Brian Ford and Rosa Schiano-Phan

The Architecture & Engineering of Downdraught Cooling

Series: Evening Lecture and Book Launch
Date: Monday 7 February 2011
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 90 mins
This talk will provide a global review of research and practice in the application of downdraught cooling in buildings, with particular reference to opportunities in Europe and the USA. The talk will focus on design integration, and illustrate applications to both residential and non-residential buildings. The work referred to represents the culmination of a three-year R&D project partly funded by the European Commission and involving partners in Europe, India and China.

Brian Ford is an architect and environmental design consultant who has been involved in the design of a number of naturally ventilated and passively cooled buildings around the world. He is currently Head of the Architecture and Urbanism Research Division and Professor of Bioclimatic Architecture at the University of Nottingham.

Rosa Schiano-Phan is a lecturer in Sustainable Environmental Design at the AA Association. She has worked as an environmental design consultant and research fellow for the University of Nottingham, and has been involved in several international research and consultancy projects.



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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 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.

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