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Diploma Honours 2014/15

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.

Louise Underhill, Diploma Unit 14

FRAMING - The Undoing of the Terraced House

The proposal is a prototype for a new form of terraced housing within London. The project aims to challenge the black and white linear distinctions which are drawn out through the architecture of the terraced house. The home created through individualised rooms accessed through a corridor and the party wall as the tool to divide individual homes is the standard model for building projects in London today, whether houses or flats.

Louise in AA Conversations


Eleni Tzavellou, Diploma Unit 4

Qatar: Territoriality, Power and Fragility of Extraction

Eleni in AA Conversations


Fortune Penniman Diploma Unit 5

desert, only desert....

The temenos is a rejection of any predetermined value in architecture; an interior where boundaries cease to exist, where use is never prescribed, where value cannot be quantified, And ultimately, where what you do and where you do it, can only be determined by your self.

A ground of difference that reveals the conflict & contradictions that Dubai desperately tries to hide.

Fortune in AA Conversations


Patrick Morris, Diploma Unit 6

Large Sub-Pixel Array

We understand the world though the images we take of it and our constellation of luminous screens create experiences just as real as any other. In our Department of Instagram Archaeology Patrick has created a landscape within the fabric of the LCD screen itself, a site formed in the canyons of the sub pixel, a territory that can exist nowhere else.

Patrick in AA Conversations



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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.