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Mia Frostner, Paul Tisdell, Robert Sollis, Sara De Bondt, Magnus Ericson, Sara Teleman, Zak Kyes, Martin Frostner, Jonas Williamsson

Roundtable Event: Iaspis Forum on Design and Critical Practice - The Reader

Date: Wednesday 9 December 2009
Time: 18:00
Running time: 60 mins

Iaspis and the AA jointly announce this roundtable discussion with invited guests including Mia Frostner, Paul Tisdell and Robert Sollis, Sara De Bondt, Magnus Ericson and Sara Teleman, Zak Kyes, Martin Frostner and Jonas Williamsson, editors and designers of The Reader, on the occasion of its launch. Copies of the book, published by Iaspis and Sternberg Press, will be on sale on the evening for £10 (normal price £20).

The Reader is based on four conversations between graphic designers about various aspects of design relating to their practices and derived from the exhibition Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design, produced by the AA in 2007. The Reader is produced and coordinated by Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists (

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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.