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Carlos Villanueva Brandt, Jon Broome, Lucie Stephens

'Architecture as Initiative' APRI Symposium

Date: Tuesday 13 February 2007
Time: 00:00
Running time: 84 mins

Alternative Practices and Research Initiatives (APRI) Cluster Showcasing past and current architect initiated projects, the symposium brings together architects and spatial practitioners involved in self initiated projects who see architecture as a political and social act embedded and born out of strong links with its context. Their initiatives define a form of practice which does not rely on a single commissioning client but which takes its mandate from a close engagement with a wider public. To continue a tradition of proactive architectural practice and to initiate new alternatives to the predominant model of architecture as service, the symposium presents and examines new models of operation outside the convention of the hired and contracted architect. Curated by Susanna Gonzalez and Andreas Lang, the event concludes the first cycle of the Alternative Practices and Research Initiatives Cluster which focused on mechanisms and spaces that enable alternative practices to emerge.Chaired by Carlos Villanueva Brandt, Jon Broome - 'Technology and Participation towards Sustainability'. Lucie Stephens - 'The Power of Social Networks'

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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.