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Bêka and Partners

Living Architectures: Roundtable Discussion followed by DVD + Book Launch

Date: Wednesday 31 October 2012
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 73 mins

Takako Hasegawa with Ila Bêka, Louise Limoine and Justin Jaeckle (The Architecture Foundation)  ‘Living Architectures’ film series, first of which is ‘Koolhaas Houselife’ first shown at 2008 Venice Biennale, put into question the fascination with the ideas of perfection, virtuosity and infallibility of iconic architecture. By demonstrating the vitality, fragility and vulnerable beauty of architecture as recounted and witnessed by people who actually live in, use or maintain the spaces, Bêka and Partners let the architecture talk to us, from an "inner" point of view, both personal and subjective.

The DVD-books will be on sale after the roundtable discussion; thereafter it will be available at the AA bookshop.

Screenings of 7 films @ AA Cinema - 37 Bedford Square Book

Monday 22 - Friday 26 October

2:30 pm Koolhaas Houselife (58 min)
3:45 pm Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron (62 min)

Mon 29 Oct - Fri 2 Nov
2:30 pm Gehry's Vertigo (55 min)
3:45 pm Xmas Meier (50 min)

Mon 5 - Fri 9 Nov
2:30 pm Inside Piano: IRCAM (62 min)
3:45 pm Beyeler (58 min)
5:00 pm B & B (45 min)

All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.

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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 Certificate), 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.