AA PhD Candidates

PhD Symposium

Series: PhD Symposium
Date: Monday 26 January 2015
Time: 14:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 224 mins

Studying for a PhD is one of the longest and perhaps most adventurous activities undertaken at the AA. For some it feels like stepping into the unknown in order to address key questions concerning the field of architecture today. With the expansion of the AA School’s areas of PhD research in recent years, topics have varied a great deal, ranging from historical investigations to issues of architectural urbanism and computational design research. This symposium celebrates the diversity adn intensity of AA PhD research with presentations of seven doctoral projects that were completed in the past year.

Alejandra Celedon Foster - Rhetorics of the Plan
Elif Erdine - Generative Processes in Tower Design: Algorithms for the Integrations of Tower Subsystems
Emmanouil Stavrakakis - The Architecture of Linear B
Gabriel Felmer Plominsky - Development of a Prototype for Sustainable Social Housing in Chile
Merate Barakat - Sonic City Networks: Urban Design Through Acoustic Sensory Manipulation
Niloofar Kakhi - Identity Disinterred: The Uses and Abuses of a Past in Architectural Representation of a Present
Patricia Martin del Guayo - Environmental Perception 

All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.

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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.