20/01/2023 - 25/03/2023

Mid C20th - Archive Show

As Hardly Found in the Art of Tropical Architecture

Mon-Sat: 11-7pm

An exhibition recentring work from the peripheries of the Department of Tropical Studies archive.

Following its establishment in 1953 at the Architectural Association in London (AA), the Department of Tropical Studies (DTS) exported climate-based architectural models of practice to countries in the Global South. These models were subsequently developed as the DTS reshaped architectural institutions and their curricula, regulated planning practice and legislation, and trained leading architects in and from the area.

The bulk of the DTS’s archive within the AA consists of department director Otto Koenigsberger’s papers, encompassing 52 boxes of drawings, photographs, press cuttings, publications, letters, invoices, CVs, lectures and, mostly, piles of planning reports about the architecture of countries all over the Global South.


Bloomsbury 36 Bedford Sq, WC1B 3ES