Bob Allies, David West, Stewart Murray & Vere van Gool

Quantity vs Quality: Can we Deliver and Make Great Places?

Series: Housing London Lecture Series
Date: Wednesday 11 February 2015
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 116 mins

Bob Allies, Allies & Morrison; David West, Studio Egret West; Stewart Murray, GLA & Vere van Gool, AADipl2014; chaired by Alex Lifschutz, AA Council

How to meet London’s housing needs is one of the most pressing issues facing the capital today. The Architectural Association School of Architecture is joining in the debate and as part of its public programme, is holding a series of events next spring to bring together architects, politicians, planners, developers and commentators to debate the key questions. The series will culminate in an open jury when students of the AA will share their ideas with an audience comprising speakers, academics, members and fellow students. The open jury will enable students to present their work to the participants in this series, and will be followed by a closing session which will bring together the key outcomes of the debates. 

Bob Allies, Allies and Morrison
Bob Allies taught at the University of Cambridge from 1984-88 and served as Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh in 1995, the University of Maryland in 1999, and the University of Bath from 1996 to 1999. He is currently a member of the London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group and chair of the South+East Region Design Review Panel. Bob was a member of the AA Council from 2004-2007 and is currently an examiner on the Housing and Urbanism programme.
As well as being co-masterplanners for the Olympic Games and Legacy, Allies and Morrison are also responsible for many of London’s other major masterplans including Kings Cross Central, Brent Cross Cricklewood, Wood Wharf, West Hendon, Canada Water and Greenwich Peninsular, and are extensively involved in the design of housing throughout the capital.

Vere van Gool is an Amsterdam born, London based designer, architect in training and researcher. She graduated with Honours from the Architectural Association in 2014 with her project Dear London and her work has been published and exhibited internationally. She is a researcher at Forensic Architecture, building a house in Shadwell and the co-founder MISS, the platform that celebrates the many amazing women in art and design through an international series of events, exhibitions and lectures in London, Bangkok and New York.   

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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 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.