BOTTON, Alain de

Living Architecture

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Thursday 28 October 2010
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

Alain de Botton will introduce a new project which he helped to launch called Living Architecture. This is an organisation which commissions architects from around the world to design houses in the UK which can be rented out by the general public for weekends or week long stays. Think of it like a Landmark trust for contemporary architecture. To date, Living Architecture has commissioned houses from Peter Zumthor, MVRDV, Nord, Sir Michael Hopkins and JVA. The first house opens at the end of October and Alain will discuss his experiences and the thinking behind the project.

Alain de Botton is the author of 10 bestselling books of philosophy including The Consolations of Philosophy and The Architecture of Happiness. He is also responsible for setting up The School of Life and Living Architecture.



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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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 Certificate), 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.

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