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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 2016/17 the prizes were awarded as follows:


Alex Stanhope Forbes Prize

This 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’.

Thanaporn Amornkasemwong, Intermediate Unit 1, Third Year

Brian Henderson Prize

This award looks to celebrate and acknowledge the abiding artistry and vision associated with the hand-drawn architectural image. It has been set up in memory of Brian Henderson, who was instrumental in establishing the Architectural Association Foundation in 1989.

Maria Bessarabova, Intermediate Unit 14, Third Year

Dennis Sharp Prize

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.

Nicholas Zembashi, Diploma Unit 9, Fourth Year

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

Erik Hoffman, Intermediate Unit 3, Third Year

Henry Florence Studentship

This prize 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.

James Mak, Diploma Unit 1, Fifth Year

Henry Saxon Snell Prize

This prize was established in 1909 ‘to encourage a study of the design and construction of hospitals, and of convalescent homes'.

Xueru Wang, Diploma Unit 13, Fifth Year

Holloway Trust Prize

This award was set up by Sir Henry Holloway for work relating to the building industry.

Janos Bergob-Sowicz, Intermediate Unit 5, Third Year

Howard Colls Studentship

This award comes from a bequest made in 1911, for the best drawings at the end of 4th year.

Zsuzsa Peter, Diploma Unit 5, Fourth Year

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 at the AA

Dilara Koz, Foundation

Nicholas Pozner Memorial Fund Prize for Single Best Drawing

This prize was established in 2009 in memory of AA Graduate Nicholas Pozner. It was set up in tribute to Nick’s talent and the precision and beauty of his drawings.

Nabila Mahdi, Diploma Unit 8, Fifth Year

Ralph Knott Memorial Prize

This award was established in 1931 for the benefit of architectural students.

Gabrielle Eglen, First Year

William Glover Prize

Established in 1913 for William Glover who was President of the Northern AA from 1899-1901.

Amy Glover, Intermediate Unit 10, Second Year

AAF Graduate School Prize for Design

Awarded to the exemplary work in Design across all Graduate Programmes

Syed Munaver-Ali, Emergent Technologies and Design

Xiaoxiao Luo, Emergent Technologies and Design

Diego Valdivia, Emergent Technologies and Design

Yue Zhu, Emergent Technologies and Design

AAF Graduate School Prize for Research

Awarded to the exemplary work in Research across all Graduate Programmes

Alvaro Arancibia Tagle, PhD

AAF Graduate School Prize for Writing

Awarded to the exemplary work in Writing across all Graduate Programmes

Klaus Platzgummer, History and Critical Thinking

Beverly Bernstein Award

Annual award for the best final submission within Housing & Urbanism MA and MArch Courses (finishing Oct or Feb), to help disseminate ideas and conclusions contained in their final dissertation that can be of relevance to address housing and urban issues in the developing world.

Laura Garcia Caro, MArch Housing and Urbanism

AAF Travel Award

This award was established in 1881 to enable students to travel and otherwise improve their knowledge of architecture.

Fiona Cuypers-Stanienda ,Inter 2, Third Year
Gleb Sheykin , Diploma Unit 1, Fourth Year

Alexander Memorial Travel Prize

H J W Alexander was Secretary of the AA 1937-62. This fund was established to ‘enable students to travel abroad to study architecture’.

Song Jie Lim, Emergent Technologies

Varvara Vasilatou, Emergent Technologies

Shih-Hsin Wuu, Emergent Technologies

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.

Sorana-Stefana Mazilu, Intermediate Unit 4, Second Year

Mike Davies Travel Award

The travel award is for the benefit of a student to fund their travel

Georgios Eftaxiopoulos, PhD

Peter Sabara Travel Award

This award is to honour the pursuits and endeavors to which Peter was committed, by enabling students to fulfill their passion for travel and learning.

Ema Hana Kacar, Diploma Unit 8, Fourth Year

AA Prize

This prize is awarded annually to the student who has made significant contributions to the AA

Rory Sherlock, Diploma Unit 14, Fifth Year

Nicholas Boas Travel Scholarship

This travel scholarship, established in memory of former AA student Nicholas Boas (1975-1998) allows AA students to spend three weeks in Rome in July annually, based at the British School in Rome

Iris Gramegna, Fourth Year

Sofia Krimizi, PhD

History and Theory Studies Writing Award

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

Leo Sun, First Year

Amalia- Anastasia Gîsca-Chitac, Second Year

Jacopo Colarossi, Third Year

Media Studies Annual Prizes

Awarded to the exemplary Media Studies work at First and Second Year levels

Paul Vecsei, First Year

Amalia- Anastasia Gîsca-Chitac, Second Year

Technical Studies 2014/2015

Awarded to the outstanding Techinical Projects at Third and Fifth year levels

Ignatio Putra, Third Year

Ji Soo Hwang, Fifth Year

Student Choice Diploma Honours

As voted for by the students

Nathan Su, Diploma Unit 9, Fifth Year


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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.