The AA closes from Sunday 20 December 2015 to Sunday 3 January 2016 inclusive.

The AA School will be open from Monday 4 January 2016 to Saturday 9 January from 10:00 to 19:00 

Normal AA School Opening hours will resume from Monday 11 January 2016.

Term 2 begins on Monday 11 January 2016.

Date Submitted: 16/12/2015


On Friday 22 January 2016 the AA is holding an Open Day for prospective students. The day is an opportunity for prospective students and parents to meet current students and staff, take tours of the buildings, get advice on their applications etc. 

Prospective students love to hear from current students; so we would like to encourage current registered students, from Foundation through to PhD, to get involved and help out.

As the event is running all day, from 10am until 8pm, the Admissions Team are seeking keen student helpers to undertake key jobs such as:

  • Providing a warm welcome at the front door
  • Registration of attendees
  • Handing out bags and providing directions
  • Leading tours of the school
  • Other ad-hoc jobs

If you are interested, please email Kirstie Little (Kirstie.little@aaschool.ac.uk) a short message confirming:

  1. Your name
  2. Membership number
  3. Current year / programme
  4. Your availability on day i.e. all day, AM only, PM only
  5. Jobs you are keen to help with

This is a great opportunity to get involved and possibly secure a student assistantship with the admissions team for Term 2 and Term 3.

After the Christmas break, I will be in touch with further details and the final schedule.

Thank you

Date Submitted: 16/12/2015


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, 25 January 2016 at 6:30 p.m. 

• Provisional Agenda
• Ordinary and Special Business
• Notes
• Proxy Form
• Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting (26 January 2015)

A member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting convened by this Notice is entitled to appoint a proxy to exercise his/her rights to attend, speak and vote at the meeting. In accordance with Article 31 of the Architectural Association's Articles of Association, no person shall be appointed a proxy except a Registered Member. The instrument appointing a proxy shall be deposited at the registered office of the Association not less than six hours before the time for holding the meeting or adjourned meeting, as the case may be, at which the person named in such instrument is proposed to vote. The appointment of a proxy does not preclude a member from subsequently attending and voting at the meeting in person if s/he so wishes.

If you have any queries, please contact:
Office of the Company Secretary
Architectural Association (Inc.)
34-36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
United Kingdom Tel:

+44(0) 207 887 4018
Email: secretary@aaschool.ac.uk

By order of the Council
Company Secretary 

Date Submitted: 16/12/2015

End of Term Juries

Monday 14 December, 10.00

Foundation Lecture Hall

Inter 10 33 First Floor Front and Back

Dip 8 37 First Floor Front

Tuesday 15 December, 10.00

Inter 1 32 First Floor Back

Inter 9 North Jury Room

Inter 13 Rear Second Presentation Space

Dip 2 37 First Floor Front

Dip 5 New Soft Room

Dip 6 Lecture Hall

Dip 13 32 First Floor Front

Dip 14 32 Second Floor Back

PENN 33 First Floor Front and Back

Wednesday 16 December, 10.00

Foundation 33 First Floor Front and Back

Inter 4 37 First Floor Front

Inter 12 32 First Floor Front

Dip 18 North Jury Room

Thursday 17 December, 10.00

First Year Rear Second Presentation Space

Inter 6 37 First Floor Front

Inter 15 32 First Floor Back

Dip 7 33 First Floor Front and Back

Dip 17 New Soft Room

Visiting School 32 First Floor Front

Friday 18 December, 10.00

Inter 2 32 First Floor Front

Inter 14 New Soft Room

Dip 1 33 First Floor Back

Dip 9 32 Second Floor Back

Dip 11 33 First Floor Front

Date Submitted: 14/12/2015


Above drawing by Michael Ventris showing the invention of a Trimetric Computer as part of his Perspectron;a technique and an instrument he developed while he was a student at the Architectural Association of how to draw perspective drawings without the use of the vanishing point.

The Trustees of the Michael Ventris Memorial Fund would like to invite applications for the 2016 Michael Ventris Award for Architecture for the amount of £2000 for an architectural project. Applicants may have a first degree in architecture or a subject related to the project, and the award is open to applicants from all countries.

This Memorial Fund was founded in 1957 in appreciation of Michael Ventris’s internationally acclaimed contribution to the fields of Mycenaean Civilisation and Architecture, and his supreme achievement of deciphering the ancient Linear B script. Since 1957 the Award has been given both to scholars from the Mycenaean Studies and Architects. It is intended that the Michael Ventris Award for Architecture should support a specific project, rather than a continuing programme of study.

Applicants should give particulars of their qualifications and academic record, and should outline the work they intend to pursue in the event of an award being made to them, including projected costs. Applications should not exceed 6 single-sided pages (A4).  They may be submitted either as hard copy – labelled with the words ‘Michael Ventris Application’ and sent to:

Keira Callaghan, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, UK.

or sent by e-mail (PDF files are preferred) prefixing their email subject box with the words ‘Michael Ventris Award’ to:

Applications must be written in English, and must reach Keira Callaghan at the Architectural Association, complete with the two required references not later than 15th February 2015.  Applicants must also supply the names and addresses of two referees and ask those referees to write independently in support of their applications, sending their references by the 1st of February directly Roberta Jenkins to qualify for the award. 

For further information on the award please contact Manolis Stavrakakis at the following email address 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 instalment, payable after the announcement of the award 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 March 1st of 2017. S/he may also be invited to make a public presentation of the results at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Date Submitted: 8/12/2015


Monday 14 December to Thursday 17 December : OPEN 10-9pm
Friday 18 December : OPEN 10-6pm 
Saturday 19 December : CLOSED

Date Submitted: 4/12/2015


AA Closure : Saturday 19 December to Sunday 3 January inclusive.
The library will be OPEN from Monday 4th January to Saturday 9th January from 10-6pm
Normal term-time hours will resume from Monday 11 January:
Monday – Friday 10-9pm, Saturday 10-6pm

Date Submitted: 1/12/2015


Programme reservations from 12 midday Tuesday 15 December, in person at the issue desk
Programme borrowing from 10am Thursday 17 December, in person at the issue desk
Maximum 2 programme books per person, no interlibrary loan, no normal ‘reference’ books, no tutors own books.
All reserved programme books must be borrowed on Thursday 17 December.
From Friday 18 December it will be a first come basis.
All programme books borrowed must be returned by 12midday on Monday 11 January.

Date Submitted: 1/12/2015


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 Monday, 14 December 2015 at 6:30 p.m. to transact the following business:


1) To approve the timetable and procedures for the Election of Officers and Council of the Architectural Association (Inc.) for the 2016/17 session, as endorsed by the members of the General Purposes Committee.
2) To accept the Strategic Plan 2015-2020 as a basic and open document to be continually updated in line with annual operational plans.
3) To approve the proposed AA School tuition fees for the 2016/17 academic year, as endorsed by members of the Finance Committee.


A member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting convened by this notice is entitled to appoint a proxy to exercise his/her rights to attend, speak and vote at the meeting. In accordance with Article 31 of the Articles of Association, no person shall be appointed a proxy except a Registered Member. The instrument appointing a proxy shall be deposited at the registered office of the Association not less than three hours before the time for holding the meeting or adjourned meeting, as the case may be, at which the person named in such instrument proposed to vote. The appointment of a proxy does not preclude a member from subsequently attending and voting at the meeting in person if s/he so wishes.


By order of the Board

Kathleen H. Formosa
Company Secretary
The Architectural Association, Inc. 36 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3ES

10 December 2015

Date Submitted: 30/11/2015

Essential Health and Safety Induction

There will be an essential health and safety induction for all returning students to the AA in the Lecture Hall Monday 12 October at 1.00

The induction will cover

·        Fire Safety – how to evacuate safely from the buildings (the use of new lateral openings).

·       COSHH –  where and how to safely use hazardous substances and how to correctly store them.

·       Electricals – to familiarise you with UK electrical installations.

·       Working at height – how to use ladders/stepladders safely.

·       Manual Handling – how to lift heavy items safely.

·       Asbestos


All returning students are encouraged to attend.


Date Submitted: 9/10/2015

RIBA Bursaries and Hardship Funds

RIBA Part 2 Bursaries

The RIBA Part 2 Bursaries scheme is now calling for applications.

The bursary scheme supports students of architecture looking to embark on an RIBA-validated Part 2 course within the UK. The bursaries will support students experiencing financial hardship who otherwise may not continue with their architectural studies. It is the most generous award made to students in financial need.  

In 2016, up to five bursaries of £6,000 will be available to support five Part-2 students for the academic years 2016/17 and 2017/18. Successful students will receive £1,000 a term throughout their Part 2 course (for up to a maximum of six terms).The student must have been offered a place on, or be applying to, an RIBA validated course at a school of architecture in the UK. 

 The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 9 December. More information can be found at: www.architecture.com/Part2bursaries

 RIBA Student Hardship Funds

The 2015/16 RIBA Student Hardship Funds are now open for applications. The purposes of the RIBA Student Hardship Funds are to:

        Alleviate financial hardship of students of architecture

        Assist students financially in gaining professional experience

        Widen participation in architectural education

        Reduce student drop-out rates

Grants of up to £2,000 are awarded to help architectural students who are experiencing exceptional financial hardship to continue their studies. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year. Please encourage any students who are struggling financially to explore further at: www.architecture.com/hardshipfunds


Date Submitted: 7/10/2015

Complementary Studies Introductions

Friday 2 October

Lecture Hall, unless otherwise noted

Introductions and Registration
(when applicable) to the Complementary Studies Programmes will take place as follows:

10.00 History and Theory Studies Fourth/Fifth Years

11.30 Technical Studies Fifth Year (Fourth Year in Term 2)

12.30 Media Studies First Year 

First Year Studio

1.00 Architectural Professional
Practice Fifth Year

2.00 Technical Studies Second/Third Years

3.00 History and Theory Studies  Second/Third Years

4.00 Media Studies Second Year
(inclusive of MS Lab Courses)

(Online Registration for HTS
Fourth and Fifth Years at 2.00
Friday 2 October)

In addition to the introductions, online course registration for
Term 1 courses is required for the following years:

First Year Media Studies 

Second Year Media Studies

Fourth Year History and Theory Studies

Fifth Year History and Theory Studies 

ALL Term 1 courses will commence in Week 2 (week commencing 5 October). Please refer to next week’s Events List for a full schedule of class times and venues.  

Date Submitted: 2/10/2015

Graduate School Introductions

Wednesday 30 September

Lecture Hall

Graduate students must attend their Programme Presentations and are encouraged to attend the other presentations for an idea of the other programmes. Planned drinks from 5.30 in the Rear Second Presentation Space (Graduate School only)

12.30 AAIS

1.00 PhD Programme

1.30 Projective Cities

2.00 Design & Make

2.30 Sustainable Environmental Design

3.00 History and Critical Thinking

3.30 Housing and Urbanism             

4.00 Landscape Urbanism

4.30 Architecture & Urbanism (DRL)

5.00 Emtech

5.30 Drinks


Date Submitted: 30/9/2015

Intermediate Unit Introductions

Tuesday 29 September 

Lecture Hall

9.15 Introduction Brett Steele

9.30 Inter 3 – Nannette Jackowski, Ricardo de Ostos 

10.00 Inter 7 – Marco Vanucci

10.30 Inter 9 – Christopher Pierce, Christopher Matthews, Charlotte Moe 

11.00 Inter 15 – Giulia Foscari,
Elena Longhin

11.30 Inter 13 – Peter Swinnen, Flavien Menu

12.00 Inter 8 – Francisco Gonzalez
de Canales, Nuria Alvarez

12.30 Inter 11 – Manuel Collado, Nacho Martin, Nerea Calvillo 

1.00 Lunch and Interview process Q&A led by present students

2.00 Inter 10 – Valentin Bontjes
van Beek, Winston Hampel

2.30 Inter 1 – Mark Campbell,
Stewart Dodd 

3.00 Inter 4 – Nathalie Rozencwajg, Michel da Costa Goncalves,

Charikleia Karamali-Zeri 

3.30 Inter 14 – Joseph Grima,
Pernilla Ohrstedt

4.00 Inter 5 – Ryan Dillon

4.30 Inter 2 – Ana Araujo

5.00 Inter 12 – Tyen Masten,
Inigo Minns

5.30 Inter 12 – Jeroen van Ameijde, Brendon Carlin

6.00 Informal meeting for
Intermediate staff and students 

Date Submitted: 29/9/2015


The AA School in realtime


The Architectural Association, Inc. is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (No.171402) and registered as a charity (No. 311083). Registered office: 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, 020 7887 4000

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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.