Nick Baker,

Course Tutor

Professional qualifications

BSc, PhD, MA

Research Interest

My current interest has focused on human behaviour in relation to buildings and the surroundings. I am working on a book with Koen Steemers on health and well-being in housing. I am contributing a chapter on "Designing for access to Nature" as well as chapters on heating, ventilation, lighting and acoustics with particular reference to health.

Biography:

Nick Baker originally studied physics and after a brief period in medical physics, has spent most of his professional life working in architecture and building. His interests have included, energy modelling, daylight design, natural ventilation and thermal comfort, as well as the broader field of sustainable design. He has written and contributed to several books on these topics, including a book on Sustainable Refurbishment partly based on material from a recent EU funded demonstration project

Publications

2009, Nick V Baker, The Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment, Earthscan
A technical handbook drawing on material from the EU REVIVAL Sustainable Refurbishment demonstration project, applied to non-domestic buildings. Part 1, Principles and strategies, Part 2 Technical practice, and Part 3, Case Studies and monitoring.

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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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