The Architect is Dead. Long Live the Architect!

Date: Tuesday 31 October 2006
Time: 00:00
Running time: 88 mins
'How can architecture be liberated from the "imprisonment" in which it finds itself at the moment? Increasingly a victim of more fashionable and artistically superficial design, it loses a lot of its potential and power. Is the answer to climb further up the ivory tower or to change the focus of an intelligent, analytical approach? While other disciplines appear too rushed to establish long-term, pragmatic solutions for the ever-accelerating complexity of human society, architecture seems too slow to compete with fashion and design. This is where our challenge is embedded.' Bjarne Mastenbroek graduated with an honourable mention from TU Delft in 1989, where he studied with Max Risselada. He worked for Enric Miralles (EMBT) in Barcelona in 1990-91. He later took part in 'de architectengroep', a firm with over 100 collaborators. In 2002 he established SeARCH. His best known designs are a double house in Utrecht (with MVRDV), houses on Borneo island, Amsterdam, a tea pavilion in the east of Holland and the Nertherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa.

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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.