Fundamentals 2018 - A lecture series chaired by Oliver Wainwright for CSM's Spatial Practices

Following last year's series of debates at Central Saint Martins, Fundamentals is back in 2018, this time tackling The Way We Work – shining a spotlight on architectural education, internships, unions, fees, competitions, procurement, labour practices and more.

Visit the link below to read more about the series and buy tickets:

Date Submitted: 22/1/2018

Progress & plans of the new DPL facility in Bedford Square – completion, June 2018

More information - View PDF 

Date Submitted: 18/1/2018

Cities for our Future Challenge - Competition now open

The Cities for our Future Challenge is a global competition run by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in partnership with the UKNC for UNESCO and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Are you an imaginative, problem solving young professional, start up or student involved in surveying, urban design, architecture, or engineering? Then share your transformative ideas for projects and policies that solve some of the defining issues of our time: Rapid Urbanisation, Climate Change and Resource Scarcity.

The winner will receive a £50,000 prize and mentoring with industry experts to bring their idea to life.

To apply follow this link and submit your idea by the 31st May 2018. 

Date Submitted: 17/1/2018

UMC and GMC Student Representation Results and data confirmation for election held in November 2017

Date Submitted: 12/1/2018


Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Registered Members of the Architectural Association (Inc.) will be held at 33 Bedford Square, First Floor Front, London, WC1 on Monday, 22 January 2018 at 6.30pm.

Annual General Meeting 2018 - Provisional Agenda

  1. Welcome and Apologies
  2. Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting (23 January 2017)
  3. Trustees/Directors' Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2017
  4. Appointment of External Auditors
  5. Membership Report
  6. Date of the next Annual General Meeting.
Date Submitted: 9/1/2018

MArch Final Jury Week Live Streaming

The following Juries will be live-streamed next week, 8 - 12 January 2018.

Monday 8 January 2018
Housing And Urbanism Phase II Jury
Lecture Hall, 10.00am

Keynote lecture 6.30pm
Dan Stubbergaard 
Our Urban Living Room

Tuesday 9 January 2018
SED Phase II Final Jury
Lecture Hall, 10.00am

Keynote lecture 6.30pm
Patrick Bellew 
Green Building Design

Wednesday 10 January 2018
EmTech Phase II Final Jury
Lecture Hall, 2.00pm

Keynote lecture 6.30pm
Philippe Block 
Reimagining Shell Structures

Thursday 11 January 2018
DRL Phase II Final Jury
Lecture Hall, 10am 

Keynote lecture 5.00pm
Shajay Booshan 
Collaborative, cumulative : Realising architecture's disruptive potential

Friday 12 January 2018
DRL Phase II Final Jury
Lecture Hall, 10am

Keynote lecture 6.30pm
Organised by Theodore Spyropoulos with guests 
Future Culture

Date Submitted: 6/1/2018

The Admissions team are hiring student assistants 

The admissions team are seeking keen student assistants to help with tours of the buildings for prospective students.

We require help on an ad-hoc basis throughout Term 2 and Term 3. Tours generally last 30 minutes and there’s a maximum 4 tours per day. Some weeks it will be very busy, with interviews scheduled each day. Other weeks we might only have 1 day of interviews (hence 4 tours max). Therefore you do need to be flexible, or fit in tours around your existing student assistants duties (max 10 hours per week).

The tours are for groups of undergraduate students who have come to the AA for an admissions interview. Therefore, you need to be confident talking to groups of people, and know you’re way around the school & studios.  

If you are a registered student assistant, or are eligible to apply for an assistantship role (see the procedure under the jobs section of the website), please contact Kirstie Little via email: ASAP.

Date Submitted: 8/12/2017

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) 2018 Summer Internship Program

kidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is pleased to announce that the application process for our 2018 Summer Internship Program is now open.

We are seeking the best emerging talent to join us this summer in our Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and London offices and we would like to ask that you forward this announcement to your students and display the enclosed posters in your studio. Hard copies are also on the way!

Selected candidates will get hands-on project experience in architecture, interiors, structural engineering, sustainable engineering and urban design.

In order to be considered, your current students who are returning to study in the Fall of 2018 should apply by January 2, 2018. Details and requirements can be found at

Decisions will be announced the week of January 15, 2018 and the internship program will run from
June 4 - August 10, 2018.

Thanks in advance for your assistance and support!

Best regards,

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Date Submitted: 7/12/2017

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 

The deadline has now been extended to 2 March 2018.

Date Submitted: 16/11/2017


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


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 using reference EAVDA. Alternatively email 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 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


The AA School in realtime


The Architectural Association, Inc. is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (No.171402) and registered as a charity (No. 311083). Registered office: 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, 020 7887 4000

Click here to read the AA’s latest review report.

Click here to read the AA’s latest action plan.



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.