Ongoing Investigations

Diploma 3: The Architectural Media Complex

AA Gallery 26/2/2019 - 8/3/2019

Private View Tuesday, 26 February at 8.30pm
Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00

To coincide with the last Evidentiary Aesthetics Open Seminar and their mid-term jury, Diploma 3 takes over the AA gallery and invites guests to examine cases of conflict through an architectural lens. The unit looks at conflict as the tension between complex spatial forces, between actors and their environments; and interrogates the political after life of technologies that capture, process and transform space into media. The investigations span across scales and locations. 
When an official investigation is ‘ongoing’ it usually means that the details of the case cannot be disclosed. This exhibition takes the opposite approach and opens up case files mid-process. It invites guests to look through the evidence, in order to discuss practices of investigating and ways in which architectural research can be activated in existing forums.
Image: A seismographic analysis of the Laquan McDonald case. Group investigation by Diploma 3.

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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.