Andrew Wai Tat Yau, GradDiplDes(AA)

Unit Master, Experimental Unit 17, AA Undergraduate School

Professional qualifications


Research Interest

Andrew is an Architectural Environmentalist who believes in building as the primary medium for architecture and the actionable possibility to construct a better ecological future. He is optimistic about constructing our living environment responsively, reforming our building industry, and changing the way we live by producing new architectural experiences and sensibilities through intelligent design, advanced technology and innovative practices. If it is possible to consider architecture as s


Andrew Yau co-found Urban Future Organization with Denis Balent, Jonas Lundberg and Garry Thomas in 1996 with the ambition to formulate a co-evolving network of design practices. He has acted as co-director of the London office since. He has been the lead designer for multiple winning schemes including Sarajevo Concert Hall, Museum of Contemporary Arts in Castelmola, Regeneration Masterplan of Linguagrossa, he earned a Holcim Prize European Gold Medal, Global Silver Medal, in Sustainability for


2017, urban future organization, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism - Imminent Common, Messina Waterfront


2016, Future Living, Third Ecological Revolution and Architecture

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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.