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

AA PREMISES EASTER CLOSURE 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

RIBA NORMAN FOSTER TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP 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. 

Eligibility
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.

SUBMISSIONS TO THE DIRECTOR’S OFFICE

DEADLINE: 12PM, WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL 2018

KOHN PEDERSEN FOX TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIP 2018
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.

Eligibility
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.

SUBMISSIONS TO THE DIRECTOR’S OFFICE

DEADLINE: 12PM, MONDAY, 26 MARCH 2018

FULL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR BOTH AWARDS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE DIRECTOR’S OFFICE OR VIA EMAIL – directorsoffice@aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 13/3/2018

PIDGIN 24 - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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 OF A SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING OF AA MEMBERS

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

WEEK 11 LIBRARY OPENING HOURS
Monday 19 March – Thursday 22 March : OPEN 10-9
Friday 23 March : OPEN 10-6
Saturday 24 March : OPEN 10-6

EASTER VACATION LIBRARY OPENING HOURS
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

EASTER VACATION PROGRAMME LOANS
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

NOTICE OF ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING OF THE AA COUNCIL

Notice is hereby given that an Ordinary General Meeting of the Registered Members (“Council”) of the Architectural Association, Inc. will be held at 33 Bedford Square, First Floor Back, London, WC1 on Monday, 5 March 2018 at 6.30pm.

Date Submitted: 22/2/2018

The Social in Architecture: Provisional Demos - public event talk by Mabel O. Wilson at the ICA

The Institute of Contemporary Arts are hosting a three-part architecture event for PhD architecture students as well as the public. 

Mabel O. Wilson's talk builds on a number of events that have taken place at the ICA recently, such as Urban Planning as Social Cleansing, the Architects for Social Housing residency and A Heavy Nonpresence: Housing Workshop.  

Wilson's talk responds to questions about the role of architecture in situations of precarity and the breakdown of social structures along with notions of public space. This includes themes such as migration and temporary housing, the social use of history and memory, and structures of inequality and separation.   

For more details please visit the event page. https://www.ica.art/whats-on/social-architecture-provisional-demos

Date Submitted: 21/2/2018

Public Shortlist for AA Director

The Search Committee is pleased to announce that the following candidates have been invited to stand for election as AA Director:

Pippo Ciorra
Eva Franch i Gilabert
Robert Mull

Candidate bios

They will present to the school during the week commencing 19 February. For more details and a full schedule for the presentations and meetings with the School Community please visit search.aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 15/2/2018

Materials for Architecture 2018 - registration now open

Registration is now open for Materials for Architecture 2018, a conference and exhibition dedicated to exploring innovation in the development and specification of construction materials for building structures, envelopes, façades and finishes.

Register your free place at https://www.materialsforarchitecture.com

Date Submitted: 6/2/2018
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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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.

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