Call for Applications for AA Council Membership

The AA Council is looking for new members with skills in Higher Education, Human Resources or IT/Digital to join the governing body and lend expertise in supporting an exciting period of development under the AA’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.

For further details including how to apply, please see Recruitment Package or contact Company Secretary, Holly Bowden for an initial conversation.

Download Recruitment Package

Date Submitted: 14/8/2019

AA School Summer Closure

The AA School premises will be closed from Saturday 17th of August to 26th of August (Inclusive).

The AA School will reopen from Tuesday 27th August.

Date Submitted: 13/8/2019

Teaching Opportunity at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart

With its 900 students in art, architecture, design and restoration, the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart is one the largest art schools in Germany.

The Department of Architecture, Chair for Architectural Design and Building Typology, Prof Marianne Mueller AA Dipl. (AA graduate, ex-AA Unit Master) is looking for teaching assistant from 16.09.2019 to 15.07.2020 with a 50% in salary group 13 TV-L.

The responsibilities include studio teaching within a small design studio (Master level), the preparation and organization of design courses, events and trips as well as selected administrative activities.

You will have a qualified degree in Architecture. Desired are teaching and practical experience, as well as artistic and technical understanding of architectural design.

The State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart has a Gender Equality Plan and aims to increase the proportion of women in the artistic sector and/or scientific service.

Electronic applications (PDF of maximum 10 MB with cover letter, CV, certificates and documented work samples) are requested by 16 August 2019.

Sent your application to:

For further information please contact:

Date Submitted: 1/8/2019

Archives Summer Closure

Closed: 30th July - 27th August incl.

Date Submitted: 28/7/2019

Summer Vacation Library Opening Hours

Closed Saturday 27 July - Monday 26 August incl.

Tuesday 27 August - Sunday 22 September: 
open Monday to Sunday 10-6pm

Normal term-time hours resume from Mon 23 September
Open Monday to Friday 10-9pm, Saturday to Sunday 10-6pm

Date Submitted: 27/7/2019

2019 John McAslan + Partners Student Open Evening

The evening will showcase a range of work produced by our current part I and part II graduates while here at the practice. There will be opportunities for prospective graduates to see what projects and work is produced by our part I and Part II employees while here at John McAslan + Partners. Students will be able to meet and greet current employees and gain an insight into practice life and potential employment opportunities should students feel the practice is suited to them.

Date Submitted: 10/6/2019

AA Bookshop extended opening times

The AA bookshop will be open until 8.30pm on Thursday 20th June and on Friday 21st of June.

Date Submitted: 10/6/2019

Late May Bank Holiday Closure

All premises in 32-39 Bedford square and 4&16 Morwell street will be closed on Monday 27 May 2019.

Date Submitted: 22/5/2019

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 ( 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 

Read the AA's Student Protection Plan

Date Submitted: 4/4/2019


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

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

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:
    • 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


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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.