School Community Open Conversations

Two lunch time School Community conversations will take place this week on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December at 1pm.

This is a chance for the School Community - students, staff and members of Council - to come together in the spirit of openness, to ask questions and share our thoughts.  

Bring your lunch and speak about what's on your mind.

Date Submitted: 5/12/2017

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 Front, London, WC1 on Monday, 11 December 2017 at 6.30pm.

Date Submitted: 29/11/2017

MINDTHECORK International Design Contest 2017 Edition - DEADLINE EXTENDED

AA students are invited to participate in the MINDTHECORK International Design Contest 2017.

MINDTHECORK offers design or architecture students the opportunity to create and design innovative sustainable solutions for living interiors.

The challenge of the contest is to design a product or an installation using cork, or cork combined with other natural and sustainable materials, that is a covering of vertical or horizontal plans.

The contest is open to all design or architecture students born before 1999. Entries may be individual or from a team. Each team must have at least one member that is verifiably a design or architecture student. Each student or group can apply one or more entries. Submission of entries to the contest is free of charge.

For more information and to apply, please visit http://www.granorte.pt/en/design/design-contest 

The deadline has now been extended to 2 March 2018.

Date Submitted: 16/11/2017

WEEK 12 LIBRARY OPENING HOURS

Monday 11 December to Thursday 14 December : open 10-9pm
Friday 15 December : open 10-6pm
AA CLOSURE:  Saturday 16 December to Tuesday 2 January inclusive

Date Submitted: 16/11/2017

AA SCHOOL DIRECTOR - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Architectural Association (AA) is recognised as an international leader in architectural education, with graduates that include many of the world’s leading architects, scholars, critics and educators. The AA School is led by the AA Director who is elected by the School Community and formally appointed by the AA Council, which bears the overall responsibility for the Architectural Association Inc. Founded in 1847, the AA’s principal activities are the operation of a school of architecture (currently consisting of circa 750 students and 250 academic and administrative staff) and a learned society comprising members and alumni. The AA is committed to public benefit, attained by the teaching, discussion and promotion of architecture.

The AA is now seeking exceptional candidates to apply for the role of Director. The Director will provide intellectual, strategic and operational leadership as the AA charts its way through what will be an exciting yet challenging period in its history. The ideal candidate will be a respected figure in the field of architectural education or practice. They will have the leadership skills and abilities to navigate organisational complexities and be a compelling communicator. Candidates will be able to demonstrate the ability to foster creativity and innovation and to think beyond the conventional means of education. They will have a commitment to transparency and to maintaining and developing the AA’s distinctive model of participatory democracy.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Architectural Association on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit http://www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference EAVDA. Alternatively email belinda.beck@saxbam.com or telephone 020 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should arrive not later than noon on Monday 20th November 2017.

Date Submitted: 26/10/2017

International Architectural Competition "New Central Part of Resort Borovets"

We are pleased to inform you that the International Architectural Competition "New Central Part of Resort Borovets" is now officially announced. The competition is about a redevelopment of a significant central area in the Bulgarian mountain Resort. The submission is free of charge, untiil Jan 10, 2018.

Download the competition rules and full documentation from www.borovetscompetition.com and join us to reinvent the public center of the Bulgarian mountain resort. Projects entries will be accepted until January 10, 2018, 17:30 GMT+2. We are looking forward to your participation!

borovets competition poster

Date Submitted: 18/10/2017

‘Tomorrow’s challenges in today’s buildings’ - ideas competition launched by BSRIA and Designing Buildings Wiki

We are looking for innovative, unusual and radical ideas in response to the question; how can buildings be designed today to ensure they are resilient to the challenges they will face tomorrow?

This is a great opportunity for students to:

  • Engage with a vitally important subject. 
  • Apply their developing technical and theoretical knowledge. 
  • Get a competition win on their CV. 
  • Be featured in BSRIA’s Delta T magazine and on Designing Buildings Wiki (with their university and course being recognised).
  • Win £500 of BSRIA publications, training or membership.

The competition is very quick to enter, we are looking for ideas not long essays.

More info at Designing Buildings Wiki website


design building competition image

Date Submitted: 9/10/2017

LAWuN

As the era of mass media gives way to personal and participatory media, LAWuN instigates Channel Pavilion. Channel Pavilion is a space that you can use without qualifications, questions, judgment. There's a space in which you can share ideas and make connections with others around the AA and around the planet. Channel Pavilion is a prototype, a version of the AA leveraging its reputation for a continuous open-ended program inviting students to participate with each other in open forum.

This is Channel Pavilion, the space where you can enter and work, discuss and explore architecture and everything else. 

Begin by drafting your proposal here then return it to the Channel Pavilion.

First meeting will take place on Friday 6th October 2pm at 33 Bedford Square, Diploma corridor.

Date Submitted: 29/9/2017

PLAT open call for submissions for issue 7.0: Sharing

PLAT has announced an open call for submissions for their 7.0 issue, Sharing. Abstracts of approximately 250 words are due by 20 November 2017. Email submissions and questions to editor@platjournal.com and see platjournal.com for more details.

Date Submitted: 29/9/2017

2018 JOHN BELLE TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP

ELIGIBILITY

Application is open to students of any nationality in their penultimate year of a Masters or PhD degree program in Architecture, Historic Preservation and/or Urban Design.

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants will submit a portfolio of their work, a research/study proposal, a travel itinerary and budget. 

SCHEDULE

15 January 2018 Deadline for Applications to the Director’s Office – directorsoffice@aaschool.ac.uk

21 March 2018 Announcement of Award

Summer 2018 Travel & Research Period

15 October 2018 Deadline for Submission of Final Report

JURY

A jury to review submissions will be led by architectural, urban design and historic preservation professionals of the Beyer Blinder Belle Foundation, along with invited members of the design profession. Contact info@beyerblinderbellefoundation.org for questions.

For further info and application forms, please contact the Director’s Office – directorsoffice@aaschool.ac.uk


J.B. travel award

Date Submitted: 25/9/2017

RIBA - Launch: Romanian Architects and Urbanists Forum

We are pleased to request your presence at the launch of the Romanian Architects’ and Urbanists’ Forum (RAUF) on Saturday 14th October at the RIBA HQ in London.  The event is organised with the support of the Royal Institute of British Architects and part of ‘’Nice to meet EU’’ campaign.

RSVP via link RAUForum - Event Registration Form

https://goo.gl/forms/tWsQSMPcj6aUGK0d2

Venue: RIBA Forum Venue, 76 Portland Place, Marylebone, London W1B 1N

Duration: 2h,  14h00 - 16h00

Start: 14h00 sharp

 

Programme

13h45  Arrival

14h00  Opening: Iolanda Costide, Ana Becheru

Message from Sherban Cantacuzino CBE FRIBA - RAUF Life President

Message from Serban Tiganas, President of Romanian Order of Architects

14h30  RIBA Introductions

Dian Small - Director of RIBA London

Mitch Steprans - RIBA Membership Development Manager

15h00  Networking Session

16h00  Closing and departure

Serban Cantacuzino, CBE, is a Romanian architect, former secretary of Royal Fine Art Commission, but also the founder and president of Pro Patrimonio foundation. Cantacuzino was educated at Winchester College and Magdalen College, Oxford. He is a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The Romanian Architects’ and Urbanists’ Forum (RAUF) is an association formed at the initiative of a group of Romanian architects, town planners and designers, practicing in the United Kingdom.  The Forum proposes to promote and favour professional contact through a series of cultural and educational exchanges.  

Royal Institute of British Architects  RIBA aims to support British architects and introduce new people to the world of architecture.

Nice to meet EU Call for all EU Architects living and working in London.

Date Submitted: 25/9/2017

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 32 Bedford Square, First Floor Back, London, WC1 on Monday, 2 October 2017 at 5.30pm.

Date Submitted: 21/9/2017

Term Dates 2017/18

Monday 18th September - Friday 22nd September 2017 Introduction Week for all new students 

TERM 1 Monday 25th September to Friday 15th December 2017 (12 Weeks)

TERM 2 Monday 8th January to Friday 23rd March 2018 (11 Weeks)

TERM 3 Monday 23rd April to Friday 22nd June 2018 (9 Weeks)

TERM 4 (Graduate School MA/MSc students only) Monday 25th June to Friday 21st September 2018 (13 Weeks)

Please visit /STUDY/ for the calendar as a PDF and Google/iCal subscription.

Date Submitted: 18/9/2017

AA PREMISES SUMMER CLOSURE

The Premises in 32-39 Bedford Square, 4 Morwell Street and 16 Morwell Street will be closed from Saturday 19 to Monday 28 August 2017 (inclusive).

Please check the studio closing dates with Duty Managers.


Date Submitted: 15/8/2017
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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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