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Speculative Studies

The AA is committed to developing experimental pedagogies. Speculative Studies is a new Core Studies course within the school that aims to test new educational formats and alternative methods of teaching and learning. Students will address prevalent issues within contemporary culture through the study of a diverse range of disciplines, their respective modes of practice and their relationship to architecture, engaging with a variety of research methodologies, historiographies and forms of action and activism. The course will explore fields such as anthropology, art, biology, ecology, economics, geology, law, philosophy, politics, and theology.

Addressing questions of identity, value, sustainability, post- colonialism, agency, authority and ethics, these seminars will be led by practitioners, theorists, and pedagogues who are able to translate and communicate highly complex issues through open debate and discussion within the classroom environment or in new pedagogical contexts.

Consisting of lectures, debates and experimental pedagogical formats, the course will consist of five sessions in Term 3, each with a group of twelve students from the second year and a maximum of three students from different year groups or other programmes throughout the school who will audit the class. Students will propose seminars that they would like to attend during Term 1 through an open forum.


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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.