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SHoP Architects

Out of Practice organised by Alan Dempsey

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Tuesday 15 November 2011
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 97 mins

SHoP Architects will present a look at the office’s current projects, with a focus on how the firm seeks to reinvent the business model of architectural practice.

As both practitioners and educators, SHoP’s commitment to challenging the process of building seeks to prove that beauty and technological proficiency are not mutually exclusive. They look at an entire project and consider the site, the cultural and economic environment, a client’s physical needs and budget constraints, as well as construction techniques, branding, marketing, and post-occupancy issues. Great architecture demands that design, finance, and technology work together – SHoP is combining these forces in innovative ways to create a new model for the profession.

Gregg Pasquarelli co-founded the architectural firm SHoP Architects in 1997. He has lectured, exhibited and published work internationally. Pasquarelli was the Saarinen Professor of Architecture at Yale University in 2006, served as the Shure Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia in 2003 and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation from 1996 to 2003. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Architectural League of New York and is a Young Leader’s Fellow of the National Committee on United States–China Relations.

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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.