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With two new labs:

AA Ground Lab explores invisible global networks and the spatial impact of policy making in the Global South through a transdisciplinary design approach. 

AA Wood Lab focuses on the inherent properties of trees and wood as a building resources by integrating science, design and fabrication technologies in order to address our planet’s imminent environmental concerns.

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London, UK. The AA Residence is a cultural platform to research and develop new ideas and forms of practice at the intersection of architecture, art, technology, policy and design. Composed of a series of independent research groups that aim to produce and promote experimental work, each Lab includes an interdisciplinary cohort of fellows including architects, artists, policy makers, engineers, scientists and creative entrepreneurs. The AA Residence also works as an incubator with a shared workspace and professional development programme, giving architects and entrepreneurs the tools they need to build new practices and launch cultural projects that influence and contribute to the reimagination of the future.

On 19 November at the Silver Gala, the AA’s annual fundraiser, the school launched the first two AA Residence labs: AA Ground Lab and AA Wood Lab

Eva Franch i Gilabert, the AA School Director, said: ‘The AA Residence allows for new experimental forms of research to emerge at the intersection of academia and practice, opening up a new space for innovative ideas that can radically change the way we think, build and shape the future’.

Among the guests in attendance were Mike Davies, Jim Eyre, Thomas Heatherwick, Sam Jacob, Eva Jiricna, Indy Johar, Asif Khan, John Makepeace, Sadie Morgan, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, Deyan Sudjic, Madelon Vriesendorp and Roger Zogolovitch. 

AA Ground Lab

Directed by Jose Alfredo Ramirez and Clara Oloriz

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing humanity, and to address it requires a radical transformation of the design profession that focuses on a transdisciplinary approach. AA Ground Lab is a research design initiative that aims to investigate ways in which this transformation can take place by engaging with a diverse range of projects, scales and stakeholders in the Global South. Through collaborations with the Inter-American Development Bank, Latin American governments and research councils in the UK, Ground Lab is developing visualisation strategies, mappings and spatial understandings of socio-ecological systems. These will lead to proposal strategies that aim to achieve Latin American NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions), gradually reduce carbon emissions and decarbonise under social justice principles through design. AA Ground Lab visualises and politicises invisible global networks and the spatial impact of policy making, alongside the design of ground techniques that imagine alternatives to standard design practices.

Team: Jose Alfredo Ramirez, Clara Oloriz, Felipe Vera (IADB), Veronica Adler (IADB)

Research Fellows: Daniel Kiss, Rotem Lewisohn, Iulia Stefan

Collaborators: Yasmina Yehia, Elena Suastegui, Rafael Martinez

The Ground Lab is commissioned and funded by the Inter-American Development Bank. 

AA Wood Lab

Directed by Zachary Mollica

Given imminent environmental concerns, trees are the source of an essential building material for the future. The AA Wood Lab will advance the role of our woodland campus in Hooke Park, Dorset, to educate architects in the sustainable use of forest produce to both build projects and drive new forms of research. Working with leading thinkers and practitioners, and collaborating closely with scientists, the Lab will develop a research programme beyond conventional architectural thinking. Integrating the latest science, design and fabrication technologies alongside traditional material knowledge, the Lab’s problem-solving approach will derive building strategies directly from wood’s inherent properties. 

An open call for research fellows and Wood Lab team members will be made public in the coming months.

The Wood Lab has been made possible thanks to the generous support of John Makepeace – who as director of the Parnham Trust (1982–2001) founded the Hooke Park campus. 


For more information about the AA Residence or to support current and future Labs, please contact us at

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Date Submitted: 27/11/2019

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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Date Submitted: 2/10/2019
The AA launches initiative to award Full Scholarships at the newest tradition in London: The AA Summer Garden Party & THOMAS HEATHERWICK to be awarded the Honorary AA Diploma at Graduation Ceremony and Projects Review 2019

Thursday 20 June and Friday 21 June, Bedford Square Gardens and 36 Bedford Square

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London, UK. The Architectural Association is pleased to announce a new initiative to raise funds to support Full Scholarships at the AA, offering students who would otherwise not be able to afford it the opportunity to study at the school. To learn more and to contribute, put on your tuxedo (or boilersuit) and your gardening gloves and join us on Thursday 20 June at the Summer Garden Party, a new tradition that brings alumni, friends and foes to discuss and support the future of architecture. To find out more and to join us in this initiative visit:


On Friday 21 June, the Honorary AA Diploma will be awarded to Thomas Heatherwick, designer and founder of Heatherwick Studio, in recognition of his contribution to architecture. His work, a testament of extraordinary creativity and imagination, goes beyond disciplinary and ideological boundaries.

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The Summer Garden Party

Thursday 20 June 2019

Projects Review 2019 Private View 5 - 7pm, AA School

Summer Garden Party 7 - 10pm, Bedford Square Gardens

The Summer Garden Party is a new annual fundraising event in Bedford Square Gardens to raise funds for Scholarships and Bursaries for future generations of AA students. A ticket only event, it will be an evening of music and food in the company of AA Alumni, members and other guests to celebrate our shared future and past. The Summer Garden Party will announce the welcome of the next issue of AA files edited by Maria Giudici, to be launched the following .


Guests attending the Summer Garden Party will be invited to attend the Projects Review 2019 Private View, a new event in advance of our annual exhibition opening offering a chance to see the show prior to it opening to the public and to meet our graduating students over their work from

5 - 7pm.


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AA GRADUATION , AA HONORARY DIPLOMA Friday 21 June, 2:30 - 4pm

The AA Honorary Diploma is awarded annually by the school Director to an individual who has contributed to architecture in a way that resonates with AA’s pedagogical agenda. Previously awarded to Fergus Henderson, Toyo Ito, Oscar Neimeyer, Wolf Prix, Madelon Vriesendorp, among others, this year the AA Diploma is awarded to Thomas Heatheriwck.

Projects Review 2019 Friday 21 June - Saturday 13 July

The Exhibition opens to the public on Saturday 22 June

Monday to Friday 10am - 7pm

Saturday 12 - 5pm

The Projects Review is the culmination of a year at the Architectural Association, showcasing work across the school from Foundation to PhD. The work of our diverse and truly international students can be found online, and in and around various spaces of our school in Bedford Square, in the heart of central London. From affordable housing, to the reuse of materials, to the reinvention of democracy, the ideas, work and practices developed over the course of this year are exercises in the redefinition of our discipline, but more importantly our world and its future. This Projects Review exhibition, organised as a pedagogical mirror to the inaugural issue of the relaunched AA Files, edited by Maria Giudici, aims to start conversations across units, programmes and constituencies inside and outside of the school, and to push the boundaries of architecture and contemporary culture.


More on the work of the 2018-19 academic year:

About Thomas Heatherwick

Thomas Heatherwick is a British designer whose work over two decades has defied the conventional classification of design disciplines. Thomas founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to bring the practices of design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace.


Thomas leads the design of all Heatherwick Studio projects, working in collaboration with a team of highly-skilled architects, designers, and makers. Based in London, Heatherwick Studio is currently working on approximately 30 projects in ten countries, ranging from new headquarters for Google in California and London to a new centre for Maggie’s, the cancer care charity, in Leeds.

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Date Submitted: 19/6/2019

London, UK. The Architectural Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Shéhérazade Giudici as the new Editor of AA Files, the in-house journal of the Architectural Association since its launch in 1981. Giudici will be the fifth editor of the AA Files:

Since its inception in 1981 the AA Files has been a platform for challenging the role of architecture as a form of knowledge. Acknowledging the monumental work produced by its previous editors, Tom Weaver (2007-2018), David Terrien (2004-2006), Mark Rappolt (2000-2003), and Mary Wall (1981-1999) I hope to build on their legacy of excellence.

Issue #76, the first issue under her editorship, will be launched on Thursday 20 June 2019, and will explore a glossary of architectural terms from A to Z that are understood to be relevant to architecture today.

In Giudici’s words, “AA Files #76 will question the relationship between text and project. I cannot think of a better way to start this project than by redefining our themes of inquiry together with our readers and contributors.”

The appointment of Giudici continues a long standing tradition of publications at the AA that is an integral part of its founding charter.

AA Files is an essential part of the Architectural Associations pedagogical and cultural project,” says Eva Franch, AA Director. “Maria’s work as a designer, critic, and editor in the international architectural arena and here at the AA have afforded her a unique perspective in contemporary discourse that I believe will become a new referent for the architectural community looking for relevant questions and new answers.

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Date Submitted: 2/4/2019

Thursday 25 April - Thursday, 30 May 2019

AA Gallery, 36 Bedford Square



How the most precise air campaign in history left Raqqa, Syria,
the most destroyed city in modern times

London, UK. WAR IN RAQQA : RHETORIC vs. REALITY is an exhibition and a series of talks organised by Amnesty International in collaboration with the Architectural Association. This project provides a glimpse into what life is like in the most devastated city in the world. The US-led Coalition’s military operation in Raqqa, Syria, including air bombardments by UK forces, between June and October 2017 was among the most destructive in modern warfare. Amnesty’s investigators traveled through the city of Raqqa and met survivors, their families, and recorded their stories. Documented in photographs and surveys of the wreckage, the city can be explored through immersive technologies, and audiences will get a first look of Amnesty International’s new interactive web-based platform that details the findings of the investigation.


Amnesty International reports exist in a media saturated environment that has a short attention span. Their written reports are often hundreds of pages long, intended for a highly specialised audience and occasionally making it to wider audiences in the media and the political arena. As a way to test and expand the format of the report, this exhibition aims to spatialise its content, and make visible a situation known only to a few, which is often only registered as a fragment, in a relentless news feed displaying the consequences of contemporary geopolitics in cities and territories around the world.


Amnesty International has been investigating the Raqqa offensive for over 18 months, including investigations that took place during multiple site visits to the destroyed city after thousands of air and artillery strikes were launched over a four-month period in 2017, which killed hundreds of civilians and rendered large parts of the city uninhabitable. The exhibition presents a series of documents and images of the impact of the military campaign on the people and communities of Raqqa.


On the ground in Raqqa we witnessed a level of destruction not comparable to anything we’ve seen in decades of covering the impact of wars,” says Donatella Rovera, Senior Crisis Response Advisor, Amnesty International.


Visitors will get a first look of Amnesty International’s new interactive web-based platform that details the findings of the investigation.


We need to go beyond the aestheticisation of ruins and devastation and question the politics and economics of destruction and reconstruction. I hope this exhibition by Amnesty International can make us all think further about how we operate in a geopolitical context and how we think and act in relation to issues of preservation, history, legacy, memory and accountability,” says Eva Franch, Director of the AA.


A pavilion will be opened in Bedford Square in June as part of the Projects Review that will continue the conversation through a series of material experiments, debates, and conversations.


Exhibition Credits:

Installation Designer: Francesco Merletti

Lead Investigator: Donatella Rovera

Exhibition Curator: Natalie Kane

Exhibition Producer: Marion Lagedamont

Contributions by: Donatella Rovera, Francesco Merletti, Milena Marin, Benjamin Walsby, Livia Saccardi, Elena Sergi, Conor Fortune, Rossalyn Warren, Scott Edwards, Micah Farfour, Sam Dubberley, Christine Henry, Tirana Hassan, Ben Fogarty and the Holoscribe team.


Schedule of Events

Exhibition Opening

Thursday 25 April-Thursday 30 May, Monday-Saturday 1pm-7pm, AA Gallery


Press Preview on Thursday 25 April at 10am at the AA Gallery, by invitation only.


Opening on Thursday 25 April at 7.30pm at the AA Gallery, all welcome.


Lectures and Events

Monday 29 April, 18:30, AA Lecture Hall


Destroying a city to liberate it. Who decides, and on what basis? How much destruction is necessary or acceptable? Some argue that the bombing campaign that destroyed most of the city was the only way to liberate it from the brutal rule of the self-styled “Islamic State” (IS). Others maintain that much of the destruction resulted from reckless strikes and ask why so much of the city had to be destroyed, only for IS fighters to be allowed to leave. Reconstructing the battle is crucial to understanding what happened. This lecture will analyse the work presented as part of the exhibition produced through a multidisciplinary methodology involving field investigations of strike sites and witness interviews, combined with remote sensing and OSINT analysis – including a satellite imagery analysis project, Strike Tracker, which involved the participation of thousands of online volunteers to review over 130,000 frames of buildings throughout the battle.

Speakers: Donatella Rovera, Milena Marin


Free and open to everyone. Seats are first come first serve.
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Wednesday 8 May, 18:30, AA Lecture Hall


This talk will discuss how the urban sphere has been manipulated by the Syrian regime to suppress the uprising, escalate the conflict, and further consolidate its authoritarian power in the post-conflict phase. The speakers will discuss how how destruction and reconstruction processes across the country have been appropriated as part of a systematic strategy to set the ground for a homogenised post-conflict Syria that awards regime cronies and punishes opponents and explore how a just and inclusive reconstruction process may be pursued in the current context in areas outside regime control, using housing as an entry point.

Speakers: Sawsan Abou Zainedin, Hani Fakhani


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Wednesday 29 May, 18:30, AA Lecture Hall


The use of explosive weapons in urban areas can have devastating consequences, turning entire neighbourhoods into rubble, destroying the familiar and reshaping the urban, social and cultural fabric of cities. This talk will explore the emerging relations between the urban past and present as citizens struggle to survive, to sustain lives and to envision a future. In Homs, Syria’s third city, despite the mass destruction and displacement, local architects, urbanists and residents are showing incredible levels of resilience; rehabilitating their partially damaged homes and providing shelter to the internally displaced population. Memories of the pre-war Homs, and the surviving parts of the city, have become imagined and material places of refuge for many. Homs is still remembering, reflecting and seeking to reconstruct a vanished past—but this process of remembering might also be used to rethink the city, and to imagine its future.

Speakers: Ammar Azzouz, Anna de Courcy Wheeler


Saturday 8 June, 14:00, 33 First Floor Front


Please note that places are limited and booking is required to to participate in this workshop.

Join Amnesty’s Evidence Lab for a hands-on session where you will learn digital investigation techniques such as citizen media verification, geo-location, remote sensing and satellite imagery analysis, weapons analysis and data visualisation. This hands-on training is designed for students, activists, journalists and technologists who want an introduction to this fast-developing field of open source investigation and digital verification.

Speakers: Milena Marin, Mikah Farfour, and Scott Edwards.

Free and open to everyone. Limited places: RSVP to Milena Marin,, with the title "RSVP: Digital Verification Training." If you confirm attendance and cannot join, please let us know ASAP so that someone else can take your place. Please bring a laptop to make sure you can follow the training.

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About the Participants

Ammar Azzouz is an architect at Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd, London. He studied architecture in Homs, Syria, and completed his PhD in architecture at the University of Bath, UK. Current research focuses on local and international responses to destruction and displacement in Syria and the politics of reconstruction. His recent article ‘A tale of a Syrian city at war: Destruction, resilience and memory in Homs’, was published at CITY in 2019.

Anna de Courcy Wheeler is an Advisor for Article 36, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation working to prevent the unintended, unnecessary or unacceptable harm caused by certain weapons, and member of the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW). Anna’s previously worked on conflict prevention at the International Crisis Group, the Freedom Fund, Columbia’s School of International Political Affairs and NYU’s Law School. She began her career in Rwanda, investigating and documenting crimes committed during the 1994 genocide, and working on post-genocide access to justice.

Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser, led the Raqqa investigation. She has been leading Amnesty International’s field investigations into war crimes and other grave abuses in armed conflicts for over two decades, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya Somalia, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Israel/Palestine and Algeria. She holds a Master degree in Middle Eastern politics and economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University, and pursued further studies in international human rights and humanitarian law and criminal investigations.

Hani Fakhani is a Syrian architect and urban practitioner. His work focuses on housing and post-conflict reconstruction in Syria. He holds a MSc with distinction in Building and Urban Design in Development from University College London where he researched the interrelations between reconstruction, governance, and peace in Syria. He is the co-founder of PLUStudios, an architectural design and visualisation services firm that has been working on a range of projects including urban regeneration, housing, and public service projects. He co-founded Cube Team Architects, a local firm in Damascus that won national awards for urban development and infrastructure project proposals with Damascus Municipality and Governorate.

Micah Farfour is a Special Adviser in Remote Sensing for the Crisis Response Team at Amnesty International. After returning from Peace Corps in Africa, Micah received her Master’s in GIS and spent four years working with high resolution satellite imagery to monitor events globally. She developed skills to align open source information with the analysis of remotely sensed imagery to produce visual evidence of human rights abuses all over the world from her home in Colorado. Micah's work has provided corroboration of mass graves, attacks on civilians, indiscriminate bombings and other humanitarian crises to support research for numerous NGOs and government entities. Currently, she is working on projects in Syria, Nigeria, Sudan, Myanmar and Iraq.

Milena Marin, Amnesty International’s Senior Adviser, Evidence Lab, led the Strike Tracker project. She has over ten-year experience working at the intersection of technology, data and social good on issues like public sector transparency, corruption, open data and human rights. Before joining the Crisis Response Team, she led the development of Amnesty Decoders, an innovative platform using data science, crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence to process and analyse large volumes of data such as documents, satellite images and pictures. Previously she worked as programme manager of School of Data and also with Transparency International where she supported TI’s global network to use technology in the fight against corruption. Milena holds a Master in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe, with a focus on EU-Russia relations.

Sawsan Abou Zainedin is a Syrian architect and urban development practitioner. Her work tackles the impact of urban processes and reconstruction efforts on social justice and peace. She is the co-founder of Qibaa; a studio established in 2013 in Syria's north to address conflict-related urban challenges through alternative localized practices.  Sawsan holds MSc in Urban Development Planning with distinction from the Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit of University College London, where she researched the role of communities' coping strategies in the pursuit of just and sustainable recovery in Syria.

Scott Edwards is a Senior Analyst with Amnesty International. His work focuses on the development of early warning mechanisms for humanitarian crises, as well as the practical use of new methods and technologies for human rights compliance monitoring and evidence collection, especially as it relates to international justice and accountability. He completed his doctoral work in Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, focusing on causes and consequences of violent political conflict, and has written and consulted extensively on complex humanitarian crises, forced displacement, and armed conflict. He is currently a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

About Amnesty International

Amnesty International is the world's leading human rights organisation, campaigning against injustice and inequality everywhere. They work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. As a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global movement of over 7 million people, Amnesty International investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilises the public, and helps transform societies to create a safer, more just world.

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Date Submitted: 1/4/2019
Michael Ventris Award for Architecture 2019

The trustees of the Michael Ventris Memorial Fund would like to invite applications for the 2019 Michael Ventris Award for Architecture. One award in the field of architecture (for the amount of £2,500) will be given to a small, independent project with a clear outcome whose contribution to the field should be characterised by uniqueness and innovation for the field of architecture.

About the Michael Ventris Award in Architecture

The Fund was set in 1956 in the memory of Michael Ventris – an AA graduate – who became world famous for deciphering the ancient Greek script of Linear B. Anyone from the field of architecture is eligible to apply (applicants may have first degree in architecture or subject related to project, and the award is open applicants from all countries). The award is intended to support an independent project rather than a continuing programme of study.

How to Apply

The project submitted for the award should be accompanied with a specific brief, an analysis of the expenses, and a clear objective (outcome, media, etc.) and they should also demonstrate what their contribution to the field of architecture would be. All applications should be in PDF format and must not exceed six single-sided A4 pages. In addition, two reference letters supporting the application should be sent directly from the referees.

Please email the application, with Michael Ventris Application in the subject line to by Friday 1 March 2019. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

For further information, please contact Manolis Stavrakakis, AA Ph.D., recipient of the Michael Ventris Award for Architecture, 2011, and the academic coordinator of the award on behalf of the AA, via email:


Payment of the Award

The awards are made by a panel under the auspices of the Trustees of the Michael Ventris Awards in conjunction with the Architectural Association. Payment of awards will be made in a single instalment, payable after the announcement of the award (June 2019), and successful candidates will be required to submit a written report to the Advisory Committee on the work that the Award has enabled him/her to complete by March 1 2020. The recipient may also be invited to make a public presentation of the results at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.


This scholarship was made possible with through a trust that was set up in 1956 immediately after Michael Ventris’ death. The trust was set up in support of research in the fields of Architecture and Mycenaean Studies.

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Date Submitted: 20/2/2019
HOME: Questioning post-Brexit relationships

HOME is a three part series of conversations that will explore and question how the concept of ‘Home’ will be redefined within Europe as Britain deals with the possibility of leaving the EU on 29 March 2019.

In 2010 and 2011, according to census data it was estimated that around 900,000 UK citizens were long-term residents in other EU countries. In 2017, there were 3.8 million EU citizens living in the UK, an estimated 6% of the total population. These series of talks invite architects, artists, politicians, theorists and designers to look at the new forms of collaboration, identity, trade and exchange that the UK will need to invent as it redefines its relationship with the rest of Europe and the world.

On selected Mondays at 6.30pm in the AA Lecture Hall


Maria Sheherazade Giudici, Sam Jacob & Merijn Oudenampsen / Michelle Provoost, Platon Issaias, Malkit Shoshan & Michael Young / Madelon Vriesendorp & Jan Willem Petersen

Chaired by Florian Idenburg (SO–IL) & Manijeh Verghese (AA)

@AASchool #AAHome

Schedule of HOME:

Monday 21 January 2019 -  Homeland

Maria Sheherazade Giudici, Sam Jacob & Merijn Oudenampsen

The first in the series of conversations will explore the concept of Home as a territory as well as a conceptual idea in a period of post-globalisation. How are nation-states, regions and national cultures redefined and what are the implications for design culture. Going beyond the domestic, we will interrogate the concept of ‘where are you from?’ through questioning new definitions of identity, the re-emergence of Nostalgia and Romanticism as a longing for a past time or place, the establishment of a national style and architectural language, and the political or legislative implications of leaving or redefining one’s homeland. In doing so, we will ask the question - Is Homeland a place of origin or a space of autonomy?


Monday 11 February 2019 - Border

Michelle Provoost, Platon Issaias, Malkit Shoshan & Michael Young

A border is drawn as a line on a map to separate two or more sovereign entities but in reality that line becomes a thickened territory, a space of negotiation, friction, change, conflict and negotiation as the line travels between different contexts and understandings of land ownership and political identity. As we constantly redraw and redefine our edges, so too, do we negotiate new relationships with the outside world. How can this line of tension become an opportunity to design new spaces of change and exchange? And can we inhabit the line?


Monday 4 March 2019 - Exodus

Madelon Vriesendorp & Jan Willem Petersen (with more speakers to be confirmed)

What does it mean to leave one’s home indefinitely? Or what happens when a mass departure from a single territory is triggered? This conversation explores the notion of voluntary departure from one’s homeland. Exploring what it means to flee, live in exile, and uproot your life through its social, political, economical and environmental impact, we will discuss new tools for survival, forms of nomadism, as well as what happens to the place that is left behind.

About the Participants:

Maria Shéhérazade Giudici is the founder of the publishing and educational platform Black Square, Unit Master of AA Diploma Unit 14,  and the coordinator of the history and theory course at the School of Architecture of the Royal College of Art. She holds a PhD from TU Delft with a thesis on the construction of modern subjectivity through the project of public space. Before joining the AA, she taught at the Berlage Institute and BIArch Barcelona and worked on large-scale urban plans with offices BAU Bucharest, Donis Rotterdam and Dogma Brussels.

Sam Jacob is principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design, a practice whose work spans scales and disciplines from urban design through architecture, design, art and curatorial projects. Recent projects include the V&A Gallery at Design Society, Shenzhen, Fear and Love at the Design Museum, a new mixed use building in London’s Hoxton, public realm design and cultural strategy for a south London market and a landmark project for London Design Festival with Mini Living. He has worked internationally on award winning projects and has exhibited at major museums such as the V&A, MAK, and The Art Institute of Chicago as well as cultural events including the Venice Architecture Biennale. He is Professor of Architecture at UIC, Chicago and columnist for Art Review and Dezeen. Previously he was a founding director of FAT Architecture.

Merijn Oudenampsen is a sociologist and political scientist. He works as a post-doc researcher at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) on the political history of neoliberalism. His PhD focused on the intellectual backgrounds of the swing to the right in Dutch politics around the turn of the century. The Dutch translation of his PhD, titled De conservatieve revolte (Vantilt, 2018), has been nominated for several awards in the Netherlands. Previously, he was editor of the 20th edition of the art journal Open, titled the Populist Imagination (NAi 2010). He also edited a volume titled Power to the people, een anatomie van het populisme (Boom | Lemma 2012).

Michelle Provoost is head of the independent School for the City, co-founder of Crimson Historians and Urbanist, and director of the International New Town Institute, all based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She is an architectural historian specialised in urban planning history, postwar architecture and contemporary urban development. Michelle teaches at various universities and lectures regularly in the Netherlands and has been involved in many municipal, national and private committees and juries.

Platon Issaias is an architect, researcher and educator, co-director of MPhil Projective Cities in Architecture and Urban Design and a Diploma Unit Master at the Architectural Association. He studied architecture in Greece and he holds an MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a PhD from TU Delft.

Malkit Shoshan is the founder and director of the architectural think tank FAST: Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory. FAST uses research, advocacy, and design to investigate the relationship between architecture, urban planning, and human rights in conflict and post-conflict areas. Its cross-disciplinary and multi-scalar work explores the mechanisms behind, and the impact of, displacement, spatial violence, and systemic segregation on people’s living environments. FAST’s projects promote spatial justice, equality, and solidarity. Shoshan is the author and the mapmaker of the award-winning book Atlas of Conflict: Israel-Palestine  (Uitgeverij 010, 2010). She is also the co-author of the book  Village: One Land Two Systems and Platform Paradise  (Damiani Editore, 2014). In 2016, Shoshan was the curator of the Dutch Pavilion for The Venice Architecture Biennale with the exhibition BLUE: Architecture of UN peacekeeping missions, which examines the spatiality and legacy of UN Peace Operations in conflict-affected urban environments and will be the subject of her forthcoming book BLUE: Peacekeeping Architecture (Actar, 2018). Currently, she is the Area Head of Art, Design, and the Public Domain MDes Program at Harvard GSD, where she also teaches the Spaces of Solidarity course.

Michael Young is an architect and educator practicing in New York City where he is a founding partner of the architectural design studio Young & Ayata. Young & Ayata were awarded a Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record for 2016. In 2015 they received a first place prize to design the new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany. In 2014 they received the Young Architects Prize from the Architectural League of New York, and were finalists for the MoMA Young Architects Program at the Istanbul Modern. Michael is currently an Assistant Professor at the Cooper Union. In the Fall of 2016 he was the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University. He has previously taught at Princeton, SCI-Arc, and Columbia. He has published essays in Log, The Cornell Journal, Thresholds, AD, and in 2015, the book titled The Estranged Object. Michael received his Master's Degree from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is a licensed architect in the State of New York.

Jan Willem Petersen founded Specialist Operations in 2006 as an independent research and design office. He is a spatial planner, architect, and researcher based in the Netherlands. He oversees an interdisciplinary team to develop strategies and shape processes that rebuild resilient urban and conflict-affected environments. The office initiates projects, designs interventions, develops (planning)frameworks, and conducts fieldwork and analytical research, and often responds to questions derived from disciplines beyond architecture and urban planning. Specialist Operations supports governments, international organizations, and local communities by providing spatial analysis, strategic planning, in-depth urban research, and design.

Madelon Vriesendorp is a Dutch artist based in the UK who co-founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture with Rem Koolhaas, Elia and Zoe Zenghelis in the early 1970s. Paintings she produced at the time were used for book and magazine covers, notably Flagrant Delit on the cover of Delirious New York in 1978.Her work has been acquired by collectors, public and private, including the CCA Montreal, and Frankfurt Architectural Museum, amongst others. The art projects and writings have been published widely amongst others in Build, Design Quarterly, Domus, Abitare, Casabella, Architecture Aujourd’hui, while working on costumes, built objects, paintings and short stories. She received an Honorable Fellowship from the RIBA in February 2009 and in June 2017 the Architectural Association awarded her an Honorary Diploma “in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the imagination of architecture.”

Florian Idenburg is a well renowned architect 
with two decades of professional experience. He founded SO–IL in 2008 together with Jing Liu. SO–IL is an internationally recognized architecture and design firm based in New York, creating structures that establish new cultures, institutions, and relationships. The firm works across countries and cultures. Clients are spread across France and South Korea to the United States and Mexico. Idenburg has a particularly strong background in cultural spaces, overseeing projects from a temporary installation in MoMA PS1’s courtyard, called Pole Dance, to the recently completed Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. Idenburg has published extensively and is a frequent speaker at institutions around the world, he is the Sullivan Visiting Chair at M.I.T and previously was and Associate Professor of Practice at Harvard University. His current research investigates the future of workspaces, and he is developing a forthcoming publication on this topic.

Manijeh Verghese is an architect of ideas, audiences and connections. She is interested in the different forms of architectural practice, and the communication of architecture through various media and formats. At the AA, she directs the AA Public Programme, and is the editor of the website AA Conversations. She is a unit master of Diploma 12 and is also a seminar leader for the Architectural Professional Practice for Fifth Year Part 2 course. From 2015 to 2018, she led a postgraduate design studio at Oxford Brookes University and previously was also a design tutor of AA Intermediate Unit 11. She has worked for architecture practices including John Pawson and Foster + Partners, and has contributed to design publications such as Disegno and Icon, as well as think-tanks, books and peer reviewed journals.

About Home

Home has been produced as a collaboration between SO–IL, the Dutch Embassy and the AA Public Programme.

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Thursdays at 6:30pm in the AA Lecture Hall




Chus Martinez, Elvira Dyangani Ose,

Frances Morris, Gabu Heindl, Hugh Broughton,

Lesley Lokko, Léopold Lambert, Lydia Kallipoliti, Marina Otero Verzier,

Nick Axel, Salma Samar Damluji, & Sofia Hernandez Chong Cui


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London, UK. New Canonical Histories is a new initiative at the Architectural Association that looks into the decolonisation of knowledge. Taking place on Thursdays in the AA Lecture Hall, the series invites architects, artists and theorists who are rethinking the art and architectural canon, writing new histories, or retelling history from a new perspective. Each lecture has been imagined as a chapter in a book that collectively redefines art and architectural history, giving us tools to not only reimagine our past but also our future.


As Lesley Lokko said on 31 January in the AA Lecture Hall “There can be no self without the other...There can be no black or white history, there are only histories told from multiple perspectives, vantage points and positions, some of which are in direct and often violent contradiction.”


Schedule of New Canonical Histories


14 Feb - Frances Morris


Tate Modern opened in 2000 with a programme of collection displays and exhibitions demonstrating a belief that now, at the start of the 21st-century, it was no longer appropriate to narrate a single, conventional account of the development of art. However the Modern Foreign Collection, as it was then called, had been shaped to reflect the ‘modernist canon’, broadly following a template established by Alfred Barr, founding Director of the Museum of Modern Art, New York from the 1920s on. Over the last ten years Tate Modern has worked strategically to ‘de-colonise’, broaden, and open up the canon, addressing - in its collecting strategy, exhibitions, and learning programmes - the historical biases of gender and race, and to raise important questions about how we understand and value modern and contemporary art.


21 February - Lydia Kallipolliti


What do outer space capsules, submarines, and office buildings have in common? Each is conceived as a closed system: a self-sustaining physical environment demarcated from its surroundings by a boundary that does not allow for the transfer of matter or energy.  Contemporary discussions about global warming, recycling, and sustainability have emerged as direct conceptual constructs related to the study and analysis of closed systems. From the space programme to countercultural architectural groups experimenting with autonomous living, The Architecture of Closed Worlds documents a disciplinary transformation and the rise of a new environmental consensus in the form of a synthetic naturalism.


28 February - Leopold Lambert


Architecture is the discipline that organises bodies in space. Through this definition, Léopold Lambert attempts to demonstrate that the built environment has a propensity to materialise the political programmes of the dominant order: as nothing easier than the extrusion of a line to enforce an arbitrary national border or apartheid wall. Inversely, it is much more difficult and requires much more effort to design insurrectional or resistive architectures that do not shy away from the part of violence they also embody. Through his work as editor-in-chief of the magazine The Funambulist, as well as his independent research as an author, Léopold Lambert will attempt to present how politicised architects can rethink their practice.



5 March - Marina Otero & Nick Axel (with guest contributors)


We live in urban developments in which automated labour and leisure converge; this lecture will address the ways in which evolving notions of labour have categorised and defined bodies at particular moments in time; and discuss the legal, cultural, and technical infrastructures that enable their exploitation. Work, Body, Leisure seeks to foster new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to emerging technologies of automation. A domain of research and innovation that, despite its ongoing transformation of the built environment and bodies that inhabit it, is still largely devoid of a critical spatial perspective.


7 March – Hugh Broughton


By touching upon the extreme conditions of “the site” (with its extreme temperatures, its logistic complexities, and its innate necessity to develop experimental advanced building solutions), the lecture will expand on the ways in which the technologies and design principles employed in the Polar Regions contribute to ensure sustainable and resilient development in other environments.


Term 3 (April - May 2019)

Speakers include: Sofia Hernandez Chong Cui, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Gabu Heindl & Chus Martinez

More details about these lectures will be released closer to the time.




17 January - Salma Samar Damluji


This talk on the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy will present the publication Earth and Utopia; the making, and philosophy. Fathy’s work provided a school of thought, which introduced a new dimension and strategy to inform contemporary and Arab Architecture. His struggle concerned the social, economic and cultural condition within the communities, villages, and cities of Egypt since the 1940s. Fathy was a revolutionary who rejected the professional norms and practice consolidated by Capitalism’s building structures, façades, and townscapes. He was working on an architecture that was original and rooted in the culture of the region, one that relied on natural resources: mud, stone and earth, the accompanying crafts and building techniques. It was no coincidence that Salma Samar was introduced to Fathy’s work when she came across a black and white print of a mashrabiya screen being developed in the AA darkroom.


31 Jan - Lesley Lokko


Following the 2015 & 2016 student protests in South Africa, which saw the terms 'transformation' and 'decolonisation' enter into everyday usage in tertiary education, a new and exciting space has opened up in African architectural education. The lecture follows the setting up of the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) at the University of Johannesburg, a decade-old institutional merger between an all-white Afrikaans-speaking university and an all-black technical college. The adoption of the AA's legendary unit system has yielded unexpectedly transformational results in a context far removed from its original 1970s London setting. Unit System Africa is now in its third year and, as its recent accreditation visit panel agreed, '[has created] a space for black students to find their voice.'


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About the Participants

Chus Martínez is head of the Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland. She is also the expedition leader of The Current, a project initiated by TBA21–Academy (2018–2020). The Current is also the inspiration behind Art is the Ocean, a series of seminars and conferences held at the Art Institute which examines the role of artists in the conception of a new experience of nature. Martínez lectures and writes regularly, including numerous catalogue texts and critical essays, and is a regular contributor to Artforum among other international journals. She previously worked as chief curator at El Museo Del Barrio, New York. For dOCUMENTA(13) (2012) she was head of department, and a member of the Core Agent Group. Other past positions include chief curator at MACBA, Barcelona (2008–2011), director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–2008) and artistic director of Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2002–2005). She is currently leading a research project at the Art Institute, supported by Muzeum Susch (opening at the end of 2018), on the role of education enhancing women’s equality in the arts.

Elvira Dyangani Ose is Director of The Showroom, a contemporary art space focused on collaborative approaches to cultural production within its locality and beyond. Dyangani Ose was previously Senior Curator at Creative Time, the New York-based non-profit public arts organisation. Currently Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, Dyangani Ose is a member of the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada and is an independent curator. She is currently curating Basilea, a Creative Time project commissioned by Art Basel and Laura Lima’s Horse Takes King, the last iteration of the four-part project, Slight Agitation at the Fondazione Prada, where in 2015 she curated exhibitions of Theaster Gates, Nástio Mosquito, and Betye Saar among others. She was Curator of the eighth edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA 2015) and Curator, International Art at Tate Modern (2011 – 2014). She recently joined Tate Modern’s Advisory Council.

Frances Morris became Director, Tate Modern, in April 2016. She played a key role in the development of Tate, joining as a curator in 1987, becoming Head of Displays at Tate Modern (2000–2006) and then Director of Collection, International Art until April 2016. She has continually worked to re-imagine Tate’s collection and has been instrumental in developing its international reach and its representation of women artists. Frances was jointly responsible for the initial presentation of the opening collection displays at Tate Modern in 2000, which radically transformed the way museums present the story of modern art. She has curated landmark exhibitions, many of which were large-scale international collaborations, including three major retrospectives of women artists including Louise Bourgeois in 2007, Yayoi Kusama in 2012 and Agnes Martin in 2015. Most recently Frances curated the major exhibition project, Alberto Giacometti, 2017. Frances holds an MA in History of Art from Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and is an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. She is a Board member at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and a Board member of CIMAM.

Gabu Heindl is an architect and urban planner and head of GABU Heindl Architektur in Vienna, an interdisciplinary studio specialised in public interventions, cultural and social buildings, urban research, and urban planning. Heindl's work has been exhibited at DAM Frankfurt, Hygiene Museum Dresden, the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Biennale for Art and Architecture 2009/2010, Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, et al. Based on her belief in the importance of public discourse about architecture and urbanism Gabu Heindl has curated several exhibitions, lectures and symposia on different aspects of the politics of planning. She has been teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, University of Technology Graz, University of Technology Delft and has lectured at many others. Gabu Heindl is author of publications in international architectural journals JAE, Umbau, GAM, dérive a.o., guest-editor of "Just Architecture", ERA21 (1.2012), editor of Arbeit Zeit Raum. Bilder and Bauten der Arbeit im Postfordismus (turia+kant, 2008) and co-editor of position alltag – architecture in the context of everyday life (HDA Verlag, 2009).

Hugh Broughton is the founder of Hugh Broughton Architects, one of the world's leading designers of buildings in Antarctica. Completed projects include the relocatable British Halley VI and Juan Carlos 1 Spanish Antarctic Base. Current projects include the redevelopment of Scott Base for Antarctica New Zealand and the modernisation of Rothera Research Station for the British Antarctic Survey.

Lesley Lokko is a full professor of architecture and Head of School at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg. She holds a PhD from the University of London and is the author of eleven best-selling novels (none of which have anything to do with architecture).

Léopold Lambert is a Paris-based trained architect, writer, and founding editor of The Funambulist, a bimonthly magazine dedicated to spatial perspectives on anti-colonial, anti-racist, queer, feminist and anti-ableist struggles. He is the author of three books, Weaponized Architecture: The Impossibility of Innocence (2012), The Corporeal Politics of the Cloth, the Wall, and the Street (2015), and Bulldozer Politics: The Palestinian Ruin as an Israeli Project (2016). His next book is tentatively called States of Emergency: A Spatial History of the French Colonial Continuum.

Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer and scholar living in New York. She is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Master of Science programme at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research focuses on the intersections of architecture, technology, and environmental politics and more particularly on recycling material experiments, theories of waste and reuse, as well as closed and self-reliant systems and urban environments. Kallipoliti has taught at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Syracuse University and the Cooper Union and holds degrees from the AUTh in Greece (Dipl. Arch-Eng.), MIT (SMArchS) and Princeton University (PhD).

Marina Otero Verzier is a Rotterdam-based architect. She is Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut and curator of WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice International Architecture Biennale in 2018. With the After Belonging Agency, Marina was Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016. Previously, she was based in New York, where she was Director of Global Network Programming at Columbia University /

Studio-X, a global network of research laboratories for exploring the future of the built environment.

Nick Axel is an architect, theorist, and editor based in Amsterdam. He is currently Deputy Editor of e-flux architecture. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Volume magazine (#44– 49), Researcher at Forensic Architecture, and Resident at DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency). Nick studied at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, London, where he investigated the legal and spatial deregulation of hydraulic fracturing in the United States.

Salma Samar Damluji is an architect who graduated from the AA and the RCA in London. She worked with Fathy in 1975-6 and in the 1980s. Her publications include The Architecture of Yemen (2007) and Al Diwan Al Amiri, Doha (2011), and has curated a number of exhibitions in London, Paris, and Madrid. She was elected Member of the Académie d’Architecture (2017), received the Académie d’Architecture’s Restoration Award in 2015 and The Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2012. She is Professor of the Binladin Chair for Architecture in the Islamic World, at the American University in Beirut since 2013.

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy (MX) started her tenure as Director at the Witte de With in January 2018, after being the curator of contemporary art at Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in Caracas and New York from 2011 to 2017. In 2016-2017, she was also guest curator at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York. In 2013, Sofía was artistic director and chief curator of the 9a Bienal do Mercosul | Porto Alegre in Brazil, and before that, she was an agent of dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel. In the past, Sofía has been director of Museo Tamayo in Mexico City and held curatorial positions in New York at Art in General and Americas Society. She is also a board member of Creative Time in New York.

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Victoria Thornton OBE Appointed President of AA Council
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The Creative Foundation

Little Architect. Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido

Media Studies. Tapio Snellman.

Landscape and Design. Eduardo Rico


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London, UK. The Little Architect project of the Architectural Association has been appointed to develop a project part of the National Great Place Scheme in Folkestone, Kent. Pioneering Places is an ambitious project that will make East Kent a better place to live, work and visit by developing civic pride and connecting artists and communities. Four projects in Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate are being led by local cultural organisations to influence policy makers, and encourage any and all of the residents themselves to bring in change and become great place-makers. Supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund,The Creative Foundation has appointed Little Architect to develop a project that connects 180 children from four local schools with contemporary architecture, urban planners and artists in an ambitious educative project.


The project is in the old Gasworks site, Folkestone. In 2017 it was fifty years since the gasworks were closed leaving an area of polluted land at the heart of the community.

Little Architect will explore the history, the present and the future of the Gasworks in order to engage children, teachers and parents with the future of this site and have an engaged, informed and participative community. Little Architect will develop a series of workshops during the school year where children’s creativity will be fostered to imagine new realities, their analytical and critical thinking will be trained, and their skills to observe and be aware of their urban built environment will be boosted.


The AA’s project will enable children to be close to engineers, architects, film makers, art and artists, and sustainable architecture experts. Contemporary Architecture, urban design and art will inspire them and encourage them to have an active awareness of their built environment. Their proposals for the Gasworks, comments and thoughts will be part of a document for EAST studio who have been appointed to develop an urban proposal for the site.


Pioneering Places will allow this partnership to transform a conversation into a rich reality by supporting the investigations into the site, the design of the scheme, the engagement of the community and commissioning of artworks. All of these will be accomplished by 2020 and presented at the fifth Folkestone Art Triennial later that year.


With this project, the AA is reaching out to deprived areas and children in real need of educational support where more than 25% of its pupils receive free school meals compared to 14.3% nationally.


Little Architect has developed a film following the school children as they explore their neighbourhood and the artwork created by the british artist Jyll Bradley in the Gasworks.

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About the Founder of Little Architect

Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido is a registered architect, director of her own practice, Anda Architecture, based in Spain, founder of the Little Architect programme at the AA

and Co-founder of the Spanish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN). Her work has a strong responsible and sustainable approach to the environment. She wants Little Architect to improve the way in which architects and architecture students communicate with society, especially in culturally deprived sectors of it.



About Little Architect                                                                                              

Little Architect is an educational programme teaching architecture and the urban environment since 2013, in primary schools, both in and outside London, led by the Architectural Association School of Architecture. Little Architect is a platform that enables AA students and teachers, with interest in education and primary education, to participate and communicate their architecture knowledge to different audiences within the primary school environment. They teach school children from Reception to Year 6 (aged 4 to 11) how to observe, understand and enjoy architecture, and to become active and critical citizens in what we hope will be a more sustainable future. The in-school workshops are delivered in partnership with the class teacher and are embedded into the national curriculum of the UK. They help children achieve their learning targets through architecture and art, while the programme provides the opportunity for pupils to think and communicate about buildings and cities mainly through drawing and debating. 

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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.