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Architectural Association re-elects chairman Mostafavi


The staff, students and council of the Architectural Association have voted for Mohsen Mostafavi to take on another five-year term as chairman at the London school.

School secretary Edouard Le Maistre told the aj last week that from a secret ballot of 690 of the school community, 308 of the 429 who returned votes indicated that they wanted Mostafavi to stay. Just 116 (27 per cent) said they wanted the school to investigate getting a new chairman.

'We think it's a very strong mandate and a very healthy result,' said Le Maistre, adding that the school viewed the fact that 261 people did not vote as an indication of contentment.

Mostafavi, who is also chief executive of the aa, was greeted by a 'spontaneous' burst of applause as he began his acceptance statement last week, before jetting off to India on 'AA Asia' business.

'In the last four years, what has kept me going in my role as chairman is my determination for the AA to be something special - to be the best,' he said. Mostafavi said that the school needed to look to 'alternative models to the idea of the architect as master narrator' and new collaborations with disciplines such as engineering, fashion, film, furniture, interiors and graphics.

Paul Hyett, vice president of the school, said: 'The AA is unique in being the only school that allows its school community to choose its head and to periodically revisit that choice. The process that has led to a solid endorsement of the current chairman's position is very healthy and of course marvellous news. The fact that the chairman has been willing to subject himself to the process is an indication of his courage and respect for the whole authority of the school.'

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