WIRELESS LONDON & THE AA: John BELL/Jo WALSH

Semantic City

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Date: Tuesday 15 February 2005
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Running time: 73 mins
The second lecture in a collaborative series of three, titled Wireless London and the AA: Future Urban Infrastructures. fvEach talk involves a speaker nominated by the AA (from the fields of architecture and urbanism) and another speaker nominated by Wireless London (from areas such as free networking, locative media and the semantic web). The considerations, understanding and development of Wireless Free Networks mirror and supplement many architectural concerns. This lecture series aims to place Free Networks within the wider framework of architecture and urbanism. John Bell is an AA Unit Master and a partner in the transdisciplinary practice fxv.org. Jo Walsh is a free software hacker, author and gonzo cartographer based in London. She has built web systems for the Guardian, the ICA and state51. Chaired by Pete Gomes with Saul Albert.


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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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