International Student Identity Cards

The cost of this card is included in the AA Student Forum fee. Once we have a comprehensive list of all the 2014/2015 registered students we will place an order for the cards. They should be received by the end of October to collect from the Admissions office. A notice will appear in the Events List when the cards arrive.

Date Submitted: 22/9/2014

Bank/Council Tax/Reference Letters

If you need a reference letter, please see the appropriate Admissions coordinator who has also dealt with your application. Folders will be available in the Admissions Office and at registration where you can fill out your details. Please be aware we cannot issue letters until you have completed registration 
on Tuesday 23 September.

Date Submitted: 22/9/2014

Student Oyster Cards

You are entitled to a Student Oyster Card, which gives you discount on travelcards (it costs £10). Visit to register. You will be asked to enter your student ID number, which is the last five digits printed under your name on the front of your AA Membership card. 

Date Submitted: 22/9/2014

Student Healthcare Information

If you are an international student on a course of study for six months or more, you will qualify for NHS treatment from the beginning of your stay on the same basis as anyone who is ordinarily resident in the UK. Please see for further details. You will be able to sign up for the NHS system with the Gray’s Inn Medical Practice, 77 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8TS on Registration Day, Tuesday 23 September.

Date Submitted: 22/9/2014

European Union Fee Contributions

EU students are eligible to receive an EU contribution towards fees for the five-year ARB/RIBA undergraduate architectural course, provided they have been resident in an EU country for at least three years prior to their course of study. For further information, please see the student finance section of


Date Submitted: 22/9/2014

Student Assistantships

A small number of assistantships in the Maintenance and Exhibitions departments, the Library and in the Computer Room are available to students who are experiencing financial hardship. If you are interested, please contact the relevant department. International students are eligible to undertake assistantships, subject to permission from the UKVI that the student is able to work during term time and vacation time.

Date Submitted: 22/9/2014

Optional Intro Week Practice Visits Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 September

Wednesday 24

8.30 DSDHA 

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

DSDHA is an award-winning practice, founded by Deborah Saunt in 1998, whose work focuses on promoting architecture for today’s way of life and tackling issues at the core of contemporary society. Maximum 24 students


9.00 Eric Parry Architects 

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

Eric Parry Architects is an award-winning practice responsible for several highly prestigious commercial projects in the City and West End including 5 Aldermanbury Square, 60 Threadneedle Street, 23 Savile Row and 50 New Bond Street. Maximum 19 students


9.15 All-day bus tour of London’s significant urban housing projects

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square 

Compulsory for Housing & Urbanism students. Other Graduate students welcome. Maximum 20 students


10.15 Pentagram

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

Pentagram is the world’s largest independent design consultancy. The firm is owned and run by 19 partners, working across London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin and Austin, with a broad design range from architecture to digital installations. Maximum 24 students


10.15 AL_A

Meet outside 32 Bedford Square

AL_A is an award-winning design and architecture studio. Founded in 2009, it has recently been commissioned to undertake the expansion of the V&A Museum in London and a 13-hectare media campus for Sky. No shoes allowed in the office. Please bring socks. Maximum 14 students 


10.30 ARUP 

Meet outside 32 Bedford Square

Arup is the creative force behind many of the world’s most innovative buildings and structures. Founded in 1926 by Ove Arup, its projects include the Sydney Opera House and the Channel Tunnel. Maximum 19 students


10.30 dRMM

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

Sadie Morgan, current AA President, is a founder of dRMM with Alex de Rijke and Philip Marsh. In 2013 Building Design awarded dRMM Architect of the Year and Education Architect of the Year for Nursery to Secondary. Maximum 11 students


1.00 HOK 

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. They employ 1,600 people who collaborate across 23 offices on three continents. Larry Malcic is the director of design for HOK’s London office and is an AA Foundation Trustee. Maximum 19 students


1.00 Dixon Jones 

Meet outside 38 Bedford Square

Dixon Jones is known for their cultural projects, university buildings and commercial developments in sensitive urban sites. Their redevelopment of the former Regent Palace Hotel in Piccadilly Circus has recently been completed. Arrive on-site 2pm, maximum 19


1.00 KPF

Meet outside 32 Bedford Square

Kohn Pederson Fox Architects (KPF) is an international practice that has made significant additions to the London skyline in recent years with the Heron Tower, completed in 2011, and the Pinnacle, currently under construction. Maximum 14 students


2.00 Zaha Hadid Architects

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

Zaha Hadid studied and taught at the AA. Her seminal works include Vitra Fire Station; Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati; and Phaeno Science Centre, Wolfsburg. The practice employs 400 staff and is undertaking 950 projects in 44 countries. Maximum 24 students


2.00 Serie Architects
Meet outside 32 Bedford Square
Serie Architects have a close relationship with the AA where founding principal Chris Lee has taught since 2002. In 2010 the practice won the ‘Young Architect of the Year Award’ and showcased the London 2012 Olympic Pavilion for BMW. Maximum 9 students


2.30 Fletcher Priest Architects 

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

Fletcher Priest Architects is an award-winning London practice. Most recently the East Village project in Stratford has won the Civic Trust Award, the Mayor of London‘s Award for Planning Excellence and was recognised as the ‘best new place to live’. Keith Priest is the former AA president and a current council member. Maximum 14 students


3.00 Grimshaw Architects 

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, past AA President, is Chairman of this firm which has won over 150 international design prizes. Notable buildings include the Eden Project and Southern Cross station
in Melbourne. Maximum 24 students


3.00 Wilkinson Eyre

Meet outside 32 Bedford Square

Wilkinson Eyre Architects is among the UK’s leading design practices, and is responsible for a large portfolio
of international projects. Most recently their Mary Rose Museum project in Portsmouth was named Project of
the Year at the 2014 Building Awards. Jim Eyre, past student and AA President, is a director at the practice. Maximum 11 students

4.15 Make

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

Make has established itself as one of the UK’s foremost architectural firms. The practice was founded by Ken Shuttleworth in 2004 and is engaged in a broad selection of projects worldwide, ranging from large-scale urban masterplans to luxury private houses. Maximum 19 students


4.30 Fosters + Partners  

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

Norman Foster is one of the UK’s most prolific architects. The practice has won numerous prizes including the
RIBA Stirling Prize and Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Notable buildings include 30 St Mary Axe and the
Great Court at the British Museum. Maximum 24 Students


Thursday 25

Optional Practice Visits and Inductions

9.00 AKT II 

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

Previously known as Adams Kara Taylor, AKT II is a structural and civil engineering consulting firm that has supported projects which have won more than 250 design awards, including the Stirling Prize in 2000 for Peckham Library. Maximum 24 students


9.30 Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

AHMM developed the improvements to the foyer and entrances of the Barbican Centre, and the practice was voted Architectural Practice of the Year in 2013 and 2009 by Building Design and Practice of the Year in 2013 by AJ100. Maximum 19 students


12.30 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

RSHP Chairman, Richard Rogers, studied at the AA and is the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate. He is perhaps best known for his work on the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyd’s building and Millennium Dome both in London. More recently, the practice’s New Area Terminal at Madrid Barajas Airport won the 2006 Stirling Prize. Maximum 24 students


12.45 Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Meet outside 36 Bedford Square

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands is an award-winning practice of architects, masterplanners and designers with
a reputation for the quality of both its architecture and its completed projects in a wide variety of sectors. Alex Lifschutz, past AA President, formed Lifschutz Davidson with the
late Ian Davidson in 1986. Maximum 19 students


3.30 Allies and Morrison Architects
Meet outside 36 Bedford Square
Bob Allies, former AA councillor, is a partner at this practice that has won a total of 39 RIBA Awards for its completed projects, as well as 18 Civic Trust Awards, seven British Council for Offices Awards and seven environmental awards. Maximum 19 students


Date Submitted: 22/9/2014


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, 22 September 2014 at 6:30 p.m. to transact the following business:


1) The Terms of Reference for the Building Committee of the Architectural Association (Inc), as endorsed by the Members of the Building 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 forty-eight 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
Company Secretary
The Architectural Association, Inc.
36 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3ES
17 September 2014

Date Submitted: 17/9/2014

Introduction Week for New Students 2014

The AA will welcome the 2014/15 cohort of new students on Monday 22 September 2014. 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 23rd 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.


All students are required to attend registration on Tuesday 23 September 2014. 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.

* A photocopy of your Student Visa (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 any outstanding monies.

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 week. We look forward to meeting you all on Monday 22nd September 2014!

AA School Admissions

Date Submitted: 15/9/2014


Tales from the Woods: a theatre of celebration
Reintroducing the AA's legacy of theatre and performance since the 19th century

AA Birthday Party 2014
Friday 10 October

More information to follow in the coming weeks.

Date Submitted: 11/9/2014

Vertical Urban Factory Curator's Gallery Talk

Friday, 12 September
from 6-8pm at MoA @ The Filling Station, King's Cross, London N1C 4UR

Please RSVP for 12 September event to as spaces are limited. Drinks and Canapes will be served.

A discussion between Nina Rappaport, curator of Vertical Urban Factory and publications director at Yale School of Architecture and journalist and editor James Pallister, about the architecture and urban issues around manufacturing in cities and how the new shift to clean, green and smaller production methods can provoke new production spaces.

Full details here

Date Submitted: 9/9/2014

AA Accommodation Office - opening Monday 8 September 2014

The AA School Accommodation Office will be open from 11:30am on Monday 8 September until 6pm on Friday 26 September 2014.

During this period the office will be open Monday-Friday from 10.00am-6.00pm (closed for lunch 1pm-2pm). It will be located in No. 33 Bedford Square, Ground Floor Back (behind the membership office).

Current students will be available to help you look for accommodation and to provide advice on suitable areas to live in London. There will be adverts for accommodation put up during this time, and a list where you can sign up to be contacted by other students should you wish to find shared housing together. 

This is a great opportunity to meet other students looking for accommodation or to receive help, especially if this is your first time in London!

Please remember that the AA does not have halls of residence and unfortunately cannot offer students temporary accommodation. For student accommodation and temporary options please see the list located here ( for advice.

If you have a room to rent, please email an ad, including photos and costs, to and we will put it on the notice board.

Date Submitted: 3/9/2014



Calling for makers, musicians and performers

Details and application.

Date Submitted: 2/9/2014

Student Assistant Required for Visiting School Office

Student Assistant required to assist with administrative work in the AA's Visiting School office starting from 23rd July (or earlier) until September. 
Please e-mail Andrea in the Visiting School on if you are interested or call her on 0207 887 4014.
Date Submitted: 16/7/2014


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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.