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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:

 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:


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

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

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 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)

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


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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.