Sarah Khan’s (AA GradDiplCons 2018) project Apple tree Farmhouse at Roger Mears Architects won the 2018 RICS East of England Award in Building Conservation

This project comprised the sensitive and meticulous repair of a Grade II listed Chorleywood farmhouse on the edge of Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Works included careful repairs to roofs, brickwork and timber frames, and the successful use of hot-mixed lime mortar. Many mediaeval details were revealed during construction, such as a window with shutter grooves and diamond mullions, timber stop beads dating back to c1550, and most importantly, two painted mediaeval timber braces dating from c.1500 -1550.

Image showing painted mediaeval timber brace dating from c.1500 -1550

Date Submitted: 16/8/2018

Blueprint for the Future is a free, three-day showcase of the work of the brightest, most interesting and challenging architecture students graduating Part II across London, as selected by Blueprint Magazine.

Each of the capital’s best architecture schools have been paired with nine of the most exciting international design brands, resulting in a ‘trail’ of exhibitions held over three days (17, 18, 19 July, from 12–7pm) in showrooms across Clerkenwell.

The AA is exhibiting at:
Senator Showroom
25 Charterhouse Square
London EC1M 6HP

The following students were nominated for honours and have their projects exhibited:
Diploma Unit 1: David Flook
Diploma Unit 2: Raphael Zwi Fogel
Diploma Unit 4: Rebecca Ploj
Diploma Unit 5: Zsuzsa Peter 
Diploma Unit 8: Gleb Sheykin
Diploma Unit 9: Etienne Gilly
Diploma Unit 11: Eyal Amsili Giovannetti
Diploma Unit 12: Sebastian Tiew
Diploma Unit 13: Martina Contento
Diploma Unit 14: Shaan Bimal Patel
Diploma Unit 15: Cheuk Ting Jane Wong
Diploma Unit 16: Dalia Frontini Matsuura
Diploma Unit 17: Beatrice Melli

For more information, please visit: http://blueprint-future.co.uk/

Date Submitted: 16/7/2018

The collaborative architectural workshop run by London based practice Takero Shimazaki Architects (t-sa) returns to Bedford Square to explore the theme of 'language' in architecture. 

Taking place from 28th August to 21st September, t-sa forum x AA will study the theme of an architectural language through ‘figures’. Distilling ideas through, live drawing, casting, photography and making workshops to develop design proposals influenced by the abstract figure.

In 2015, architect Takero Shimazaki wrote on his practise's methodology and how 'seeing what is there and expressing it':


Takero Shimazaki

John Ruskin said, 'The  greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way.'

Writing about what we experienced and learnt during t-sa forum 2015 is not a simple task. The four-week workshop by our practice, t-sa at the Architectural Association this year opened many doors to pursue for the future. It is equally not easy to discuss emotion (our theme) that's felt in architecture; especially in today's professional context where logic, pragmatism, theory and economy take precedence over poetry. Recently, through our practice's built projects, we have felt more architectural potential in working with what exists already on site. From architectural students, practices and tile developers, the value of surveying and valuing the historical context (modern or classical) isn't embraced enough. I often wonder at student crits, what is existing, and what is proposed. I struggle to understand what the particular student is valuing in terms of the historical context, artefacts and what is being discarded. Often, a process of designing takes the form of removing everything within the site in the most diagramatic means witilout much appreciation for the details, marks, structure, patina or activities that have taken place before.

Architects often prefer to build new structures. This mostly comes from our education, where students in most schools are encouraged to design a new visitor centre, a museum or a community centre, for example, with a multitude of brief requirements to fulfill. Small infill projects or subtle renewal projects are harder to justify.

By showing t-sa's projects to the students and taking them on tours of projects such as our Curzon Bloomsbury project, we tried to show the students that working and negotiating with existing conditions to create something new can also be rewarding. Of course, we still need to design with the ingredients that we uncover. However, as Ruskin says, we felt that the first exercise to perform is to see what is there and tell it.

Feeling, when we experience a place or buildings, is what we tried to capture in this year's t-sa forum ultimately. We studied three relatively recent renewal projects in London. We visited and spent time in the buildings and then asked the students to express their experience through various media. We did this by focusing on creating a single artefact each week, ending with four pieces of work during the workshop. Photography, Drawing and Printing were used as tools.

Doing less, in terms of a number of drawings focuses one's mind about what a particular drawing or a print is trying to convey. This constraint has helped both the students and us (the 'practitioner guides') to capture the essence of what each student felt in a space. By restricting the exercises to a survey formal only, the workshop gave the students an opportunity to absorb, understand and express the existing architectural qualities without having the pressure or the need to design something. The extraordinary contradiction is that through photographing, drawing and making prints of the existing spaces, the students' works emerged as beautiful artefacts that expressed something more than just a survey.They became that 'greatest thing' that Ruskin talks about.

Image credit, Curzon Bloomsbury cinema - Anton Gorlenko and Helene Binet 

Date Submitted: 6/7/2018

World-renowned chef, writer, and former AA student Fergus Henderson MBE has been awarded the 2018 Honorary AA Diploma by interim school director Samantha Hardingham at this year's Graduation and Prize-giving Ceremony, held in Bedford Square Gardens.

‘Each year we have the pleasure of awarding an honorary AA Diploma to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the life of the AA, or for whom this place holds a certain significance’ Hardingham said, before adding ‘we are delighted to be able to recognise Fergus for his extraordinary contribution to the AA, London and the world, by filling the bellies of its architects and citizensand, as such, dignifying life generally’.

Following in the footsteps of his architect parents, Brian and Elizabeth, Fergus Henderson began studies at the Architectural Association in 1984, but by the late 80s, whilst still studying, he took a job at Smith’s Restaurant in Covent Garden and thus began his career as a chef.

Having left the AA without his diploma, Fergus went on to found St. JOHN with Trevor Gulliver in 1994 in an abandoned smoke house on the edge of the city district. Critical acclaim for Fergus's brand of simple cooking set in an architecturally pared-back setting followed, and in the years since it opened, St. JOHN has won a large number of awards and high rankings in national and international listings. He was awarded his first Michelin Star in 2009.

Fergus is now widely recognized as one of the most influential figures in the modern restaurant scene and received an MBE in 2005 for his services to gastronomy. In 2015, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in the influential World’s 50 Best list.

A published writer, Fergus’s Nose to Tail Eating - A Kind of British Cooking, first published in 1999 and re-published both in the UK and the US (as The Whole Beast) garnered much acclaim and won the Andre Simon award for food writing. A follow up book, Beyond Nose to Tail Eating was published in 2007 and The Complete Nose to Tail was launched in October 2012.  In 2016, Fergus’s Nose to Tail Eating was voted ‘most influential cookbook of all time’ by public and industry peers.

Date Submitted: 27/6/2018

The general public are invited to join a lecture by AA tutor Eduardo Rico, given in conjunction with the EPF|ETH summer school on Relational Space / Relational Urbanism, followed by a brief discussion. It will take place on Thursday 14 June from 09.15 – 11.00.

Renowned landscape architect, civil engineer and urbanist, Eduardo Rico is founding partner at the London-based practice Relational Urbanism, and teaches at the Architectural Association and the Bartlett. He has developed a new approach to master-planning based on relational models that incorporate architectural concepts, stakeholder negotiations, site constraints and urban policy.

For more details, visit https://memento.epfl.ch/event/lecture-eduardo-rico-relational-urbanism-/

Date Submitted: 13/6/2018

All guests to the AA Graduation Ceremony are invited to participate in Hyperbation: AA Zoo School, a mixed reality (MR) architectural extravaganza. 

Hyperbation: AA Zoo School is an architectural experiment located between physical and digital space, which expands the notions of hyperisation, gamification and hyperlocalisation. Following in a long tradition of wildly extravagant performance and carnival at the AA – typified by former School Director Alvin Boyarsky riding around Bedford Square on an Elephant in 1978 – AA Zoo School takes material from the AA’s Archive, collides it with a cast of virtual characters and will juxtapose multiple environments with the live events of the AA Graduation Ceremony and Projects Review, 22nd June 2018.

Watch the full trailer 

Follow the new hyper-AA-Elephant and enter the AA Zoo School.

*Player Level 1 (Android Phone and iPhone) Ability: Accessing Tracker
*Player Level 2 (iPhone 6S & above or iPad 5th Generation & above) Ability: Accessing APP
*Player Level 3 (Oculus Go) Ability: Accessing virtual reality (VR) 360-degree Video
*Player Level 4 (Oculus Rift) Ability: Accessing virtual reality (VR) Game

For full instructions visit http://hyperbation.space/

Hyperbation: AA Zoo School is designed by Pete Jiadong Qiang (AA Media Practices, MPhil) and Mingxuan Xie(Greenwich University, MArch)

Date Submitted: 12/6/2018

The AA congratulates architect, historian, critic and educator Kenneth Frampton (AADipl 1955) who has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

Trained at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in the early 1950s, and made an Honorary Member of the AA in 2014, Kenneth Frampton has taught since 1972 at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, New York. As architect, writer and critic, as teacher and researcher, he has affected and inspired several generations of students and architects. Modern Architecture: A Critical History is one of his most recognized books.

His seminal books include Towards a Critical Regionalism, which was a leader in the influencing of architects to re-value context, place and culture. His Studies on Tectonic Culture was a key work in highlighting the connection between the language of construction and language of architecture. In A Genealogy of Modern Architecture: Comparative Critical Analysis of Built Form, he captures with incisive clarity the inner workings of projects, de-coding them to make them legible for us all.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, said: ‘Through his work, Kenneth Frampton occupies a position of extraordinary insight and intelligence combined with a unique sense of integrity. He stands out as the voice of truth in the promotion of key values of architecture and its role in society. His humanistic philosophy in relation to architecture is embedded in his writing and he has consistently argued for this humanistic component throughout all the various ‘movements’ and trends often misguided in architecture in the 20th and 21st century.

‘His experience as a practicing architect has given him a deep understanding of the process of designing and crafting buildings. This makes him both more sympathetic and more critical of the various forms of the practice of architecture. His consistent values in relation to the impact of architecture on society, together with his intellectual generosity, position him as a uniquely important presence in the world of architecture.’

President of the Venice Biennale, Paolo Baratta added that ‘there is no student of the faculties of architecture who is unfamiliar with his Modern Architecture: A Critical History. The Golden Lion goes this year to a “maestro”, and in this sense it also intended to be a recognition of the importance of the critical approach to the teaching of architecture.’

Read more about this year’s awards at the Venice Biennale here.

Photo courtesy the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale

Date Submitted: 1/6/2018

The ‘Design Agency within Earth Systems’ symposium invites submissions to look through planetary lenses to reflect upon the complicity of design in the destruction of the planet; to question the two dimensional, land based political technologies, by which we order our lives and our relations to the earth; to explore the material dimensions of air, ground and ocean as inter-twinings of socio-political and earth systems; and to imagine relations between socio-political and earth systems differently through design.

Speakers for symposium include: Neil Brenner (UTL, Harvard GSD); Stuart Elden (Warwick University); El Hadi Jazairy and Rania Ghosn (Design Earth); Marti Franch (EMF Landscape Architecture) + more.

The aim of this call is for proposals to present projects/papers in a format of 10-minute slide presentation as part of a one-day symposium at the Architectural Association on 26 October 2018.

Submissions are encouraged from designers, researchers, and writers across all disciplines.

Projects/Papers can be professional, academic, speculative, etc. and should highlight designed responses to:

  • The spatial impacts of political economy on the ecological biosphere
  • The unveiling of consequential landscapes produced by metropolitan and urban networks
  • The way weather, climatic and tectonic systems are entangled within politics, culture, and society
  • Technologies and tools by which we can read and re-imagine our relations with earth systems and forms of coevolution with other species
  • Natural disaster and vulnerability events created by political-economic decisions to harness natural forces and resources
  • State and economic systems as environment producers
  • Global environmental injustices produced by political and economic agendas, manifesting at local and regional scales
  • Land ownership and control in urban environments as well as resource exploitation or airspace implications.
  • The conflicts between material exchanges of geologic and atmospheric events and human spatial and temporal scales

Format of submission: A4 PDF document with not more than 6 pages in total. Proposals should include 300 words abstract and no more than 5 images descriptive of the proposed project/paper (drawings, diagrams, cartographies, etc.); please include contact details, affiliation, and a brief CV.

The A4 PDF (10 MB max) should be emailed to: landscapeurbanism@aaschool.ac.uk

Deadline: 07 July 2018 for notification no later than the end of August 2018. Successful applicants will be expected to cover their own costs for travel and accommodation.

Date Submitted: 31/5/2018

The Architectural Association announces the appointment of Eva Franch i Gilabert as the Director of the Architectural Association, effective July 1, 2018.

Franch is the ninth director of the Architectural Association in its 171 year history and the first woman to be elected and appointed Director of the school. Franch succeeds Brett Steele who left his post in 2017 and Samantha Hardingham, who is currently serving as Interim Director.

Elected by the AA School Community, comprising students, academic and administrative staff, and members of Council in March 2018, Eva Franch i Gilabert was selected from a shortlist of three candidates to lead the AA School following a worldwide search.

Her majority vote of 67% represented the largest in a contested election since 1990. A total of 876 members of the School Community voted, representing a turnout of 81.3%, one of the highest levels of participation in Director elections in the last 30 years.

In her statement to the school Franch wrote “More than a school, throughout its history the Architectural Association has been the referent—when not the origin—for the production of relevant forms of inquiry, discourse, and radical practice in architecture schools, cultural institutions, and architecture firms worldwide.”

“I am honoured to be entrusted with the privilege to develop a pedagogical and cultural project at the Architectural Association today” says Franch. “I look forward to building upon the incredible legacy of my predecessors, to work together with the AA Council, staff, students, members, alumni and the extensive AA network in London and abroad to contribute back to a world that needs new referents, new histories, and new ideas.”

Read the full Press Release

Date Submitted: 24/5/2018

AA PhD candidate David Hutama Setiadi has co-curated the Indonesian Pavilion, Sunyata: The Poetics of Emptiness, at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, named one of the ten best national pavilions by Metropolis magazine.

Responding to the Biennale’s theme, Freespace, David and his fellow curatorial team members will explore the notion that industrial advancements have made architecture an altar of building elements and grids, and not of a place of human ritualization.

This primacy of form, the team suggest, is discriminating other human senses and spoiling only one, the eye, and that as a result the architectural experience is trapped by this visual centric approach and geometrical gimmicks.

Through the interplay of scale-proportion and tactility, Pavilion Indonesia aims to demonstrate a production of architectural space by embracing emptiness as a cultural-based method to liberate spatial experience from this ocularcentricism and the oppression of grids.

David, who also curated the 2014 exhibition, said: 'I am delighted to have been part of the team curating the Pavilion Indonesia exhibition for a second time, alongside my studies here at the AA.'

He is currently in his second year of a PhD sponsored by the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education, researching the production of architectural knowledge in Indonesia, especially in the early 20th century.

Pavilion Indonesia 2018 is co-curated by Ary Indrajanto, David Hutama Setiadi, Ardy Hartono Kurniawan, Aditya Dimas Satria, Johanes Adika Gahari, and Jonathan Adutya Gahari.

The 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice runs from 26 May to 25 November 2018.

Date Submitted: 22/5/2018

Spring has sprung and the sun dazzles at the stair landing where most of the real communication at the AA happens…

Recent rumblings: with the conclusion of the director search, stairwell chats turned to other matters for the first time in months. Chief among these was the flutter around Mark Cousins’ last Friday night lecture and celebratory plans associated with this finale of a project stretching three decades. Posters went up asking for images of the lecture hall lectern; the object to be addressed in this swansong. Discussions were had estimating the optimum time to grab a seat for this event; just over half an hour was considered prudent. Saving seats, possibly to sell on to highest bidder, was also joked about, such was the excitement this event aroused.

To cap it off, rumours of a glorious supper following the lecture spread. Who was invited? Answer: about a hundred close friends and colleagues from within and without the AA. Which luminaries would show? All of them, including, eventually, Jeff Kipnis. What would be served? Assorted and delicious mezes followed by aubergine, lentils, and lamb bejewelled with pomegranate seeds. Would there be weepy toasts and grand speeches throughout? Oh yes, indeed.

Connectivity: On the same day of Cousins’ lecture, a joint AA/Slade School of Fine Art event organised by Intermediate 14 and LAWuN took over the Front Members’ Room. Students and staff dabbed away at a vast piece of paper clipped to its north wall. Celebrating the rich history of art schools in Bloomsbury, ‘a working drawing between two schools’ emerged full of magenta architectural fragments, purple trees, mustard-coloured birds, and occasional graffiti. 

With no hint of voter fatigue in sight, the School went again to the polls to elect its first Staff Council Member. With twenty years of experience at the AA, Joel Newman got the nod and there were hearty congratulations bubbling up around the bar. Joel promised not to let this new role go to his head as he popped a jeroboam of champagne and called for his chauffeur.

At the top of the stairwell the Admissions Office has been running at full speed processing applications for the next academic year. Mountain ranges of portfolios took shape before tutors jumped in to review files. Whereas most of the world has gone for digital portfolio uploads, the AA still requires lovable hardcopies. No small task, several Unit Masters and Programme Directors spent long stretches of several evenings looking at what will be future cohorts joining the School. 

Gossip about gossip columns: AA graduate and MIT professor Neri Oxman was featured in The Sun and Daily Mail with headlines, “Brad Pitt and Neri Oxman: 'Infatuated' couple 'talk on the phone several times a day'” and “Brad Pitt’s new ‘girlfriend’ Neri Oxman looks just like his ex, Angelina Jolie, as she’s spotted carrying a bunch of flowers.” The revelation that the professor “took a leaf out of the famous actress’ book wearing an all-black outfit with a pair of large shades” caused giggles as everyone pointed out an all-black outfit merely signalled she was an architect. More interesting and relevant, CNN.com offered a feature and interview with Oxman showcasing her research and “breaking boundaries in a male-dominated world” without a word about Mr Pitt. 

Lira Welts

From the stairwell is featured in AA Sporadical, the digital newsletter for alumni of the Architectural Association. To opt in, email events@aaschool.ac.uk.

Date Submitted: 11/5/2018

Alumna Julia Koerner, an award-winning designer working at the convergence of architecture, product and fashion design, has collaborated with costume designer Ruth Carter to bring to life the stunning costumes seen in Marvel’s latest blockbuster Black Panther, using 3D printing technologies.

Julia, who graduated from the AA’s Emergent Technologies and Design MSc in 2012, said working on the movie was a thrill that allowed her to deliver her aim of ‘continuously trying to push the boundaries of emergent technologies in real-world applications.’

Following studies at the AA and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Julia founded JK Design GmbH, an atelier specialising in digital design for 3D-printing. In 2015, she launched an entirely 3D-printed ready-to-wear collection entitled ‘Sporophyte’.

Julia recalls her time on Bedford Square fondly: ‘When I think of the AA, I always remember the talented group of friends and colleagues who I met during my studies in London. We stay closely connected and try to meet at least once a year.

‘Learning from Professor George Jeronimidis about biomimetics was a crucial experience in my educational career and is deeply rooted in my design agenda. The in-depth research we did at the AA about cellular complex systems has been a recurring topic in many of my recent research work and installations.’

Since 2012 Julia has been on the faculty in the Architecture and Urban Design Department at the University of California in Los Angeles.  She has also held previous academic appointments at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Lund University in Sweden and the Architectural Association Visiting School in France and Jordan.

‘Now in its fifth year and directed by Kais Al-Rawi – who I have collaborated with on many projects, including Black Panther, the AAVS Jordan agenda on both Mars and Natural Extremities, which we have been conducting in the Wadi Rum Desert continues to inspire me in so many ways. At UCLA, I currently research with students robotic clay printing and teach a diversity of design studios and seminars including an advanced building construction course.’

Find out more about Julia's work by visiting her website: www.juliakoerner.com

Images: Black Panther / Marvel / Costume Design Ruth Carter

Images: Black Panther / Marvel / Costume Design Ruth Carter

This news item was first featured in AA Sporadical, the digital newsletter for alumni of the Architectural Association. To opt in, email events@aaschool.ac.uk.

Date Submitted: 10/5/2018

We are proud to report that our first gender pay gap report shows an unusually small gap between the amounts the AA pays women and men, compared to the gaps reported by others in the Higher Education sector or beyond.

What is it?

UK employers with over 250 staff are now legally required to publish an annual snapshot of their gender pay gap, covering all roles within the organisation.

The report must show the average hourly rates (median and mean) paid to men and women, and the percentage differences. It also has to show average bonus payments (at the AA this means a small bonus paid to administrative support staff at Christmas), and the proportion of men and women in each quartile for overall pay.

The first report required was a snapshot as at 5 April 2017, and we have recently filed ours. We are also obliged to give access to the information through our own site.

Why is it important?

Gender pay gap presents a new way to understand possible inequality at work. 

The Equality Acts have already addressed the concept of equal pay, making it illegal to pay women less for equivalent work, although there has been some debate as to what constitutes equivalent work. Gender pay gap looks more at how men and women are over or under-represented in different roles.

The AA

Our salary structures and statistics are something we are very proud of and that are a particular success story for the AA. It is a project that has been worked on over the past 3-4 years to help bring salaries across all areas of the school into a more clearly defined and competitive structure.

Our full statistics and charts can be seen on the Government site; and remind you that data is compiled and combined for both academic and administrative staff. I would also note that the government site leads with the mean (where our women are 2.6% down) whilst the media generally have led with the median (where we are at 0%). Whilst we are pleased with our overall results, we are also aware that there is still some uncomfortable unevenness across some academic areas in more senior roles.  We will continue to monitor and review this.

An added boon this year is that for the first time since the 1940s we have a near equal gender balance amongst our student population (with slightly more women than men).

In case of queries please contact humanresources@aaschool.ac.uk


May 2018
Samantha Hardingham
AA Interim Director

Date Submitted: 9/5/2018

The exhibition will be held at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, from 14 July to 18 November. Miraj will exhibit his painting 'Smile' as one of 60 selected artists. The exhibition marks 60 years of the UK’s longest-established painting prize. 

Paintings were selected from more than 2,700 entries by an esteemed panel of jurors. This year’s jurors include artists Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Lubaina Himid MBE, Bruce McLean and Liu Xiaodong, and curator Jenni Lomax. The names of the artists remain anonymous throughout the judging process.

First held in 1957, the John Moores Painting Prize is the UK's best-known painting competition and is named after Sir John Moores (1896-1993), the sponsor of the prize. The competition culminates in an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, which forms a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial.

The John Moores exhibition is held in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust, and although the appearance of each exhibition changes, the principles remain constant: to support artists and to bring to Liverpool the best contemporary painting from across the UK.

The names of the five prizewinning artists will be announced on Thursday 12 July.


Date Submitted: 4/5/2018

The AA congratulates Forensic Architecture on their nomination for the 2018 Turner Prize.

Co-founded by AA alumnus Eyal Weizman, the collective of architects, filmmakers, developers, journalists, lawyers and scientists is based at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has been recognised by the Turner Prize jury for ‘tackling the most pressing and political humanitarian issues of today’. Earlier this year, following last summer’s tragic events at Grenfell Tower, the practice called on the general public for evidence to help it build a 3D model of how fire spread through the building.

Other AA alumni who are current members of Forensic Architecture include Tané Kinch, Stefan Laxness, Nicholas Masterton, Samaneh Moafi, Elena Palacios Carral, Nathan Su and Christina Varvia.

Reflecting on the news, researcher Nicholas Masterton said ‘we hope it will help to raise the profile of human rights across the board… I think if you look at the other nominees you can see that there is a shift towards politically motivated works and we are happy that this discussion is coming to the fore.

‘It also makes me feel hopeful in terms of Grenfell that we will be able to apply the collective resources – the footage of the night of the fire – and use it to provide a new public resource which will be taken seriously and be used to investigate the fire.’

The practice will exhibit work at Tate Britain from September 2018 to January 2019 alongside the other three shortlisted entrants – Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompso – before the winner of the £25,000 prize is announced at an awards ceremony in December.

Forensic Architecture is currently exhibiting work in a show entitled Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. The exhibition runs until 13 May 2018.

Find out more about the collective by visiting www.forensic-architecture.org.

Date Submitted: 2/5/2018


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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.