Date: Monday 28 April 2008
Time: 00:00
Running time: 100 mins
Part of the Founding Lecture Series of the AIA/UK, celebrating the AIAs 150th anniversary. Through the presentation and discussion of projects and theories, 'Space: Light' celebrates liaisons and dialogues while weaving through a flowing association of diptychs: educationprofession; artarchitecture; pastfuture, New York-London. Working with space and light as sculptural materials, Michael Gabellini constructs architectural settings that are at once elemental in form and dramatic in their purity of means. Gabellini has designed distinct boutiques, showroom facilities, restaurants, and corporate HQs for, amongst others, Jil Sander, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicole Farhi. He has also restored important architectural landmarks such as the observation decks at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the Fifth Avenue facades of Rockefeller Center, and the former AT&T building in Lower Manhattan. Gabellini received the 2006 National Design Award in Interior Design from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and has led his firm Gabbellini Sheppard to receive numerous awards from the AIA. Prior to founding his own firm, he worked as a senior designer at Kohn Pederson Fox. Gabellini studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the AA. He has lectured at numerous academic institutions and teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York.

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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.