Important COVID-19 / Coronavirus information and FAQs


Updated 11 March 2020

In light of the recent outbreak and international spread of the coronavirus, the AA has established a COVID-19 Management Team and a response plan. The aim of the plan is to minimise disruption for all working, studying and wishing to visit the AA whilst taking steps necessary to support the health and wellbeing of the AA Community and prevent the spread of the virus and sensibly maintain the continuity of the AA’s academic programmes and operations.

Cases of Covid-19 have been reported in London but to date no reported cases within the AA Community. The COVID Management Team monitors developments daily.

The COVID-19 Management Team consists of:

Student: Belinda Flaherty - Registrar
Staff: Tehmina Mahmood - Head of Human Resources 
Facilities: Anita Pfauntsch - Head of Estates and Infrastructure
Finances: Salah Mirza - Head of Finance 
Academic matters: Mark Morris - Head of Teaching and Learning
Governance: Holly Bowden - Company Secretary
Governance / Council: Trevor Bolton - Council Member

The stages of the AA's COVID-19 Response Plan are set out below:

Level 1 – No cases of Covid-19 reported within AA Community

  • The AA stays open for business as usual
  • COVID-19 Management Team continues to monitor developments and scenario planning for any escalation from Level 1
  • Public Health England Covid-19 information posters throughout school premises
  • Covid-19 information provided on AA website
  • Regular email communications to School Community with health and travel advice
  • and set up for staff and students respectively to report any:
    • actual or suspected cases of Covid-19
    • contact with a person with or suspected to have Covid-19
    • all travel plans confirming destination and dates of travel to maintain a central record:

AA advice is to avoid all but essential international travel and to follow the advice and guidelines from Public Health England and Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Level 2 – Suspected/confirmed case is reported in AA Bedford Square

  • COVID-19 Management Team to inform Public Health England
  • Initiate premises closure arrangements subject to PHE assessment
  • Inform AA School Community, Members and the general public by email (to ‘aaschool’ accounts) and front page notice (dated) on the website
  • Identify those who have had contact with individual(s) with suspected/confirmed Covid-19 cases and instruct to call 111 for advice and to self-isolate for 14 days or as advised by NHS/PHE
  • Review central record of all travel plans and suspend all confirmed travel arrangements
  • Initiate deep clean and sanitisation of all buildings and facilities

Level 3 – AA Bedford Square Closed on Government advice/instruction

  • COVID-19 Management Team to initiate evacuation of all Bedford Square premises
  • Inform AA School Community, Members and the general public by email (to ‘aaschool’ accounts) and front page notice (dated) on the website.
  • Advice on continuing study emailed to students by programme heads and tutors
  • Open designated student/staff helpline (hours of operation and personnel who will man to be confirmed in front page notice (dated) on the website as above)
  • Skeleton staff (hours of operation and personnel to be confirmed in front page notice (dated) on the website as above) in-situ to enable remote working arrangements
  • Confirm revised academic calendar in full

Level 4 – Covid 19 outbreak under control with Government imposed restrictions lifted

  • Inform AA Community by email and through website information of resumption of normal operations
  • Communications to AA Community to advise no return for any person with confirmed Covid-19 until tested negative for coronavirus. Any person with suspected Covid-19 or has been in contact with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 not to return until advised period of self-isolation completed.
  • Implement revised academic calendar if required

Useful Links:


World Health Organization

UK Government

UK Government / Travel

National Health Service

Office for Students


Date Submitted: 11/3/2020


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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.