New Media

  • Architecture in Translation
    Architectural Association School of Architecture

Architecture in Translation jury, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, 2018. Photo: Byron Blakely.

Architecture in Translation identifies terms, concepts, and values inherent to different linguistic and cultural contexts to produce a “multilingual dictionary of architectural terms” in the twenty-first century. Architecture in Translation starts with “Juries in Translation” a series of ten jury sessions (presentations with critical feedback) each conducted in a different language. These sessions aim to foster a culture of tolerance and intellectual curiosity while providing a real context for the identification and discussion of specific terms that enrich and widen our perception of the built environment through a multicultural approach. All sessions, translated and transcribed for further analysis, seek to identify specific terms that do not exist in the current English architectural lexicon. All terms identified throughout the sessions will be presented on an online platform, a “Multilingual Dictionary of Architecture Terms.” Open to the architecture community for exploration and consultation, this will allow further crowdsourcing of terms and definitions.

Eva Franch i Gilabert is an architect, curator, educator, and lecturer of experimental forms of art and architectural practice. In 2004, she founded her solo practice OOAA (Office of Architectural Affairs), from 2010 to 2018 Franch was the chief curator and executive director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. Since August 2018 Franch is the director of the Architectural Association in London. Franch specializes in the making of alternative architecture histories and futures. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, and her work has been exhibited internationally. Recent publications include Agenda (Lars Müller, 2014), Atlas (Lars Müller, 2015), and Manual (Lars Müller, 2017).

The Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture was established to promote and afford facilities for the study of architecture for the public benefit and the Association has the powers to further this object by any of the following methods:

- The establishment and carrying on of a school of architecture;

- The provision of scholarships and bursaries, and the giving of prizes;

- The provision of lectures and classes;

- The provision of a library and museum;

- The organization of visits to works and buildings;

- The production and circulation of periodicals and other publications;

- Such other methods consistent with the object as the Council may from time to time determine;

As a school, the AA is fiercely, even famously, independent. In an era increasingly characterized by a global learning economy driven by the production of ideas no less than goods or services, the AA pursues a vision that sees itself as an international hub for architectural learning.