Osa – Office for Subversive Architecture: Transgressive Strategies

Series: Lunchtime Lecture
Date: Tuesday 7 May 2013
Time: 13:00
Venue: New Soft Room
Running time: 71 mins

Hosted by Diploma Unit 2

Osa – Office for subversive architecture originated in 1995 as part of a student project and grew as a collective of practitioners with similar ideas on architecture and public space. The studio’s consistent aim has been to develop what its members call ‘untraditional approaches’ of reinterpreting architecture in the city. The network’s eight partners are currently based in five different cities and three different countries in Europe. Osa’s projects cross the boundaries between art and architecture, varying from minimal or movable installations, to the construction of actual buildings and urban or spatial strategies.

Since 2001 Karsten Huneck and Bernd Truempler have run the UK-based branch in London while creating spatial works with local and international significance. Karsten and Bernd have been Associate Professors at the ESA, Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris since 2008.

Photo: Kunsthülle LPL, photo Johannes Marburg

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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.