JIMENEZ, Carlos

What Can Architecture Do?

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Date: Monday 21 October 2013
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 71 mins

This question acquires critical urgency when working in a challenging framework such as Houston, the fourth largest city in the US, and its most deliberately unrestrained, market-driven metropolis. The lecture intersperses personal reflections with a selection of built works gathered over thirty years of working in this seemingly indomitable and boundless territory.


Carlos Jiménez is an architect, educator and author. After graduating from the University of Houston College of Architecture, he established Carlos Jiménez Studio in 1983. As a tenured Professor at Rice University School of Architecture, Jiménez is a frequent lecturer and critic, and from 2001–2011, he was a jury member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. His numerous built works include the Central Administration and Junior School for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.



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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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.

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