Research Fellowships


The Research Publications Fellowship programme is a new initiative that supports 2 fellowships per academic year. Applications are sought in December of each year. The programme is funded by grants from the AA Foundation to support research, teaching and learning at the AA, thanks to the Anthony Pott Memorial Fund and the founding companies who generously contribute to the new AA Partners Programme – HOK and KPF.

The inaugural AA Research Publications Fellows will be Sue Barr and Clara Olóriz Sanjuán.




Barr’s interdisciplinary book project, The Architecture of Transit, builds on her doctoral research, recent collaboration with the Foundation Cartier, and over 20 years of AA experience. It examines questions of architectural depiction where large-scale structures cannot be seen or experienced in their entirety and how photography is uniquely suited to document such sublime incidents. The title, to be translated in German and Italian, and published by the acclaimed photography specialist, Hartmann Books, will launch at Arles and Savignano photographic festivals as well as Photo London.

Barr noted the long phase of research leading up to publication, “I am very grateful to have been awarded the AA’s Research Publication Fellowship. Over the past seven years, this research has resulted in a series of photographs that explore architectural megastructures within the landscape in consideration of 18th century aesthetic theory.” Barr is Director of the AA’s digital photo studio.



Ricardo Devesa, Editor-in-Chief of Actar Publishers in New York, wrote, “Landscape as Territory: A Cartographic Design Project, a publication project by the AALU Programme, and led by Clara Olóriz Sanjuán, as a research and design investigation into novel forms of territorial praxis at regional, national and transnational scales, is seen by Actar as an extremely relevant contribution to contemporary forms of current landscape, urban and architectural discourses.” The project reflects on 5 years of research and teaching, a string of international lectures, and the work of AA colleagues, students, and alumni. Clara is AALU design tutor and co-director of the AA Visiting School in Bilbao.

Olóriz Sanjuán said, “This publication presents an opportunity to critically look at the last developments of the AALU programme and foresee potential futures. From my own perspective, it brings closer several personal strands of work: theory and praxis as well as academic and professional research projects. It will collect various forms of academic research to generate ways of thinking alternative methods of policy making and territorial practices relevant to contemporary forms of urbanisation.”

This fellowship programme is supported by the School and grants from Foundation to support research, teaching and learning, including the Anthony Pott Memorial Fund and AA Partners Programme founders HOK and KPF. The next application cycle of this programme will take place in the Fall.

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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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 Certificate), 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.

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