Pushing the Boundaries : 2019 Arts Foundation Shortlist

Holly Hendry, Chris Hildrey, Lawrence Lek and Public Practice

AA Front Members' Room 1/11/2018 - 14/11/2018

10.00am – 7.00pm

This exhibition brings together for the first time, four very diverse practitioners Holly Hendry, Chris Hildrey, Lawrence Lek and Public Practice whose experimental practices explore radical constructions challenging our conceptions of space as an interface.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to understand their practices further through displays and writings about their current work and preoccupations. From artist Holly Hendry whose non-traditional architectural approach is permeated by a fascination with rear spaces and open cracks, to Public Practice, a social enterprise founded by Pooja Agrawal and Finn Williams to improve the quality of everyday places by building the public sector’s capacity of proactive planning the exhibition. Pushing the boundaries of how we can explore, experience and create space. Lawrence Lek’s work explores changing nature of architectural experience through new technologies such as real-time computer graphics and virtual reality simulations while Chris Hildrey will display his ongoing project ProxyAddress which uses local data to provide homeless people with stable addresses in order to access vital services is developing in London.

Selected from a longlist of nominated artists, designers and architects by Amanda Levete, Justin McQuirk and Theo Spyropoulos, these four shortlisted practitioners are vying for the coveted £10,000 prize, awarded simply to support them and their creative practice. The winner, along with four other awards in different artforms, will be announced at the Arts Foundation Awards 2019 which will be held at the ICA on 28 January 2019.

Image: Public Practice: Working Environment, Sutton. Photo by Tim Smyth

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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.