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 20 February 2020
AA Lecture Hall
Catherine Ince, Lucia Pietroiusti, Camilla Tham & Nick Merriman. Organised by Jessica Reynolds and Lily Jencks (Experimental Unit 13)
Culture in Climate Change: How should Museums act in the Environmental Emergency?
Evening Lecture
Friday 21 February 2020
AA Lecture Hall
Eva Franch i Gilabert
State of the Association
Director's Annual Presentation
AA Lecture Hall
Jury in Translation : Arabic
with critics including: Reem Shadid, Nour Abuzaid, Khaled Kaddal & Georges Massoud
Architecture in Translation
AA Front Members' Room
Sepake Angiama in conversation with Moad Musbahi
Forms of Speech
In 20/20
AA Front Members' Room
Kelman Duran
Listening Session, launch of ‘Tabitha’
In 20/20
Monday 24 February 2020
AA Lecture Hall
David McAlmont and Mista Pierre
Hercules: a pictorial jazzification
Performance, Protest and Politics, organised by Theo Lorenz

AA Exhibitions


AA Honours, Prizes & Exemplary Projects 2018-19

AA Residence (33 Ground Floor Front)

In Pursuit of Images

AA Gallery

AAIS MFA Event: Lawik Bakaba

Re:Centre & Siobhan Davies Studios

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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.