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

Open Call for Ideas to implement in the city Palermo

From the New Urban Agenda to the future of Palermo
Right to the Future Urban Thinkers Campus, 6th/8th April

Right to the Future is a three-day event to promote the debate on the future of cities and translate the global goals, set by United Nations through the New Urban Agenda, in local policies. It is one of the 74 Urban Thinkers Campus that will be held around the world in 2017. The event aims to elaborate concrete proposals and inspire visions for the city of Palermo.

The event will include Plenary sessions to inspire the debate, Round Table Jams, co-design moments with the urban stakeholders, and Side Events, proposed by a network of partners in order to involve the local community. 

To contribute it is possible to apply with ideas or projects to the online Open Call -

The best-submitted proposals will be awarded by covering the travel and accommodation costs in order to facilitate the authors to join the Plenary Sessions. The Steering Committee will evaluate the contributions and the selected ones will be part of the international publication “Right to the Future: Vision Development Kit for the City of Palermo”.

Furthermore, the most relevant contributions will be discussed and deepened during the Intensive School, Service Design for urban innovation educational program organized by PUSH in collaboration with NEU and commonground, that will take place in Palermo from the 18th to the 22nd of April.

For further information:

Date Submitted: 20/3/2017

Night Time is the Right Time design competition - call for entries 

Have you got a bright idea that might help make 24-hour cities a reality?

The Built Environment Trust along with the Mayor of London are seeking ideas that could help the nightlife of cities work better. Architectural Association students are encouraged to show those at the forefront of design, planning and policy how we might think differently.

The winner will receive £1,000 and two runners up will receive £500 each. Up to 20 of the best entries will be shown in Night Time is The Right Time, a major exhibition and event programme at The Building Centre. Leading finalists will be offered speaking opportunities and their work will be promoted extensively.

Should developers be encouraged to design-in nightlife? How can landscape design help alleviate social problems? Could the energy of night-time revellers be harnessed to feed energy back into our cities? Futuristic ideas and practical solutions will both be welcomed.

The competition is open to all – architects, landscape architects, planners, environmentalists, students and other interested parties are invited to share ideas.

Deadline: 20 April 2017

Date Submitted: 14/3/2017

2017/18 AA Bursary Application Forms

Eligible students can sign up for a bursary application form from Sabrina Blakstad (36 Bedford Sq, 2nd floor) from Monday 6 March. Completed applications must be returned by the deadline:
1pm (GMT) Friday 19 May 2017. The following AA students are eligible to apply:

  • Current registered/year out Undergraduate students
  • Current PhD students who will be registered in the 2nd or 3rd Year in 2017/18 of their fulltime studies at full tuition fee rate
  • MPhil Projective Cities Year 2 students in 2017/18
  • MPhil Media Practices Year 2 students in 2017/18
Date Submitted: 2/3/2017


Monday 20 March – Thursday 23 March : OPEN 10-9

Friday 24 March  : OPEN 10-6

Saturday 25 March : OPEN 10-6

Date Submitted: 28/2/2017


Monday 27 March – Friday 31 March : OPEN 10-6

AA Closure: Saturday 1 April – Tuesday 18 April inclusive

Wednesday 19 April – Saturday 22 April : OPEN 10-6

Normal term-time hours will resume from Monday 24 April:

Monday-Friday 10-9, Saturday 10-6

Date Submitted: 28/2/2017


Programme Reservations from 10am Tuesday 28 March in person at the issue desk.
Programme Borrowing from 10am Thursday 30 March in person at the issue desk.
All reserved programme books must be borrowed on Thursday 30 March.
From Friday 31 March it will be a first come basis.
Maximum 2 programme books per person.
No interlibrary loan, no normal reference books, no tutors own books

All programme books borrowed must be returned by 12midday on Monday 24 April

Date Submitted: 28/2/2017


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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.