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AA Sessions

AA Sessions


Saturday 4 – Sunday 12 July 2020

The AA Sessions form an intense and experimental laboratory that focuses on pressing contemporary issues and attempts to work both outside of and against established pedagogical formats. Renowned practitioners, theoreticians, historians, curators and designers will work with participants to workshop a series of briefs as part of an intensive, extracurricular think-tank; a unique intellectual and creative experience in relation to architecture, the arts, the media and other cultural arenas. Through bringing together a diverse spectrum of individuals, the course creates an immersive environment that generates an international network of creative friendships.


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the right-hand column of this webpage. If you are not able to make an online application, please contact the Visitiing School Office for instructions to pay by bank transfer or to make a telephone payment.

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. 

The deadline for applications and for full payment is 30 June 2020*
*Please note that applications will close whenever the course is full. This may be before the stated deadline.


The AA Sessions are open to current and prospective students that are either coming to the end of their basic studies, postgraduate students (Masters and PhD) as well as emerging and established practitioners with a specific academic and/or professional research focus are all welcome to explore and innovate at the AA Sessions.


The AA Sessions cost £1250 for each participant. This includes a £60 Digital Membership fee and a deposit of £250, which is deducted from the total fee due. The deposit guarantees an individual a place on the course, but the full fee is required to participate. Lunch in the AA Restaurant from Monday to Friday is included in the fee total.

A number of fully-funded scholarships are available. Prospective participants who wish to apply for a scholarship must register their interest by sending through a 10-page portfolio PDF format (max. 5MB), a statement of intent and mention specific reasons related to their financial need to the Visitiing School Office.

If you are already a member of the AA, the fee will be automatically reduced by £60 during online payment. Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but advice can be provided regarding places to stay. Participants must bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model-making tools.


All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. Upon payment of fees, the AA can provide a letter confirming their participation.


All participants are responsible for securing their own travel and health insurance, and should ensure that their policy provides coverage for personal belongings such as: laptop, equipment, tools, passport, etc. The AA takes no responsibility for lost or stolen property.

Students from the European Union

Students from other countries in the European Union who are in the UK for less than six months will require a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC, previously the E111), which must be obtained from their home country. This card is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, or lost or stolen property. It is therefore important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy.

Students from non-European Union countries (international students)

Students from non-European Union countries who are in the UK for less than six months are not covered for National Health Service (NHS) services and treatment, and must therefore obtain travel and health insurance from their own country.


Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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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.