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Experimental 7 Stones Against Diamonds, Martin Wecke, 2019

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‘It was never there and it’s already vanishing’ – W. S. Mervin, ‘Before That,’ Poetry, 1968

The locus of architectural thought and education has always been the building; the building as a complete object, with a logic, rhythm and sensibility of its own. Historically, this view has significantly shifted towards an understanding of architecture in the context of the city, centralising concerns regarding infrastructure, complexity and growth, and connecting mainstream architectural discourse more deeply to other fields including sociology, geography and economics.

Architecture is now at a point where it must make another profound shift – not only in how we practice but how we think, expanding from the urban to the territorial, from the limits of the city to the limits of the planet. We need to think critically, openly and fearlessly about our role in the world and become increasingly polymathic: able to mediate information from an ever more diverse set of sources; able to act decisively within an ever more complex set of realities.

We will work with our feet firmly on the ground in Glasgow, Scotland: an extraordinary city, full of difficult, abundant life. We will ask students to think expansively, but first and foremost to take the local context seriously and to develop a relationship with its social, religious, cultural and political character, as well as a feeling of its day-to-day life. We will be hands-on and proactive, always foregrounding critical reflections on our own experiences over desk-based research. We will work deeply within Assemble’s existing networks across the city, particularly with those in the East End. Pack a sleeping mat, a thermos and a raincoat, and join us.

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Amica Dall, Anthony Meacock and Giles Smith are all founding partners of Assemble, which amongst other things is an architecture practice, workspace provider, contractor, developer, artist collective, ceramics workshop and friendship group. Their work has seen them lecture and teach internationally, including at Yale, MIT, Harvard and ETH Zurich. They are currently working on new models of living and working in South West London, a City Farm in North London and public space in South East London, as well as a number of other projects across the practice that are situated from New Orleans to Oslo.

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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.