Russ Edwards, Jamie Ratcliff, Maria Lisogorskaya, Anthony Engi Meacock, Claire Bennie, Paul Noblet, Antonis Papamichael

Housing Young London: Are we facing an exodus?

Series: Housing London Lecture Series
Date: Wednesday 25 February 2015
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 110 mins

Russ Edwards, Pocket Living; Jamie Ratcliff, GLA; Maria Lisogorskaya and Anthony Engi Meacock, Assemble; Claire Bennie, Peabody Trust; Paul Noblet, Centrepoint & Antonis Papamichael, AADipl2014; chaired by Joanna Chambers, 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.

Maria Lisogorskaya is a founding member of Assemble, practising between the scale of hands-on prototyping, architectural design and urban strategy. She is working with Granby Four Streets CLT to refurbish
the derelict terraced houses on Cairns St in Toxteth, Liverpool. She also lives in the Balfron Tower, where she has participated in the discourse of the future of social housing and affordable live work spaces in London. Maria has previously led on development of affordable workspace in London. She has exhibited and published internationally and is currently a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins, exploring a hands on approach to architecture, urbanism and learning.

Anthony Engi-Meacock is a founding member of Assemble, where he is currently working on the new Gallery for Goldsmiths. Assemble was founded in order to realise a common urge to build, blurring the boundaries between designer, builder, user and public. Anthony previously worked on housing schemes across the capital, breeding dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs that has led to ongoing research into the finance behind development. He is currently visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster, examining to influence of money on architecture, asking who pays for the city? And who owns the city? 

Having previously worked in both the House of Commons and in local government as a cabinet member for regeneration, Paul Noblet joined Centrepoint in 2010. As Head of Public Affairs, he leads the charity’s political engagement work and has led a number of successful campaigns with young people on welfare reform and affordable housing.

Antonis Papamichael graduated from the Architectural Association in 2014 with his thesis project ‘Alcoves’, an alternative take on family housing for London, which was shortlisted and published in the Architectural Review’s 2014 Global Architecture Graduate Award. Antonis currently works for London based practice Hayhurst and Co. and is a director of Studio Abroad.

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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.