The AA School is pleased to announce that we have enlisted the services of the University of London Housing Services (ULHS) who run a private housing service for many students in London.
The ULHS can offer advice to students on how to find accommodation, which areas to consider, what the options are, pricing and more. They produce a London Student Housing Guide which includes a vast amount of information on how to search and secure accommodation in London which is also accessible online here. You will receive a copy of this guide during Introduction Week.
They have an online database of accommodation offers from registered landlords and letting agents which operates throughout the year. These offers include flats and houses for groups as well as rooms in shared flats and houses.
Finally, the ULHS offers housing advice which includes offering a contract checking service which allows students to have their contracts for private accommodation checked before they sign. They also offer legal advice should students get into any difficulty in private accommodation.
Both current students and those with an offer to study can access these services. If you would like to make an enquiry via the ULHS website you will need your AA membership number.
There are two flatmate finder events coming up on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2015 (3pm – 6pm). See the ULHS website to book a place!
If you have any questions about finding accommodation in London please contact ULHS:
Please note, due to this new agreement, the AA will no longer be running a separate Accommodation Office service during September. However, we will be organising an AA Accommodation Event during Introduction Week. Further details will be available soon.
Date Submitted: 20/8/2015
Online Top Up For One Card
Students, staff and members can top up their AA Payment card online at
Date Submitted: 14/8/2015
Student Loans for New and Returning Eligible Students
STUDENT FINANCE ENGLAND
(Student Loan Company)
New and Continuing Students: 2015/2016
Please note that eligible students are now able to apply to the Student Finance England (Student Loan Company) for Tuition Fee Loans/Living Expenses (if applicable) http://www.slc.co.uk/
When completing your SLC application please ensure you use the following course title: 5 year ARB/RIBA recognised course in Architecture.
Date Submitted: 31/7/2015
Conservation of Historic Buildings Suspended
Important Notice: The Conservation of Historic Buildings course has been suspended for the 2015/16 academic year. This is a temporary suspension while the school works to re-organise the programme. Please regularly review the website for further updates.
Date Submitted: 31/7/2015
AAIS Expat Series: re_dial Performance - Friday 31 July
SPACE 129-131 Mare Street London E8 3RH
7:30-10:30 Friday 31 July
Please RSVP under the following link:
Challenging the frontiers of working in between art, architecture and performance, the AA Interprofessional Studio aims to expose a hidden ‘worknet’ between multiple professions and their products. The studio – operating as an interdisciplinary creative office where knowledge exchange is one of the core points of focus – reaches professions and stimulates students to develop a communication language across creative disciplines. It acts as an invitation to build a network of professionals and experts from creative backgrounds as diverse, and complimentary, as performance, design, music, film, photography, fashion, communication and curation through workshops and symposia, combining each creative language to work and study within the AA on concrete projects reflective of the various fields of research.
In collaboration with Mangiabarche Gallery on Calasetta, Sardinia, Emerging Ibiza and developed full-scale productions starting with a base camp on Sardinia that produced the framework for a broader event and cultural festival on Ibiza and finishes with a performance and forum of discussion in London. <p >The final event will stage all disciplines together in the worlds most global city: A final event, where the choreography reaches into a full-scale installation, and performance with New Movement Collective, David Mc Almont and Andy Dean.
Date Submitted: 29/7/2015
2015-2016 Academic Year: Term Dates
SUBSCRIBE TO AA CALENDARS HERE - www.aaschool.ac.uk/calendar
Introduction Week (new students):
Term 1 (12 Weeks):
AA Premises Closed:
Term 2 (11 Weeks):
inclusive AA Premises Closed:
Term 3 (9 Weeks):
Bank Holiday: Monday 2nd May 2016 (Week 2)
Bank Holiday: Monday 30th May 2016 (Week 6)
Term 4 (13 Weeks):
AA Premises Closed:
Issued by: Registrar July 2015
Date Submitted: 23/7/2015
Introduction Week for New Students 2015
The AA will welcome the 2015/16 cohort of new students on Monday 21 September 2015. Please come to 36 Bedford Square at 10am, where you will be able to collect a welcome pack, which will provide you with everything you need to know for the week. The admissions team will be around to answer any questions you may have.
Introduction Week is a valuable opportunity to familiarise yourself with London and the AA, as well as to meet fellow new students. Visits are arranged to places of architectural interest and to architectural practices, and there are introductory talks about the different parts of the school. Compulsory inductions to the library, workshop, computer room and health and safety also take place this week.
On Monday the Director of the school will provide you with key information about the AA. You will also attend course/programme introductions providing an important opportunity to learn more about the course and meet AA tutors/programme directors. On Tuesday 22nd September you will be required to attend registration and compulsory inductions throughout the day.
Trips to places of interest, exhibitions and office visits take place on Wednesday and Thursday of Intro Week. The office visits are unique opportunities to visit practices that have a connection with the AA. You are entitled to attend one visit out of the trips listed. However, you will not be able to sign up for a trip if it clashes with a compulsory library or workshop induction. Please be aware that you will not be able to sign up for a trip if you have not pre-registered.
On Friday of this week everyone is invited to attend the AA boat trip down the Thames followed by a picnic in Bedford Square. The Student Forum will also organise various events throughout the week. Further details will be available in the coming weeks.
Over the summer we recommend you keep an eye on the AA website and facebook page for updates and events. Full unit briefs for the 2015/16 academic year will be available via the website in early September.
INFORMATION ABOUT REGISTRATION
All students are required to attend registration on Tuesday 22nd September 2015. You will be required to arrive at the scheduled time for your course; this time will be confirmed soon.
To register you will need:
* A pen.
* Your passport and a photocopy of the photo page.
* Your biometric residence permit and a photocopy of the front and back of the card (if applicable).
* Any outstanding documents listed on your conditional offer letter or that we have specifically requested.
* Proof of payment of your deposit and tuition fees (a receipt or statement), and a copy of your scholarship/bursary/loan letter (if applicable).
You may find that you owe the AA a small amount of money if, for example, the bank charged fees when you made a transfer, or if you have forgotten to pay the £95 membership and student forum fee. You will not be able to officially register as an AA student until you have paid all outstanding money.
Once you have registered you will be able to sign up for reference and bank letters. These will be available for collection from the Admissions office on Thursday. We cannot issue letters before this date.
Please check your email regularly for updates over the coming months. We look forward to meeting you all on Monday 21st September 2015!
AA School Admissions
Date Submitted: 16/6/2015
Library Summer Opening Hours
SUMMER VACATION LIBRARY OPENING HOURS
Monday 29 June : open 10-5
Tuesday 30 June – Friday 31 July : open Monday-Saturday 10-6
Closed Saturday 1 August –Monday 31 August inclusive.
Tuesday 1 September –Saturday 26 September : open Monday-Saturday 10-6
Normal term-time hours will resume from Monday 28 September:
Monday – Friday 10-9, Saturday 10-6
PROGRAMME BOOK LOANS DURING SUMMER VACATION
July Weekend Programme Book Loans
During July programme books can be borrowed over each weekend from
Friday 4pm to Monday 12midday
August Closure Programme Book Loans
From 10am Thursday 30 July programme books can be borrowed from
the library issue desk and must be returned by 12midday on Tuesday 1 September.
Maximum 2 programme books per person
No normal ‘reference’ books, no interlibrary loans, no tutor’s own books
Date Submitted: 8/6/2015
London Design Festival call for entries.
#PoweredByTweets: The Challenge
The London Design Festival has partnered with Twitter UK on a new public design and exhibition challenge. The best ideas around the UK will be showcased in an exhibition held during the Festival in September. Enter the Challenge by 5 June 2015.
Follow London Design Festival @L_D_F
Date Submitted: 7/5/2015
AA Writing Prize Winners 2015
Zeina Al-Derry - The Melancholic City of Mirages
Mahsa Ramezanpour - Incarcerating Gender in Captive Spaces
Lara Yegenoglu - Vernacular Politics: The Gecekondu as an Instutitional Apparatus in Istambul
Jane Wong - The Burning House
Olukoye Akinkugbe - The Inescapable Bias of Representation
Simonpietro Salini - Novitatem meam Contemnvnt Ego Illor Vm Ignaviam: They Despise my Novelty, I Their TImidity
Read past Nominations and Winners at http://writing.aaschool.ac.uk
Date Submitted: 7/5/2015
Result of the Election of Officers and Council 2015/2016
Declared at 17:02 on the 01.05.2015
Candidate - Votes - % - Elected
Christine HAWLEY 269 10% ELECTED
Vicky RICHARDSON 232 9% ELECTED
Jane WERNICK 232 9% ELECTED
Rory SHERLOCK 221 8% ELECTED
Oliver DOMEISEN 201 8% ELECTED
Elsie OWUSU 190 7% ELECTED
Jonathan ELLIS-‐MILLER 184 7% ELECTED
Marko MILOVANOVIC 157 6% ELECTED
Christopher BISSET 156 6%
Hunter DOYLE 138 5%
Tiffany ABERNATHY 135 5%
Alexandra PAPADAKIS 134 5%
Sofia PIA BELENKY 128 5%
Edward HUTCHISON 84 3%
Tessa O’NEILL 84 3%
Gorana SHEPHERD 73 3%
TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTES CAST 2,618
Number of codes issued: 2,844
Votes cast: 565
Number of Individuals that voted: (%)
TOTAL NO. OF VOTES 565
Officers formally standing for election, but running unopposed (as per the by-laws):
President - Paul Warner
Hon. Vice President - Hugh Pearman
Hon. Vice President - David Porter
Hon. Secretary - Richard Patterson
Hon. Treasurer - David Jenkins
Council members remaining on the ballot without standing for re-election:
Past President - Sadie Morgan Ordinary Members:
Date Submitted: 1/5/2015
Three-day workshops open to all students
The FIRST YEAR STUDIO in collaboration with the INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL is putting forward two workshops open to all students on: Imaginary inhabitants, creatures, genders, and their habitat.
Dates: Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th, Friday 8th of May from 10:00am.
CITY OF BACHELORS by Ana Araujo (Intermediate 2)
For over five hundred years men have been designing our homes and cities; and defining the language of architecture. Inspired by an exception to this rule – a 40-square-metre flat Irish de- signer Eileen Grey conceived for her lover Jean Badovici in 1930 – we will create an imaginary city based on what is believed to be a potentially feminine architectural language.
Materials: One block of genuine silver leaf, ten sheets of black foamboard, A3 size, one can of spray mount, twenty sheets of white paper, five sheets of black card, A3 size, + model making materials (cutting matt, scalpel, ruler etc).
THE MENAGERIE OF MISCEGENATIONS by Manijeh Verghese (Intermediate 11)
Can we invent new forms of life, predict a future evolution of hybrid animals, plants and everything in between, by altering the course of evolution through the design of new species and their habitats? This three day workshop will start with the invention of hybrid creatures that fuse existing species. We will then design the spaces where these beasts will live and be observed. Finally, we will combine our invented life forms into a collective taxonomy drawing to track our alternate evolution and construct our new menagerie of miscegenations by aggregating our isometric spaces into a fantastical group collage.
Materials: A0 sheets of paper for the combined drawings, coloured copies of your miscegenation and menagerie drawings to collage onto the larger sheets, glue, scissors, pens, pencils, ink, watercolours, rulers, protractors.
If you are interested to take part in one of these workshops come to the FIRST YEAR STUDIO. You will find a sign up sheet near the offices. Deadline to sign up: Monday 4th of May or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find all the info on the two workshops on the AA First Year - Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/aafirstyear
Date Submitted: 28/4/2015
AA Camera Club Student Competition
AA Students are invited to submit photographs of contemporary architecture. The best entries will be exhibited in the Photo Library Corridor Gallery and selected images will be added to the Photo Library website - photolibrary.aaschool.ac.uk
Prizes of limited edition prints by Eric De Maré and F.R. Yerbury
Deadline Friday 1st of May
Submission of Tiffs via wetransfer to email@example.com
Date Submitted: 27/3/2015
RIBA Funding Schemes - Call for Entries
Funding for Postgraduate Studies
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is now calling for applications for the RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship and the RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships.
The RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships were established in March 2013 followed a generous donation by The Wren Insurance Association Limited. The five scholarships, each worth £5,000, aim to support outstanding Part 2 students who have the potential to make a significant contribution in the field of architecture.
The deadline to apply is Friday 8 May 2015. For more information, visit www.architecture.com/wrenscholarships
The RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship is also worth £5,000 and will support one student for a period of postgraduate studies of up to 12 months in the UK or abroad. The winning applicant will also be given the opportunity of mentoring from a senior member of AHR Architects for the duration of the scholarship period.
At the time of application, students must either:
· be enrolled in, or have been granted a placement offer for, an RIBA-validated Part 2 professional qualification in the UK or abroad
· be enrolled, or have been granted a placement offer, in a Masters course (non-RIBA Part 2) related to architecture, at a university department that also offers courses validated by the RIBA in the UK or abroad
The deadline to apply is Tuesday 26 May 2015. For more information, visit www.architecture.com/ahrscholarship
Funding for Research
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is now calling for applications is calling for applications from individuals interested in conducting new research into architecture. The RIBA Research Trust Awards will make grants of up to £10,000 available to support original independent architecture research by practitioners, academics and recent graduates. The deadline to apply is Monday 1 June 2015. For more information visit www.architecture.com/researchfunding
Applicants should contact Hayley Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7307 3678) for help with their applications to any of the above schemes.
Mackintosh Architecture Season
As you may have seen, the public programme at 66 Portland Place continues through Spring with a season inspired by the hugely popular exhibition ‘Mackintosh Architecture’ running until the 23rd May. It is followed by the ‘Brutalist Playground’ – a new installation by Assemble inspired by post-war housing estates and launching during the London Festival of Architecture. Both exhibitions are accompanied by a wide range of events and debates suitable for students throughout May, June and July with discounted tickets available at £6.50 and further discounts when booked as a group of 10. If you are interested in these get in touch with the public programmes team at email@example.com or head to www.architecture.com/whatson.
Date Submitted: 27/3/2015