David Illingworth
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: David Illingworth is a Chartered Structural Engineer who has worked in diverse design teams to develop a variety of building types. These include arenas, super-tall high-rise, train stations, public spaces, schools, offices, residential and retail. These have been located in UK, North America, Russia, the Middle East and Australia. He always aims to drill down into the fundamentals of the design brief and the client’s needs to provide a focused solution. Often this involves integration of fun
Anderson Inge
Unit/Programme:Media Studies
Position:Course Master - Intermediate, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Master - Year 1, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Anderson Inge has combined architectural practice with teaching for nearly 30 years, in the UK as well as the USA. He initially completed trainings in both architecture and structures at MIT, and subsequently trained in painting and sculpture at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts School and at Central St Martins, London. In recent years Anderson’s teaching has concentrated on drawing and visualization for architects, delivering courses and workshops at numerous institutions including the Royal College of Art, the Rural Studio, and the Bartlett.
Platon Issaias
Unit/Programme:Projective Cities
Position:Programme Director, Projective Cities, AA Graduate School Unit Master, Diploma 7, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Platon is an architect, researcher and teacher. He is currently Director of Projective Cities: MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design programme at the Architectural Association, where, together with Hamed Khosravi, he is also teaching Diploma Unit 7. Prior, he has been a Tutor/Visiting Lecturer at the School of Architecture/RCA (MA Architecture, MA City Design), and a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, University of Westminster. He has also taught at the Berlage Institute/Rotterdam, the MArch Urban Design/Bartlett-UCL, the University of Cyprus, and Syracuse University. Platon studied architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece (AUTh) and holds an MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a PhD from TU Delft. Developed within the research collective The City as a Project, his thesis Beyond the Informal City: Athens and the Possibility of an Urban Common investigated the recent history of planning in Athens and the link between conflict, urban management and architectural form. He has written and lectured extensively about Greek urbanisation and the politics of urban development. Platon has been practicing individually and in collaboration across a wide range of scales including architecture, urban design and planning. Key projects include the 2nd prize in UIA’s International Architectural Competition for the Innovative, Bioclimatic, European School Complex in Crete, and the commendation in the European Architectural Competition ‘Re-Think Athens’ for the creation of a new city centre in Athens (with Antonas Office). In 2018, he co-curated the exhibition Islands of Exile: The Case of Leros in Manifesta 12, Palermo, Italy, which presented the findings of a four-year-long interdisciplinary project on the island of Leros, Greece and int history as a place of displacement, detention, and control.
Sho Ito
Unit/Programme:Environmental & Technical Studies
Position:Course Tutor - Intermediate TS3 and Diploma TS5, Environmental & Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Sho Ito is the founder of S-ITO (Studio-Interdisciplinary Thought Operations), a design and research consultancy studio. Ito graduated from the AA and has worked for Kengo Kuma, Rogers Stirk Harbour+Partners, DRMM and currently AHMM across the commercial sector. He currently teaches Technical Studies at the Architectural Association at both the Intermediate and Diploma level whilst teaches a Master Studio at Nottingham Trent University.

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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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.

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