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AA Honours, Prizes & Exemplary Projects 2018-19


AA Residence (33 Ground Floor Front) 16/9/2019 - 8/6/2020

Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday & Sunday 10:00-17:00.

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This exhibition presents the work of the four students who were awarded the AA Diploma with Honours in the 2018-19 academic year alongside prizewinners as well as exemplary projects completed at the end of Third Year as well as from the postgraduate programmes.

This exhibition is on permanent display throughout the 2019-2020 academic year in the AA Residence - a cultural platform exploring and studying new ideas and forms of practice at the intersection of architecture, art, technology, policy, and design. Composed of a series of independent Labs researching and producing experimental work, each Lab includes an interdisciplinary cohort of resident fellows. The AA Residence also works as an incubator with a shared workspace and professional development programme, giving architects and entrepreneurs the tools they need to build new practices and launch projects that impact, promote, and amplify culture and contribute to the reimagination of the future.

The recipients of the AA Diploma with Honours are:

Lola Elise Conte, Diploma 3 - Field Notes from the Space of Law
Eva Ibañez Fuertes, Diploma 4 - Design or Default
Caroline Anne Johanna Esclapez, Diploma 14 - Occupy: A User's Manual for the Occupation of Public Space
Samuel John Little, Diploma 18 - Universal Frames Headquarters

The nominated exemplary projects at the end of Third Year are:

Intermediate Unit 1: Aizhen Chen
Intermediate Unit 2: Aleksander Aksentijevic
Intermediate Unit 3: Ludvig Julius Holmen
Intermediate Unit 4:Jia Long Feng
Intermediate Unit 5:Thomas Andrew Faulkner
Intermediate Unit 6: Georgia Kestekoglou
Intermediate Unit 7: Martin Wecke 
Intermediate Unit 8:Mira Oktay
Intermediate Unit 9: Ylam Monique Raky Deme
Intermediate Unit 10:Alexander Zikanov
Intermediate Unit 11:Elisa Commanay 
Intermediate Unit 12:Anne-lise Fifame Ahoukan Agossa
Intermediate Unit 13:Da Gyung Lee
Intermediate Unit 14: Lilian Pala
Intermediate Unit 15: Tamara Husam Rasoul

The nominated exemplary projects from the Graduate School are:

Housing and Urbanism MArch: Wei Wen

Architecture and Urban Design (Projective Cities): Gianna Bottema
MSc/MArch Sustainable Environmental Design: Kim Tan-Afuan, YingYing Wen and Yong Yu
Landscape Urbanism: Elena Luciano Suastegui, Rafael Martinez Caldera and Yasmina Yehia
Emergent Technologies & Design Post-Graduate Programme: Abhinav Chaudhary, Miguel Escallon and Neil Deep Singh Grewal
Architecture and Urbanism (DRL): Dahyun Kim, Didem Sahin, Dingming Wang and Nicholas Rawitscher Torres

For a full list of prizewinners, please visit Awards 2019

Image: Caroline Esclapez presenting for AA Honours in the Lecture Hall. Credit: Byron Blakeley.

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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.