Important COVID-19 / Coronavirus information and FAQs

MAYER, Jurgen H


Date: Thursday 21 May 2009
Time: 00:00
Running time: 50 mins

Various lines of demarcation, or facades of countenance, have always separated the personal and the public. In the case of information, the relationship between public and private becomes a complicated set of liabilities. At the beginning of the twentieth century, information control generated a visual register called the Data Protection Pattern (DPP), which helped to veil personal information in print media like envelopes and shipping forms. Letters and numbers, and other semiotic ingredients are used in excess to create a speechless slurry of text. Today, a new global network of unsecured data transfer has still to be resolved. While DPP continues to proliferate in print media, it provides the model for carriers of electronic information, which are physically erased by overwriting the entire data carrier, or at least in the sectors used, with a confusion of pattern. The sheer spectrum of data protection patterns from letters, numbers and logos to camouflaged and ornamental graphics can be read as a kind of primordial soup of our time, all denied any meaning and yet offering a strategic field from which to generate an ambivalent space, to thicken the skin of discretion, to inhabit the flatness of exposure and control and to celebrate the deep surface of public life.

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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.