Simos Yannas
Unit/Programme:Sustainable Environmental Design
Position:Co-Director, MSc / MArch Sustainable Environmental Design, AA Graduate School Transitional PhD Advisor, PhD Programme, AA Graduate School
Bio: Simos Yannas has led environmental design research and teaching at the AA School since the late 1970’s. He has taken part in collaborative national and international research projects and his books and papers have been published in a dozen languages. He is a founding member and permanent secretary of the PLEA international network of experts in sustainable architecture and urbanism, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. At the AA School, he is the founding director of the post-professional MSc and MArch programmes in Sustainable Environmental Design, and previously of the MA in Environment & Energy Studies, a PhD supervisor and the former Director of the AA PhD Programme. Outside the AA School he has lectured in schools of architecture, research institutes and international venues in some thirty countries. He has acted as assessor on national and international research programmes, as external examiner on masters and doctorate degrees, and as member of professorial appointment committees in several countries. His two-volume Solar Energy and Housing Design, published in 1994, was widely acclaimed and still features on many reading lists. A follow-up publication tracing the environmental evolution of London housing through a set of building case studies is due for publication by Routledge in 2020. Other books include Roof Cooling Techniques, which was shortlisted for the RIBA Book Award for Architecture, Lessons from Vernacular Architecture and the Portuguese language Em Busca de uma Arquitetura Sustentavel para os Tropicos (Toward a Sustainable Architecture for the Tropics) published by Editora Revan in Rio de Janeiro. His essays on adaptive architecturing have appeared in a recent special issue of AD Architectural Design and in Architecture and Energy published by Routledge. He was awarded the PLEA Achievement Award in 2001.
Andrew Wai Tat Yau
Unit/Programme:Experimental Unit 14
Position:Unit Master, Experimental Unit 17, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Andrew Yau co-found Urban Future Organization with Denis Balent, Jonas Lundberg and Garry Thomas in 1996 with the ambition to formulate a co-evolving network of design practices. He has acted as co-director of the London office since. He has been the lead designer for multiple winning schemes including Sarajevo Concert Hall, Museum of Contemporary Arts in Castelmola, Regeneration Masterplan of Linguagrossa, he earned a Holcim Prize European Gold Medal, Global Silver Medal, in Sustainability for

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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.