Paula Cadima
Unit/Programme:Sustainable Environmental Design
Position:Programme Co-Director, Sustainable Environmental Design, AA Graduate School
Bio: Paula Cadima is co-director of the MArch+MSc Sustainable Environmental Design, AA PhD Supervisor and a Member of the AA Teaching Committee. She practiced in architecture and environmental design in various architectural offices and lived in Lisbon, Zurich, London and Brussels. She co-founded her own practice, UrbanDynamics, in Lisbon, specialised in sustainable design and environmental consultancy. She worked for the European Commission in Brussels for five years, where she was involved in the management of projects promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and world-class research in emerging fields. She chaired the Environment & Sustainable Architecture working group at the Architect's Council of Europe in 2009 and was the president of the International PLEA Network from 2011-2017, where she continues as advisor to the Director’s Board.
Herman Calleja
Unit/Programme:Sustainable Environmental Design
Bio: Herman Calleja has practiced as an architect in Malta and Spain before joining the M.Arch in Sustainable Environmental Design at the AA, graduating with distinction in 2012. Since then he has worked as an Environmental Consultant at BDSP/ChapmanBDSP assisting various design teams with regards to environmental design, occupant comfort, façade design, CFD analysis, daylighting and passive design strategies that reduce heating, cooling and lighting demand. At ChapmanBDSP Herman has introduced t
Mona Michelle Camille
Position:Event Producer, AAIS, AA Graduate School
Bio: Mona Camille is a designer and artist with a background in stage design and architecture. Born in Seychelles and later educated in Germany, Mona works with her multicultural and multidisciplinary background to create spatial experiences. She holds a BA in Architecture and completed her Master's Degree at the AA School of Architecture in 2018. She has worked for the Semper Opera and Theatre of Dresden, Chaix & Morel Architecture firm in Paris, Living Windows in London and freelances across Germany, France and the U.K. Mona designed her first sets in 2015 and was part of of the Summer Rolls creative team, a play performing at the Park Theatre London in June 2019. She co-created the installation 36Q Blue Hour showing at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial.
Claudio Campanile
Unit/Programme:Landscape and Urbanism
Bio: Claudio Campanile is an engineer and computational designer. His main interest relies on developing computational tools and integrated pipelines to synthesise complexity within design problems. Namely, within the domain of infrastructures, networks and geometries to deliver innovative design technology models for the built environment.After having experienced jobs in China and the UK, Claudio obtained his MSc in the Emergent Technologies and Design programme at the AA School of Architecture.
Mark Campbell
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Brendon Carlin
Unit/Programme:Experimental Unit 6
Position:Unit Master, Experimental Unit 6, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Brendon has designed a diverse range of projects at practises in the United States, China, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. He is a candidate in the AA’s new PhD by Design Programme, received a master’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism at the Architectural Association of London and an undergraduate of Environmental Design in Architecture at the University of Colorado Boulder graduating first in class. Brendon has been a Unit Master of Intermediate Unit 6 at the Architectural Association since 2011, a Lecturer at the Royal College of Art as a studio master of MA studio ADS9 from 2017-18, an instructor for the post-graduate course ‘Territorialism’ with the Berlage Institute and with the Architectural Associations ‘Design+Make’ post-graduate program. He has taught in various workshops at a number of institutions including Harvard’s GSD, Melbourne University, Tsinghua University and the AA including AA visiting schools in Sydney, Beijing, and MakeLab at Hooke Park.
Ricardo Olavo Carvalho de Ostos
Unit/Programme:Experimental Unit 3
Matilde Cassani
Unit/Programme:Experimental Unit 11
Position:Unit Master, Experimental Unit 11, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Matilde Cassani moves on the border between architecture, installation and event design. Her practice deals with the spatial implications of cultural pluralism in the contemporary Western city. Her works have been showcased in many cultural institutions, art galleries and were published in several magazines such as Architectural Review, Domus, Abitare, Flash art, Arkitecktur, Arqa. She has been a resident fellow at “Akademie Schloss Solitude” in Stuttgart and at the “Headlands Center for the Arts” in San Francisco. Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York hosted her solo exhibition “Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings” in September 2011. She designed the National Pavilion of The Kingdom of Bahrain at the XIII Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 and she was part of the XIV Venice Architecture Biennale with the piece "A celebration day”, recently acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She was recently involved in the Chicago Architecture triennale, Oslo Triennale and Manifesta12. She currently teaches at Politecnico di Milano, at Domus Academy and at the Architectural Association in London working with Unit 11.
Javier F Castañón
Unit/Programme:Environmental & Technical Studies
Position:Programme Head, Environmental & Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Javier Castañón has degrees from Manchester University (BA Hons), Architectural Association (AA Piploma) and University of Granada, Spain (PhD) and has been in private practice since 1978. Director of Castanon Associates (London) and Castañón Asociados (Madrid), he has taught at the AA since 1978, most recently as Head of Technical Studies and Master of Technical Studies programme for the Diploma School. He has also taught in other UK Schools and at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Shu Susan Chai
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Diploma Course Tutor - Term 1, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Susan Chai is a graduate of the AA and currently practicing in London and Canada as an architect and freelance editor. Apart from HTS at the AA, she's also a course lecturer and design tutor at Southeast University, China. Susan has been working with Forum of Contemporary Architectural Theories since 2009, and was an associate partner at PLP architecture.

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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 Certificate), 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.