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Architecture as New Geography

Series: Sustainable Environmental Design Keynote Lecture
Date: Tuesday 15 January 2013
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 114 mins

Shelley McNamara studied architecture at University College Dublin and co-founded Grafton Architects with Yvonne Farrell in 1977. She teaches architecture at UCD and is a visiting critic at a number of schools of architecture. She was elected a fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland for excellence in design. For this lecture, she will present recent works by Grafton Architects – including projects in Milan, Toulouse and Lima. Exploring the aesthetic, structural and environmental potential of brick and concrete, Grafton's work reveals a particular interest in how daylight can shape built forms and highlights the contrast between heavy and lightweight components. Grafton Architects were awarded the Mies van der Rohe Prize in 2009 for their new building for Luigi Bocconi University in Milan, as well as the Silver Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012.

Image: Luigi Bocconi University, Milan; Grafton Architects

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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.