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Steele overwhelmingly elected as AA chair

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Brett Steele has been named as the new chair of the Architectural Association (AA), following a resounding election win announced late on Tuesday 24 May.

Steele, the head of the AA's design research lab, picked up 57 per cent of the vote in the threehorse race.

The result is a massive surprise, with Steele seen as a major outsider when the shortlist was announced three weeks ago.

It will also be a hefty disappointment for the other two shortlisted candidatures: Jeremy Till, the current head of Sheffield School of Architecture, and a joint bid between Farshid Moussavi, from Foreign Office Architects, and Kari Jormakka, a teacher at the Vienna University of Technology.

The turnout was exceptionally high, with 85 per cent of potential voters casting their ballots.

Steele is a partner in desArchLab, an architectural office in London. Before teaching in the US and at the AA, Steele was a project architect at Zaha Hadid Architects in London, as well as at other offices in the US.

He is a former visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at the Berlage Institute, and has headed visiting workshops at schools in Hong Kong, Japan, Europe and the US.

Steele is also co-leader of Ambient and Augmented Architectures, an international research network that aims to identify 'new kinds of intelligent, adaptive architectures'.

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