Amica Dall
Unit/Programme:Experimental Unit 7
Bio: Amica is a founding member of Assemble, a non-hierarchical collective whose work focuses on the social and material processes through which cities are made, producing architecture, art, urban design and research. Amica works across the practice leading much of Assemble's research lead and interdisciplinary work. Amica is a founding trustee of Baltic Street Adventure Playground, and a trustee of Theatrum Mundi, an independent research charity founded out of LSE Cities in 2016.
Kate Davies
Unit/Programme:Communication & Media Studies
Bio: KATE DAVIES is an artist and architect. She is co-founder of nomadic design studio Unknown Fields, art practice LiquidFactory and field robotics group RAVEN. She undertakes site-specific and expedition-based work, operating through films, objects and installations. Kate was unit master of Diploma 6 [Unknown Fields] for eight years, as well as teaching MArch [unit 23] at the Bartlett, UCL. She is now Head of Media Studies and Director of the Unknown Fields Research Studio at the AA. She holds a B
Chris Davies
Unit/Programme:Environmental & Technical Studies
Position:Course Lecturer - Diploma TS4, Environmental & Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Chris Davies is structural engineer with a professional background in multi-disciplinary engineering with a degree from the University of Leeds in Architectural Engineering that included a year placement at the Pennsylvania State University. Chris has over ten years’ experience working at both a large and small structural engineering practices. During this period, he has collaborated with notable architects across multiple sectors. Currently he is providing engineering and project management.
Laura de Azcarate
Unit/Programme:Environmental & Technical Studies
Position:Course Tutor - Diploma TS4, Environmental & Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Tutor - Diploma TS5, Environmental & Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Laura is an Acoustic Designer and Architect, Co-founder at SoundScape Studio in Madrid which specialises in sustainable architecture and acoustic design. She finished her Master's degree of Architecture at San Pablo CEU University and a Bachelor of Music in Madrid. She also holds an MSc in Environmental and Architectural Acoustics from London South Bank University. As an Architect and Music teacher specialised in Acoustics she pursues an international Design career trying to merge Architecture, Acoustics, Sustainability and Research"
Monia De Marchi
Unit/Programme:First Year
Bio: Monia De Marchi is an architect graduated from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and holds an MArch from the AA DRL. She has worked on projects in Egypt and Vietnam and has collaborated in the fields of fashion and graphic designers. She has taught at the AA since 2005, first within the Intermediate and Diploma Schools and has since 2011 served as head of the First Year.
Marie-Isabel de Monseignat -Lavrov
Unit/Programme:Semester Programme (UK)
Position:Course Master, Semester Programme (UK), AA Visiting School
Bio: Marie-Isabel de Monseignat Lavrov, ARB Part III Architect, studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She is currently Director of M de M architects and course master of the AA Semester Programme since September 2014. Marie-Isabel has previously thought the AA summer school programme in 2008 (Unit 6 “ Factory for Passe London Architecture”) and 2009 (Unit 1 “DomestiCITY”). She has also thought the BA Interior and Spatial Design Course at UAL Chelsea College of Art and Design in academic year 2013-14 (DRS1 “Enter-Act”) and led a workshop and lecture at SIVA (Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts) in March 2014, alongside being a regular visiting critic for juries at the AA, UAL Chelsea, Central Saint Martins and the University of Westminster. Marie-Isabel graduated from the AA with a high pass with distinction in technical studies, was awarded the Holloway Prize, and was shortlisted for AA Diploma honours. In 2011, she passed her ARB/Riba part III qualifications with Merit from the University of Westminster. Marie-Isabel has worked in the field of Urban Masterplanning, Architecture and Interior Design in different offices, in Amsterdam for MVSA, in Paris for Alberto Pinto, in Buenos Aires for Sanchez Elia, in New York for De-Kar Design and 3 years in London for Acme Ltd, winner of the RIBA Manser Medal Award for the Hunsett Mill House project in 2010. At Acme Ltd, she led a team of 4 architects on the retail extension of Westquay in Southampton UK. The project was awarded the Prix Versailles in 2018.
Andy Dean
Petros DeDoncker
Unit/Programme:Media Studies
Position:Lab Consultant, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Motion Capture Technical Director and Engineer at Target3D. As a resident mocap specialist, he runs a motion capture studio and enjoy fighting with all the different technologies on a day to day basis. Main focuses lie in Animation, Game Development, VFX and Architectural Visualization.
Francesca Romana Dell'Aglio
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Course Teaching Assistant - Second Year, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Francesca is an architect and PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art. After having graduated from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV), she holds a Masters Degree with Distinction from the Architectural Association in London. Francesca has previously been a unit tutor at IUAV and Oxford Brookes, and is currently a teaching assistant in History and Theory Studies both at Central Saint Martins, Architectural Association and Royal College of Art. For several years she has collaboratively worked on several exhibitions including projects for the last three Venice Architecture Biennale, and since 2011 she is editor of the Venice-based academic journal “Engramma”. Her PhD research focuses on the dispute between ritualistic and habitual actions and their effects on architecture and the city of London. Her writing appears in Lobby, STUDIO magazine and Engramma.
Apostolos Despotidis
Position:Course Tutor, DRL, AA Graduate School
Bio: Apostolos Despotidis is an architect and educator. He holds an M.Arch degree from the DRL in the Architectural Association and an Architect/Engineer degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is working as an Associate Partner at Foster and Partners where he is involved in projects of various scales from urban planning to installation design. In parallel he is a course tutor in DRL in the Architectural Association and running various workshops in the UK ( AADRL, AA, RCA)

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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.