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AA student work is the School’s greatest asset. In recognition of this, the AA awards prizes and distinctions at all levels. The list of prizes for the end of each academic year is announced at the Graduation Ceremony preceding the opening of Projects Review. In 2010/11 the prizes were awarded as follows:

Henry Florence Studentship

Established in 1916 in the name of the AA President 1878–79.
Hwui Zhi Brian Cheng Fourth Year, Diploma Unit 14
Tutors, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Barbara Campbell-Lange and Fenella Collingridge
Hwui Zhi Brian Cheng on Projects Review

Alex Stanhope Forbes Prize

For work in the field of colouimager.
Kanachai Bencharongkul Third Year, Intermediate Unit 12
Tutors, Sam Jacob and Tomas Klassnik, Diploma Unit 9
Kanachai Bencharongkul on Projects Review

AA Travel Studentship

To travel in the UK or abroad.
Vidhya Pushpanathan Second Year, Intermediate Unit 8
Tutors, Francisco Gonzalez de Canales and  Nuria Alvarez Lombardero
Vidhya Pushpanathan on Projects Review

Howard Colls Studentship

For best drawings at the end of Fourth Year.
Yuk Fung Geoffrey Cheung Fourth Year, Diploma Unit 13
Tutor, Oliver Domeisen
Yuk Fung Geoffrey Cheung on Projects Review

Alexander Memorial Travel Fund

Antoine Vaxelaire
Third Year, Intermediate Unit 7
Tutors, Maria Fedorchenko and Tatiana von Preussen
Tobias Scheepers
First year
Tutors, Valentin Bontjes van Beek, David Greene, Samantha Hardingham, Tobias Klein, Sarah Entwistle and Ingrid Schröder
Antoine Vaxelaire on Projects Review

Henry Saxon Snell Scholarship

To encourage design, construction of hospitals, convalescent homes and asylums.
Manijeh Verghese Fourth Year, Diploma Unit 9
Tutor, Natasha Sandmeier
Manijeh Verghese on Projects Review

William Glover Bequest

Established in 1913.
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu, Fifth Year, Diploma Unit 6
Tutors, Liam Young and Kate Davies
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu on Projects Review

Ralph Knott Memorial Fund

For necessitous students with promise.
Patricia Mato Mora Second Year Intermediate Unit 2
Tutors, Takero Shimazaki and Ana Araujo
Patricia Mato Mora on Projects Review

AA Prize

For significant contributions to the AA.
Jan Nauta Fifth Year Diploma Unit 10
Tutor, Carlos Villanueva Brandt
Jan Nauta on Projects Review

Holloway Trust

Traditionally awarded for work related to the building and construction industry.

Summer Islam Third Year, Intermediate Unit 2
Tutors, Takero Shimazaki and Ana Araujo
Summer Islam on Projects Review

Alexey Marfin Second Year, Intermediate Unit 3
Tutors, Nanette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos
Alexey Marfin on Projects Review

Nat Mosley Fifth Year, Diploma Unit 11
Tutor, Shin Egashira

Julia Wood Foundation Prize

Stefan Jovanovic Foundation Course
Tutors, Saskia Lewis, Matthew Butcher, Takako Hasegawa and Flora McLean
Stefan Jovanovic on Projects Review

Nicholas Boas Travel Award

Lionel Eid Third Year, Intermediate Unit 12
Tutors, Sam Jacob and Tomas Klassnik
Lionel Eid on Projects Review

Phung Hieu Minh Van Second Year, Intermediate Unit 12
Tutors, Sam Jacob and Tomas Klassnik
Phung Hieu Minh Van on Projects Review

Konrad Holtsmark First Year
Tutors, Valentin Bontjes van Beek, David Greene, Samantha Hardingham, Tobias Klein, Sarah Entwistle and Ingrid Schröder
Konrad Holtsmark on Projects Review

Michael Ventris Extraordinary Award in Architecture

Emmanouil Stavrakakis PhD Programme
Supervisor, Mark Cousins
PHD candidates on Projects Review

Foster & Partners Prize

The Foster Prize is awarded annually to the AA Fifth Year Diploma student whose portfolio best addresses the themes of sustainability and infrastructure. The essential aims of this new prize are to forge links between Foster + Partners and the AA and to encourage students to address themes that are of increasing relevance to architecture and contemporary architectural discourse more globally. Following a jury of shortlisted portfolios, the winner is presented with a cheque at the AA’s Graduation Awards Ceremony in June. The winner and shortlisted work are invited to exhibit their work in Foster + Partners’ studio gallery in September, when there will be a formal reception.
Aditya Aachi Fifth Year, Diploma Unit 7, Haiti Simbi Hubs
Tutors, Kenneth Frazer and Simon Beames
Aditya Aachi on Projects Review

Nicolas Pozner Prize

The Nicholas Pozner Prize for ‘Single Best Drawing’ is awarded annually in memory of Nick Pozner, as a tribute to the talent and promise he showed during his time at the AA, as reflected in dedication and impressive precision and beauty of his drawings. At the end of each academic year, drawings are selected from across the Undergraduate School during the end of year Reviews, with a final selection made by jury out of a shortlist of entries. The AA is grateful to his family and friends for the inspiration and dedication shown in setting up and supporting this prize of £1000.

Oliviu Lugojan Ghenciu
, Diploma Unit 6
Tutors, Liam Young and Kate Davies
Oliviu Lugojan Ghenciu on Projects Review

Frederik Hellberg
Fourth Year, Diploma Unit 13
Tutors, Oliver Domeisen and Tristan Simmonds
Frederik Hellberg on Projects Review

Dennis Sharp Prize for Excellence in Writing

Scrap Marshall Fourth Year, Diploma Unit 11
Essay: No Escape From Modernity and Modernism – Cary Grant, Shaving and the Uninhabitable Dream (pdf)
Aram Mooradian Fifth Year, Diploma Unit 6
Essay: Fly-In, Fly-Out. Fit-In or F*** Off (pdf)
Sylvie Taher Fifth Year, Diploma Unit 11
Thesis: Architects Vs. The City (pdf)

Philip Turner, Fourth Year, Diploma Unit 3
At War with Nostalgia, Truth is the First Casualty (pdf)
Honourable Mention for:
Henry Thorold, Fifth Year, Diploma Unit 11
Space Odysseys: From the Leibniz Clarke Correspondence to 2001 (pdf)

HTS Writing Awards 2012:
Radu Macovei, First Year
From Alberti to Koolhaas: Tracing an Urban Conception (pdf)
Federique Paraskevas, Second Year, Intermediate Unit 8
Tahrir Square and Haussmann’s Paris: Physical Manifestations of Political Doctrines (pdf)
Lingxiu Chong, Third Year, Intermediate Unit 1
Untitled (pdf)

Technical Studies Awards 2010/11

TS staff are delighted to announce that the following students have been awarded a high pass for their TS Design Project.

Third Year students: Chen Zhan Inter 1; Antonis Papamichael Inter 2; Basmah Kaki Inter 3; Seung Youb Lee Inter 3; Ariadna Barthe Inter 6; Golshid Varasteh Kia Inter 6; Ja Kyung Kim Inter 9; Charlotte Moe Inter 9 – High Pass with Distinction and prizewinner for best technical project in the Third Year. Stefan Laxness Inter 13; Georges Massoud Inter 13

Fifth Year students: Sarah Huelin Dip 3; Natapa Sriyuksiri Dip 3; John Ng Dip 5; Seung Joon Oh Dip 5; Edward Pearce Dip 6; Gustav Dusing Dip 8; Katerina Scoufaridou Dip 9; Jan Nauta Dip 10; Julin Ang Dip 11; Jon Lopez Dip 11 – High Pass with Distinction and prizewinner for best technical thesis in the Fifth Year. David Nightingale Dip 13; Calvin Chua Dip 14; Jerome Tsui Dip 14; Nicos Yiatros Dip 17; Eugene Duck Lee Dip 18

Of the 50 projects nominated from the Third and Fifth Year, the following students have been awarded a HIGH PASS.

Third Year: Hunter Devine, Intermediate Unit 12; Jyri Eskola, Intermediate Unit 2; Jenny Hill, Intermediate Unit 6; Tae Hyuk Kim, Intermediate Unit 3; Yueqi Li, Intermediate Unit 6; Alexey Marfi, Intermediate Unit 4; Lucy Morone, Intermediate Unit 9; Cliff Tan, Intermediate Unit 7; Mary Wang, Intermediate Unit 2; Guan Xiong Won, Intermediate Unit 7; Lara Yegenogulu, Intermediate Unit 6

Fifth Year: Hans Christian Buhl, Diploma Unit 11; Brian Cheng, Diploma Unit 17; Yheu Shen Chua, Diploma Unit 8; Hussam Dakka, Diploma Unit 8; Valeria Garci, Diploma Unit 17; Lyn Hayek, Diploma Unit 8; Beom Kwan Kim, Diploma Unit 8; Yoo Jin Kim, Diploma Unit 1; Sofoklis G Koutsourelis, Diploma Unit 16; Samantha Lee, Diploma Unit 6; Carrie Lim, Diploma Unit 4; Dessi Lyutakova, Diploma Unit 6; Scrap Marshall, Diploma Unit 11; Sam Nelson, Diploma Unit 14; Nora Nilsen, Diploma Unit 8, Elena Palacios Caral, Diploma Unit 9; Eugene Tan, Diploma Unit 8; Henry Thorold, Diploma Unit 11; Manijeh Verghese, Diploma Unit 9; Yvonne Weng, Diploma Unit 17; Yuma Yamamato, Diploma Unit 11, Amir Yousefi, Diploma Unit 18, Konstantinos Zaverdinos, Diploma Unit 16


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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.