The Design of the Phaeno Centre, Wolfsburg

Date: Tuesday 28 February 2006
Time: 00:00
Running time: 100 mins
Coinciding with the AA exhibition of the project, Zaha Hadid presents the architecture of the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg which opened to worldwide acclaim in November 2005. Her presentation provides an insight into the architectural ideas at the core of the project. Best known for her seminal built works, Hadid's central concerns involve a simultaneous engagement in practice, teaching and research. A former AA student, she was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977 and joined OMA in the same year. After teaching in Dip 9 with her former tutors Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, she lead her own unit until 1987. More recently, she has held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard; the Sullivan Chair of the University of Illinois; and is Professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. She has also held several guest professorships. Zaha Hadid is the 2004 winner of the Pritzker Prize in Architecture. NB: The technical realisation of the project is described more fully in the roundtable lecture featuring Hanif Kara, Christos Passas, and Paul Scott held on 02/03/2006.

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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 Certificate), 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.