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Jeff Kipnis and Tobias Rehberger

On Art and Architecture

Series: Artist Talks Series
Date: Friday 25 February 2011
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 83 mins

The Lost Art of Architectural Composition
Jeff Kipnis is a familiar figure at the AA and he was awarded an Honorary AA Diploma in 2006. He is Professor of Architectural Design and Theory in the School of Architecture at Ohio State – a curator, filmmaker, designer, architectural critic and theoretician. Before he started to work with architects he once ran an art gallery.

Tobias Rehberger is a conceptual sculptor who invents tasks for others to carry out. What happens when craftsmen in Thailand are given the task of producing functioning cars with nothing but a sketch of a Porsche to guide them? A fully functional op-art café won him the Golden Lion for Best Artist at Venice in 2010. Rehberger produces functioning aesthetic objects that raise questions about how close we are to design and/or to architecture.

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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.