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Wood Material Workshop

The Wood and Metal Workshop is well equipped with standing machines, hand and power tools for working in wood, metal and some plastics. Facilities are available for welding, cutting and shaping steel and some other nonferrous metals. Machinery is present for the precise working in hardwoods, softwoods and other panel products.

Workshop staff have strong background experience in model making and support and assist the students in finding solutions to their design and fabrication problems and with regard to the properties and processing of materials. Workshop staff have a strong belief in the importance of thinking through making and in feedback and adjustments that can occur through the process of joining materials together and making with your hands; unforeseeable incidences can lead to new ideas, directions or realisation of a design.

Workshop facilities may be used by all students and members of staff who have completed a Workshop Induction. All First Year and new students will be required to attend an induction on safe working practices at the beginning of the academic year. Hand tools and portable power tools may be borrowed for short time periods of one to two days when available.

Opening hours

Monday* 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday* 10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday* 10:00 - 21:00
Thursday* 10:00 - 21:00
Friday* 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday* 10:00 - 17:00
*closed 13:00–14:00
Sunday closed all day


T: +44 (0)20 7887 4053

The Architectural Association, Inc. is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (No.171402) and registered as a charity (No. 311083). Registered office: 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, 020 7887 4000

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.