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The Architectural Association is committed to producing and disseminating ideas that challenge and advance the design of contemporary architecture, cities and the environment. We are focused on the education of architects and are recognised for our students, teachers and graduates – the core of our legacy – and the many ways in which our courses and activities have contributed to improving the conditions of modern architectural learning, practise and knowledge.

‘Expanding Horizons’ and ‘Shaping the Future’ define the ethos and ambition of the AA School of Architecture. Our flexible, self-directed curricula, combined with our institutional independence and truly global organisation, afford us a rare degree of awareness in confronting the social, technological and cultural challenges of the current era. During its 172-year history, the AA has cultivated a relentless impetus to discover and communicate new architectural ideas and projects that inspire educational, cultural and professional practices around the world.

The AA offers a five-year course composed of the Experimental Programme (Years 1–3, ARB/RIBA Part 1) and the Diploma Programme (Years 4–5, ARB/RIBA Part 2), as well as RIBA Part 3, nine postgraduate programmes and a PhD programme. Additional programmes include a Foundation Course, a set of semester-long experiences and the AA Visiting School – an array of intensive workshops that take place both in London and around the world. The AA school is made up of approximately 800 full-time students and 250 tutors from more than 80 countries, supported by 100 administrative staff and sharing eight Georgian houses in the centre of London, as well as a 350-acre woodland campus at Hooke Park in Dorset.

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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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.

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