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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

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
  • 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: 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:

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: 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


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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.