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Welcome to the AA School security page

Our security team consists of six security operatives who are responsible for ensuring a safe environment for all students, staff and visitors while on AA premises.

Our security posts are based in 4 Morwell Street, 16 Morwell Street, 32 Bedford Square as well as in the reception of 34–36 Bedford Square.

We carry out regular patrols and monitor all of our buildings, either in person or through our CCTV system. We respond to any incident, from fire/intruder alarm activations to challenging intruders. All of us are certified first aiders.

We provide the following:

  • advice and guidance for students, staff and visitors on security matters
  • regular patrols of all premises
  • response to all security incidents
  • CCTV system monitoring
  • liaison with police and other external agencies on security matters
  • crowd control during busy lectures and events
  • records and storage of lost & found property
  • response to all emergency calls from students, staff and visitors

We ask you:

  • to take precautions to protect your and the AA’s property
  • to carry your AA entry card with you
  • to report all accidents and emergencies to us immediately
  • to lock doors and windows when rooms are not in use
  • not to leave any belongings or models unattended
  • not to bring bikes on to AA premises
  • to comply with fire evacuation procedure
  • to observe all health and safety rules while on AA premises
  • to make sure that your behaviour does not disturb others

Contact us

We work from Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 22.00.
You can contact us by visiting one of our security receptions, by phoning 020 7887 4112, by asking staff the main reception to contact us by radio or you can email us at

Working hours

Monday to Sunday
10:00 - 22:00


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.