Joan Ockman
Position:PhD External 2nd Supervisor, PhD, AA Graduate School
Bio: Joan Ockman is Distinguished Senior Lecturer at University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Visiting Professor at Cooper Union School of Architecture and Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. She taught for over two decades at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she also directed the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture from 1994 to 2008. Among her publications on the history, theory, and criticism of
Patricia Okenwa
Clara Oloriz
Unit/Programme:Landscape and Urbanism
Bio: Clara Olóriz Sanjuán is a PhD architect, tutor and practising architect. She works as a project leader at Groundlab, specialized in the design of public spaces and masterplans from a landscape and urban perspective in various international contexts. Currently, she teaches at the AA Landscape Urbanism masters programme. She co-directed the AA Visiting School ‘Computing Topos’ in Bilbao and the AA Research Cluster ‘Urban Prototypes.’ She has published extensively and lectured in several profession
William Hutchins Orr
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Diploma Course Tutor - Term 1, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School Course Teaching Assistant - Third Year, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: With a background in cultural studies and philosophy, William Orr studied architecture at the University of Toronto. He completed a PhD at the Architectural Association in London, where he teaches in the History and Theory Studies programme.

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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.