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The Royal Institute of British Architects is now welcoming applications and submissions for Research Fund and Awards for Research

Supporting research:
The 2017 RIBA Research Fund is now welcoming applications for grants of up to £10,000 each from practitioners and academics interested in conducting independent research. All ideas will be considered as long as the research end-product contributes to the progress of architecture and the professional development of architects.

The deadline for applying is 5pm (GMT) on Monday 5 June 2017. For further information, visit the RIBA website or contact

Rewarding research:
The 2017 RIBA President’s Awards for Research are now welcoming submissions of research work completed between 1 July 2016 and 31 May 2017 in the following categories:
 - History and Theory
 - Design and Technical
 - Cities and Community
 - This year’s annual theme: ‘Housing’

Awards will be made from three shortlisted entries in each category. All shortlisted papers will be published by the RIBA with the winners of each category being published in a special edition of The Journal of Architecture.

The submission deadline is midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 31 May 2017. For further information, visit the RIBA website or contact

Date Submitted: 10/5/2017

2017 Nicholas Boas Scholarship

We are delighted to announce the reinstatement of the Nicholas Boas Scholarship. This travel scholarship, established in memory of former AA student Nicholas Boas (1975-1998) allows AA students to spend three weeks in Rome in July 2017. The recipients will be based at the British School at Rome, where generations of artists and scholars have researched the history, art and architecture of Italy. All expenses for the trip are generously taken care of by the Nicholas Boas Trust and any current AA registered student may apply by emailing a short written paragraph stating why they wish to travel to Rome and what interest they intend to pursue whilst they are there.

The deadline for applications is 1pm on Thursday 18  May 2017 by email to Sabrina Blakstad ( and must contain the name, email address, telephone number, year/programme of study of the applicant.

A shortlist of applicants will be asked to attend an informal interview to discuss their current work and their ideas for a Rome visit. The successful candidate is expected to produce a small body of work as a result of their visit; sketches, photographs or the basis of a project. For further information please contact Sabrina Blakstad at the email address above.

Date Submitted: 10/5/2017

AA Writing Prize Winners 2017

Date Submitted: 4/5/2017

School Community Meeting - CALLING NOTICE

This notice is circulated to all current members of the AA School Community. 

Further to the inclusion of the ‘School Community’ in the By-laws of the Architectural Association (Incorporated), supported by 94.3% of those who voted on 23rd March 2017, notice is hereby given of a School Community Meeting to take place on Thursday 11th May 2017 at 12.30pm in the Lecture Hall.  This School Community Meeting is convened to present and seek approval for the following definitions:

  • Composition of the School Community
  • Role of the School Community
  • Constitution, Rules and Meeting Procedures of the School Community

The proposals are presented by the School Community Joint Working Group* first convened in March 2016 to undertake review of the membership, role and standing of the School Community as part of the AA’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) and in anticipation of the inclusion of the School Community in the By-laws of the AA (Inc.).  The Joint Working Group has provided regular update to the AA Council and the Academic Board. 

 With this Calling Notice, which provides the requisite seven days notice and with the requisite number of signatures (10 members of the School Community), the following is provided in accordance with current procedural requirements:

Proposed Agenda inclusive of voting proposals: Appendix B

Please review the full content of APPENDIX B.  Notice of any  amendments to the Agenda/voting proposals must be sent to no later than 12noon Monday 8th May (at least three clear days prior to the meeting).

The Agenda for this School Community Meeting also makes provision for update from representatives of the Search Committee for a new Director of the AA School for information purposes.

Kind regards,  

Belinda Flaherty

School Registrar

* School Community Joint Working Group members:

Oliver Domeisen                                 Ordinary Member AA Council

Belinda Flaherty                                  School Registrar

Samantha Hardingham                       Chair UMC

Hugo Hinsley                                      Co-Director, Housing & Urbanism

Christopher Pierce                              QA Facilitator

Rory Sherlock                                    Ordinary Member AA Council

Date Submitted: 4/5/2017

AA Members and students invited to London Craft Week events - 3-7 May 2017

Making the Shard with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Fri 5 May, 2.30pm
The Shard, 32 London Bridge St, SE1 9SG
Booking necessary, 30 places, £20 + vat
The architects behind London’s tallest landmark discuss making one of the world’s most recognisable buildings. A rare opportunity to hear from the architect and engineers as they discuss the challenges they faced, as well as viewing the original models and designs of the building.

A Space for Making with DSDHA and Alex Monroe
Thu 4 May, 5.00pm – 7.30pm
42 Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 4TR
Booking necessary, 30 places, £15 + vat
Award winning architects DSDHA and jewellery designer Alex Monroe present ‘A Space for Making’, a conversation chaired by visual arts writer Veronica Simpson. The talk explores Monroe’s new workshop space, designed by DSDHA, followed by an extensive tour of the building.

Date Submitted: 2/5/2017

International Summer Program in Architecture:  Cities in Asia 
Deadline extended to June 2 

Topic | Industrial Urbanism
Dates | June 22 to July 12, 2017 (Ho Chi Minh City: June 22 – July 1 | Singapore: July 3 – 12)
Program Directors | H. Koon Wee & Darren Zhou
Tutors | TBC

Visit website for more info

industrial urbanism program image

Date Submitted: 2/5/2017

Renzo Piano Building Workshop Internship Paris 2017-18

Deadline for Applications: FRIDAY 26 MAY @ 5PM

Internship applications are now being accepted for the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
One internship will be filled by a 2017 AA Diploma graduate (Part 2). The internship
includes a €8,500 scholarship (+€544 monthly) paid by the Foundation at the outset of a
six-month internship in the Paris office.

Current fifth year students interested in applying and with permission to work in the EU
should submit their application pack – including a sample A4 portfolio of student work and
a statement on why/how interests would be furthered by experience in the workshop – to
the Director’s Office no later than 5pm on Friday 26 May. All applicants should be prepared
to begin the six-month internship in Paris on 4 September 2017.

Date Submitted: 27/4/2017

Discover the latest innovations in materials for architects and designers at Materials 2017

Tuesday, 25th April to Wednesday, 26th April 2017

Materials 2017 - the new conference and exhibition coming to the ILEC Conference Centre, London - was conceived from the increasing vital emphasis architects and specifiers place on sourcing the latest and most innovative materials for their building projects - and the need to learn from industry experts on this materials theme.  

Date Submitted: 24/4/2017

RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is now calling for applications for the RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships. 

Five scholarships worth £5,000 each are available for the 2016/17 application cycle. At the time of application, students must be enrolled in an RIBA-validated Part 2 professional qualification course in the UK, and will be starting the final year in September 2017.  

Preference will be given to applicants who are RIBA members. (Student membership of the RIBA is free)

The deadline to apply is 5PM on Monday 22 May 2017.For more information and to download the application form,

Submit completed applications to Please mark email subject as 'Wren 2017 submission'.
Electronic files over 8MB, should be sent via an external FTP site such as Large files will not get through via email.

Students should contact Chiamaka ( on 020 7307 3678) for help with their applications. 

Date Submitted: 24/4/2017

2017 MAD Travel Fellowship

Recipients: 5 global architecture students (Travel in China), 5 Chinese-nationality architecture students (Worldwide Travel)
Application deadline: May 14, 2017  
Recipients announcement: May 22, 2017 

Starting 2017, the program will sponsor five more global students to visit China. MAD believes it is only through travel – the visceral experience of interacting with, and being influenced by, different spaces – that one can begin to understand ideas of context and gain a deeper insight into architecture. 

Application Requirements:
- Selected applicants must currently be an undergraduate or graduate architecture student;
- A 500 words or less letter describing your interests in architecture;
- CV and Portfolio.

Please submit the above materials as one 6mb A4 PDF to The application file should be named as follows: school_major_graduating year_name.pdf

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Date Submitted: 24/4/2017

AA Foundation Travel Awards - Open for Application, Deadline:  Midnight on Sunday 7th May 2017

Application Information

  • The AA Foundation Travel Awards are open to current registered students who will be returning to continue with their full-time studies at the Architectural Association in September 2017
  • Please ask your tutor to submit a supporting reference letter to the same email address, to be eligible for consideration. Ask them to include your name in the subject of the email
  • All applicants will be informed in writing whether or not they have been successful
  • All successful applicants will be required to submit a report or presentation after completing the travel, as well as a comment to be used in future promotions
  • The application form is available HERE
  • Send your completed applications to

Information on the awards available

AA Travel Award (£500)
Available to: students returning to the AA in September 2017
This award was established in 1881 to provide a ‘travelling studentship to enable travel in UK or abroad to make drawings of public and other buildings and otherwise improve their knowledge of their profession as architects’.
A report will be required following the travel.

Mike Davies Travel Award (£500)
Available to: students returning to the AA in September 2017
The annual travel award will support a student who demonstrates financial need. Each recipient will deliver a presentation on the travel funded by the award to a selected group at Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners at the end of the year.

Jane Chu Travel Award (£1,000)
Available to: students returning to the AA in September 2017
This award offers financial assistance to a student who might ‘need help to enhance their architectural experience’.  It was set up by AA alumna Margaret Chow both to honour her mother and to enable students to travel for their studies.
A report is required on how travel enhanced their architectural education. 

Peter J B Sabara Travel Award (£1,000)
Available to: students in 2nd or 4th year of the AA Diploma
The proposed travel should be a continuation of the pursuits and endeavours to which Peter was committed and should enable a student in the 2nd or 4th year of the AA Diploma to fulfil their passion for travel in the pursuit of learning to contribute to their work and furthering their study.

Peter Sabara (1960-1993) was a respected AA graduate and tutor who drew from his travels “a constant source of delight and influence on his work”.  The original intention for the Fund was to help design students in “travelling with the aim of furthering their study and appreciation of the relevance of regional cultures to the modern design world”.

The successful recipient is required to make a visual presentation with a short description no less than one month after the travel is undertaken. 

Alexander Memorial Travel Award (£1,500)
Available to: students returning to the AA in September 2017
H J W Alexander was Secretary of the AA 1937-62. This fund was established to ‘enable or assist a student or a group of students of architecture to travel abroad to study architecture’.  The AA Journal records that there was ‘no better way of perpetuating his name than by linking it with visits and travel that he organised so admirably for the AA over many years.’
A report will be required following the travel. 


Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. 

Date Submitted: 28/3/2017

RIBA Council Elections 2017

riba 2017 council student lections

Date Submitted: 24/3/2017

Urban Regeneration International Symposium - Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Heritage in Europe and Korea, 27th & 28th March 2017

This event will aim to highlight the contribution of the adaptive reuse of industrial heritage to urban regeneration by focusing on several successful cases, methodologies and major policies in Europe and Korea. To find out further information about this event, please visit UCL Urban Laboratory website

Day 1 : Keynote Lecture, 16:30-19:30, Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre, UCL
(by Ian Morrsion and Peter Bishop)

Day 2 : Panel Discussion, 09:30-16:30, IOE Nunn Hall, UCL 

Both days are free but RSVP required for the second day. (  

 Adaptive reuse of industrial heritage in europe and korea poster

Date Submitted: 22/3/2017


The AA School will be temporarily closed from:

Saturday 1
st April to Tuesday 18th April (inclusive).

The AA School will reopen again from Wednesday 19
th April 2017.

Opening Hours (during non-term time)

Wed 19th & Thurs 20thApril - 10:00 to 22:00
Fri 21st & Sat 22nd April     - 10:00 to 19:00
Sunday 23rd April              - CLOSED

Normal AA School Opening hours will resume from Monday 24th April 2017. 

Term 3 begins on Monday 24th April 2017. 




Date Submitted: 20/3/2017


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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.