Geoff Manaugh, Mark Smout and Laura Allen

Architect Explorers: Land Use Taxonomy / Landscape Transformation

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Date: Thursday 28 February 2013
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 92 mins

Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG) with Mark Smout and Laura Allen (Smout Allen)

As long-term admirers of the Centre for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) near Los Angeles, Smout Allen and Geoff Manaugh investigated this research and educational organisation and its context for Venice Takeaway. For this lecture, they will reflect on CLUI, which since 1994 has been recording and developing an understanding of human interaction with the earth’s surface. Looking ahead, they outline how the new British Exploratory Land Archive (BELA) will create a resource, repository and online archive for the active expeditionary cataloguing of sites in the UK.

This is part of a series of events taking place at the AA to coincide with the Exhibition at the RIBA: Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture at RIBA (26 February–27 April):

For the first time, the exhibition from the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale is being updated and brought back to Britain. Venice Takeaway presents the work of ten architectural teams that travelled the world to seek imaginative responses to universal issues. Charting a course that takes place across Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and the USA, the installations and objects encapsulate ideas for change, reminding us that the practice of architecture is as much about observation and thinking as it is about design. The exhibition is curated by Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council and Vanessa Norwood, Head of Exhibitions at the AA.



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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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.

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