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Ordinary Studio

An Ordinary Evening

Series: What's Next
Date: Monday 27 October 2014
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 30 mins

For an evening with unorthodox architecture and design studio Ordinary, AA alumni Alex Kaiser and Magnus Larsson – who currently work out of the AA Gallery as part of their month-long show, Ordinary Takeover – take you through their conceptual-practical world of wondrous materiality. Positioned at the intersection of material science and architecture, the studio’s founders present their radical vision of how existing and not-yet-existing building materials might change the future of our built environment, using some of the architecture projects currently on display in their show, such as magnetic skins, bacterial sandstone cities and spaces made from milk.

Biography: Built on the notion that architecture is currently going through its most radical paradigm shift ever, with the construction of structures atom by atom already more than a theoretical possibility, Ordinary Ltd forges consilient relationships with scientists to push the discipline into the next material era. Based in east London, the practice was set up in 2011.

Alex Kaiser, AA Diploma 2008

Magnus Larsson, AA Diploma 2009

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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.