BOTTOMS, Edward

The AA and the Architectural Museum: Tracing the Royal Architectural Museum

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Date: Friday 9 May 2008
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Running time: 60 mins
ollections in 1916. Founded in 1851 by a group of architectural professionals led by George Gilbert Scott, the Royal Architectural Museums collections were intended to form a museum of gothic casts for the education of art workmen the nucleus of a National Museum of Architecture. By the 1870s the museum was housed in purpose-built premises on Tufton Street, Westminster and contained over 4500 casts, including major runs contributed by John Ruskin and William Burges. It also housed well in excess of 2000 original pieces, boasting sculpture from Westminster Hall, a significant quantity of medieval woodwork and stained glass, architectural drawings and an important collection of 18th- and 19th-century architectural models. This lecture traces the development and display of the collections and the AAs role in engineering the museums closure and subsequent dispersal of its holdings.


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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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