John Palmesino
Unit/Programme:Diploma 4
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 4, AA Undergraduate School Course Master, History and Critical Thinking, AA Graduate School
Bio: John Palmesino established Territorial Agency, together with Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, an independent organisation that combines architecture, analysis, advocacy and action for integrated spatial transformation of contemporary territories. Recent projects include Oceans in Transformation in collaboration with TBA21–Academy, Museum of Oil with Greenpeace, ZKM Karlsruhe and Chicago Architecture Biennial, Anthropocene Observatory with HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin; the Museum of Infrastructural Unconscious; North; Unfinishable Markermeer; Kiruna. John is teaching at AA Architectural Association, London and currently convening an Open Seminar Plan the Planet. Previously he thought at Goldsmiths, University of London, and was Research Advisor at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. Previously he led the research activities of ETH Zurich/Studio Basel - Contemporary City Institute, and he is a founding member of Multiplicity.
Dominic Papa
Unit/Programme:Housing and Urbanism
Position:Studio Master, Housing and Urbanism, AA Graduate School
Bio: Dominic Papa has over 25 years of experience on large-scale urban and architectural projects in the UK, Europe Asia and New Zealand bringing an invaluable international perspective to projects and clients. Dominic is director and owner of S333 Architecture + Urbanism founded in Amsterdam in 1997. S333 is a small practice with a global reach. It has gained an international reputation after it flourished in Amsterdam; an environment that fostered innovation in a housing market needing 1 million new homes. High quality design was encouraged within a highly industrialized construction industry; albeit on tight budgets. S333 has an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach founded on integrated, joined-up think¬ing, working seamlessly across the different scales of architecture, masterplanning and place-making. Their first project was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award; Europe’s top prize and their first UK project was shortlisted for the RIBA Manser Medal for housing of the year. Over the last five years he has been developing expertise and guidance for achieving better quality family living, and how to retain employment in our cities. He has recently contributed to the forthcoming London Borough of Hackney guidance for better family housing. and to the publication of ‘Housing Design Handbook’ writing about the emerging trends in mixed-use development. Last summer he was part of a team delivering a Greater London Authority funded document ‘Places that Work’; advocating a greater mix of housing and employment in the city. He is developing new initiatives in the urban transformation associated with the knowledge economy in Europe and the Far East, developed within the Communities of Competence for INTA, the urban development forum where he has given presentations at international conferences. This has led to developing and building 'next generation' knowledge environments in Singapore and China.
Jessica Pappalardo
Position:Consultant, Foundation, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Jessica Virginia Pappalardo (Naples, 1987) graduated from the Architectural Association London in 2013 where she completed her full 7 years degree course. Worked for practices in London, Sao Paulo and Naples. Currently running the AA Visiting School Moulding Matters based in Naples since 2017. Taught at the AA in Foundation and First year several briefs regarding the City and its phenomenons. She currently runs her practice Tortora srl in Naples, Italy where she is based.
Thomas Parker
Unit/Programme:Design and Make
Position:Specialist Lecturer, Design and Make, AA Graduate School Course Consultant - Intermediate, Communication & Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Thomas Parker is an architectural designer, fabricator and filmmaker whose interests lie in experimental forms of architectural design. His work explores spatial scenarios through the creation and deployment of speculative optical, and post-optic, devices and machines for the generation of architectural design. Thomas holds a MArch(part II), Distinction in architecture from the Bartlett School of architecture, UCL, where he was awarded The Bartlett Medal and The Fitzroy Robinson Drawings Prize.
Elena Pascolo
Unit/Programme:Housing and Urbanism
Position:Studio Master, Housing and Urbanism, AA Graduate School
Bio: Elena Pascolo is an architect and urbanist who has trained and worked in London and South Africa on large housing and urban regeneration projects. Her work has included the development of spatial tools that structure complex urban strategies, and the role of institutions in promoting urban transformation. Her current research is focused on developing spatial and institutional translations of the City as Commons. She has participated as a design tutor at the Bartlett, Brighton University, Cagliari
Claudia Pasquero
Unit/Programme:Tel Aviv
Christopher Pierce
Anna Pla Catala
Unit/Programme:Environmental & Technical Studies
Position:Course Tutor - Diploma TS4 & TS5, Environmental & Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer - Diploma TS4 , Environmental & Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Anna Pla Català graduated from the Architectural Association (AA) in London and has a Master of Science from Columbia University in New York. She has worked at Foster and Partners and Eisenman Architects. She is founder and principal of APC_Studio an architecture office focused on the research and development of models of higher integration between advanced digital technologies and everyday architectural production, from its conception to its construction on site. She has taught Design Studios at PennDesign-UPenn, Berlage Institute, IaaC, ADDA-Elisava and at the GSD-Harvard University amongst others.
Klaus Platzgummer
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Course Teaching Assistant - Second Year, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School Course Tutor, DRL, AA Graduate School
Bio: Klaus Platzgummer holds a masters in Architecture from the ETH Zürich (2015) and a masters with distinction in History and Critical Thinking in Architecture from the Architectural Association (2016). Klaus is the recipient of the Arc Award – The Swiss Architecture-Award for his thesis at the ETH Zürich (2015). His dissertation at the Architectural Association examined encyclopedic orderings of architectural knowledge and won the Graduate School Prize for Writing (2017).
Eleni Polychronaki
Unit/Programme:Emergent Technologies
Position:Studio Tutor, Emergent Technologies, AA Graduate School
Bio: Eleni is an Architect and Computational Designer. She holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from the N.T.U.A Athens and an MSc in Emergent Technologies and Design from the AA, awarded with distinction. She is currently employed as a Computational Design Specialist in Grimshaw, focusing on enabling the design and analysis of complex geometries, as well as actively developing a series of in-house computational tools and workflows. Prior to her position as tutor in the AA, she has lead a number of workshops around AR and VR technologies and has worked as a research collaborator in the project “Healthy Housing for the Displaced” carried out by the University of Bath and the EPSRC. She has a keen interest in participatory design, the concept of spatial perception and how these can be pursued through immersive technologies. Her research has been published in SimAUD, BRI and CoDesign among others.

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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.