BROWN, Neave

in Conversation with Mark Swenarton

Date: Tuesday 3 December 2013
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 108 mins

This event pre-empts the release of AA Files 67, in which the architectural historian Mark Swenarton interviews architect Neave Brown about his life and career. Offering a synoptic repeat of the same conversation, Swenarton will host an evening at the AA in which he will discuss with Brown the architect’s transatlantic upbringing, his studies at the AA alongside Kenneth Frampton, David Gray, John Miller, Adrian Gale and Patrick Hodgkinson, his subsequent work at Lyons, Israel & Ellis, his friendship with James Stirling, his teaching stints at the AA, Cornell, Princeton and Karlsruhe, and the three great housing schemes he designed and built with and for Camden council – Winscombe Street, Fleet Road and Alexandra Road.

Neave Brown was born in 1929 and after his training at the AA in the early 1950s, and a brief stint in private practice, he subsequently worked under Sydney Cook in the architecture department of Camden council, producing two ground-breaking social housing schemes at Fleet Road and Alexandra Road. He has also combined his architectural work with teaching in the UK, Europe and the US.

Mark Swenarton is an architectural historian and the James Stirling Professor of Architecture at the University of Liverpool. He formerly acted as head of the Oxford Brookes school of architecture and was a co-founder of the monthly review Architecture Today. He is the author of Homes Fit for Heroes (1981), Artisans and Architects (1989) and will soon complete a new book on the activities of the Camden council architecture department.

Photo: Alexandra Road 

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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.