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. 


Samuel Penn
Dr. Penny R Lewis

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Dr. Cameron McEwan
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK “History for me provides the intellectual topography to know where I’m going. It would be very naïve of me to think that the things I’m doing are inventions or expressions of my soul. These things don’t interest me at all. History for me is something about the politics of the design. It’s the way I communicate to the general culture, and also to its political aggregate state. ” Marcel Meili - 2013




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Editor: Samuel Penn
Assoc editor: Cameron McEwan
Design: Alin Cincă
Publisher: Pelinu Projects SRL

16.5 x 23 x 2.1 cm
248 pages,
Texts and Colour Images
500 copies, first edition 2019
Printed at Fabrik, Bucharest
ISBN 978-973-0-29787-4

ACCOUNTS is the record of an extended conversation that took place among the members and invited guests of the AE Foundation in the first five years of its activity. It includes lectures, discussions and interviews with prominent figures, emerging architects and educators. Beginning with DOUBT and ending with BEAUTY the conversations between explored the many and varied schools of thought that occupy the discipline.