SUARE, Ruben

Interdisciplinary: Architecture & Manufacturing

Date: Monday 27 November 2006
Time: 00:00
Running time: 51 mins
What if we closed the gap between architects and manufacturers to create a workable business model that fostered creativity, innovation and opportunity? This lecture suggests a model that establishes an architectural studio within a manufacturing facility. The intertwining of design and manufacturing elicits a working structure of mutual participation, coordination and action and is a catalyst for innovation, removing many of the limitations inherent in either practice alone. As vice president of 3form's Architectural Division, Ruben Suare is involved in building a visionary portfolio of innovative projects and products that use digital fabrication technologies and that challenge traditional building methodologies. Prior to joining 3form, Suare was vice president of CTEK, a multidisciplinary, multi-industry engineering and fabrication firm specializing in automotive, aerospace, and architectural applications. Under his management, CTEK's architectural division led the industry in glass fabrication of compound curved shapes, working on high-profile projects like the Conde Nast Cafeteria designed by Frank Gehry and the Institute of Contemporary Arts Philadelphia with Greg Lynn. A trained architect, Suare also holds an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine.

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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.