AHRENDS, Peter; BURTON, Richard; KORALEK, Paul

ABK: Threads and Connections

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Tuesday 26 October 2010
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 60 mins

Ahrends Burton and Koralek will talk about the design of the 1960s Library building at Trinity College, Dublin and then make connections with later examples of their work in the following decades, finishing with thoughts about the design of the British Embassy building in Moscow.

Peter Ahrends, Richard Burton and Paul Koralek worked together as a group when studying at the AA  in the early 1950s and in 1961 formed the partnership known as Ahrends, Burton and Koralek (ABK).From the outset the partners were convinced that the process of design must be inclusive of factors such as the environment, the local context and the social frameworks in which the buildings were to function, to meet briefs, serve people and create new horizons.

In their broad spectrum of design work in the UK and abroad the partners have been much involved in the field of education, teaching, lecturing and examining at schools of architecture.



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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.