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Marking The Forest

Eugene, Oregon

Thursday 13 – Sunday 23 August 2015

Marking the Forest is a workshop providing the opportunity to invent, design and build a living structure within an old growth forest in Oregon. Over an intense 10-day period, the group will investigate the natural lifecycle of the forest and propose solutions for thoughtfully marking and occupying its terrain. Having created an occupiable ’camera obscura’, an oculus’ and the ‘amplifier’ in previous years, this year we will attempt to push the boundaries of a forest intervention to an even higher level. Creating a dynamic structure that reinvents the way in which the forest and its terrain, life cycle and temporality are viewed, will allow the group to imagine a structure beyond the realms of reality.

Our final evening will see us toasting our successes with a ‘feast in the forest’ attended by visionaries, creators, architects, professors and artists who will, with the group, debate, support, challenge and speculate on whether our intervention is a success. All of this will be done with the merriment of the local produce and landscape.

The project will be part of a book published by the Architectural Association at the conclusion of this five-year program.

The visiting school is a collaboration between the Architectural Association, the University of Oregon, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and the Bauman Family Tree Farm; a 700-acre forest near Veneta, Oregon.

The course is directed by Kristin Cross (director, Satellite Architects, London) and Stewart Dodd, (AA Unit Master) together with visiting faculty members Jason Griffiths (University of Arizona) and Scrap Marshall (AA Dip 2012) and Justin Austen (UofO).






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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.