We believe students learn best by working in small, highly focused groups around a single tutor or team for an entire year, allowing them to direct their own path through the school.
The AA is a famously independent architectural school. We are self-governed, self-motivated and self-funded. We have a broad commitment to bringing issues of contemporary architecture, cities and the environment to a large public audience, and we remain focused on the highest standards possible for the education of young architects. As a school we are famous not only for our students, teachers and graduates – the essential part of our legacy – but also for the many ways our courses and activities have contributed to improving the conditions of modern architectural learning, practice and knowledge.
The AA School sits entirely outside the UK state funding of higher education. Our flexible, self-directed curricula, combined with our institutional independence and our truly global organisation, afford us a rare degree of awareness, ambition and confidence – all necessary qualities for schools confronting the sweeping social, technological and cultural changes in our world today. By constantly challenging ourselves, we remain confident of our abilities as a school to discover, communicate and disseminate new architectural ideas and projects in ways few other venues – offices, schools or cultural centres – could ever match