Special General Meeting of the Members of the Architectural Association - 9 March

A meeting will be held on Thursday 9th March 2017 at 6.30pm at The HAC, Armoury House, City Road, London EC1Y 2BQ. All Subscribing Members of the Architectural Association are invited to attend for the purpose of discussing changes to the Articles of Association and By-Laws of the Architectural Association.

This Special General Meeting of the Members has been requisitioned under By-Law 47 of the By-Laws of the Architectural Association by the following Members: Jennifer Anderson, Eleanor Harvey, Sophie Hussey, Kirstie Little, Tehmina Mahmood, Geoff Parrett, Jenny Pitkin, Simone Rogers, Felipe Silverio, Lisa Simmonds-Davies, Saira Soarez, Krishna Songara, Peter Vlahos, Michael Weinstock.


Item (Speaker)

1. Introduction and Purpose of Meeting (President)
2. Description of Proposed Changes to the Articles and By-Laws and Reasons for the Changes (President/School Director/Company Secretary)
3. Members' Response: Open Discussion/Debate (All)
4. Next Steps (President/Company Secretary)
5. Close of Meeting (President)

Date Submitted: 24/2/2017


Notice is hereby given that an Ordinary General Meeting of the Registered Members (“Council”) of the Architectural Association, Inc. will be held at 32 Bedford Square, First Floor Back, London, WC1 on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 at 6.30 p.m.

Date Submitted: 21/2/2017

RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship & Kohn Pederson Fox Travelling Fellowship 2017

The RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, supported by Lord Foster and Foster + Partners, offers one travelling scholarship of £7,000 to a student of architecture to support international research on a topic and at locations of the student’s choosing. One AA student will be nominated for the award and will then be put forward for consideration by the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship award jury.

Submission Requirements

  • One completed application form signed by the student available at www.architecture.com/fosterscholarship
  • One A1 ‘poster’ presented as a pdf file detailing the proposal (topic, objective, locations). 
  • Applicants are restricted to 500 words for the poster submission and the file size should not exceed 5 MB. Applicants that exceed these limits may jeopardise their chances of success.
  • Applicants may also submit video submissions as additional supporting material with a maximum duration of 2 minutes. 
  • The topic of the research should relate to the survival of our cities and towns and fall under one of the following themes: learning from the past to inform the future; the future of society; density of settlements; sustainability; use of resources; quality of urban life; transport. 

Students must be enrolled in an RIBA or CAA validated degree programmes or in a programme from a specially invited school or architecture centre and have successfully completed at least the first year of a Part 1 degree.



Each year, Kohn Pedersen Fox presents three $10,000 awards to students who are in their penultimate year at one of the 26 design schools with whom KPF has chosen to partner. The goal of the award is to allow students to broaden their education through a summer of travel before their final year at school. Two AA students will be nominated for the award by and will then be put forward for consideration by the KPF Travelling Fellowship award jury. 

 Submission Requirements

  • A portfolio of 15 one-sided pages at 11” x 17” or smaller, in a binding.
  • All design work should be executed by the student alone. No work executed in an office - unless it has been designed and drawn solely by the student - should be included. 
  • The first page will be a one-sided 8.5” x 11” sheet with the applicant’s name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, school attending and signature of the director, and signature of the applicant indicating permission for display/publication of portfolio and subsequent travel report images on the KPF website. This page should contain a statement of the student’s travel itinerary and the rationale for these travel plans. It should be easily detachable and should be the only page with any personal or identifiable information about the applicant.

Students in the penultimate year at the AA are eligible. Students may be in either a Bachelor of Architecture or a Master of Architecture degree program. The application is made by the student but must be approved by the director of the School, who may nominate two students from the class.




Date Submitted: 16/2/2017

2017 Michael Ventris Award for Architecture

The trustees of the Michael Ventris Memorial Fund would like to invite applications for the 2017 Michael Ventris Award for Architecture. One award in the field of architecture (for the amount of £2,500) will be given to a small, independent project with a clear outcome whose contribution to the field should be characterised by uniqueness and innovation for the field of architecture.

The Fund was set in 1956 in the memory of Michael Ventris – an AA graduate – who became world famous for deciphering the ancient Greek script of Linear B. Anyone who holds a first degree in architecture is eligible to apply (students of masters or diploma level from all universities or professionals). The award is intended to support a project rather than a continuing programme of study.

The project submitted for the award should be accompanied with a specific brief, an analysis of the expenses, and a clear objective (outcome, media, etc.) and they should also demonstrate what their contribution to the field of architecture would be.

All applications should be in PDF format and must not exceed six single-sided A4 pages. In addition, two reference letters supporting the application should be sent directly from the referees.

Please email the application, with Michael Ventris Application in the subject line, to Amy Lin: amy.lin@aaschool.ac.uk by Friday, 24th March 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

For further information, please contact Manolis Stavrakakis, AA Ph.D. graduate, recipient of the Michael Ventris Award for Architecture, 2011, and the academic coordinator of the award on behalf of the AA via email: stavrakakis@aaschool.ac.uk

The awards are made by a panel under the auspices of the Trustees of the Michael Ventris Awards in conjunction with the Architectural Association. Payment of awards will be made in a single installment, payable after the announcement of the award (June 2017), and successful candidates will be required to submit a written report to the Advisory Committee on the work that the Award has enabled him/her to complete by 1st March 2018. S/he may also be invited to make a public presentation of the results at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

notice michael ventris award


Date Submitted: 7/2/2017

‘The Price of War’ : Recording, Publishing and Preserving Art, 1939-1945 - Paul Mellon Centre’s display, Monday to Friday 10am-5pm

The display, which is free and open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, is called: ‘The Price of War’ : Recording, Publishing and Preserving Art, 1939-1945.
It focusses on items created between 1938 and 1949 and explores the exhibition, publication, protection, destruction and restitution of art in wartime. It is not a comprehensive look at this period but rather an exploration of these themes through individual items in the Centre’s archive and library collections. See more info on Paul Mellon Centre’s website.

Date Submitted: 6/2/2017

Architecture Scholarship 

National Eisteddfod of Wales, Anglesey 4-12 August 2017

The Architecture Scholarship of £1500 will be awarded to the most promising candidate to enable him/her understanding of creative architecture.

The scholarship is open to those under 25 years born in Wales, or with one of their parents born in Wales, or who have lived or worked in Wales for the three years prior to 4 August 2017, or able to speak or write the Welsh language.

For more information and conditions of application download Application Form

A letter explaining how it is intented to put the scholarship to use should also be submitted.

Date Submitted: 1/2/2017

Student assistants required for Admissions

The admissions team are seeking keen student assistants to help with tours of the buildings for prospective students.

We require help on an ad-hoc basis throughout Term 2 and Term 3. Tours generally last 30 minutes and there’s a maximum 4 tours per day. Some weeks it will be very busy, with interviews scheduled each day. Other weeks we might only have 1 day of interviews (hence 4 tours max). Therefore you do need to be flexible, or fit in tours around your existing student assistants duties (max 10 hours per week).

The tours are for groups of undergraduate students who have come to the AA for an admissions interview. Therefore, need to be confident talking to groups of people, and know you’re way around the school & studios.  

If you are a registered student assistant, or are eligible to apply for an assistantship role (see the procedure under the jobs section of the website), please contact Kirstie Little via email: Kirstie.little@aaschool.ac.uk by Friday 17 February 2017 at the latest. 

Date Submitted: 1/2/2017

Save the Villa Beer by Josef Frank

Sign the petition to save the Villa Beer by Josef Frank


Date Submitted: 25/1/2017

Tuition Fees 2017/18 

AA Council has approved the Tuition fee levels for the 2017/18 academic year, at the Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) held on Monday 12 December 2016). 

Tuition fees are confirmed as follows: 

(New students) £20,352 

Undergraduate Years 1 to 5 
(New and continuing students) £20,352 

Graduate MA/MSc 
(New students, full Programme) £24,927 

Graduate MArch 
(New students, full Programme) £34,608 

Graduate MFA 
(New students, full Programme) £33,866 

Taught MPhil 
(New students, full programme) £41,545 

(New students) £24,927 





Date Submitted: 20/1/2017


Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Registered Members of the Architectural Association (Inc.) will be held at 32 Bedford Square, First Floor Back, London WC1 on Monday 23 January 2017 at 18:30.

A link to the calling notice and draft agenda is available here.

Date Submitted: 11/1/2017

MArch Final Jury Week Live Streaming

The following Juries and Keynote lectures will be live-streamed from Lecture Hall next week, 9 - 13 January 2017.


Monday 9 January 2017
Housing And Urbanism Phase II Jury
Lecture Hall, 10.00am

Keynote lecture 6.30pm
Simon Smithson
Whiteling on a Caracas Highway and other tales in urbanism 

Tuesday 10 January 2017
SED Phase II Final Jury
Lecture Hall, 10.00am

Keynote lecture 6.30pm
Ron Bakker
“We need to talk to our buildings” 

Wednesday 11 January 2017
EmTech Phase II Final Jury
Lecture Hall, 1.00pm

Keynote lecture 6.30pm
David Benjamin
The Living 

Thursday 12 January 2017
DRL Phase II Final Jury
Lecture Hall, 10am 

Keynote lecture 6.30pm
Robert Stuart-Smith
Behavioural Production: A Swarm Constructed Architecture 

Friday 13 January 2017
DRL Phase II Final Jury
Lecture Hall, 10am

Keynote lecture 6.30pm
Theodore Spyropoulos
Continuing the Experiment: Towards a Participatory Model for Architecture 

Date Submitted: 6/1/2017

Library Christmas Vacation Opening Hours

Tuesday 3 January to Saturday 7 January : open 10-6
Normal term-time hours resume Monday 9 January :
Monday to Friday 10-9, Saturday 10-6

Date Submitted: 3/1/2017


Programme Book Reservations : Tuesday 13 December 10am in person at the issue desk
Programme Book Loans : Thursday 15 December 10am in person at the issue desk
Friday 16 December will be a first come basis.
2 programme books per person, no normal reference books, no interlibrary loan books
All programme books must be returned by 12midday Monday 9 January.

Date Submitted: 13/12/2016


The AA closes from Saturday 17 December 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017 inclusive.

The AA School will be open from Tuesday 3 January 2017

Opening Hours (Non term-time)  

Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 January 2017

Tues / Wed / Thurs - 10:00 to 22:00 

Fri / Sat - 10:00 to 19:00

Sunday - CLOSED

Normal AA School Opening hours will resume from Monday 9 January 2017.

Term 2 begins on Monday 9 January 2017.



Date Submitted: 13/12/2016


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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.