Mario Carpo, Yve Lomax, Jane Rendell, Hannes Mayer, Nasrine Seraji, Joseph Grima, Giovanna Borasi

Symposium: Writing and Critical Thinking in Architecture 6 Q and A

Series: Symposium
Date: Friday 25 March 2011
Time: 10:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 65 mins
Organised by Marina Lathouri

At a time of rapid technological change and a pervasive global intelligence, where greater numbers of new books, magazines and journals – in print and online – are being published, this event aims to look at different approaches to writing in and about architecture. The aim is to articulate the role of writing in the realm of contemporary architecture and culture and in reformulations of practice. Participants reflect upon the possibility of criticism in these new modes of production of architectural knowledge.

This enquiry into writing and architecture began with a series of seminars in the autumn, exploring writing from the various yet overlapping standpoints of author, editor, critic and journalist and examining intersections with visual art/design practice.


Nasrine Seraji, architect, Director, Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais, DAZIBAO d’Architectures; Reading Architecture
Yves Lomax, Goldsmiths, Beginning, Ends and Middles
Jane Rendell, The Bartlett School of Architecture, Site-Writing
12.30 Lunch
Mario Carpo, Georgia Institute of Technology/Yale University
Marina Lathouri, AA School, Writing as Architecture
Hannes Mayer, Archithese, To the Root: the changing relevance of thoroughness
Giovanna Borasi, CCA
Joseph Grima, Domus, Collaborative Criticism: magazines in the era of 140-character debate
4.30 Discussion
For further details, please contact Marina Lathouri, Director, MA History and Critical Thinking / PhD at

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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.