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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 2014/15 the prizes were awarded as follows:

Mark Fisher Scholarship

The AA School is pleased to announce a new scholarship, given in memory of one of the school’s most remarkable graduates, Mark Fisher. The scholarship has been initiated through a generous donation by James Fairorth and established by Tait Towers in support of an AA Student entering 4thYear. The Scholarship covers full tuition fees for two years and the student must demonstrate a commitment to and excellence in forms of architecture that extend to performance and entertainment, in ways that resonate with the career of Mark Fisher.

Jack Hardy

Henry Florence Studentship

This annual award was established in 1916 in the name of the AA President from 1878-9. Henry Florence is known for building hotels, among them the Connaught in Mayfair, W1. He donated his library to the AA and the Florence Hall at the RIBA is named for him.
Maria Elena Popovici Diploma Unit 17

Alex Stanhope Forbes Prize

This annual prize is for work in the field of colour and named for William Alexander Stanhope Forbes, a ‘brilliant student’ at the AA who ‘excelled as a colourist’. The only child of artist parents, Forbes was killed while on active service in 1916. His parents were founder members of the Newlyn school of artists in Cornwall in the early 20th century.
Vidya Pushpanathan, Diploma Unit 5

AA Travel Studentship

This award was established in 1881 to provide a 'travelling studentship to enable travel in UK or abroad to make drawings of public and other buildings and otherwise improve their knowledge of their profession as architects'.
Gleb Sheykin, Intermediate 7

Jane Chu Travel Award

This award was set up by AA alumna Margaret Chow both to honour her mother and to enable students to travel for their studies and enhance their architectural experience eg on unit/programme trip.
Joshua Harskamp, Intermediate 1

Howard Colls Studentship

This award is for best drawings at the end of 4th year. It comes from a bequest made in 1911 intended for 'the furtherance of architectural education'.
Panagiotis Demiris, Diploma Unit 11

Alexander Memorial Travel Fund

H J W Alexander was Secretary of the AA 1937-62. This fund was established to 'enable or assist a student or a group of students of architecture to travel abroad to study architecture’. The AA Journal records that there was ‘no better way of perpetuating his name than by linking it with visits and travel that he organised so admirably for the AA over many years.'
Clarissa Su When Chua First Year

William Glover Bequest

Established in 1913 for William Glover who was based in Newcastle and was President of the Northern AA from 1899-1901.
Krists Ernstons, Diploma Unit 18

Henry Saxon Snell Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1909 'to encourage a study of the improved design and construction of hospitals, of convalescent homes, and of asylums for the aged and infirm poor.'
Ema Kacar, Intermediate Unit 13
Irene Squilloni, Intermediate Unit 13

Ralph Knott Memorial Fund

This award was established in 1931 for the benefit of necessitous architectural students. Ralph Knott was the architect of the London County Hall building on the south side of Westminster Bridge. The award was originally a maintenance award to permit a student to attend the AA.
Sandra Kolacz, Intermediate Unit 5

Holloway Trust

This award was set up by Sir Henry Holloway on behalf of the then building contractors Holloway Bros. Ltd 'for the promotion and encouragement of architectural education'. Originally awarded for work related to the building industry, it usually required the student to work in a builder's workshop or on constructional work.

Paul Challis, Diploma Unit 2

Julia Wood Foundation Prize

This prize was established in 2004 in recognition of Julia Wood’s dedication and contribution to the success of the Foundation Course.
Theodora Giovanazzi, Foundation

AA Prize

For significant contributions to the AA
Marie-Louise Raue Diploma Unit 1

Beverly Bernstein Prize

Annual award for the best final submission within Housing & Urbanism MA and MArch Courses, to help disseminate the ideas and conclusions to address housing and urban development issues in the developing world.
Piyush Naresh Makwana, Solachi Ramanathan,

Student Choice Diploma Honours

Student vote for Honours
Fortuné Penniman, Diploma Unit 5

Pozner Single Best Drawing Prize

This prize was established 2009 in memory of AA Graduate Nicholas Pozner. Set up in tribute to Nick’s talent and the precision and beauty of his drawings, this award is intended to celebrate passion for architecture as explored through drawing.

Oliver Pershav Diploma Unit 9

Denys Lasdun Award for Excellence in Architecture

Awarded at 3rd Year level in memory of Denys Lasdun, for work considered to be of outstanding merit.

Anton Gorlenko Intermediate Unit 2

History and Theory Studies Writing Awards

Established in 2012, the HTS Writing Awards for First, Second and Third Year students aim to encourage students to have greater ambitions for their written work

Winner for 1st Year - Simonpietro Salini
Winner for 2nd Year - Olukoye Akinkugbe
Winner for 3rd Year - Jane Wong

Dennis Sharp Prize for Excellence in Writing

Established in 2010 in memory of Dennis Sharp the Prize celebrates the craft of architectural writing and critique, and is awarded for outstanding writing in the Diploma School.

Zeina Al Derry - Diploma Unit 10

Technical Studies Awards 2014/15

Awarded to the outstanding technical work at 3rd and 5th Year levels.

Best Technical Project in the 3rd Year:
Gleb Sheykin, Intermediate Unit 7

Best Technical Thesis in the 5th Year:
Catarina Cruz, Diploma Unit 9


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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.