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The AA Archives

The Architectural Association Archives, located at the rear of no. 32 Bedford Square, consist of in excess of 10,000 architectural drawings, student projects, paintings and works on paper, together with over 800 cubic feet of textual documents. The Archives serve to document the educational and administrative history of the AA and preserve examples of the Association’s material culture and graphic output.

Formal cataloguing of the AA Archives were instigated in 2010, with the online catalogue being launched in 2013. Cataloguing of the substantial back-log of material (dating back to the 1840s) is an ongoing process and at present there are descriptions of the AA’s core governance and administrative records available online, alongside a portion of the Archive's holdings of historic student portfolios, graphic materials and models. Further descriptions will be added on a daily basis, as cataloguing progresses.

It is advised that if material cannot be located on the catalogue, queries should be made to the

Term-time Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 10:00–18:00

Summer Closure
The AA Archives will be closed to readers from 30th July - 27th August, inclusive, for a major move of models and annual vacation.

Recent Additions to the AA Archives

The AA Archives has recently received an important donation of drawings from John Miller, CBE, including student projects and drawings by his contemporary AA students, Alan Colquhoun, Kenneth Frampton and Neave Brown. Alongside these works we have also been donated significant works from, or relating to Alison Smithson, Bill Howell, John Killick, Stephen Macfarlane and Jill Sarson.


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For all enquiries, please contact AA Archivist, Edward Bottoms at or call on 020 7887 4049.

Online Articles / Resources

Edward Bottoms, ‘The Malaren Queen’, AA Files 60, 2010. [Article looking at work by the Swedish artist, Einar Forseth, held in the AA Archives] Online Access for AA members, log in required.
Video of introductory lecture on the History of the AA History of the AA given to the Twentieth Century Society and Archives For London, February 2010.
Download mp3 version of AAIR Radio interview with Paffard Keatinge-Clay [Recalling work with Le Corbusier, Sigfied Gideon and Frank Lloyd Wright]
Scrap Marshall, ‘A Bigger or Smaller Picture’, AArchitecture, Issue 7.[Article examinig drawings by the Smithsons in the AA Archives].
‘Burlington's Copy of I Quattro Libre’, AArchitecture, Issue 7.
Edward Bottoms, ‘The Royal Architectural Museum in the Light of New Documentary Evidence’, Jnl of History of Collections, 19:1, 2007. [AA’s Relationship with the 19th-century Cast Museum].
‘If Crime Doesn’t Pay: The Architects' Revolutionary Council’, AArchitecture, Issue 5 [AA Archive's collection of ARC posters].
‘Corb At The AA’. AArchitecture, Issue 4 [Corbusier’s 1947 Lecture at the AA ].
The Purple Patch To SexyMachinery: 100 Years of AA Student Journals, AArchitecture, Issue 1.
List of Architectural Association Presidents, 1847– 2008
Professor Walter Bloom and Edward Bottoms: ‘The Banister Fletcher Medallion’. Conference paper at the XIV International Numismatics Conference, Glasgow, September 2009.[AA’s Architectural Medal Collection]

For all enquiries please contact AA Archivist, Edward Bottoms
Tel: 020 7887 4049


AA Archives

32, Bedford Square,
London WC1B 3ES

AA Archivist

Edward Bottoms
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4049

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday

Winter Closure

The AA Archives will be closed to readers from 14th Dec - 1st January, inclusive, for annual vacation.

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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.