Important COVID-19 / Coronavirus information and FAQs

Advice to AA students and staff: CORONAVIRUS

The AA is monitoring the evolving situation in China and the outbreak of the Coronavirus. 
The UK government and its relevant agencies are providing information to all providers of education via the Department for Education.  As of today's date (29th January 2020) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise against all travel to Hubei Provence, and now advises against all travel to the rest of mainland China:
Should any members of our community have travelled to/returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days the following is advised:
-         Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
-         Contact NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city

(For anyone remaining at home following travel, please let us know by emailing so we are aware and can continue to support you).    
Based on the available evidence, the current risk to the UK is considered low, and good hygiene practices should be effective at preventing the spread of common infections. The AA's Estates and Facilities team are arranging for sanitisers to be available in all washrooms, and in the Bar and Restaurant areas. 
Students with concerns about the Coronavirus, or requiring guidance and support can email:  
Staff with concerns about the Coronavirus, or requiring guidance and support can email:  
The AA will continue to monitor the situation, and will act to ensure the wellbeing of students and staff.

Date Submitted: 31/1/2020


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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.