ARDALAN, Nader

Reconceiving the Architecture of the Gulf Region

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Date: Wednesday 1 November 2006
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Running time: 81 mins

'Reconceiving the Architecture of the Gulf Region' is the theme of a three-year research programme Nader Ardalan has initiated to focus upon theory and applied research in order to develop new prototypes of urban design and architecture for the eight countries surrounding the Persian Gulf. It is hoped that the study will produce guidelines and innovative strategies to achieve environmentally and culturally sustainable development, water conservation, and energy efficient designs and governance strategies in this geographic area. Nader Ardalan is an architect with over four decades of award winning international experience. He is the principal of Ardalan Associates in Boston, senior vice-president and director of design at KEO International Consultants in the Gulf Region, and a founding member of the Steering Committee of the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He continues to serve as a Jury Member on many international design competitions and has taught at Harvard GSD and at Yale School of Architecture.



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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 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.

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