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Timothy Benton, Professor

Course Tutor, History and Critical Thinking, AA Graduate School

Professional qualifications

BA and MA Cambridge University, UK MA Courtauld Institute of Art, London University, UK

Research Interest

Le Corbusier, Eileen Gray, Art Deco, Modernism in architecture and design


Tim Benton is Professor of Art History (Emeritus) at the Open University, England and has served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York (2007) and at the Bard Graduate Center (2003). He was the Clark Visiting Professor at Williams College in the Spring, 2009 and has also taught at the EPFL, Lausanne and at the Architectural Association, London. He is a noted scholar of the works of Le Corbusier but has also worked on Italian architecture, Eileen Gray and Art Deco design.


2017, Benton, Tim. , Benton, T. (2017). "E-1027 and the Drôle de Guerre." AA files 74: 123-154., AA files , 74, June 2017
A major critique of Beatriz Colomina's article "War on Architecture"

2015, Tim Benton, Le Corbusier peintre à Cap Martin, Editions du Patrimine
Analysis of Le Corbusier's paintings in the villa E-1027 and the Etoile de Mer. This book was awarded the Prix du Livre de la Méditérrannée.

2013, Tim Benton, Lc Foto : Le Corbusier : Secret Photographer, Lars Mueller Zurich

2009, Tim Benton, The Rhetoric of Modernism; Le Corbusier as lecturer,, Birkhauser
Also French edition 'Le Corbusier conferencier'

Installations and Constructions

2015, Manuel Fortan, Tim Benton curators, Modern Taste Art Deco in Paris 1910-1935, Fundacion Juan March
Also 500 page catalogue in Spanish and English editions

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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.