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Semester Programme Spring Semester 2019 Valencia.River&Sea; First London exercise Exploration of the RA by Noel Zhikun Zheng

Semester Programme

The Semester Programme is a full-time studio-based course open to undergraduate, graduate, architects and other creative individuals from around the world, who wish to further their knowledge, practice and skills in architecture. Held over 15 weeks, the programme is integrated into the AA’s undergraduate history and theory seminars and media studies courses, and is designed to allow transferable study credits. On finishing the course students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the AA School.

Based in Bloomsbury’s historic Bedford Square, the AA is an internationally renowned school of architecture, with full-time students enrolling from more than 60 countries each year.  The AA is the UK’s oldest school of architecture and for decades it has been recognised as an influential world leader in architectural education. AA graduates are the recipients of numerous prizes including Pritzker Prizes, RIBA Gold Medals & Stirling Awards, AIA and other design awards.

The Semester Programme is part of the AA Visiting School, which each year organises design workshops in more than 40 countries across five continents. The AA presents one of the world’s largest public programmes dedicated to contemporary architectural culture, encompassing lectures by visiting architects and artists as well as exhibitions and symposia. These events offer students the prospect of meeting the world’s leading architects and discovering more about their practice whilst also gaining an insight into the benefits of showcasing their own work.

London - Autumn Semester Programme
Copenhagen. IslandDistrict
Monday 7 September – Friday 18 December 2020

Copenhagen has become a city of islets. Copenhagen has historically grown by leveraging and connecting islets to expand the city. This autumn semester we will focus on exploring Refshaleoen and the plans for its continuation to a projected new artificial island for a new neighbourhood.

The existing site faces the city´s fort to the west and to the north, the largest metropolitan development in northern Europe, the transformation of the industrial north harbour industrial into a new city. We will explore the urban scale to understand the different urban conditions and look into opportunities for the profile of the new neighbourhood.  

Climate impact changes on Europe predicts Copenhangen to be among the capital cities to see the greatest increase in flooding severity and frequency. With this in mind, we will explore the dialogue between water and land, between landscape and urban design.

By analysing both tangible and intangible conditions, each student will develop their own brief to target specific design challenges of inserting new developments within the existing urban fabric. The city will be understood as layers of information that together reveal drawing and mapping qualities, which feed into the students’ own design narratives.

Students are invited to explore their own aesthetic style throughout the course. An ongoing dialogue between two- and three-dimensional explorations that reveal unpredictable qualities to inspire their design narratives.  An ongoing dialogue between two- and three-dimensional representation will reveal unpredictable qualities to inspire their projects. 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.

Please refer to the Autumn Semester website for more details: https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/autumnsemesterprog

London - Spring Semester Programme
Riga. Baltic Network
Monday 11 January – Friday 7 May 2021

“Linking nations, people and places”, the greenfield high-speed rail infrastructure project Rail Baltica, aims to integrate the Baltic States- five European Union countries: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and indirectly also Finland- in the European rail Network. The city hubs of this transportation nodes can become engines for urban development.

This spring semester will focus in Riga, Latvia. This section of the line (Upeslejas–Riga–Misa, 56km long) is not only one of the most complex sections that crosses densely populated urban areas but in addition, it links Rail Baltica International Passenger Stations in the Riga Central Station and the International Airport ‘Riga’. Riga International Airport is the largest airport in the Baltic states that has direct flights to over 80 destinations in 30 countries. We will explore the urbanities around Riga Central Station and Tornakalns stop to envision the urban impact and the emergence of new projects in the core of Latvia.

Located at either side of Daugava River we will explore the urban scale to understand the different urban conditions of the two neighbourhoods. One within the old town, the other, within green landscapes in proximity to University campus and industrial areas. Through group work students will look at the existing conditions of the site and its relation to the city. Here the city will be understood as layers of information that together reveal drawing and mapping qualities, which feed into the students’ own design narratives. By analysing both tangible and intangible conditions, each student will develop their own brief to target specific design challenges of inserting new developments within the existing urban fabric.

Students are invited to explore their own aesthetic style throughout the course. An ongoing dialogue between two- and three-dimensional explorations that reveal unpredictable qualities to inspire their design narratives. 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.

Please refer to the Spring Semester website for more details: https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/springsemesterprogramme



Contacts

Programme Head
Naiara Vegara

Course Master 
Marie-Isabel de Monseignat Lavrov

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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


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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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