School School Presents

The Office: Workucation: Timothy Ivison, James Westcott (OMA/AMO), Shumon Basar and Victoria Camblin

Series: School School Presents
Date: Friday 3 May 2013
Time: 15:00
Venue: New Soft Room
Running time: 120 mins

Before formal education emerged in the form of universities, one learnt ‘on the job’. Today, in a world where a ‘job for life’ seems to belong to another age, the need to be ‘re-educated’ is a constant. This is a role that the contemporary workplace has taken onboard, most famously in the ‘campus’ layouts of Silicon Valley tech companies. Rem Koolhaas, a former AA student and teacher, has made the office OMA a setting in which the mirror activities of AMO have become part think-tank and part research school. James Westcott explains how this does, and doesn’t, work, ‘at work’.


Victoria Camblin is a writer, editor of 032c magazine, and a doctoral candidate at the University of Cambridge. She has worked at NOWNESS, and she co-founded Body & English, which seeks to locate the incommunicable within and without text and image.

Tim Ivison is an artist and PhD researcher with the London Consortium working on urban biopolitics. He is the co-editor of the book Contestations: Learning From Critical Experiments in Education, forthcoming from Bedford Press.

James Westcott works at AMO, where he was co-editor of Project Japan (Taschen 2010), and now coordinates research with the Harvard Graduate School of Design on ‘Elements of Architecture,’ an exhibition at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Westcott also co-teaches the studio Vertical Cities Asia at TU Delft, and is the author of When Marina Abramovic Dies: A Biography.

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.   

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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.