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

AArchitecture Call for Submissions

The AA Editorial Team are interested in your ideas on the next AArchitecture issues theme: Health and Safety. Be it an account of the smog over the terrace, about power tools + fashion, or your five year plan for sleep-walking: how does a school of architecture take care? Currently in the process of gathering content, our inbox will be open until the 25 July. Please submit a 100 word-proposal to outlining your article, drawing, survey, diagram, critique or plain good advice: any format will be considered. If selected, the final piece will be due on the 28 July.

Date Submitted: 7/7/2014

Scholarships available for Bilbao Visiting School

Computing Topos III - 23 July - 5 August 2014

Please send a maximum 4 A3 page and 5meg portfolio before the 7th of July to:

Date Submitted: 3/7/2014

The AA Bookshop will be closed for an annual stock take from Monday 28th July - Friday 1st August inclusive


Date Submitted: 1/7/2014

6 Philips Scholarships for Madrid Visiting School - Deadline 26th June

Philips will cover 60% of the inscription fee for the best 6 applicants. Submit your CV and portfolio before 26th June to

Full details of lectures at

Date Submitted: 19/6/2014

10 Free Tickets for AA Students to The Secret Life of Buildings: Salon with Tom Wilkinson & Tom Campbell

In partnership with The London Festival of Architecture

Tuesday 24th June 6pm at 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP

10 free tickets for students on a first come first serve basis - email

Student tickets £6 including wine.

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Date Submitted: 12/6/2014

Graduate School Final Juries Week 8

Tue 17 June

10.00 MA HCT Reviews
Invited critics: Fakhry Akkad, Fabrizio Ballabio, Monia De Marchi, Tina Di Carlo, Brian Hatton, Felipe Hernandez, Sofia Psarra and programme staff


Wed 18 June

10.00 Emtech End of Year Jury
Jurors include Martha Tsigkari, Ryan Dillon, Brendon Carlin, Jeroen van Ameijde, Manja van de Worp, Axel Koerner and Emtech staff
32 Second Floor Back

14.00 Landscape Urbanism End of Year Jury
Jurors include Caterina Padoa Schioppa, Teresa Stoppani, Jeff Turko and LU staff
33 First Floor Back

14.00 MArch Design and Make Phase 1 Final Jury 
32 First Floor Back

Thu 19 June

10.00 AADRL End of Year Jury 
Day 1 Agenda: Behavioural Complexity
Invited Critics: Marta Malé Alemany, Werner Sobek, Brett Steele, Mark Cousins, Marjan Colletti
AADRL Studio

Fri 20

10.00 AADRL End of Year Jury 
Day 2 Agenda: Behavioural Complexity
Invited Critics: Marta Malé Alemany, Werner Sobek, Brett Steele, Mark Cousins, Marjan Colletti
AADRL Studio

1.00 MPhil in Architecture (Projective Cities) Phase 1 Final Review 
32 First Floor Back

2.00 AAIS Final Jury 
Jurors include Prof Heide Hagebölling-Eisenbeis, Ron Rotholz and Greer Crawley
33 First Floor Front

Date Submitted: 12/6/2014

Projects Review 2014

Tickets and Invitations 

AA students and staff can pick up invitations to the Projects Review opening and Members’ Evening from Reception from Monday 9 June. Members’ invitations will be posted or emailed.

Graduation Ceremony 

Graduating students may collect their tickets for the ceremony from the Membership Office from Monday
23 June, 10-6. Each graduating student is entitled to up to two complimentary tickets and may purchase up to three additional tickets at £30 each. To book:

Collection of Work 

All work, images and models, must be clearly labelled on the reverse side with name and unit. No work can be removed from the exhibition while it is open. Work can be collected from Monday 21 July. All work must be removed from AA premises no later than Friday 25 July (with the exception of work in the Lecture Hall and Jury Rooms, which must be removed by Tuesday 22 July). The AA accepts no responsibility for work not claimed by this date.

Private View 

Friday 27 June, 6.30–8.30
The exhibition is open from Saturday 28 June to Saturday 19 July. Monday to Friday 10.00 to 7.00, Saturday 28 June 1.00 to 5.00, Saturdays 5, 12, 19 July 10.00 to 5.00. The Projects Review book will be on sale at a special price at the private view.

AA Members’ Evening 

Private opening, Projects Review
Monday 30 June, 6.00

Date Submitted: 12/6/2014

Free tickets for AA Students for Wren Lecture 2014. part of the London Festival of Architecture. 11 June 2014

7pm St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street

For information about the event please visit and email for free tickets:
Date Submitted: 11/6/2014


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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 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.