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t-sa forum x AA 2018


Tuesday 28 August – Friday 21 September 2018

Following the past two years of studying the concept of ‘renewal’ in architecture, using London as an
example of how history is interpreted and reimagined, t-sa forum will continue under this years theme of
‘language’ in architecture. Focusing on measured and observational surveys of what is already there,
research will look to distill a language and follow on to propose interventions in the existing built fabric.

Directly working together with London based practice Takero Shimazaki Architects (t-sa), the workshop will
study contemporary and historical precedents and visit key architects and artists that link directly to the
workshops theme whilst collaboratively participating in aspects of study within the practice.

The workshop will research alternative methods of drawing, collaging, presenting and making, aiming to
establish a direct and immediate subjective appreciation of architecture whilst objectively analysing and reimagining the built environment.

Supported by invited critics, members of t-sa studio, the Architectural Association and other UK based

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Visits and lectures by UK based architects, artists and craft studios
  • Developing and exploring craft skills such as bookmaking, hand drawing and making
  • Photography


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and
Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application,
email for instructions to pay by bank transfer.

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the
programme. A CV or a portfolio is required

The deadline for applications is 18th August 2018.

Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1,500 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership
fee, off-site study visits and t-sa forum events.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. 

If you apply as a group of three or larger, a concession of 10% per applicant is available. Furthermore a
limited number of scholarship places are available to applicants following a portfolio review and interview if
you apply before 14th July. Please contact Keyura at for further information regarding the
eligibility criteria.

Programme Head

t-sa, lead by architect Takero Shimazaki, is a London based practice focused on the
sensitive and sympathetic re-working of existing buildings and structures. The practice’s methodology
engages with the existing built fabric, its details, city, landscape as well as the stories and narratives of the
client and inhabitants.

The notion of ‘renewal’ and ‘language’ in architecture is deeply integrated in the practice’s research and
teaching, both in Takero’s Diploma Unit 8 at the Cass (London Metropolitan University) and t-sa forum.
Believing in working with what already exists in the most economical means, the practice re-imagines the
found fragment to deliver enriched and renewed built-life to each project.


Programme Head
Takero Shimazaki

Programme Coordinator
Keyura Alva Samson

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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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.