The AE was founded in 2011 to generate a public discussion about architecture and the architect’s role in shaping the discipline. We have since gone on to explore a variety of topics in an attempt to make sense of the recent past and current preoccupations. Themes are advanced but not adhered to dogmatically. This website is an archive of our activities. 


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QUOTE OF THE WEEK “We believe that you discover things when you begin from a very banal foundation, and that then as the project continues, ideas are found in the process, and we don’t stop finding those ideas. That’s the great thing about architecture, it takes a long time. And if you work five years on a building you’d maybe better have space for a few more ideas, and maybe also in the last year while you’re working on the construction details; ideas that completely change the perception of the building.” Oliver Lütjens - Accountability, 2019 



The AE Foundation is an Unincorporated Association and Not-for-Profit Organisation.
The AE examines a broad range of contemporary and historic ideas and is a forum encouraging debate around architectural education and practice. We organise events, publish and exhibit material, informing practicing architects, academics and students of architecture about the significance of architecture as an intellectual pursuit. We examine the role of the architect as a public figure and what influence he/she can have in shaping intellectual culture and its practical application. We provide an open forum for discussion the resultant material of which is made publicly accessible.



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