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The AA Writing Centre recognises writing excellence as an essential tool belonging to all architectural, academic and design endeavors at the AA School. The aim of the Centre is to provide support and opportunities for students to develop and strengthen their communication skills through clear argumentation, essay writing, research and critical reading. The Writing Centre offers personal tutorials and monthly workshops designed to engage with the difficulties, as well as the rewards, integral to the pursuit of well-crafted writing. Guidance and feedback are offered on texts related to any school project from undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Claire Potter leads the Writing Centre. She is author of three books of poetry, Swallow, In Front of a Comma and N’ombre. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, New Statesman, London Review of Books, and The New York Review of Books amongst others. In 2006, she received a Young Poets Fellowship. Her teaching positions include the University of New South Wales, Oxbridge L’Académie de Paris, Sciences Po Paris, Parsons Paris and the Poetry Society London.

Students may sign up online for one-on-one tutorials bringing work in progress from any seminar, lecture or unit.

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32 Bedford Square
2nd Floor Front

Drop-in hour:
11.00 - 12.00

Appointment slots:
12.00 - 12.30
12.30 - 13.00

14.00 - 14.30
14.30 - 15.00
15.00 - 15.30
15.30 - 16.00

Writing Workshops

The workshops are an attempt to explore and question how we read in order to create the foundations for good writing. By focusing on a particular subject, we will study exemplary texts to examine not only how they are structured and put together, but how the experience of reading is linked to the function of writing.

Close reading, descriptive and reasoning skills as well as writing exercises and discussions about grammar, essay structure and form will be offered during the workshops in order to enhance student writing skills especially in relation to written submissions.

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10am – 12pm
32 First Floor Front

22 January - What is an Essay?
12 February - A Guide to Essay Planning
4 March - What Makes a Good Sentence?
11 March - How to Describe a Project 101
30 April - Writing for Publication (Guest)
13 May - Studying a Poem I: Symmetry
10 June - Describing Buildings with Victor Hugo


Architectural Essay Writing: Referencing Guidlines

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11.00 - 16.00
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32 Bedford Square
2nd floor

Architectural Essay Writing: Referencing Guidlines

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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.