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Binary is for Computers

Leticia Dadalto

36 Bedford Square, Basement 3/6/2019 - 29/6/2019


In 1917 the Architectural Association moved to its current home in Bedford Square, the same year that it also admitted the first four women to study at the AA. That year and for many years until the Second World War, women were the minority amongst students at the AA which was used to explain the disparity in size between the men’s and women’s toilets in the basement of No. 36 Bedford Square.

There are currently 71 types of gender, yet toilets continue to create an artificial binary. This year, Leticia Dadalto, a student in Diploma School, has gone beyond just correcting this inequality, and instead has erased gendered boundaries by transforming both toilets into gender neutral spaces with several more inclusive options for everyone to use. Visit these spaces and see the collection of artefacts and objects on display as a toolkit for a set of users who are no longer defined by binaries.

This event is part of the London Festival of Architecture

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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.