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Support the vision and innovation of the Architectural Association School of Architecture

The Architectural Association

The Architectural Association exists to promote and afford facilities for the study of architecture for the public benefit.  We are an independent and pioneering UK higher education charity and membership association that receives no government funding. 

Founded in 1847 by young architects wishing to educate themselves, that ethos continues; the AA is now internationally renowned and at the forefront of teaching, learning and debate in the fields of architecture and design.

Our campus in historic 18th century Bedford Square and the unique woodland setting of Hooke Park in Dorset offer inspiration to students, members and visitors.  In these venues 750 students undertake Foundation, Diploma and Postgraduate qualifications and the world’s most engaged architectural audiences come to experience experimentation, discovery and knowledge exchange.

Support Us

We are seeking support from individuals and organisations who share the AA’s vision and appreciate its spirit of innovation and independence.  Help us shape our future and fulfil our ambitious plans for world-class teaching and learning facilities, ensure our public programme remains free of charge and enable talented students to benefit from a unique education, regardless of financial means.

Support for the AA is accepted, managed and disbursed by the Architectural Association Foundation. The AA Foundation is a registered charity with an independent Board of Trustees.


Where We Need Support

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Scholarship and Bursary Fund

We are very actively growing this fund to ensure that the extraordinary education provided by the AA is made available to the most exceptional students, irrespective of financial means.

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AA Public Programme

Every year the AA presents 150 lectures, conferences, roundtable discussions, seminars and exhibitions.  Last year these attracted 8,500 students from the AA and elsewhere, AA Members, alumni and members of the public drawn by the AA’s reputation.   We are seeking support to ensure that we can continue to offer these events free of charge.

Visit What’s On at the AA website

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AA XX 100 Fund

AA XX 100 is the celebration of 100 years since women were admitted to the AA in 1917.  A donation to the AA XX 100 Fund will support fitting celebrations for this anniversary and a legacy, paving the way for future generations to succeed in architecture.

For further information see AA XX 100 website

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AA Masterplan

This multi-phase project will deliver improvements to our 250-year-old Georgian buildings in Bedford Square and provide students with the quality and accessibility of teaching and learning facilities they now urgently require, as they prepare for careers that will span the entirety of the 21st century.

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Hooke Park

There are opportunities to be part of the renaissance of timber in architecture and help new innovations in technologies by becoming involved in the development of our woodland campus in Hooke Park, Dorset, where students and staff have designed and built six new buildings during the past five years.

For further information see Hooke Park website

Mark Fisher Scholarship

Mark Fisher Scholarship

This scholarship was set up in memory of Mark Fisher, an AA graduate and inspiring teacher who designed huge music performance events for some of the world’s best-known rock bands. It will fully support a Diploma student for two years interested in the intersection of architecture and performance.

For further information see Mark Fisher Scholarship website

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Greatest Need

We always welcome donations which can be directed to wherever is the greatest need at that time, whether a new academic initiative, study trip or infrastructure support. This flexibility is important to enable the AA to react to needs of students and teaching and learning as they arise, as well as plan for a range of activities within the remit if the AA’s and AA Foundation’s charitable aims.


How Can You Support

Help us shape our future and fulfil the central objective pursued by the Architectural Association since its founding in 1847: to be simply the most unique, experimental space for the learning of architecture ever created.

You can help in the following ways:

  • A one-off donation will help us grow our project funds
  • A commitment to make a regular gift will assist us to plan ahead
  • Become a major donor to enable the pursuit of innovation and make a difference to the lives of students
  • Principal gifts have a transformational impact and make possible the vision of the AA’s future
  • Including the AA in your will is an effective way to ensure there is a legacy of your relationship with the AA
  • AA Partners Programme is a new opportunity which enables companies to engage more closely with the AA and help meet their business objectives
  • Sponsorship opportunities are available to raise the profile of your company amongst the AA community of architects and designers

As a supporter of the AA you will be thanked and kept informed of the impact of your support; for significant contributions, we will develop with you a tailored package of recognition.  The AA is committed to ethical fundraising and to be transparent and professional in our dealings with all supporters.

To give by bank transfer, cheque or standing order:

This is the most cost-effective way to support the AA as we incur no fees

Please complete this gift form and send to the address below – Gift Form (PDF)
Payment details for the AA Foundation – Payment Details Form (PDF)
For payment details for AA Inc. please contact the Development Office.

To make a gift online via PayPal:

Please note that using PayPal incurs a fee payable by the AA Foundation

Please select where you would prefer your donation to be used

Student Hardship Fund

Greatest Need Fund

Scholarship and Bursary Fund

AA Public Programme

AA XX 100 Fund

AA Masterplan Fund

Hooke Park Fund

Mark Fisher Fund

If you are a UK taxpayer, please complete and return a Gift Aid Declaration form

To start a conversation about major support, sponsorship or a legacy:

Contact the AA Director’s Office:
+44 (0)20 7887 4026

Director's Office, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES

Architectural Association (Inc.) Registered Charity no. 311083.  Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England No. 171402

The Architectural Association Foundation is a Registered Charity in England and Wales no. 328455.

To read the Development Fair Processing Notice please click here.


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The Architectural Association, Inc. is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (No.171402) and registered as a charity (No. 311083). Registered office: 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, 020 7887 4000

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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.