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The AA’s biography begins with Robert Kerr and Charles Gray (aged 18 and 23 respectively) and a student-centred collective that sought to reconsider the commonplace social and cultural responsibilities of the practising architect and challenge the ways in which architecture was taught, argued and theorised in modern, industrial and internationalist contexts. Originally occupying a local pub, the AA would grow from an occasional night school to a significant self-governed educational institution with a growing global reputation. By the beginning of the twentieth-century, the AA stood as the country’s first full-time, professional architectural day school, providing one of the first specialised diplomas in architecture in Europe, and, by 1917, found its way to its current location on Bedford Square, our heart of operations

Beginning life in two buildings overlooking the square at the onset of the twentieth-century, the AA now spans eight adjacent houses at the start of the twenty-first. Our immediate neighbours include some of the UK’s leading research institutions such as the British Museum and the British Library. As a self-funded and independent organisation, the school remains a public forum as committed to the creative potential and critical freedom of independent cultural enterprise as it was when initially established in the 1840s. Spanning numbers 32 to 39, a thirdfloor corridor, nicknamed Via Christina – her support to the school has been paramount to its development – connects our eight Georgian buildings and serves as a metaphor for life here at the AA. These houses are a hive of activity and, as you walk the Via Christina, they become a single, networked zone for our varied responses and reactions to the idea of architecture. The Lecture Hall and AA Gallery sit side-by-side with an array of facilities and resources. The newly extended Digital Prototyping Lab, Model Workshop, Computer Labs, AA Archives and Photo Library, XR Room, Library, Bookshop and Bar brush shoulders with studio spaces, workshops and classrooms. Unique facilities at Hooke Park broaden the environment of learning in a forested landscape. The interconnection of all these elements embodies the intimate and interdisciplinary atmosphere in play here at the AA where master students, doctorate students or undergraduate students spend between one and five year, changing their paths and architecture’s.

The AA offers a five year undergraduate program (ARB/RIBA I, II), nine postgraduate programs, RIBA Part III, and the PhD program. Additional programs include a one year Foundation course, semester long experiences or intensive workshops in London and arround the world as part of the Visiting School.


Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture
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London WC1B 3ES

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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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