Sara Saleh
Unit/Programme:First Year
Bio: Sara Saleh is a designer specialized in both architecture and product design. she has obtained her bachelors degree a/in architecture at the American University of Sharjah, UAE and a masters degree in Architecture and Urbanism at the AA DRL. Previously she worked for Zaha Hadid Architects and Zaha Hadid Design (2010 - 2017) where she worked on architecture projects built in the middle east including Kapsarc in Saudi Arabia. She has also worked on product and furniture collections such as the Liq
Lorenzo Santelli
Unit/Programme:Emergent Technologies
Mattia Santi
Unit/Programme:Communication & Media Studies
Position:Lab Consultant, Communication & Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Consultant - Intermediate, Communication & Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Mattia Santi is an architect and computational designer based in London. His research involves digital design, material behaviour and robotic fabrication. Mattia is co-founder of SaSi Studio and Data Aided Design. He worked in several international architectural offices, including Zaha Hadid Architects working on projects at different scales, from interiors to masterplans. Graduated from the MArch DRL at the AA, he previously collaborated with other international practices in London and Rome, such as Robofold, Farshid Moussavi Architects, Op-AL, Alvisi Kirimoto+Partners and his works have been widely published. He graduated with Honours with an MEng in Architectural Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
Theo Sarantoglou
Unit/Programme:Experimental Unit 16
Irenee Scalbert
Unit/Programme:Housing and Urbanism
Patrik Schumacher
Position:Founding Director, DRL, AA Graduate School
Bio: Patrik Schumacher is principal of Zaha Hadid Architects and is leading the firm since Zaha Hadid’s passing in March 2016. He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988 and was seminal in developing Zaha Hadid Architects to become a 400 strong global architecture and design brand. Patrik Schumacher studied philosophy, mathematics and architecture in Bonn, Stuttgart and London. He received his Diploma in architecture in 1990. He has been a partner since 2003 and a co-author on all projects. In 2010 Patrik Schumacher won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture together with Zaha Hadid, for MAXXI, the National Italian Museum for Art and Architecture of the 21st century in Rome. He is an academician of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1996 he founded the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association in London where he continues to teach. In 1999 he completed his PHD at the Institute for Cultural Science, Klagenfurt University. Patrik Schumacher is lecturing worldwide and is currently a guest professor at Harvard’s GSD. Over the last 20 years he has contributed over 100 articles to architectural journals and anthologies. In 2008 he coined the phrase Parametricism and has since published a series of manifestos promoting Parametricism as the new epochal style for the 21st century. In 2010/2012 he published his two-volume theoretical opus magnum “The Autopoiesis of Architecture”. Patrik Schumacher is widely recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders within the fields of architecture, urbanism and design.
Noa Segev
Position:Event Producer, AAIS, AA Graduate School
Bio: Noa Segev is an architect and a designer based in London and Tel Aviv. After she completed her five years architecture studies at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, she was invited by the academy to be a teacher assistant. In 2014 her team project in SABA was published and exhibited as part of "Mobile Home Project" in Songwon Art Centre in Seoul, Korea. She received an honorary mention for her team proposal in the “Tel Aviv Housing Competition 2017”. In 2019 she received her Master of Fine Arts in Spatial Performance and Design with distinction from the Architectural Association school of Architecture.
Martin David Self
Unit/Programme:Design and Make
Position:Programme Co-Director, Design and Make, AA Graduate School
Bio: Martin Self is an engineer and designer who has taught design and theory at the Architectural Association since 2004. He is the Director of Hooke Park, the Architectural Association’s woodland campus, and Programme Director of the MArch Design & Make course. He was a founder member of Arup’s Advanced Geometry Group, studied architectural theory at the AA, and has provided structural engineering and form-finding consultancy within practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects and Antony Gormley Studio.
Jack Self
Unit/Programme:Diploma 6
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 6, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Jack Self is an architect based in London. He is Director of the REAL foundation and Editor-in-Chief of the Real Review. In 2016, Jack curated the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. His work has been shown widely, including at the Maxxi, Tate Britain, ICA and Design Museum. Jack's writing has appeared in The Guardian, eflux, 032c, the BBC, Frieze, CNN, and elsewhere.
Anna Shapiro
Unit/Programme:Housing and Urbanism
Bio: Anna is a practising architect and urban designer. She has worked for a range of architectural practices in Israel and UK and is currently an Associate Partner at Sheppard Robson Architects - an award winning design practice with a strong commercial focus. She has a range of experience in education, residential and masterplanning design and delivery. Anna’s dual qualifications as an architect and urban designer enable her to take an active design role in a variety of urban regeneration projects

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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.