Amnesty International

AA Gallery 26/4/2019 - 30/5/2019
26 April until 30 May inclusive.

Press Preview on Thursday 25 April at 10am in the AA Gallery, by invitation only.

Private view on Thursday 25 April at 7.30pm in the AA Gallery

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday, 1pm - 7pm (not including Bank Holidays)

How the "most precise air campaign in history" left Raqqa, Syria, the most destroyed city in modern times.

The US-led Coalition’s military operation in Raqqa, Syria, including air bombardments by UK forces, between June and October 2017 was among the most destructive in modern warfare.

Thousands of air and artillery strikes were launched over a four-month period, killing hundreds of civilians and rendering large parts of the city uninhabitable. Amnesty International has been investigating the Raqqa offensive for over 18 months, including during multiple site visits to the destroyed city. Presented here are example of the impact of the military campaign on the people and communities of Raqqa.


In this exhibition, photographs of Raqqa provide a glimpse into life in the devastated city and how returning residents are trying to rebuild their lives and livelihoods in the midst of the ruins. Dashcam footage filmed by Amnesty’s investigators travels through the city where you will meet survivors, their families, and their stories. Surveys of the wreckage can be explored through immersive technologies, and audiences will get a first look of Amnesty International’s new interactive web-based platform detailing the findings of the investigation.


“On the ground in Raqqa we witnessed a level of destruction not comparable to anything we’ve seen in decades of covering the impact of wars.” Donatella Rovera, Senior Crisis Response Advisor, Amnesty International.


Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.


Investigator: Donatella Rovera
Photography: Donatella Rovera and Andrea DiCenzo (Panos).
Video: Donatella Rovera and Jessica Kelly
Open Source Investigation: Milena Marin
Installation Designer, “Journey Through Raqqa”: Francesco Merletti
Exhibition Curator: Natalie Kane
Exhibition Producer: Marion Lagedamont
Contributions by: Livia Saccardi, Elena Sergi, Conor Fortune, Rossalyn Warren, Richard Burton, Benjamin Walsby, Tirana Hassan, Ben Fogarty and the Holoscribe team.
Display furniture: Commissioned By You
AV Hire: Blue Hire


Caption: Women walking in rubble-strewn street past destroyed buildings in Raqqa, Syria, February 2018
Credit: © Amnesty International

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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.