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Membership Benefits
Membership Digital Membership Researcher Pass
Price £130 £60 £30
Length of Membership 1 year 1 year 2 weeks
Access to the AA Library
Access to AA Archive and Photo Collections
WIFI at the AA
Working facilities at the AA including bookable spaces and the Digital Prototyping Lab
Subscription to AA Files and AArchitecture sent by post
A package of discounts including 20 per cent discount on AA Publications  
Eligibility to vote and stand for AA Council
Invitations to private views and priority booking for lectures
A dedicated programme of member events including building visits, trips and exhibition tours  
Online groups, and a programme of online events and lectures
Access to an online directory of members and alumni
Discounted tickets for major events  
AA Publications online including full back catalogue of AA Files and AArchitecture  
Digital resources including the library's catalogue of e-books, AJ Buildings Library and JSTOR (alumni only)


Membership is open to anyone with a genuine interest in architecture. Members can access facilities at the school, book rooms and make use of full borrowing rights at the AA Library. This package also comes with a subscription to AA Files and discounts on AA Publications. Membership subscriptions run for one year from the date of joining.

Membership costs £130 per year from the date of joining, with concessionary rates available on request.

Digital Membership

Digital Membership is a platform to connect our global community and provides access to the AA’s online resources. Benefits include access to an online directory of members and alumni worldwide, local online groups and a programme of online events and lectures, digital resources including the library’s catalogue of e-books, AJ Buildings Library, JSTOR (alumni only), and AA Publications online including the full backlog of AA Files and AA Architecture.

Digital Membership costs £60 for one year from date of joining.

Researcher Pass

Researcher Pass is ideal for those requiring short-term access to the AA Library, AA Archive and Photo Collections.

Researcher pass costs £30.

Members can register and manage their own membership preferences online including updating their own details and easy login, renewal and payments systems. Membership staff are available during office hours on +44 (0)20 7887 4076 to answer any queries.


Architectural Association
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
+44(0)20 7887 4076

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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.