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AA Projects Review


36 Bedford Square 22/6/2019 - 13/7/2019

Monday to Friday 10am - 7pm

Saturday 12pm - 5pm

Projects at the Architectural Association engage with the real and the fictional with the same creative attitude, ethical acumen, and care. Filled with optimism, since its found in 1847, the AA is a platform to expand the horizons of the possible allowing students, academics, and random passers-by to rethink the way we want to live together. 

From affordable housing, reuse of materials, to the reinvention of democracy, the ideas, work and practices developed over the course of this year are exercises in the redefinition of our discipline, but more importantly our world and its future. This Projects Review exhibition, which has been organised as a pedagogical mirror to the inaugural issue of the relaunched AA Files, edited by Maria Giudici, aims to start conversations across units, programmes and constituencies inside and outside of the school, and to push the boundaries of architecture and contemporary culture.

Aesthetics, Border, Commons … these are some of the 30 terms that structure the Projects Review 2019, bringing together units and programmes from the Foundation to the PhD Programme to address topics of relevance within architecture and society at large.

This year’s Projects Review takes the risk and responsibility of exhibiting work from each one of the 779 students forming the 2019 student community across the walls, corridors and office spaces of the school, responding to the 30 terms that will be a permanent exhibition lasting for an entire year. Additionally, the work of the units and programmes are presented in the form of a temporary exhibition within 13 rooms that expand some of these terms through extensive portfolios, films, models, business plans, and other representational and generative modalities.

If something characterises experimental work, it is that it is not always easy to access. We invite you to download the exhibition guide to better understand each programme’s agenda, learn about the people that made them happen, and find new ways to navigate the school and its ideas. We also invite you to curate your own route through the exhibition through the AA Files 76 terms and issues, or ask any of us to take you on a journey through the school to start one of the conversations that might shape the future of architecture and collectively move society forward.

Eva Franch i Gilabert

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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.