‘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


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



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.


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


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


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


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

Duration: 2h,  14h00 - 16h00

Start: 14h00 sharp



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 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


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

AR Emerging Architecture Awards 

For 19 years, the AR has raised the profile of talented architects under the age of 45 through the Emerging Architecture Awards, granting early recognition to young designers and catapulting them onto a global stage at a critical point in their career. This is your opportunity to have a recently completed key project reviewed by the AR editors, who see every entry before choosing a shortlist to present to an esteemed judging panel in person. The winner will receive a £10,000 prize and receive extensive coverage online and in the pages of The Architectural Review.

This year, AREA judging and awards ceremonies will take place at the World Architecture Festival, which will be held in Berlin from 15 to 17 November.The entry deadline is the 25th of August.

Entry Price: £280

This awards is open to anyone who completed their undergraduate or equivalent course within the last 20 years. Entries can be made for any completed building, interior, landscape, urban or product design.

For more information and entry requirements please visit: https://emergingarchitecture.architectural-review.com/

Date Submitted: 7/8/2017


The Audiovisual Department will close at 5.00pm Thursday 10th August and re-open Tuesday 29th August at 10.00am

Date Submitted: 27/7/2017

Call for entries Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition

The Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition (KRob) is the most senior architectural drawing competition currently in operation anywhere in the world.

The Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition has celebrated the best in architectural delineation for 43 years. A Dallas classic that has received international recognition, KRob honors hand and digital delineation by professionals and students throughout the world. Averaging over 400 entries from 25 countries in the past several years, the competition’s visibility continues to grow.

Entry Deadline
All entries must be received by Friday, October 13th, 2017, 5:00pm CDT.

For further details please visit KRob website - https://krobarch.com/

Date Submitted: 17/7/2017

AA Search Committee website


Find information about AA Search Committee's progress and give feedback related to the search for a new Director for the Architectural Association.

Date Submitted: 17/7/2017

Save the Monument

Today, on the 5th of July 2017, Sofia Municipality has begun the destruction of an emblematic late socialist monument in the centre of Bulgaria's capital. Turns out that 30 years after the fall of communism, politicians can still attack art for popularity and political PR. Help us bring this problem outside of our country. We believe this monument, controversial as it is, is unique not only on a national, but also on a global scale. 

The formal reason for dismantling the monument are repairs of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia and its surrounding public areas which will be the seat of Bulgaria’s first Presidency of the Council of EU starting in January 2018. Artistic and experts’ organizations in Bulgaria have reacted strongly against, however, their voice has been ignored. Until this moment there is no specific project what will replace the monument.

The monument was built in 1981 to celebrate 1300 years of the foundation of the Bulgarian State. Its sculptor is professor Valentin Startchev. The monument was planned as part of the urban ensemble including the National Palace of Culture and is a peculiar part-brutalist part-deconstructivist structure, lacking in fact any communist symbols. An aesthetically bold composition, it has been marked with almost general public disapproval both before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989). It is usually defined as “ugly”, mostly due to its visual abstractness and the quick disintegration for lack of municipal care.Yet it’s current state of half-decay makes it even more interesting as a symbol of our turbulent post-socialist history. 

We want to show the reality in our country and ask the world for help to stop this demolition. Coming soon is a documentary film about the whole history of the monument and it's current state of being. If you need any more information, please, do not hesitate to contact us. Help us by supporting our cause to prove that art is stronger than politics.

Date Submitted: 5/7/2017

AA Members discount available for the BFI's 'Architecture on TV' Series: 8 - 26 June 2017

AA Members and Students can enjoy exclusive BFI Members' rates on tickets to the BFI's This Was Tomorrow: Broadcasting the arts - Architecture on TV June series.

Simply quote ARCHITECTURE17 when booking.

This instalment of Broadcasting the Arts explores the rise and fall of Britain’s post-war spatial imagination, as seen through the BFI’s television archive. It features films that document the lost futures of the 1960s, critique the vilification of modernist tower blocks, and draw intimate portraits of the key thinkers, designers and writers that have shaped our experience of cities. The season reveals contrasting sides of the same story: it celebrates the experimental spirit and ambition behind the modern movement, and considers its reverse – the contested legacy of postwar city planning and the people who were left behind. This is an investigation into visionaries and their interpreters, from principle figures of the architectural modernism like Le Corbusier and Buckminster Fuller, to its most imaginative critics: Jonathan Meades, Stuart Hall and John Berger.

Date Submitted: 7/6/2017


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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.