AA Birthday Party

An Extravaganza in Black and White

Series: Members Event
Date: Tuesday 8 October 2013
Time: 16:00
Venue: 36 Bedford Square
Running time: 0 mins

The AA Council and school Director Brett Steele would like to invite all Members of the Architectural Association to a celebration of the founding of the AA on this date 166 years ago.

Black-and-white attire only!
An extravaganza that includes piñatas, singing, readings, video, music and dance.
Prizes and gifts to be awarded throughout the evening.
All students, tutors, members and their guests welcome.


Let the Party Begin
The President of the AA, Sadie Morgan, will open this year’s birthday extravaganza. Tea and cake will be served.
Location: Rear Presentation Space

4.10pm Spot the Detail

The photographer Sue Barr has taken 16 challengingly difficult close ups of the AA’s home in 32-39 Bedford Square. Identify the location of the details to win a prize!
Location: Rear Presentation Space and throughout the AA

4.30pm Piñata Competition

Piñatas will be bashed by willing volunteers until only the winner is left standing.
Location: Terrace (weather permitting)

5.00pm Christina Smith Annual Foot Race

To commemorate the opening of the largest Georgian corridor. Details and sign up sheet can be found in the Rear Presentation Space.

6.00pm AA Anecdotes and Poems

The poet Murray Lachlan Young will recall and expand on anecdotes relating to previous events at the AA.
Location: Rear Presentation Space

6.30pm Toast

The Director of the AA School, Brett Steele, will offer a Birthday Toast to the AA. Birthday cake and champagne will be served.
Location: Rear Presentation Space

7pm Performance

Original performance inspired by the AA’s continuous desire to go beyond established forms of education and architecture and to strive for innovation Dance and Choreography: New Movement Collective Music: Andy Boilerhouse Narration: Murray Lachlan Young Visuals: Metamind Visuals Singer: David McAlmont Production and Design: T2 spatialwork ltd
Location: AA Lecture Hall (descending from the Rear Presentation Room)

8pm Buffet

AA South Jury Room

8pm-1am AA Party

With DJ Andy Boilerhouse, video projections by Metamind Visuals and live music by David McAlmont

Dance Group: New Movement Collective
Poet: Murray Lachlan Young
DJ: Andy Boilerhouse
Singers: David McAlmont, Sam Obernik
Video Art: Metamind Visuals

Image : AA Members Soiree 1882 W Maw Egley © AA Archives

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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.