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Price £130 pa £60 £30
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20 per cent discount on AA Publications  
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Subscription to AA Files
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Eligibility to vote and stand for AA Council
A tailored package of discounts  

Subscribing Membership

Apply now to become part of the 5000 Subscribing Members worldwide who formally constitute the Architectural Association, and develop a long-term relationship with the AA.

Subscribing Members receive a wide range of benefits and services, and increased opportunity to socialise and network with other Members. Furthermore, Subscribing Members elect among themselves the representatives that form the board of Directors and Trustees ultimately responsible for the Architectural Association (Inc), which includes the School. Learn more about AA Governance here >>

Subscribing Membership is open to anyone with a genuine interest in architecture. Review of applications by the AA Council is based upon professional qualifications or reasons given for joining. Becoming a Subscribing Member represents a continuous association with the AA. The subscription period runs from 1 August to 31 July, and on joining you agreed to pay the annual fee by 1 August each year.

The Subscribing Member fee for 2018/19 is £130, with concessionary rates available on request.

Visiting Membership

If you are new to the AA or based in London for a short period only, Visiting Membership will give you an introduction you to the AA's world and allow you to access our unique facilities and programme of lectures, events and visits.

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

Two-week Membership

Researcher Passes are ideal for those requiring short-term access to the AA Libraries. For the two-week duration, a pass gives the holder access to AA Library and AA Photo Library.

Researcher passes cost £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.


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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.