Diploma Honours 2018/19

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.

Lola Conte, Diploma 3

Field-notes from the place of Law

Digital and communication technologies are proliferating throughout the UK justice system, breaching, in the process, the physical boundaries of the court. Far from banal, the implementation of technology is effectively altering the pace of the trial, the interactions, the rituals, and the ways in which justice is enacted and experienced by its various actors.

Lola Conte in AA Conversations


Caroline Esclapez, Diploma 14

OCCUPY: A user’s manual for the occupation of public space

Occupy is a project of maintenance, care and access to knowledge. The project provides a set of tools to re-think our relationship with the city and its resources. Using the public sphere as an arena of deliberation and political participation is a fundamental element of democratic governance and culture. The crisis of representative democracy that we see across Europe today is therefore inherently linked to the crisis of public space. Where all agency is lost – a redefinition of what it means to be public today must be found.

Caroline Esclapez in AA Conversations


Eva Ibáñez Fuertes, Diploma 4


Design or Default is an integrated protocol to establish a carbon capture scheme in Scotland. It demonstrates the socioeconomic potential of peatland landscapes to operate as carbon sequestration machines.

Eva Ibáñez Fuertes in AA Conversations


Samuel Little, Diploma 18

Universal Frames Headquarters

My project is a viable strategy to build a dispersed UK industry for the reuse of structural steel. A project with rich social and cultural ambition as well as environmental.

Dalia Frontini Matsuura 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.