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Diploma Honours 2005/06

AA Diploma Honours is the AA's highest award. Each Summer Term exceptional Diploma School students are chosen to present for Honours awards, which are given to the student or students who achieve an exceptionally high standard in the academic year. Those awarded Diploma Honours then exhibit their work early in the next academic year.

Jean Taek Park, Diploma Unit 3

Space of Intensities
Tutors: Pascal Schöning, Rubens Azevedo, Julian Löffler

The project explores the dynamics of water currents and its water-spray spatiality around Cap Martin, overlooking the cabanon Le Corbusier built for himself. The process involves making a film that investigates the intensification of experience from the calm side of the site to the rough.

From the data, a network of grooves and tunnels carved into the rocks is proposed to accentuate the behaviour of the waves as they hit the shore. The technical study looked at how to create uncertainty of time in sequences of splashes. The principal consideration is the changing intensities of splashes with time.


Pavlos Sideris, Diploma Unit 4

Membrane Organisation
Tutors: Michael Hensel, Achim Menges

The basic function of the membrane is to provide for the integrity of the cell – to separate outside from inside. In doing so, biological membranes perform intelligent filtering of substances and information across their threshold. The development of membrane assemblies here is in some ways different, as it does not clearly divide an inside from an outside, but rather provides for a smooth spatial and environmental transition between degrees of enclosure and exposure.


Richa Muchia, Diploma Unit 14

Propagating a Green Corridor
Tutors: Theo Lorenz, Peter Staub, Neil Davidson

The project deals with the integration of landscape and urban infrastructure in relation to the proposed Thames Gateway bridge. The proposal is a strategy for the extension of a greenspace network creating a multi-layered habitat and providing a green solution to various political and physical problems. A central theme of the project is architectural representation in the public realm. The project proposed a more direct form of representation in order to open up the design process to public debate and participation.


Yi Cheng Pan, Diploma Unit 6

Resisting the Generic Empire
Tutors: Chris Lee, Sam Jacoby

The project in Marina Bay in Singapore, a 139-hectare area of reclaimed land, challenges the sustainability of difference and participation in the city in the age of corporate domination through challenging issues of control and flexibility in urban planning. My conjecture is that localised and intensive control is necessary to enforce and cultivate freedom rather than leading to its total negation. Flexibility and difference are made possible by not reserving each plot for a single large corporation, but instead by creating difference through absorbing diverse types and stakeholders, from budget shop or housing plots to mega investment skyscraper plots.



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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.