Distribution & Attitudes

Series: Bedford Press Lecture Series
Date: Thursday 9 December 2010
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 95 mins

Alexis Zavialoff will discuss the activities of Motto, a small chain of bookshops which specialises in distributing magazines, art books and self-published printed matter. The recently renewed interest in small-scale publishing has focused attention on the renegotiation of traditional roles in contemporary art and architecture publishing. As publisher, distributor and retailer, Zavialoff is well positioned to influence these shifts, and to suggest what developments lie ahead.

Alexis Zavialoff (1974, France) is a self-taught photographer, practising in various contexts for the past fifteen years. He has been involved in publishing almost from the day that he picked up his first camera. In 2007, he launched Motto, a distribution company for magazines, books and other types of independent publications, eventually expanding to a bookshop in Berlin in early 2009. Three new branches opened in Zurich, Geneva and Vancouver in 2010, all within exhibition spaces. Motto distributes 100 publishers to some 100 specialised stores worldwide and, with Chert Gallery, has recently organised two editions of the Unter Dem Motto book fair.

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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.