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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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AA Events - New Canonical Histories


Thursday 17 January 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Salma Samar Damluji
Retelling History…
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 31 January 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Lesley Lokko
#AllMustFall
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 14 February 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Frances Morris
From Canon to Community: shifting priorities at Tate Modern
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 21 February 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Lydia Kallipoliti
The Architecture of Closed Worlds
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 28 February 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Léopold Lambert
Weaponised Architecture: Towards a Revolutionary Practice of the Discipline
New Canonical Histories
Tuesday 5 March 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Marina Otero Verzier and Nick Axel, with Maria S. Giudici, Ayesha Hameed & Eva Franch
Work, Body, Leisure. On architecture and automation
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 7 March 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Hugh Broughton in conversation with Giulia Foscari & Francesco Bandarin (AA Polar Lab Directors)
The extreme challenge of building in Antarctica
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 25 April 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
A school, formerly?
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 2 May 2019
18.30
AA Barrel Vault
Elvira Dyangani Ose
Ritual as Institution
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 9 May 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Gabu Heindl
Radical Democracy and Architecture. Politics, Positions, Planning
New Canonical Histories
Tuesday 28 May 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Organised by Joseph Bedford with Mark Morris, Mollie Claypool, Mario Carpo, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Jane Rendell
Theory's Curriculum
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 30 May 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Chus Martínez
The Ocean as a Space
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 3 October 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Elizabeth Diller
The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o'clock
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 10 October 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Pedro Ignacio Alonso & Hugo Palmarola
Flying Panels: How Concrete Panels Changed the World
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 17 October 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Sheng-Yuan Huang
Living with the Sky, Water and Mountains: A Path towards Freedom
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 24 October 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Volkan Alkanoglu
In Pursuit of Novel Form
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 7 November 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Minsuk Cho
Before/After Canons
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 14 November 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Tom de Paor in conversation with The Architectural Review
Imagined Ireland
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 21 November 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Nana Oforiatta-Ayim
AYAN - New Ways of Seeing
New Canonical Histories
Tuesday 26 November 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Ines Weizman
Dust & Data. Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 28 November 2019
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Samia Henni
Anticolonial Commitments
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 16 January 2020
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Huda Tayob
Race, Space and Architecture
New Canonical Histories
Thursday 30 January 2020
18.30
AA Lecture Hall
Ahmed and Rashid bin Shabib
Dubai’s first man-made island (1974) Reima & Raili Pietilä
New Canonical Histories


AA Exhibitions


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AA Honours, Prizes & Exemplary Projects 2018-19

AA Residence (33 Ground Floor Front)


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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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.

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