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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Monday 28 October 2019
AA Barrel Vault
Valentin Bontjes van Beek, Winston Hampel, Kostas Grigoriadis, Guan Lee, Lizy Huyghe, Joel Newman, Shin Egashira and Mark Cousins
Session 1
Experimental Methods
AA Lecture Hall
Paola Antonelli
KEYNOTE: Design and Politics: Exhibitions for the Real World
Experimental Methods
Tuesday 29 October 2019
AA Barrel Vault
John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Taneli Mansikkamäki, Max Turnheim, Melodie Leung, Viviana Muscettola, Nhan Vo, John Lopez and Hikaru Nissanke, Christina Varvia and Merve Anil
Session 2
Experimental Methods
AA Lecture Hall
Adam Greenfield in conversation with Eyal Weizman
KEYNOTE: Leaving the Twenty-First Century: Excursions After Late Capitalism
Experimental Methods
Wednesday 30 October 2019
AA Lecture Hall
LAWuN, Ryan Dillon, David Greene, Andrew Yau, Jonas Lundberg, Spela Videcnik and Javier Castanon
Session 3
Experimental Methods
Thursday 31 October 2019
AA Lecture Hall
Pol Esteve, Matilde Cassani, Silvana Taher, Theo Lorenz and Tanja Siems, Anna Muzychak, Gabu Heindl, Eleanor Dodman and Liza Fior
Session 4
Experimental Methods
AA Lecture Hall
Suhair Khan
KEYNOTE: Tech x Creativity
Experimental Methods
Friday 1 November 2019
AA Lecture Hall
Autumn Jury
Experimental Methods
AA Dining Room and New Courtyard
What's Scarier than Brexit???
Halloween Party
AA Bookshop
Ken Yeang
Saving the Planet by Design: Reinventing our world through ecomimesis
Book Launch

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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.