Agency is involved in large-scale spatial transformation projects, among which the integrated plan for the Makermeer, commissioned by Rijkswaaterstaat in the Netherlands, and the plan for the relocation of the city of Kiruna, in Northern Sweden.
Initiator of the multidisciplinary research project ‘Neutrality’: the research investigates the relations between architecture, the processes of construction of the inhabited space and the forms of polity in the 21st Century. The project analyses the modalities of operation of the clusters of introverted and almost self-referential institutional, economical, political, military, cultural innovation spaces and enclosed knowledge circuits that appear to be the critical hallmarks of today’s city and cultural climate.
He is conducting his researches on neutrality as a device of transformation and control of the contemporary inhabited space for his PhD at the Research Architecture Centre, Goldsmiths, University of London.
He is director of the AA Territories Think Tank. Recent research organised includes the Graham Foundation award winning project Plan the Planet, Jacqueline Tyrwhitt and the Formation of International and Global Architecture. He is the recipient of a 2009 Graham Foundation Grant award for his researches on the ‘Architecture of UN peace-keeping missions’.
He has been in charge of the Master course at the Research Architecture Centre, where he is leading a research on the spatial transformations related to the operations of International organisations, Intergovernmental Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
He has taught together with Prof. Irit Rogoff a MA course on Geographies at the Visual Cultures departments, Goldsmiths, University of London.
He has been Research Advisor at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht between 2010 and 2013.
He has been Head of research at ETH Zurich, Studio Basel / Contemporary City Institute, between 2003 and 2007. ETH Studio Basel is a research institute for the investigation of the transformation patterns of the city of the 21st Century, established by the Pritzker Prize winner architects and professors Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. He has managed the transition of ETH Studio Basel into a full Research Institute of the ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, establishing the research agenda and methodology. He has led the Institute researches on a series of international cities, also in conjunction with Harvard School of Design, where he helped establish the Independent Thesis Programme led by Herzog and de Meuron, working on collaborative projects with ETH Studio Basel. He has managed the works for the publication of the research ‘Switzerland–An Urban Portrait’.
He has curated the participation of the Institute at the 10th Architecture Biennale in Venice, 2006.
He has co-founded Multiplicity with Stefano Boeri in 1996. Multiplicity is a multidisciplinary network of architects, urbanists, social scientists, photographers, filmmakers and visual artists that explores contemporary territorial transformations. The Milan – based organisation deals with contemporary urbanism, representation of inhabited landscape transformation, visual arts and general culture. Main projects include USE Uncertain states of Europe (Mutations, Triennale di Milano), SOLID SEA (documenta11), Border Devices (Biennale di Venezia), The Road Map (KW Berlin).
He is author of several territorial research studies, with particular attention to the transformations in the general European context and the Swiss urban structure in particular. His research focuses on the representation of self-organisation processes in the construction of the contemporary urban condition.

Palmesino has lectured widely in Europe, Asia, in Japan, Australia and in the US.
Academic affiliations to the AA Architectural Association School of Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London, ETH Zurich, EPFL Lausanne, Royal Academy of Arts Copenhagen, Politecnico di Milano, IUAV Venezia, University of Genova, and at the Harvard School of Design.
He is co-author of ‘USE- Uncertain states of Europe’, Milano 2003; ‘MUTATIONS’, Barcelona 2000; ‘Lessico Postfordista-Scenari della mutazione’, Milano 2001. He has published several essays and articles in the major architecture and urban magazines (Domus, Abitare, Archis, Volume, StadtBauWelt, etc’).


Workshop Tutor

Doreen Bernath is an architect and a theorist trained at the University of Cambridge and the AA. She is currently Executive Editor of The Journal of Architecture and a co-founder of the research collective ThisThingCalledTheory. She teaches Diploma 22 at the AA and is a Director of Studies in the PhD programme and a Lecturer in History and Theory Studies.


Contributing Tutor

Claudia Nitsche is an architect, educator and researcher. Since 2020 she has been a PhD candidate in History and Critical Thinking in Architecture at the AA. She has taught architectural history and theory at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart and has worked for several architectural offices in Germany and Switzerland.