The WCCA Drawing Prize 2017, The Jonathan and Victoria Ball Award 
Closing Date 16th June 2017 @ 5pm

The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects is offering drawing prizes to students from the London Schools of Architecture. The aim is to encourage excellence in traditional drawing, but computer generated images will also be considered.
Schools are invited to submit one drawing for RIBA Part 1 and one for RIBA Part 2. The first prize is £300, with a runner up of £150, in each category.

Drawings should be reduced to A3 and mounted on foam board and submitted with a brief description of the project or existing building/location, as well as a note on the media used, on A4 paper and a PDF copy of the drawing on CD or memory stick, which can be returned.The student’s details, including home address and e-mail address, printed on School headed paper, should be placed in a sealed envelope, labeled Part 1 or Part 2, to be taped, firmly, to the back of the board.  

NB: There should be no indication of the student identity or school on the outside of the envelope or on the drawing itself.

Submission: To the Director’s Office.

Closing Date: Friday, 16th June 2017 @ 5pm 

Exhibition:  All entries will be exhibited at the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects’ Election Court Dinner at RIBA Headquarters, 66 Portland Place on 5th July 2017

John Bushell:
Hannah Probert:

Date Submitted: 30/5/2017

Volunteers needed for Beyond Borders exhibition as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017

Dates: 7 June - 25 June
Location: 53-55 East Street
Contact: Eira Szadurski / 020 7307 3694

Currently looking for a small team of enthusiastic volunteers to help look after our Beyond Borders exhibition at East Street, Elephant and Castle as part of the London Architecture Festival during June 2017. We are seeking friendly and approachable people to welcome visitors and answer general enquiries, help to provide security for the installation during opening hours and record visitor numbers and feedback. Volunteer expenses will be reimbursed up to £10.00 per day and we are looking for volunteers to join on a sign-up basis, depending on their availability.

The exhibition includes works by large to small practices and students, responding to ideas of how architecture can stretch Beyond Borders. 

If you enjoy interacting with public, work well as part of the team and have passion for architecture please send a short CV and covering note, outlining why you are interesting in volunteering with us and your availability to Eira Szadurski before Tuesday 30 May.

We will hold an introductory briefing meeting on Friday 2 June at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD

Date Submitted: 25/5/2017



Monday 26 June – Friday 28 July : open 10-6 Mon-Sat
Closed Saturday 29 July – Monday 28 August inclusive
Tuesday 29 August – Saturday 23 September : open 10-6 Mon – Sat
Normal term-time hours resume from Monday 25 September
M-F 10-9, Saturday 10-6

The Photo Library and Cinema may not be useable at times this summer because of noise from building works.

Closed from the Wednesday 26 July - Monday 23 September

Date Submitted: 22/5/2017

The Roca One Day Design Challenge

One Day Design Challenge is Roca's design competition that will take place at it's flagship showroom in Roca London Gallery on 17th June 2017. 

The design brief of the competition will be announced the same day, and the contestants will have until 4.30pm to submit theirs designs. The registration is open for students and professionals under 30 years old. 

Participants can win three prizes worth up to £2,000 and their designs will be seen by a prestigious jury of leading architects and designers. Woody Yao (Director Zaha Hadid Design), Sam Jacob (Director, Sam Jacob Studio Ltd) and Yasuyuki Sakurai and Risa Sano from Mentsen will critique all work entered and select three winners. 

Please see website for further details: 

Date Submitted: 17/5/2017

Bamboo U: Build and Design Course, Bali: June 02 - 13 


The Kul Kul Farm

The Kul Kul Farm at Green School Bali

The Kul Kul Farm, Jalan Raya Sibang Kaja, Banjar Saren, Abiansemal, Sibang Kaja, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352

BambooU(niversity) was an idea originally conceived to help teach professionals about the potential of bamboo as a green building material. In its current form it is a design and bamboo building workshop in Bali hosted by the Kul Kul Farm at the Green School; facilitated in collaboration with the bamboo design firm, IBUKU. Bamboo U is a unique opportunity to design and build with bamboo alongside some of the architects, designers and craftsmen who built Green School. The group will investigate the available sites and hear from Elora Hardy and her team at IBUKU, the design firm that designed many of the classrooms at Green School and all the houses at Green Village, and benefit from honoured guest, master builder and carpenter Jorg Stamm.

Participants will engage in a series of on-site workshops and the group will experience first-hand the potential of bamboo. A couple of days will be spent modeling and the bulk remainder of the time will be given over to building 1:1 structures with guidance from skilled local craftsman. Interspersed will be talks/discussions about the approach to sustainability by the Bamboo U team and guest bamboo experts from different parts of the world. Participants will leave with an expanded, cutting edge view of bamboo architecture. They will understand the life cycle of bamboo from being a seedling to a home, and will gain key insights into the gifts and challenges of what it takes to build in bamboo. Finally participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the expansion of Bamboo U.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
• Engage with engineers and scientists about the potential and limitations of bamboo
• Workshops on making with bamboo and large scale prototyping
• Critical theoretical knowledge about bamboo
• Design and making skills
• Understanding the design process from conception to construction
• Engineering principles
• Hands on experience building a bamboo structure
• Exploring The Green school as an exemplar for bamboo structures

Date Submitted: 17/5/2017

Simon Conder - Small Works Book Launch and Exhibition Private View 14 June


1-30 June Exhibition - Monday to Saturday 

14 June 6 - 9:30pm Private View launch of a second monograph on our work, titled ‘Simon Conder : Small Works’ by the UK publisher Artifice

Date Submitted: 17/5/2017

RIBAJ - "Eye Line":  annual international drawing competition. Deadline June 12

Already an annual tradition, our Eye Line drawing competition is now in its fifth year and is once again partnered by architectural visualisation expert AVR. This is the prize that celebrates the art of the architectural drawing, not the project.

Deadline June 12. 

Visit website for more info.

Date Submitted: 15/5/2017

Robotic Assembly - an introduction to robotic control by DPL

Dates: 17-18 May 2017

Join us at the DPL Robot Room for an exciting 2 day introductory workshop involving robotic control using different pick and place operations. Some Rhino/Grasshopper experience is required. To secure a place email to Workshop is limited to 8 participants. 

Date Submitted: 11/5/2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects is now welcoming applications and submissions for Research Fund and Awards for Research

Supporting research:
The 2017 RIBA Research Fund is now welcoming applications for grants of up to £10,000 each from practitioners and academics interested in conducting independent research. All ideas will be considered as long as the research end-product contributes to the progress of architecture and the professional development of architects.

The deadline for applying is 5pm (GMT) on Monday 5 June 2017. For further information, visit the RIBA website or contact

Rewarding research:
The 2017 RIBA President’s Awards for Research are now welcoming submissions of research work completed between 1 July 2016 and 31 May 2017 in the following categories:
 - History and Theory
 - Design and Technical
 - Cities and Community
 - This year’s annual theme: ‘Housing’

Awards will be made from three shortlisted entries in each category. All shortlisted papers will be published by the RIBA with the winners of each category being published in a special edition of The Journal of Architecture.

The submission deadline is midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 31 May 2017. For further information, visit the RIBA website or contact

Date Submitted: 10/5/2017

2017 Nicholas Boas Scholarship

We are delighted to announce the reinstatement of the Nicholas Boas Scholarship. This travel scholarship, established in memory of former AA student Nicholas Boas (1975-1998) allows AA students to spend three weeks in Rome in July 2017. The recipients 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 18  May 2017 by email to Sabrina Blakstad ( 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: 10/5/2017

AA Writing Prize Winners 2017

Date Submitted: 4/5/2017

School Community Meeting - CALLING NOTICE

This notice is circulated to all current members of the AA School Community. 

Further to the inclusion of the ‘School Community’ in the By-laws of the Architectural Association (Incorporated), supported by 94.3% of those who voted on 23rd March 2017, notice is hereby given of a School Community Meeting to take place on Thursday 11th May 2017 at 12.30pm in the Lecture Hall.  This School Community Meeting is convened to present and seek approval for the following definitions:

  • Composition of the School Community
  • Role of the School Community
  • Constitution, Rules and Meeting Procedures of the School Community

The proposals are presented by the School Community Joint Working Group* first convened in March 2016 to undertake review of the membership, role and standing of the School Community as part of the AA’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) and in anticipation of the inclusion of the School Community in the By-laws of the AA (Inc.).  The Joint Working Group has provided regular update to the AA Council and the Academic Board. 

 With this Calling Notice, which provides the requisite seven days notice and with the requisite number of signatures (10 members of the School Community), the following is provided in accordance with current procedural requirements:

Proposed Agenda inclusive of voting proposals: Appendix B

Please review the full content of APPENDIX B.  Notice of any  amendments to the Agenda/voting proposals must be sent to no later than 12noon Monday 8th May (at least three clear days prior to the meeting).

The Agenda for this School Community Meeting also makes provision for update from representatives of the Search Committee for a new Director of the AA School for information purposes.

Kind regards,  

Belinda Flaherty

School Registrar

* School Community Joint Working Group members:

Oliver Domeisen                                 Ordinary Member AA Council

Belinda Flaherty                                  School Registrar

Samantha Hardingham                       Chair UMC

Hugo Hinsley                                      Co-Director, Housing & Urbanism

Christopher Pierce                              QA Facilitator

Rory Sherlock                                    Ordinary Member AA Council

Date Submitted: 4/5/2017

AA Members and students invited to London Craft Week events - 3-7 May 2017

Making the Shard with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Fri 5 May, 2.30pm
The Shard, 32 London Bridge St, SE1 9SG
Booking necessary, 30 places, £20 + vat
The architects behind London’s tallest landmark discuss making one of the world’s most recognisable buildings. A rare opportunity to hear from the architect and engineers as they discuss the challenges they faced, as well as viewing the original models and designs of the building.

A Space for Making with DSDHA and Alex Monroe
Thu 4 May, 5.00pm – 7.30pm
42 Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 4TR
Booking necessary, 30 places, £15 + vat
Award winning architects DSDHA and jewellery designer Alex Monroe present ‘A Space for Making’, a conversation chaired by visual arts writer Veronica Simpson. The talk explores Monroe’s new workshop space, designed by DSDHA, followed by an extensive tour of the building.

Date Submitted: 2/5/2017

International Summer Program in Architecture:  Cities in Asia 
Deadline extended to June 2 

Topic | Industrial Urbanism
Dates | June 22 to July 12, 2017 (Ho Chi Minh City: June 22 – July 1 | Singapore: July 3 – 12)
Program Directors | H. Koon Wee & Darren Zhou
Tutors | TBC

Visit website for more info

industrial urbanism program image

Date Submitted: 2/5/2017


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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.