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Diploma Honours 2006/07

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.

Dan Marks, Diploma Unit 16

The StormWatershed for Absorption and Redistribution of Monsoon Rains in Mumbai
Tutors: Steve Hardy, Jonas Lundberg

Situated on the banks of a storm-water drainage channel, prone to overbank flow and flooding, the StormWatershed works as a regulation device for water levels on and around the site. Water absorbed by the structure is used for the growth of crops on its upper surface. The spaces created below are suitable for market activities.


Jesse Sabatier, Diploma Unit 11

Excess Materials
Tutor: Shin Egashira

Situated within the post-industrial context of Battersea, a small oven house (incinerator) gathers, reuses and transforms excess materials from a wholesale fruit and vegetable market. This infrastructural piece operates as an ‘appliance house’; in other words, the facility serves as an appliance for the city. A key feature of the oven house is its horizontal chimney. In conjunction with its foundations as thermal mass, the chimney redistributes to the local community heat created from the burning of the excess materials. Available excess matter collected from existing market operations (wood, paper, plastic) is used to create new cement composites with which to build the oven house and the warmed spaces. These new materials are employed on the basis of their ability to hold and release heat.

A new public space is formed through the use of a sliding glass envelope that houses a small plant nursery and composting operations, utilising the available excess fruit and vegetables collected from the market. Opportunities for increasing public awareness of these industrial operations can be found by providing platforms to observe the shifting landscapes of accumulation within the market facility and spaces in which to feel the heat created between industry and domesticity.

The oven house is integrated into its environment by using existing industrial by-products and transforming these materials in a way that can be directly perceived by local residents. Through the plant nursery and composting, the warm walls of the oven house and thermal mass foundations of the horizontal chimney, and through a gate into the market situated at the end of the chimney, industrial operations and their consequences are considered beyond the limited scope of a privatised service provision.



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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.