School School Presents

The Teacher: Charles Arsène-Henry, Peter Carl, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera & Samantha Hardingham

Series: School School Presents
Date: Wednesday 1 May 2013
Time: 18:00
Venue: New Soft Room
Running time: 120 mins

The anxieties of what to teach, and how to learn, crystallise in the figure of ‘The Teacher’. Knowledge repository? Institutional symbol? Heroic outlaw? Guests present pedagogue paradigms, including those of architect Cedric Price, philosophers Plato and Gilles Deleuze, and film director/shaman, Alejandro Jodorowsky. Each example invokes its own iconoclasm of teaching.

Charles Arsène-Henry founded White Box Black Box in 2009 and co-curated the exhibition Translated By in 2011. He teaches ‘Shapes of Fiction’ at the AA and is conceiving The Library is on Fire with the Luma Foundation.

Peter Carl directs the PhD programme at the Department of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University.

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is a senior lecturer in law at Birkbeck, University of London and author of What If Latin America Ruled the World? His forthcoming book is entitled A Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup Against Allende, 9/11/1973.

Samantha Hardingham is an architectural author and researcher. She is currently writing The Complete Works of Cedric Price – an assembly of both projects and texts – in collaboration with the Cedric Price Estate, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal and the Architectural Association.

School School is a school about schools taking place in the New Soft Room and Lecture Hall over four days and evenings during Week 2 (30 April – 3 May). Organised by Shumon Basar, Victoria Camblin and Sam Jacob, it presents past and present paradigms and experiments in education. Please see diary listings for specic details. All are welcome.   

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 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.