The AA's Public Programme consists of an extensive series of public events dedicated to contemporary architectural culture: exhibitions, members' events, lectures, seminars, conferences, book launches and publications. Each year architectural theorists and practitioners, writers, performing artists, musicians and art historians are invited to speak at the AA. Whether as part of the series of Evening Lectures or Visiting Theory Seminars or Artist Talks, these events bring together different parts of the school and form an essential component of an AA education.

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Thursday 4 July 2019
36 Bedford Square
Koolhaas Houselife
Film Screening
Bedford Square Festival
Friday 5 July 2019
AA Lecture Hall
Vere van Gool
The Art Exodus
Summer School
36 Bedford Square
AA in Translation
Tours of Projects Review 2019
Bedford Square Festival
36 Bedford Square
Robotics in the Built Environment and Beyond
Panel Discussion
Bedford Square Festival
Saturday 6 July 2019
36 Bedford Square
Little Architect Interpretations
A family creative workshop led by Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido
Bedford Square Festival
Monday 8 July 2019
AA Lecture Hall
Tatiana Bilbao
Domesticity as a Form of Collage
Summer School
Tuesday 9 July 2019
AA Lecture Hall
Stefan Jovanović, Jack Hardy & Pati de Souza Leao Muller
Summer Fools Episode 1
Summer School
Wednesday 10 July 2019
The Cooper Union - Foundation Building, E 7th St, New York, NY, USA
Dr. Tom Verebes
UrbanISMS: Four Short Stories about Hong Kong
Urban Futures
AA Lecture Hall
Fernanda Canales
From Beds to Sidewalks
Summer School

AA Exhibitions


Binary is for Computers

36 Bedford Square, Basement

AA Projects Review

36 Bedford Square

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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.