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Andrea Bagnato, Joseph Grima, Sam Jacob, Justin McGuirk, Cat Rossi, Maria S Giudici, Marina Otero Verzier

The Quantified Home

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Thursday 29 January 2015
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 102 mins

A conversation about domestic space, to present the book SQM: The Quantified Home (edited by Space Caviar and published by Lars Müller; produced for the 2014 Biennale Interieur). The home, once a site of architectural investigation, experiment, and potential social change, is being transformed into a commodity—a “bitcoin for oligarchs” in the words of Bruce Sterling. The domestic interior registers a new social paradigm whereby postwar welfare has given way to neoliberal visions of sharing. Privacy, comfort, and stability are rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

How has this shift occurred, and what does it entail? The editors and contributors of SQM will engage external guests and the audience in a discussion on whether the home, as we knew it, still exists.

Maria S. Giudici recently obtained her PhD from TU Delft. She is the studio leader, together with Pier Vittorio Aureli, of AA Diploma Unit 14. 
Sam Jacob was co-founder of FAT Architecture, and co-curated the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. He runs the AA Night School. 
Justin McGuirk is director of Strelka Press, the publishing arm of Strelka Institute in Moscow. His latest book is Radical Cities (Verso, 2014).
Marina Otero Verzier was formerly director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, Columbia University. She is co-curator of the forthcoming Oslo Architecture Triennale.
Catharine Rossi is senior lecturer in Design History at Kingston University, London. She has written extensively on the Italian architecture avant-garde.
Joseph Grima is the former editor of Domus; since 2013 he leads Space Caviar, a design research office based in Genoa, Italy. He is co-director of the forthcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial. 
Andrea Bagnato is a researcher at Space Caviar, and is part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial team. He was the managing editor of SQM: The Quantified Home.

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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.