Important COVID-19 / Coronavirus information and FAQs

AA COVID-19 Easter Closure

The school is currently making arrangements for all teaching to gradually move online, with the particular aim of facilitating the student assessments that will take place over the coming weeks (including PhD mini vivas and third- and fifth-year student Preview Tables), giving students the option to present either in person or online.

All AA buildings will remain open until the end of term, Friday 20 March. Administrative departments will be working remotely between Monday 23 March and Friday 27 March inclusive. (Only essential administrative operations will continue to operate physically on AA premises during this timeframe). 

All AA buildings will be closed from Saturday 21 March to Sunday 19 April inclusive. Administrative departments will be working remotely between Wednesday 15 April and Friday 17 April. 

At the present time, it is the AA’s intention to commence term three and resume all classes on Monday 20 April. These will be delivered either online or in person, depending on the status of the situation at that time. We will continue to keep you updated regarding teaching arrangements and assessment procedures.


See AA COVID-19 Response Plan

Date Submitted: 13/3/2020


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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.