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Lina & Gio: The Last Humanists


AA Gallery 25/2/2012 - 24/3/2012

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-15:00, unless otherwise stated

Image: Gio Ponti/Disegni e schizzi 1930-70 © Collezione Paolo Rosselli


This exhibition will explore for the first time the relationship between two seminal figures in twentieth-century design. Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992), best known for the buildings she designed and built in Brazil - the House of Glass (1950-51), Museum of Art in São Paulo (1957-68), the Sesc Pompéia (1977-86), amongst others - was a prolific designer, architect, writer and curator, deeply committed to the promotion of the social and cultural potential of architecture. Before adopting Brazil as her home country in the late 1940s, Bo Bardi lived in Milan, where she collaborated with the renowned architect Gio Ponti (1891-1979). Ponti is perhaps better known as the founding editor of the celebrated design magazine Domus. Like Bo Bardi, he was a productive architect, designer, writer and curator, having designed the famous Pirelli Tower in Milan (1950), and collaborated with a number of renowned designers (Piero Fornasetti, Pier Luigi Nervi, amongst others) as well as organising many editions of the Milan Triennial exhibition of the decorative arts.


Curated by Ana Araujo, AA tutor and founder of the Travesia Institute, this exhibition will focus on the crossovers between Bo Bardi's and Ponti's approaches to design. It will include drawings, artefacts, film footage and writings covering the work of both architects, as well as a specially commissioned selection of contemporary photographs of Bo Bardi's buildings by Barcelona-based photographer Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre.


Thursday 15 March at 18.00 in the Lecture Hall: Roundtable Event


Sponsored by Embassy of Brazil in London


Photos: Sue Barr

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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.