AA Writing Prize Winners 2019

Date Submitted: 2/5/2019

2019 Nicholas Boas Scholarship

We are delighted to announce that applications are open for the Nicholas Boas Scholarship. This travel scholarship, established in memory of former AA student Nicholas Boas (1975-1998) allows two AA students to spend three weeks in Rome in July 2019. The recipient will be based at the British School at Rome, where generations of artists and scholars have researched the history, art and architecture of Italy. All expenses for the trip are generously taken care of by the Nicholas Boas Trust and any current AA registered full-time student may apply by emailing a short written paragraph stating why they wish to travel to Rome and what interest they intend to pursue whilst they are there.

The deadline for applications is 1pm on Thursday 16  May 2019 by email to Sabrina Blakstad (Sabrina.blakstad@aaschool.ac.uk) and must contain the name, email address, telephone number, year/programme of study of the applicant. 

 

A shortlist of applicants will be asked to attend an informal interview to discuss their current work and their ideas for a Rome visit. The successful candidate is expected to produce a small body of work as a result of their visit; sketches, photographs or the basis of a project. For further information please contact Sabrina Blakstad at the email address above.

Date Submitted: 1/5/2019

The AA registers with Office for Students (OfS)

We are now registered with the Office for Students (OfS).

That means we meet its requirements for course quality, academic standards, student support, student protection and more. 

For more information visit https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/the-register 

Read the AA's Student Protection Plan

Date Submitted: 4/4/2019

AA PREMISES EASTER CLOSURE 2019

Please note The AA school will be closed from Thursday 4th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019 (Inclusive).

The AA School will be closed from:

Thursday 4th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019 (Inclusive).

The AA School will reopen again on Tuesday 23rd April 2019
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Normal AA School Opening hours will resume from Tuesday 23rd April 2019. 

Term 3 begins on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. 

Date Submitted: 29/3/2019

AArchicture Call for Submissions

Published every term, AArchitecture journal is edited by and written for the AA Community. It interprets the different roles that research plays within architectural discourse.

Issue 37 seeks both written and visual material on the theme of recognition. Submit by Sunday 14 April to aarchitecture@aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 20/3/2019

TDAP Update to the School Community

At Eva’s State of the Association address last week she mentioned that we were preparing a short update for all of you on our Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) application. So here we go:

  • The AA submitted an application for TDAP to the Privy Council on 29th July 2015 and a decision on that application will be taken by the QAA’s Advisory Committee for Degree Awarding Powers (ACDAP) at their meeting on 9th May 2019. If successful, it is anticipated that the decision will be included on a Privy Council agenda before December 2019 for ratification of the Award.
  • Our final stages of preparation included a submission of evidence on 14th December 2018 and a Post-TDAP scenarios paper (focused on possible outcomes of the ACDAP decision, their implications, and recommended ways forward) that was presented to the School’s joint Academic Board and Academic Committee meeting on 28th November 2018 and to the AA Council AGM/OGM meeting on 21st January 2019. Its key contents include:
  • AA AS A TDAP INSTITUTION
    • Immediate Benefits
      • Strengthening the AA’s academic independence within the frameworks set by the Office for Students (OfS) and the QAA in their regulatory roles.
      • Being able to award UK government recognised academic degrees, which it is hoped to be at the end of the 2019/20 academic year.
      • Parity between AA students and those of other UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), including parity with Tier 4 visas rights.
      • Re-opening the AA's Foundation Course to international applicants as it will satisfy the condition of being an accredited offering.
      • Enabling internal management of our entire taught academic provision according to the School’s own academic regulations, policies and codes of practice.
    • Student-specific Benefits
      • All students: Greater ease when qualifying/validating their academic qualifications (including exit awards) internationally and demonstrating academic progression when applying for postgraduate courses.
      • Home and EU students: Continued access to student loans from the UK government.
      • International students: Permission to undertake work during studies and vacation periods; permission to sponsor dependents; greater access to international scholarships/loans; equal recognition with all UK university degree awards.
    •  Immediate Actions
      • To consolidate the existing provision by validating the Foundation Certificate, BA (Hons) and MArch degrees in time for graduating students in 2019/20 and to align with applications for the 2020/21 admissions cycle.
  • FAQs

    Q: Can TDAP be retrospective?
    A: Typically, Degree Awarding Powers are not issued retrospectively.

    Q: What will happen to the AA Diploma if we give out other qualifications?
    A: Instead of being only an internally recognised award, the AA Diploma will become an internationally-recognised and validated award (MArch).

    Q: What if the AA does not get TDAP?
    A: The immediate concerns are to consider the impact on 2020-2025 Strategic Plan; assess impact on student recruitment and financial management; address questions over the future regulation of private providers of higher education; and to consider the existing AA-OU partnership.

    Q: Will the AA be able to issue degree awards in any subject area?
    A: Yes. With the AA’s TDAP application there is no restriction of any future degree areas provided that we maintain robust validating and monitoring processes for all courses.

    Q: What have been the changes at the AA as a result of this process?
    A: The AA has established a robust academic and corporate governance structure with clear protocols, methods and procedures in line with UK HEI standards. This has involved producing essential documents, committees and practices for developing and delivering a more effective and higher-quality education. Along these lines, the AA is already considering the necessary steps to apply for Research Degree Awarding Powers (RDAP).

Our energies continue to be focused on a successful TDAP outcome and the implementation of all the opportunities that success in this process will bring to the AA. We’ll be back in touch as soon as we receive any further news. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Christopher Pierce, QA Facilitator, directly if you have any questions connected to TDAP. 

Watch the School Director's State of the Association presentation

Date Submitted: 5/3/2019

2019/20 AA Bursary Application Forms

Eligible students can sign up for a bursary application form from Sabrina Blakstad (36 Bedford Sq, 2nd floor) from Monday 4 March. Completed applications must be returned by the deadline:

1pm (GMT) Friday 17 May 2019. 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 2019/20 of their fulltime studies at full tuition fee rate

·         MPhil Projective Cities Year 2 students in 2019/20

 

The AA Bursary would be awarded on the understanding that the student is not in receipt of any other very substantial additional award. An AA Bursary is not deferrable.

 

Date Submitted: 28/2/2019

Library Week 11 and Easter Vacation Opening Hours

WEEK 11 LIBRARY OPENING HOURS

Monday 18 March to Thursday 21 March : open 10-9pm

Friday 22 March, Saturday 23 March, Sunday 24 March : open 10-6pm

 

EASTER VACATION LIBRARY OPENING HOURS / PROGRAMME BOOK LOANS

Monday 25 March to Wednesday 3 April: open daily 10-6pm

Programme book borrowing from 10am Thursday 28 March in person at the issue desk. Programme books must be returned by 12midday on Tuesday 23 April

AA Closure Thursday 4 April to Monday 22 April inclusive

Normal term-time hours resume Tuesday 23 April:

Monday to Friday 10-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10-6pm

Date Submitted: 26/2/2019

Library closes 1-2pm on Friday 22 February

The library will close 1-2pm on Friday 22 February for the Director’s Annual Presentation to the School.

Date Submitted: 19/2/2019

State of the Association, 2019 – School Director's 2019 School Meeting

Friday 22 February, 13.00

Lecture Hall

All students and staff are invited to Eva Franch i Gilabert's mid-year 'State of the Association' presentation, made annually to the entire school. 

It will be relayed to the Barrel Vault, the Dining Room and live streamed to Hooke Park.  All members of the School Community are encouraged to attend. 


Please note - there should be no teaching whilst the presentation is in progress.  

Date Submitted: 19/2/2019

Workshop Assembly Room now open

The 'Workshop Assembly Room' is located in what was the old DPL space. It is now officially open for model making and fabrication work. 

Opening times.

Monday* 10:00 - 18:00 

Tuesday* 10:00 - 21:00

Wednesday* 10:00 - 21:00

Thursday* 10:00 - 21:00

Friday* 10:00 - 18:00 

Saturday* 10:00 - 17:00 

*closed 13:00–14:00 

Sunday closed all day

Date Submitted: 25/1/2019

AA Library is now open on Sundays

The Library has extended its opening hours and is now open on Sundays from 10:00-18:00.

The new term-time opening hours are:

Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 21:00 

Sat - Sun: 10:00 - 18:00

Date Submitted: 14/1/2019

DRL Phase II MArch Final Jury

Join us for the DRL reviews at the Lecture Hall on Thursday and Friday, January 10th-11th from 10am to 6pm. To view the recorded reviews next week sign up to receive your password.

Date Submitted: 10/1/2019

Info about School openings...

‘Tis with the spirit of Christmas we write to inform you that all of your student wishes are about to come true…

The AA Dining is now open as a working space between the hours of 12.15-10pm.  Don’t all rush at once but apparently it has great WIFI, heating and of course the ONLY microwave in the school. It’s quite an elderly machine but is due to be upgraded – it’s usage comes with a caveat - no glue, wax, tinfoil (etc) or non edible models.  They are hard to digest and will ruin the microwave.  There will be also be a 5 minute timer installed to stop people incinerating their food and themselves.  Can we also remind you that the floor and table tops are not receptacles for rubbish - there are bins for that purpose and that no glue and paint spray, or cutters – except for food- are to be employed in the area.  This is happening on a trial basis so treat the tables and the microwave with respect and there will be permanent access to one of the most desirable spaces in the AA.(nb The AA Dining Room has just made it to a book of unusual bars and restaurants of London ….  ) As if that weren’t enough for you the AA Bar is now offering decaf coffee, new wines and a machine accepting payment by credit and debit card.

And to top all of the exciting news above off - an absolute cherry on the cake - the AA Library will also be opening for the first time on Sundays from January 13th.  Hours will be 10-6pm.  Pinch yourselves it’s all true. 

Date Submitted: 14/12/2018
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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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 Certificate), 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.

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