London - Autumn Semester Programme 2019 Spring Semester 2019. Drawing by Christina Battikha.

London - Autumn Semester Programme 2019

Athens. Polis

Monday 2 September – Friday 13 December 2019

The European Commission Awarded Athens the title of “European Capital of Innovation 2018”. Innovation is viewed as a tool to enhance and improve the resilience and sustainability of the Cities.

Almost a decade after the start of the financial crisis, Athens is going through a revival and has encouraged new ways to engage with the city and its community. In this process, the Municipality has the important role of supporting creative initiatives “inviting Athenian residents and professionals to co-create the city’s identity”. During the Autumn Semester 2019 we will explore opportunities within the historic district of the city and renovate or insert projects that complement the efforts for its regeneration.

“Polis” in the historic and cultural context of Athens has acquired a wider spectrum of meanings: city state, urban centre, body of citizens, community and the power of public space.

Political, cultural and economic patterns of the city influence its development and we ask: what would the architecture of today´s Polis look like? Old and new interact within a dynamic urbanity that requires to rethink itself to promote socio-economic sustainability. We will experience and explore the cultural dimension of the street life to inform the more pragmatic and quantitative readings and information that define the city´s new performance.

Through group work, we will explore the urban scale of the Athenian polis. Here, the city will be understood as layers of information, mapping conditions and qualities that will create unique design narratives. Each student will then individually orient their findings to discover opportunities for intervention. By analysing both tangible and intangible conditions, students will develop their own brief to target specific design challenges.

Design proposals will be multi-scalar in scope, enabling architectural propositions to respond to a larger narrative relating to the aesthetic, programmatic and socio-economic capacities of the city and its infrastructure. Students are invited to explore their own aesthetic style throughout an ongoing dialogue between two- and three-dimensional explorations that reveal unpredictable qualities to inspire their design narratives.   

Applications

1) Please see the entrance requirements and English language requirements below. 

2) If you meet the requirements you can apply to the programme by submitting the following:

  • Completed PDF application form found under 'Links and Downloads'.
  • A4 Portfolio consisting of 20 sheets that demonstrates your range of skills
  • Academic transcripts in English
  • Academic recommendation letter
  • Reference/ Confirmation of Studies letter
  • Certificate showing proficiency of English Language. Refer to English language requirements below. If you do not have the certificate and are planning to take an English Language test, you can still make an application with the above documents and submit your results when you receive them

You can submit all the documents digitally to visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk via email, Dropbox or other file transfer methods – however, original documents or authorised true copies of certificates are required prior to enrolment in September.

Deadline for application is 5 July 2019.

Applications received after the official deadlines will be accepted at the discretion of the school.

Fees

The tuition fee is £9,920 which includes AA Visiting Membership fee is to be made payable by 9 August 2019.

Alternitavley, applicants may wish to pay the deposit of £3,920 to be made payable by 5 July 2019 and then the remaining course fees of £6000 to be made payable by 9 August 2019.

Study Trip
Friday 27 - Sunday 29 September 2019.

Eligibility

The AA Semester Programme is open to qualified students of undergraduate and graduate standing currently enrolled in architecture school. A minimum of two years of study in architecture or urban design is required. Students should submit a portfolio consisting of 20 sheets (A4) that demonstrates their range of abilities. The portfolio can be submitted as a digital copy. After submitting the application form, please send original academic transcripts in English, certificates and a letter of reference. All candidates are required to show proficiency in the English language.

English Language requirements

To meet both the AA and the Home Office/UKVI English language requirements you will need to have one of the acceptable language qualifications listed below, unless you are from one of the following groups:

- You are a national of a majority English speaking country (all countries listed below).

- You have successfully completed an academic qualification of at least three years’ duration, equivalent to a UK’s bachelor’s degree or above, which was taught in a ‘majority English-speaking’ country (listed below); In order to assess the equivalency of an overseas qualification the student should provide official documentation produced by UK NARIC which confirms the translation.  Please go to the English language assessment section for individuals of the UK NARIC website  apply online and send us your NARIC certificate. 

Majority English speaking countries:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America.

We also accept if you successfully completed a course of study in the UK when you were under 18 (and a Tier 4 Child visa holder). This course must have lasted for at least six months and must have ended no more than two years prior to your visa application.

If your place is conditional on providing English language qualification the following qualifications satisfy both the requirements of the Home Office/UKVI and the entry requirements of the AA:

  • International applicants: IELTS for UKVI (Academic) 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each category. IELTS reports have a two year validity period. Therefore, the certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of visa application. The AA requires a scan of the original certificate. Please check Appendix O and the Approved secure English language tests and test centres issued by the UKVI to ensure you book a test with an approved SELT provider.
  • EU Applicants: IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each category. IELTS reports have a two year validity period. Therefore, the certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of application to the AA. The AA requires a scan of the original certificate.
  • Trinity College SELT test (ISE II (B2) or ISE III (C1)) with a minimum pass in each category. Trinity reports have a two year validity period. Therefore, the certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of visa application. The AA requires a copy of the original certificate.

Applicants are required to meet the scores in each category and overall – we cannot accept lower scores. In addition, your certificate must show that you have achieved the required scores during a single sitting of the examination.

Programme Head

Naiara Vegara has an AA Diploma and is a registered architect. She is currently the Director of Metrópoli Cities Lab London, working at the scales of Urban Design, Landscape and Architecture; and Director of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme in London. Naiara also teaches at the AA Master of Housing and Urbanism course, and has been running the AA Streetware Visiting School in Southeast Asia for 5 years. She has been a visiting critic at many architecture schools and has presented her research on virtual environments and the design process in architecture at workshops at the Universities of Columbia, Princeton, Pennsylvania and Taylors in Kuala Lumpur.

Course tutor 

Marie-Isabel de Monseignat-Lavrov has an AA Diploma and is a registered architect RIBA Part III. She is currently Director of MdeM architects and Course Tutor of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme. Previously she taught at the UAL Chelsea College of Art and Design. Marie-Isabel is a regular visiting critic at many architectural schools including SIVA (Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts), UAL Central Saint Martin and the University of Westminster in London. She has worked in the fields of urban masterplanning, architecture and interior design for various offices: in Amsterdam for MVSA, in Paris for Alberto Pinto, in Buenos Aires for Sanchez Elia, in New York for De- Kar Design and in London for Acme Ltd.



Contacts

Programme Head
Naiara Vegara

Course Master 
Marie-Isabel de Monseignat Lavrov

Course Tutors
Katya Larina
Dimitris Gyftopoulos

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782
visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


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AA Semester Programme Regulations 2018-19

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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 Certificate), 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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