Important COVID-19 / Coronavirus information and FAQs


The AA school premises will be closed from Saturday 15th December 2018 to Tuesday 1st January 2019 (Inclusive).

Term 2 will start on Monday 7th January 2019.

Date Submitted: 14/12/2018

2019 Michael Ventris Award for Architecture

The trustees of the Michael Ventris Memorial Fund would like to invite applications for the 2019 Michael Ventris Award for Architecture. One award in the field of architecture (for the amount of £2,500) will be given to a small, independent project with a clear outcome whose contribution to the field should be characterised by uniqueness and innovation for the field of architecture.


The Fund was set in 1956 in the memory of Michael Ventris – an AA graduate – who became world famous for deciphering the ancient Greek script of Linear B. Anyone from the field of architecture is eligible to apply (applicants may have first degree in architecture or subject related to project, and the award is open applicants from all countries). The award is intended to support an independent project rather than a continuing programme of study.


The project submitted for the award should be accompanied with a specific brief, an analysis of the expenses, and a clear objective (outcome, media, etc.) and they should also demonstrate what their contribution to the field of architecture would be. All applications should be in PDF format and must not exceed six single-sided A4 pages. In addition, two reference letters supporting the application should be sent directly from the referees.


Please email the application, with Michael Ventris Application in the subject line, to Roberta Jenkins: by Friday, 1st March 2019. Applications received after this date will not be considered.


For further information, please contact Manolis Stavrakakis, AA Ph.D., recipient of the Michael Ventris Award for Architecture, 2011, and the academic coordinator of the award on behalf of the AA via email:



The awards are made by a panel under the auspices of the Trustees of the Michael Ventris Awards in conjunction with the Architectural Association. Payment of awards will be made in a single instalment, payable after the announcement of the award (June 2019), and successful candidates will be required to submit a written report to the Advisory Committee on the work that the Award has enabled him/her to complete by 1st March 2020. The recipient may also be invited to make a public presentation of the results at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.


Date Submitted: 30/11/2018

Week 12 and Christmas Vacation Library Opening Hours / Programme Book Loans

Monday 10 December to Thursday 13 December: OPEN 10am-9pm

Friday 14 December: OPEN 10am-6pm

AA Closure: Saturday 15 December to Tuesday 1 January inclusive.

Wednesday 2 January to Saturday 5 January: OPEN 10am-6pm

Normal term-time hours resume Monday 7 January

Programme Books can be borrowed over the Christmas vacation from 10am Thursday 13 December

In person at the issue desk.    All programme books must be returned by 12midday Monday 7 January.

Date Submitted: 26/11/2018

Library closes at 5pm on Saturday 17 November

On Saturday 17 November, the library will be open 10-5pm, closing at 5pm for preparations for an AA event.

Date Submitted: 12/11/2018

Tuition Fees 2019-20 

AA Council has approved the Tuition fee levels for the 2019-20 academic year at its Ordinary General Meeting [OGM] held on Monday 1st October 2018. These are confirmed as follows. 

Foundation Course  (New students) £21,424 

Undergraduate Years 1 to 5 (New and Continuing students) £21,424 

Postgraduate MA/MSc (New students, full Programme) £26,240 

Postgraduate MArch (New students, full Programme) £36,430 

Postgraduate MFA (New students, full Programme) £35,649 

Taught MPhil (New students, full Programme) £43,733 

PhD/MPhil (New students) £26,240 

The tuition fee levels are confirmed by the School Registrar for inclusion in all marketing and recruitment materials (printed and digital) with immediate effect (October 2018). 

Date Submitted: 24/10/2018

Meeting of the AA School Community

Please join us for a meeting of the AA School Community on Friday 12th October at 5pm in the Lecture Hall.  This is an important opportunity for all of us who are part of this community - AA students, staff and members of Council - to come together for two important updates: 

  • Introduction to the AA School Community: the annual account of the composition, role and function, constitution, rules and meeting procedures of this body;
  • The post-TDAP academic organisation of the AA School, and the launch of elections for a new academic committee structure supporting school-wide representation.


We look forward to seeing you on Friday and to the shared discussions ahead.

Date Submitted: 11/10/2018

Start of the Year Feedback Sessions with the School's Director and Registrar

Eva Franch i Gilabert and Belinda Flaherty invite all students to attend the Start of the Year Student Feedback Sessions. These sessions provide students the opportunity to discuss the academic year so far: share their experiences and opinions, and help the school stay committed in engaging with early feedback to take forward into the year.

All meetings will take place at 1pm in the Lecture Hall.

Monday 15 October – Foundation and First Year students
Wednesday 17 October – Graduate School Students
Friday 19 October – Intermediate and Diploma students

Date Submitted: 10/10/2018

Victoria Thornton OBE Appointed President of AA Council

The AA is delighted to announce that Victoria Thornton OBE was ratified as the next President and Chair of the AA Council at the Ordinary General Meeting held 1st October 2018 having taken the reins from David Porter who stood down having come to the end of his term as President. Read the full press release

Date Submitted: 4/10/2018

Notice of Ordinary General Meeting of the AA Council

Notice is hereby given that an Ordinary General Meeting of the AA Council will be held at 33 Bedford Square, First Floor Front, London, WC1, 1 October 2018 at 6.30pm. 

Date Submitted: 21/9/2018

Term Dates 2018-19

Monday 17th September - Friday 21st September 2018 Introduction Week for all new students

TERM 1 Monday 24th September to Friday 14th December 2018 (12 Weeks)

TERM 2 Monday 7th January to Friday 22nd March 2019 (11 Weeks)

TERM 3 Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 21st June June 2019 (9 Weeks)

TERM 4 (Graduate School MA/MSc students only) Monday 24th June to Friday 20th September 2019 (13 Weeks)

Please visit /STUDY/ for the calendar as a PDF and in digital format for subscription.

Date Submitted: 17/8/2018


The AA school premises  will be closed from Saturday 18th of August to 27th of August (Inclusive).

The AA School will reopen  from Tuesday 28th August.

Date Submitted: 9/8/2018

Troldtekt Award 2018 

Troldtekt is now inviting design and architecture students to participate in the Troldtekt Award 2018. The most creative and realistic proposal for using Troldtekt acoustic panels wins an award of €5,000.

Who is Troldtekt?

Troldtekt is a Danish company which, since 1935, has produced acoustic panels for ceilings and walls in all types of architecture. Their solutions are sold to multiple markets worldwide. Troldtekt acoustic panels are made from the natural materials wood and cement, and are certified in accordance with the sustainable Cradle to Cradle design concept.

What is the Troldtekt Award?

The Troldtekt Award is a design competition for design and architecture students from all over the world. The competition celebrates innovation among tomorrow’s architects.
The aim of the Troldtekt Award is to encourage students to explore Troldtekt acoustic panels and to find completely new ways of using them. Students from Europe and elsewhere have previously won the competition. Several UK students have also been short-listed.


The Troldekt award is open for entries from 1 October to 14 October 2018.
Participants must submit their projects no later than 4 November 2018.

Troldtekt Award 2018

Date Submitted: 28/6/2018

AA Diploma WITH HONOURS 2017-18

The following students have been awarded the AA Diploma WITH HONOURS 2017-18.  

Zsuzsa Peter, Diploma Unit 5

Etienne Gilly, Diploma Unit 9

Shaan Bimal Patel, Diploma Unit 14  

Dalia Frontini Matsuura, Diploma Unit 16

Date Submitted: 15/6/2018

External Examiners 2018

Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks founded Alison Brooks Architects in London in 1996. Her work in urban design, housing, the arts and higher education is known for its conceptual rigour, sculptural form, contextual specificity and ingenious detailing. Her award winning housing designs feature in the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture, with Ely Court a finalist for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award. Her recently completed Cohen Quadrangle will be Oxford's first College Quadrangle designed by a female architect. Alison is External Examiner at the AA, the Bartle7 UCL and is a Trustee of Open City.  She lectures on architecture internationally

Elisa Valero Ramos

Elisa Valero is a professor of architectural projects at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Granada and visiting professor at a number of schools in Europe and the UK. At Granada she has been secretary of both the Academic Board of the Masters in Architecture and the tribunal of approval of foreign degrees. She is external examiner at the AA and at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Fiona Raby

Fiona Raby is University Professor of Design and Social Inquiry and a Fellow of the Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought at The New School in New York. She was Professor of Industrial Design (id2) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna between 2011-2016 and was Reader in Design Interactions at the RCA between 2005-2015. She studied Architecture at the RCA before working for Kei'ichi Irie Architects in Tokyo. She also holds an MPhil in Computer Related Design from the RCA. She was a founding member of the CRD Research Studio where she worked as a Senior Research Fellow leading externally funded research projects. She taught in the Architecture department for over 13 years leading ADS 4.

Fred Manson

Fred Manson was from 1994 to 2001 director of Regeneration and Environment at the London Borough of Southwark, where he oversaw economic development, planning, property management, environmental management, regeneration, leisure and community services. He has been a member of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment design review panels and on the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group. Since 2004 he has been an associate of the Heatherwick studio. In 2000 he was awarded an honorary OBE. 

Gianni Botsford

Gianni Botsford was born in Venice, Italy in 1960. He originally studied Interior Design at Kingston University (84-86) and worked for a number of practices in London from 86-94. He completed his education at the Architectural Association, London (94-96), with Professor John Frazer, before setting up Gianni Botsford Architects in 1996 which he continues to direct. He was appointed AA Research Fellow in 1997 and has taught at the AA and London Metropolitan University, as well as being a visiting critic at the AA, Bartlett, Cambridge and Bath Universities. He is currently a member of the RIBA Awards Group and sits on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Architecture Appraisal Panel. The recipient of numerous awards, he has also lectured in the UK, India, the USA, and Mexico on the work of the practice. His research work at the AA and subsequently with Arup into the optimisation of the control of natural light has been used throughout the projects the studio has built and developed.

Homa Farjadi

Homa Farjadi is principal of Farjadi Architects London, and Professor in Practice of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at the AA and was the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. She has held a number of visiting chairs, has served on the Master Jury for the Aga Khan Award for architecture and has been external examiner of many international schools of architecture. Her projects have received awards and are widely published and exhibited. A publication of her research studio work at Penn is forthcoming.

Ingrid Schröder

Ingrid Schröder is a practicing architect and the founding Director of Cambridge Design Research Studio. She has taught at Cambridge since 2001 and served as a Design Tutor and Lecturer on Urban Theory here and at the Architectural Association and ETH Zurich. She has been directing the MPhil / RIBA Part II programme since 2011. Her current projects in teaching, research and practice focus on the relationship between political thought, civic space and urbanism.

Kathryn Firth

Kathryn Firth has led masterplanning and urban design projects in the US, Europe, the Middle East and the UK for both the private and public sector. They include sensitive heritage contexts, regeneration on brownfield sites and developments in complex inner city environments, and they range in scale from streetscape interventions to urban extensions. Most recently she was director of masterplanning at Publica. She also served aschief of design at the London Legacy Development Corporation, where she was responsible for design direction of the new neighbourhoods at the Olympic Park. She is a member of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group, committee member of the London

Society and a director of Sadler’s Wells Board. She was visiting lecturer at the Housing & Urbanism unit at the AA and is currently an external examiner and supervisor at Liverpool John Moores University, Cambridge and The Bartlet

Keith Priest

After graduating from the AA Keith Priest founded Fletcher Priest Architects with Michael Fletcher who had also studied at the AA. Based in London with studios in Cologne and Riga, Fletcher Priest are working on significant projects across the UK and Europe. Keith Priest’s work has won awards in most major programmes and has been extensively published and exhibited. He has lectured widely and been an external examiner at UK schools of architecture and art. He has served on the AA Council and was AA president from 2011–13. 

Mariana Ibañez

Mariana Ibañez is an associate professor of architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She holds degrees from the University of Buenos Aires and the AA. After completing her graduate studies, she joined the Advanced Geometry Unit at ARUP before joining the office of Zaha Hadid. In 2012 she co-founded Ibanez Kim with Simon Kim. Current projects include work for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the upcoming Biennale in Seoul. 

Yosuke Hayano

Born in Aichi, Japan, Yosuke Hayano is a principal partner at MAD. He received his Bachelor of Materials Engineering from Waseda University in Tokyo in 2000, an associate degree in architecture at Waseda Art and Architecture School in 2001, and his postgraduate degree in architecture at the AA in 2003. He was the winner of the 2006 Architecture League of New York Young Architects Award, 2011 Design for Asia Award and 2011 Kumamoto Artpolis Award. He was a visiting lecturer at Waseda Art and Architecture School (2008–12) and at Tokyo University (2010–12).

Patrick Bellew

Patrick Bellew is founding director of Atelier Ten, one of the UK’s Royal Designers and a chartered building services engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the design of high-performance buildings and systems. In 2010 Patrick was named a Royal Designer for Industry by the UK’s Faculty of Royal Designers, and in 2013 he received the CIBSE President Silver Medal. With 11 offices worldwide, Atelier Ten have pioneered innovations in the built environment that all focus on the delivery of high-performance buildings.

Perry Kulper

Perry Kulper is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. In a prior life he was a 17 year SCI-Arc faculty member and held visiting teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University. Subsequent to his graduate studies at Columbia University he worked in the offices of Eisenman/ Robertson, Robert A.M. Stern and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown before moving to Los Angeles. His interests include the generative potential of architectural drawing, the outrageously different spatial opportunities of diverse design methods and in broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination. He has recently published Pamphlet Architecture 34, ‘Fathoming the Unfathomable: Archival Ghosts and Paradoxical Shadows’ with Nat Chard. They are at work on a new book to be published by Routledge.

Pippo Ciorra

Pippo Ciorra was the editor of Casabella (1996-2002) and is the author of a number of architectural books and monographic studies. He teaches design and theory at SAAD (University of Camerino) and is the director of the international PhD programme Villard d’Honnecourt (IUAV). In 2016 he was part of the jury for the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice. He has curated and designed exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Since 2009, he has been senior curator of MAXXI Architettura in Rome. He also curates the Italian branch of YAP, the MoMA PS1 international programme for young architects.

Roz Barr

Roz Barr founded Roz Barr Architects in 2010 out of an interest in developing an idiosyncratic process of making. Her portfolio has grown quickly, and the size of the studio has followed. She has gained international recognition in Norway for her proposal for a new church and was part of Venice Biennale 2014 with a proposal for a public square and the restoration of San Lorenzo. The practice is working on a new Augustinian Centre and Priory in London and a refurbishment of the Building Centre. 

Sophie Hicks

Sophie Hicks started her career while serving as a stylist for Azzedine Alaïa and as fashion editor for Tatler and British Vogue. She gained her Diploma at the Architectural Association in 1993 and served as Vice-President on AA Council in 1999.  She has her own practice – Sophie Hicks Architects. She designed the concept for Chloé’s shops and has collaborated closely with Paul Smith and Yohji Yamamoto in the conception of their stores; and most recently the Acne flagship store in Seoul. She also creates the scenography for exhibitions, such as, famously, Sensation at the Royal Academy in 1997.  

Date Submitted: 14/6/2018


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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.