DAVIDSON, Cynthia; BASAR, Shumon

Editing vs. Curating

Series: In Conversation
Date: Monday 18 October 2010
Time: 02:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

The recent rise of the cult of the curator, within both art and architecture worlds, has not been mirrored in the cachet of the editor, that most invisible of ‘silent authors’. Cynthia Davidson is editor of the journal Log – the current issue is entitled ‘Curating Architecture,’ will talk to Shumon Basar about affinities between
editing print and curating exhibitions, and the differences between reading and viewing in visual culture today.

Cynthia Davidson is an architecture editor and critic based in New York City. She is the founding editor of Log: Observations on Architecture and the Contemporary City, and editor of the Writing Architecture Series books (MIT Press). Both are projects of the Anyone Corporation, a non-profit, international
and interdisciplinary thinktank she has directed since 1991. Cynthia was also the founding editor of the architecture tabloid ANY (1993–2000).



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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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