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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:

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 -

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

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


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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.