JA Projects


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June 2018

   This year, the University of Brighton, School of Architecture and Design's end of year show will be on Hastings Pier (2017 RIBA Stirling Prize). On show will be the work of the Global Free Unit; the diploma unit taught by JA Projects founder Jayden Ali and Head of School, Professor Robert Mull. The unit assists students in making independent projects based upon their personal interest, histories and beliefs.

The show will be open to the public for a ‘grand weekend’ of music, food and events on 9 and 10 June and will include talks by designers and architects, including the Pier’s architect. Come and walk through the high street of pavilions showcasing the student work.  
Private view: 4pm until late, Friday 8th June.

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Mama Superior


March 2018

   We’ve completed filming our short documentary about the Supermamas of Wallacedene - a powerful collective of community mothers who are tangibly changing the pattern of township development.

Co-directed with Jaime Ackroyd and researched by Nadine Coetzee the short documentary focuses on the example of Noronte Noto and other school principles.Through their work in extending education beyond the school gates they are reimagining public space and redefining ownership.

The film chronicles this alternative, community-lead method of development with the goal of enabling the mothers to advocated for a greater say in directing their futures. By celebrating their vibrancy and heritage we hope to offer a counterpoint to historical portrayals of impoverishment and disempowerment and thus challenge western perceptions of Africa reliance.

Visit the Mtyobile Park Facebook Page for updates on the project.


Fuck London


October 2017

As part of Turncoats and their provocative reimagining of architecture debates, Maria Smith and Phin Harper have invited Jayden Ali to take part in a discussion on the merits of living in London. The debate on Thursday 7th December 2017, invites one to form and opinion on the above provocation. Other Panellists include: Lee Ivett (Chair), Naomi Smith, Caz Facey, Ambrose Gillack

Surprise Venue,
E2 8BD
7th December 2017

Link to Turncoats.

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University of Brighton


September 2017

JA Projects director Jayden Ali appointed to teach the Global Free Unit alongside Professor Robert Mull at the University of Brighton. The role will continue Jayden’s commitment to education and he looks forward to working alongside the students over the coming year on projects of their own making.

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Ackroyd House



JA Projects have gained Planning Approval for The Ackroyd House, a contemporary extension of a typical late-Victorian terraced house in Hackney. The expansion will provide a space suitable for contemporary family living while satisfying the clients artistic ambitions.
The project is being developed as part of a wider assessment of conventional rear extension and the opportunities afforded by advanced building systems and automation.


Twins Talk


February 2017

As part of Twins, their ongoing series of architecture talks exploring difficult alliances, strange bedfellows and new relationships, curators Charles Holland and Robert Mull have invited JA Projects director Jayden Ali to take part in a panel discussion on lessons surrounding the current refugee crisis.

The talk on 25 January 2017 poses the above questions. Other panellists include: Professor Robert Mull (Chair), Grainne Hassett, Kate McAllister & Darren Abrahams, Professor David Cotterrell.

The Nightingale Rooms, Brighton
9th March 2017

Link to Twins

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Block Party: A Celebration


May 2017

Block Party: A Celebration, an exhibition Curated by JA Projects, opening at Diddy’s 29th June 2017.

In celebration of the annual Wilton Way Block Party, Diddy’s presents a collection of photographs by Jaime Ackroyd and Lizzie King that beautifully chronicle a day that encompasses all that Hackney should be. A vision of children trampolining, people dancing, a behemoth of a barbecue and unbridled joy on the faces of everyone involved young or old.

Block Party: A Celebration, Diddy’s
30 June – 30 July 2017

Image: Comfort
Courtesy Lizzie King

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Lisa Educare


November 2016

Nadine Coetzee + Sacha Ren, of which JA Projects director Jayden Ali is a founding member, has delivered a new external learning zone for a school in Wallacedene, Cape Town. The project places an emphasis on the long-term cultivation of rich indigenous planting as a practical and metaphorical celebration of self determination.

Jayden spent the majority of his time in Cape Town producing a film documenting the school’s principle Noronte Noto. Shot by Jaime Ackroyd, the film is expected to be released in 2018.




April 2016

Sacha Ren’s, proposal for the establishment of an pop-up restaurant, called Pineapple Island will continue JA projects ongoing research into alternative and immersive learning environments. In partnership with the Kent Refugee Action Network, the restaurant will be entirely run and staffed by young asylum seeking children from the South Coast of England.  

In addition, Jayden Ali will be taking part in a short forum exploring ideas that address the Refugee Crisis. Other speakers include: Saskia Sassen, Jaz O’Hara, Merel Graeve, Grainne Hassett, Eyal Weizmann, Corinne Squire, Marwa Al-Sabouni, Alpha.

Barbican Centre, London
12th June 2016

Link to Papers