COX, Oliver

Michael Ventris Memorial Lecture: The Man and The Architect

Date: Thursday 30 October 1997
Time: 18:00
Running time: 0 mins

Michael Ventris studied architecture at the AA and served in the RAF as a navigator. A brilliant linguist, after years of painstaking study and research he introduced a new dimension to classical scholarship with the discovery in 1953 of the key to the deciphering of the Minoan Linear B Script. His work in this field has led to the understanding of much new information about ancient Greece and Mycenean civilization. Only 34 years old when he died in 1956, Michael Ventris’s achievements had earned him an OBE, an Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University and an Honorary Research Associateship with University College London. A life-long friend of Ventris (they studied, travelled and worked together) Oliver Cox draws on much previously unpublished material to describe this extraordinary man, his theory of creative design and the analytical approach which he applied to the practice of architecture and to the decipherment. This lecture is in support of the Michael Ventris Memorial Fund, set up to promote research. 

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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.