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AA Archives: Main Photographic Collections

The AA’s photographic collections consist of c280,000 images in a wide range of formats, including 19thC magic lantern slides, 35mm slides, transparencies, negatives, prints and digital files.

A selection of c40,000 photographs are available on our online catalogue and include outstanding images of historic and contemporary architecture, taken by some of 20thC’s leading photographers, architects and historians, together with scores of AA alumni and members.

To access non-digitised material, visit the Research Collections Room in the basement of No. 32 Bedford Square.

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AA Work and Life Images

Also available on the online catalogue are a selection of historic photographs of AA student work, events and membership activities, dating back to the late 19thC. These typically include documentation of student drawings and models, photographs of juries, exhibitions, conferences, lectures, parties and the myriad of other encounters and impromptu events that constitute the daily life of the AA.


Photographers' Archives

In addition to the core collection, we also hold a number of discrete archives of internationally important photographers. These include:

Ahrends Burton Koralek Collection:

Donated to the AA by ABK, this collection documents the practice’s ouevre and includes image of projects under construction as well as completed buildings and photographs of plans. Consists of c7,200 negatives and 35mm slides. This collection is not yet digitised or available online.

Reyner Banham Collection:

One of the most influential British architectural critics, academics and writers of the second half of the 20thC. This collection consists of 7,400 35mm slides taken by Evans for use in lectures, books and articles. Around 27% (1,980 images) have been digitised and are available online.

Robin Evans Collection:

Important architectural theorist, academic and writer. The collection was put together by Evans to support his own teaching and research and consists of c9,000 35mm slides, 1.5% of which are available online.

Eric De Maré Collection:

Described in his obituary in the Guardian as the finest UK architectural photographer of the mid 20th Century. The collection consists of 3,905 negatives, of which c3.6% are digitised and available online.

Erno Goldfinger Collection:

One of most important modernists working in the UK from the 1930s-70s, Goldfinger’s collection of slides were taken by himself, documenting many of his own buildings, including periods spent living in them. The collection consists of 1,440 35mm slides, of which c4% are available online.

Eric Jarrett Collection:

Member of the AA teaching staff from the 1920s-50, his photographs were published in numerous AA and external publications. The collection consists of 1,060 negatives and c180 prints, 33% of the images are digitised and available online.

Denys Lasdun Collection:

Collection of c1390 prints of photographs commissioned by this internationally important Brutalist practice, presumably to document and publicise their work. This collection is not yet available online.

Frank Yerbury Collection:

One of the UK’s most influential architectural photographers of the 1920s and 30s - AA Company Secretary and founder of the Building Centre. The collection contains c3,950 negatives and transparencies, together with c1,300 prints. Approximately 43% of the collection is digitised and available online.

Audio Visual Collections

The AA Archives also holds several hundred films of historic lectures, conferences, symposia and other events held at the AA since the late 1960s, by many of the leading architects, artists, historians, and theorists of the last 40 years – including AA alumni such as Cedric Price, Peter Cook, Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid. The majority of these films are available online on Lecture Video Archive.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 10:00–18:00

Head of Archives

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

Archives Assistant

Byron Blakeley
T: +44(0)20 7887

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.