Gian Piero Frassinelli, Superstudio and 2A+P/A


Front Members' Room 26/2/2016 - 23/3/2016

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00–19:00, Saturday 10:00–17:00.

The recent collaboration between Gian Piero Frassinelli (member of the Florentine collective Superstudio) and 2A+P/A (architectural practice based in Rome) relaunches the debate on the relationship between architecture and anthropology. 

Moving away from a historical or scientific perspective to embrace the point of view of the project, Savage Architecture is a journey in four episodes through the imaginative potential of the anthropological gaze, proposing an alternative to the dominant belief in the economic and technological reasons underpinning architecture. 

 suggests an architecture that rejects the domestic man, refusing to impose the power of reason upon his animal, symbolic, vital and political dimensions. The project imagines architecture as a field of tensions between control and freedom, narrative and technology, individual expression and collective rituals, imagining mechanisms and narratives that give form to the intrinsic dichotomies of mankind.

The exhibition is curated by Davide Sacconi and accompanied by a publication which is available from the AA Bookshop.

Savage Architecture will be presented and debated at the Italian Cultural Institute in London on 26 February 6-9pm. For more information and tickets please visit the ICI London website.

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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 Certificate), 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.