An Architecture that Follows Necessity

Series: Article 25 Student Chapter Lecture Series
Date: Tuesday 31 January 2012
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 87 mins

Real-life, fundamental problems demand an approach to architecture where everything serves a purpose – an architecture that follows necessity. That is the belief of the young Norwegian architecture office TYIN tegnestue, who will present a selection of their work in poor and underdeveloped areas of Thailand, Haiti, Sumatra and Uganda. By actively involving the local population in both the design and building of their projects, the office is able to establish a framework for mutual exchange of knowledge and skills. All materials used in their projects are collected close to the sites or purchased from local merchants, and architecture students from around the world are involved.

TYIN tegnestue Architects was established in 2008. Currently run by recent graduates Andreas G Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad, it has its headquarters in the Norwegian city of Trondheim.

The AA Community Cluster (community.aaschool.ac.uk) is a newly formed group that acts as a forum for people engaging with socially and environmentally responsible design. One facet of the Community Cluster is the AA’s Article 25 Student Chapter, the aim of which is to raise awareness – through lectures, workshops and events – about the role the built environment can play in international development and disaster relief. www.article-25.org

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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.