Diploma Unit Introductions

Monday 28 September

Lecture Hall 

9.15 Introduction Brett Steele

9.30 Dip 1 – Miraj Ahmed,
Martin Jameson

10.00 Dip 13 – Lily Jencks, Jessica Reynolds

10.30 Dip 8 – Maria Fedorchenko 

11.00 Dip 2 – Didier Faustino, Kostas Grigoriadis

11.30 Dip 17 –Theo Sarantoglou Lalis, Dora Sweijd

12.00 Dip 18 – Enric Ruiz Geli, Simon Taylor 

12.30 Dip 14 – Pier Vittorio Aureli, Maria Shéhérazade Giudici

1.00 Lunch and Interview process Q&A led by students

2.00 Dip 16 – Jonas Lundberg,
Andrew Yau

2.30 Dip 9 – Natasha Sandmeier

3.00 Dip 4 – John Palmesino,
Ann-Sofi Ronnskog

3.30 Dip 10 –Carlos Villanueva Brandt

4.00 Dip 5 – Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efrén Ga Grinda, Benjamin Reynolds

4.30 Dip 11 – Shin Egashira

5.00 Dip 7 – David Greene,
Samantha Hardingham

5.30 Dip 6 – Kate Davies, Liam Young

6.30 Informal meeting for Diploma staff and students 

Date Submitted: 28/9/2015

Unit Choice and Interview 
Information for Diploma Students (Fourth and Fifth Years)

On Monday 28 September ALL RETURNING Fourth and Fifth Year students must register with Belinda Flaherty and collect a countersigned Unit Choices Form in the Rear Second Presentation Space (Second Floor 

of 36 Bedford Square, 10.00–6.00).

During this day, all NEW

Fourth Year students are required to collect a countersigned Unit Choices Form from Belinda Flaherty in the Rear Second Presentation Space (10.00–6.00).

The Interview Process cannot be undertaken unless Registration is completed and all Unit Choice Forms have been countersigned.

Date Submitted: 28/9/2015

Unit Choice and Interview Information for Intermediate Students (Second and Third Years)

On Monday 28 September, all RETURNING Second and Third Year students are required to Register with Belinda Flaherty and collect a countersigned Unit Choices Form in the Rear Second Presentation Space (10.00–6.00). On Monday 28 September, all NEW Second and Third Year students are required to collect a countersigned Unit Choices Form from Belinda Flaherty in the Rear Second Presentation Space (10.00 to 6.00). The Interview Process cannot be undertaken unless Registration is completed and all Unit Choice Forms have been countersigned. 

Date Submitted: 28/9/2015

Call for Submissions AArchitecture 27: {theme}


AArchitecture 27 {theme}

A theme park is a combination of rides, on a computer a theme is a combination of colours and sounds, this newsletter will seek to combine your thoughts on {theme}.

We are interested in your interpretation. Essays, poems, drawings, sketches, diagrams or any other formats are welcome.

Please submit a 100-word proposal by Friday 16 October 2015 to aarchitecture@aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 23/9/2015

My Hotels Group & designjunction launch a design competition for AA students during London Design Festival

My Hotels Group in partnership with designjunction are challenging students at the Architectural Association to design a bespoke tea box to be featured in the 34 newly refurbished Double Rooms at My Hotel Bloomsbury. The three finalists' designs will also be on show at designjunction (23–27 September) and at My Hotel Bloomsbury, and the winner will be introduced by designjunction to their extensive list of media partners for press coverage as part of the London Design Festival 2015. In addition, the winning entry will enjoy a complimentary weekend stay for two at My Hotel Brighton.

The tea box is to take inspiration from the hotel’s serene contemporary designed rooms by Heal’s, along with the location of the hotel recognised for its history of literature, philosophy and the arts. The design should recognise the hotel’s commitment to a sustainable future. A full brief will be sent to all registered participants.

The competition is open to all current students at the AA and recent graduates from the classes of 2014 and 2015. Entrants must pre-register for the competition by Friday 21 August, by emailing tboxdesign@aaschool.ac.uk. Depending on the response, participation may be restricted to the first 30 individuals or groups to register. Submissions will be due by email on 11 September. Finalists will be notified on 16 Sept and will be required to produce a 3-d model or 3-d print by 22 September for inclusion in the designjunction exhibition. 

The winner of the competition will be announced during the designjunction exhibition, 23-27 September.

This is a great opportunity for AA students and graduates to gain exposure through creating an object that will be exhibited during London Design Festival and get extensive press coverage, as well as become a permanent part of the interior furnishings at MyHotel, where many of our invited speakers, external examiners and members stay. We hope you will register to participate!

Date Submitted: 21/8/2015

Househunting Day

The AA School is pleased to announce that we have enlisted the services of the University of London Housing Services (ULHS) who run a private housing service for many students in London.

The ULHS can offer advice to students on how to find accommodation, which areas to consider, what the options are, pricing and more. They produce a London Student Housing Guide which includes a vast amount of information on how to search and secure accommodation in London which is also accessible online here. You will receive a copy of this guide during Introduction Week.

They have an online database of accommodation offers from registered landlords and letting agents which operates throughout the year. These offers include flats and houses for groups as well as rooms in shared flats and houses.

The ULHS works with a number of other providers of accommodation including short-term providers and Private Student Halls of Residences.

Finally, the ULHS offers housing advice which includes offering a contract checking service which allows students to have their contracts for private accommodation checked before they sign. They also offer legal advice should students get into any difficulty in private accommodation.

Both current students and those with an offer to study can access these services. If you would like to make an enquiry via the ULHS website you will need your AA membership number.

There are two flatmate finder events coming up on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2015 (3pm – 6pm). See the ULHS website to book a place!

If you have any questions about finding accommodation in London please contact ULHS:

Please note, due to this new agreement, the AA will no longer be running a separate Accommodation Office service during September. However, we will be organising an AA Accommodation Event during Introduction Week. Further details will be available soon.

Date Submitted: 20/8/2015

Online Top Up For One Card

Students, staff and members can top up their AA Payment card online at 


Date Submitted: 14/8/2015

Student Loans for New and Returning Eligible Students


(Student Loan Company)

New and Continuing Students: 2015/2016

Please note that eligible students are now able to apply to the Student Finance England (Student Loan Company) for Tuition Fee Loans/Living Expenses (if applicable) http://www.slc.co.uk/

When completing your SLC application please ensure you use the following course title: 5 year ARB/RIBA recognised course in Architecture.

Date Submitted: 31/7/2015

Conservation of Historic Buildings Suspended

Important Notice: The Conservation of Historic Buildings course has been suspended for the 2015/16 academic year. This is a temporary suspension while the school works to re-organise the programme. Please regularly review the website for further updates.

Date Submitted: 31/7/2015

AAIS Expat Series: re_dial Performance - Friday 31 July

Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio's photo.

SPACE 129-131 Mare Street London E8 3RH

7:30-10:30 Friday 31 July

Please RSVP under the following link:

Challenging the frontiers of working in between art, architecture and performance, the AA Interprofessional Studio aims to expose a hidden ‘worknet’ between multiple professions and their products. The studio – operating as an interdisciplinary creative office where knowledge exchange is one of the core points of focus – reaches professions and stimulates students to develop a communication language across creative disciplines. It acts as an invitation to build a network of professionals and experts from creative backgrounds as diverse, and complimentary, as performance, design, music, film, photography, fashion, communication and curation through workshops and symposia, combining each creative language to work and study within the AA on concrete projects reflective of the various fields of research. 

In collaboration with Mangiabarche Gallery on Calasetta, Sardinia, Emerging Ibiza and developed full-scale productions starting with a base camp on Sardinia that produced the framework for a broader event and cultural festival on Ibiza and finishes with a performance and forum of discussion in London. <p >The final event will stage all disciplines together in the worlds most global city: A final event, where the choreography reaches into a full-scale installation, and performance with New Movement Collective, David Mc Almont and Andy Dean. 

Date Submitted: 29/7/2015

2015-2016 Academic Year: Term Dates

SUBSCRIBE TO AA CALENDARS HERE - www.aaschool.ac.uk/calendar

Introduction Week (new students):
Monday 21st to Friday 25th September 2015

Term 1 (12 Weeks):
Monday 28th September to Friday 18th December 2015

Student Vacation:
Saturday 19th December to Sunday 10th January 2016 inclusive

AA Premises Closed:
Saturday 19th December to Sunday 3rd January 2016 inclusive

Term 2 (11 Weeks):
Monday 11th January to Thursday 24th March 2016

Student Vacation:
Friday 25th March to Sunday 24th April 2016

inclusive AA Premises Closed:
Friday 25th March to Tuesday 12th April 2016 inclusive

Term 3 (9 Weeks):
Monday 25th April to Friday 24th June 2016

Bank Holiday: Monday 2nd May 2016 (Week 2)

Bank Holiday: Monday 30th May 2016 (Week 6)

Term 4 (13 Weeks):
(Graduate School MA/MSc students only) Monday 27th June to Friday 23rd September 2016

AA Premises Closed:
Saturday 20th to Monday 29th August inclusive

Issued by: Registrar July 2015

Date Submitted: 23/7/2015

Introduction Week for New Students 2015

The AA will welcome the 2015/16 cohort of new students on Monday 21 September 2015. Please come to 36 Bedford Square at 10am, where you will be able to collect a welcome pack, which will provide you with everything you need to know for the week. The admissions team will be around to answer any questions you may have.

Introduction Week is a valuable opportunity to familiarise yourself with London and the AA, as well as to meet fellow new students. Visits are arranged to places of architectural interest and to architectural practices, and there are introductory talks about the different parts of the school. Compulsory inductions to the library, workshop, computer room and health and safety also take place this week.

On Monday the Director of the school will provide you with key information about the AA. You will also attend course/programme introductions providing an important opportunity to learn more about the course and meet AA tutors/programme directors. On Tuesday 22nd September you will be required to attend registration and compulsory inductions throughout the day.

Trips to places of interest, exhibitions and office visits take place on Wednesday and Thursday of Intro Week. The office visits are unique opportunities to visit practices that have a connection with the AA. You are entitled to attend one visit out of the trips listed. However, you will not be able to sign up for a trip if it clashes with a compulsory library or workshop induction. Please be aware that you will not be able to sign up for a trip if you have not pre-registered.

On Friday of this week everyone is invited to attend the AA boat trip down the Thames followed by a picnic in Bedford Square. The Student Forum will also organise various events throughout the week. Further details will be available in the coming weeks.

Over the summer we recommend you keep an eye on the AA website and facebook page for updates and events. Full unit briefs for the 2015/16 academic year will be available via the website in early September.


All students are required to attend registration on Tuesday 22nd September 2015. You will be required to arrive at the scheduled time for your course; this time will be confirmed soon.

To register you will need:

* A pen.

* Your passport and a photocopy of the photo page.

* Your biometric residence permit and a photocopy of the front and back of the card (if applicable).

* Any outstanding documents listed on your conditional offer letter or that we have specifically requested.

* Proof of payment of your deposit and tuition fees (a receipt or statement), and a copy of your scholarship/bursary/loan letter (if applicable).

You may find that you owe the AA a small amount of money if, for example, the bank charged fees when you made a transfer, or if you have forgotten to pay the £95 membership and student forum fee. You will not be able to officially register as an AA student until you have paid all outstanding money.

Once you have registered you will be able to sign up for reference and bank letters. These will be available for collection from the Admissions office on Thursday. We cannot issue letters before this date.

Please check your email regularly for updates over the coming months. We look forward to meeting you all on Monday 21st September 2015!

AA School Admissions

Date Submitted: 16/6/2015

Library Summer Opening Hours


Monday 29 June : open 10-5

Tuesday 30 June – Friday 31 July : open Monday-Saturday 10-6

Closed Saturday 1 August –Monday 31 August inclusive.

Tuesday 1 September –Saturday 26 September : open Monday-Saturday 10-6

Normal term-time hours  will resume from Monday 28 September:

Monday – Friday 10-9, Saturday 10-6



July Weekend Programme Book Loans

During July programme books can be borrowed over each weekend from

Friday 4pm to Monday 12midday

August Closure Programme Book Loans

From 10am Thursday 30 July programme books can be borrowed from

the library issue desk and must be returned by 12midday on Tuesday 1 September.

Maximum 2 programme books per person

No normal ‘reference’ books, no interlibrary loans, no tutor’s own books

Date Submitted: 8/6/2015

London Design Festival call for entries.

#PoweredByTweets: The Challenge

The London Design Festival has partnered with Twitter UK on a new public design and exhibition challenge. The best ideas around the UK will be showcased in an exhibition held during the Festival in September. Enter the Challenge by 5 June 2015.


Follow London Design Festival @L_D_F

Date Submitted: 7/5/2015


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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.