2018 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 an AA student to spend three weeks in Rome in July 2018. 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 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 17  May 2018 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: 20/4/2018

Architectural education: a progression inquiry - call for survey participants

AA alumna Dr Harriet Harriss invites fellow alumni to participate in a survey exploring the diversity of careers of architecture graduates across Europe, including those who are working in other sectors.

The purpose of this questionnaire is to examine the potential diversity of architecture futures across the European Union: and the extent to which architecture graduates are impacting in other industries. The questionnaire should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and the responses will be anonymised.  

The study is being conducted by the Royal College of Art (RCA), the University of Antwerp, Politecnico di Torino, Universitat Politècnica de València, University of Zagreb and KU Leuven. 

If you have any questions about the study, please contact lead investigator Dr Harriet Harriss at the Royal College of Art in London: harriet.harriss@rca.ac.uk.


Link to the survey:



Many thanks for your cooperation.

Dr Harriet Harriss (RCA)

Professor Johan De Walsche (University of Antwerp)

Date Submitted: 19/4/2018


This is an open call for nominations for a member appointment to Council starting 4th June 2018. Please see the role profile and person specification for further information.

Applicants must:

a)    At the time of nomination, be a full member of the Architectural Association and continue to be a full member for the duration of their tenure on Council

b)    be willing and able to perform the duties of a member of Council as described in the role profile and meet the requirements of the person specification (see attached);

c)    be able to devote sufficient time to attend and prepare for a minimum of 5 Council meetings per annum and attend committees and working groups as requested;

d)    be willing to serve as a member of Council for at least one term of 3yrs (members of Council are limited to a maximum of 2 terms of 3yrs);

e)    not have been disqualified under the Charities Act 2011 from acting as a charity trustee due to:

–         having an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception;

–         being bankrupt or having entered into a formal arrangement with a creditor

–         having been removed as a company director or charity trustee because of wrongdoing.


Please submit your name, membership number and a short statement of no more than 200 words confirming your eligibility for appointment and describing the skills and attributes you would bring to contribute to the business of Council

All candidates which meet the eligibility criteria will be put to a membership vote to determine the candidate who will be appointed as a member of Council1.

Send nominations to the Company Secretary, Holly Bowden, by email to secretary@aaschool.ac.uk by 5pm, 7th May 2018.

1 In the event the procedure above results in 1 eligible candidate they will be appointed without a vote. If the procedure results in no eligible candidates, a further call for nominations will be held.

Date Submitted: 17/4/2018

Apply for new RIBA funding schemes

If you are enrolling on RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 courses in September 2018, you can apply to the highest ever amount of money in the history of the RIBA as they make available a record £220,000.

If you are struggling to fund your course and have what it takes to become a great architect, RIBA now has more scholarships and bursaries to support students like you.

For more details visit: https://www.architecture.com/education-cpd-and-careers/studying-architecture/advice-on-funding-your-architectural-studies/funding-opportunities-for-students-of-architecture

Date Submitted: 16/4/2018

Students are invited to participate in the 2017-18 Student Survey

In addition to the School-wide survey, students in the 1st to 5th Year are also invited to participate in the COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES SURVEY.

Online links to surveys are circulated to your AA email addresses.

Your participation is very important and valuable and we very much hope that you take the short time required to complete the range of questions.

Date Submitted: 16/4/2018


The AA School will be temporarily closed from:

Wednesday 28th
 March to Sunday 15th April 2018 (inclusive).

The AA School will reopen again on Monday 16
th April 2018.

Opening Hours (during non-term time)

The premises in 34-36 Bedford Square will be open from 10am to 7pm on Saturday 21st April
The premises in 34-38 Bedford Square will be closed on Sunday 22nd April

Normal AA School Opening hours will resume from Monday 23rd April 2018. 

Term 3 begins on Monday 23rd April 2018. 

Date Submitted: 23/3/2018

Complementary Studies Term 2 Submission Hand-In

Undergraduate students are reminded that all Term 2 requirements in HTS, TS and MS for First, Second and Fourth Year students must be submitted no later than 1pm on Thursday 22 March. Please note the deadline for Third Year students is 1pm on Monday 26 March. All submissions are required in DIGITAL format. The upload process and presentation guidelines will be emailed to students in advance of the deadline.

Date Submitted: 15/3/2018

Result of the Staff Member of Council Election

Welcome to our first Staff Council Member, Joel Newman. 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Staff Member Council Election, your contribution was greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank the four candidates for standing for election.

Date Submitted: 15/3/2018

RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship & Kohn Pederson Fox Travelling Fellowship 2018

The RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, supported by Lord Foster and Foster + Partners, offers one travelling scholarship of £7,000 to a student of architecture to support international research on a topic and at locations of the student’s choosing. One AA student will be nominated for the award and will then be put forward for consideration by the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship award jury.

Submission Requirements

  • One completed application form signed by the student available at www.architecture.com/fosterscholarship
  • One A1 ‘poster’ presented as a pdf file detailing the proposal (topic, objective, locations)
  • Applicants are restricted to 500 words for the poster submission and the file size should not exceed 5 MB. Applicants that exceed these limits may jeopardise their chances of success
  • Applicants may also submit videos as additional supporting material with a maximum duration of two  minutes 
  • The topic of the research should relate to the survival of our cities and towns and fall under one of the following themes: learning from the past to inform the future; the future of society; density of settlements; sustainability; use of resources; quality of urban life; transport. 

Students must be enrolled in an RIBA or CAA validated degree programme or in a programme from a specially invited school or architecture centre and have successfully completed at least the first year of a Part 1 degree.



Each year, Kohn Pedersen Fox presents three $10,000 awards to students who are in their penultimate year at one of the 26 design schools with whom KPF has chosen to partner. The goal of the award is to allow students to broaden their education through a summer of travel before their final year at school. Two AA students will be nominated for the award and will then be put forward for consideration by the KPF Travelling Fellowship award jury. 

 Submission Requirements

  • A portfolio of 15 one-sided pages at 11” x 17” or smaller, in a binding
  • All design work should be executed by the student alone. No work executed in an office - unless it has been designed and drawn solely by the student - should be included
  • The first page will be a one-sided 8.5” x 11” sheet with the applicant’s name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, school attending and signature of the director, and signature of the applicant indicating permission for display/publication of portfolio and subsequent travel report images on the KPF website. This page should contain a statement of the student’s travel itinerary and the rationale for these travel plans. It should be easily detachable and should be the only page with any personal or identifiable information about the applicant.

Students in the penultimate year at the AA are eligible. Students may be enrolled in either a Bachelor of Architecture or a Master of Architecture degree program. The application is made by the student but must be approved by the director of the School, who may nominate two students from the class.




Date Submitted: 13/3/2018


DEADLINE: April 6, 2018

Pidgin Magazine, the journal of the Princeton University School of Architecture, welcomes submissions for Issue 24. The issue seeks to examine the contemporary moment in architecture and its relative fields through essays, design proposals, conversations, responses, visuals, and experiments limited to 2500 words.

Selected submissions will be potentially paired with invited respondents, who will provide printed commentaries as addenda to generate dialogue. 

Please submit all materials to pidgin@princeton.edu via email or a file sharing platform by April 6 for consideration to Pidgin 24.

Later submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis and considered for future issues in dialogue with Pidgin’s editors.

Date Submitted: 12/3/2018


Notice is hereby given that a Special General Meeting of AA Members will be held in the AA Lecture Hall at 6pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018. The meeting has been requisitioned by 12 AA Members under by-law 45 'to consider recent events at the AA concerning Exhibitions and Publications departments, and staff redundancies'. The 12 signatories of the requisition are:

Peter Ahrends

Ted Cullinan

Jeremy Dixon  

David Dunster               

William Firebrace         

Tony Fretton                   

Elizabeth Hatz                 

Andrew Higgott               

Francesca Hughes         

Edward Jones               

Kate MacIntosh           

Fred Scott        

Date Submitted: 9/3/2018

AA Director Election Result

The AA Search Committee is delighted to announce the result of the ballot for the preferred candidate for new Director.

The AA School Community, comprised by students, academic and admin staff and members of Council has elected Eva Franch i Gilabert the winner, from a short-list of three candidates, by a majority vote of 67%, representing the highest majority received in a contested election since 1990.

A total of 876 members of the School Community voted, giving an election turnout of 81.3%, one of the highest levels of participation in Director elections over the last 30 years. Following this election result, the AA Council will carry out final contractual negotiations and formally announce the appointment of the new AA Director.

Date Submitted: 6/3/2018

Week 11 and Easter Break Library Hours and Programme Loans

Monday 19 March – Thursday 22 March : OPEN 10-9
Friday 23 March : OPEN 10-6
Saturday 24 March : OPEN 10-6

Monday 26 March : OPEN 10-6
Tuesday 27 March : OPEN 10-6
AA Closure Wednesday 28 March – Sunday 15 April inclusive
Monday 16 April – Saturday 21 April : OPEN 10-6
Normal term-time hours resume Monday 23 April: M-F 10-9, Sat 10-6

Programme book borrowing from 10am Thursday 22 March in person at the issue desk
Max 2 programme books per person, No reference only books, No interlibrary loans, No tutors own books.
All programme books must be returned by 12midday on Monday 23 April.

Date Submitted: 6/3/2018

2018/19 AA Bursary Application Forms

Eligible students can sign up for a bursary application form from Sabrina Blakstad (36 Bedford Sq, 2nd floor) from Monday 5 March. Completed applications must be returned by the deadline:

1pm (GMT) Friday 18 May 2018. 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 2018/19 of their fulltime studies at full tuition fee rate
  • MPhil Projective Cities Year 2 students in 2018/19

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

Date Submitted: 26/2/2018


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