Building Backwards

Date: Tuesday 14 November 2006
Time: 00:00
Running time: 48 mins
Dutch artist Rob Voerman discusses his work, which tests the boundaries of both sculpture and architecture. The lecture coincides with Voerman's exhibition 'Bad Buildings, Good Spaces' in the AA Gallery and his specially commissioned piece Annex #4 in Bedford Square. Voerman's pieces reference the architecture of sheds and farm buildings, transforming function by undermining it. They illustrate his fascination with creating the architecture of fictional communities inhabiting remote areas away from the imposed order of towns and cities. Voermans new dwellings consist of a mixture of 'utopia, destruction and beauty'. This new architecture combines the romanticism of the log cabin with its antithesis: the implied malevolence of the Unabombers cabin. Voerman's work can be seen as a reaction to the overly ordered nature of Dutch society, where, as he says, danger, decay, disorder and uncertainty is systematically banned from daily life. Rob Voerman studied sculpture at the Art Academy, Kampen. His work has featured in numerous solo and group shows internationally.

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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.