Organised by Mark Morris and Mark Cousins with Ed Bottoms

5 Conversations on Education: A Complete History of the AA (Abridged)

Series: Lunchtime Lecture
Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017
Time: 13:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 55 mins

“Two major systems have within the past fifty years enjoyed a conspicuous success – those of the École des Beaux-Arts and of the Bauhaus. This simple statement is by no means to commend the results of either but merely to observe that both have possessed to a high degree a generating power, and that both have to some extent been able to endow their techniques with universal significance. Neither in the light of the present day appears completely adequate for our requirements.” So wrote Colin Rowe of the dominant types architectural education about fifty years ago. 


Could it be said that since that time a third system arose that has had a generating power and ability to endow its own techniques and methods of teaching across the globe? If that is so, how might the AA as a model of architectural education formulate its future in the midst of seeking taught degree-awarding powers and a new director? What potential trajectories should we consider? A series of lunchtime discussions will address the state of architectural education, the challenges and opportunities at hand, and the onus on the AA to lead the way in terms of innovation.


Edward Bottoms is the Archivist of the AA and teaches a Diploma course in History and Theory Studies. He is the author of several essays and talks including "The Malaren Queen" (AA Files 60, 2010), "The Royal Architectural Museum in Light of new Documentary Evidence" (Journal of the History of Collections, 19:1, 2007), and "The History of the AA" lecture given to the Twentieth Century Society and Archives For London (February 2010). He studied History at Exeter University and holds an MA in Architectural History from the University of East Anglia.



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