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BOFILL, Ricardo

Taller de Arquitectura

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Thursday 5 March 2015
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 80 mins

Architecture should now draw on difference and cultural diversity, immersion in local cultures, and climatic, ethnic and regional contrasts as a source of inspiration and creativity if it is to be consistent with the current diverse world.

Looking back over fifty years of experimentation with the architectural idiom, having outlived Structuralism and other trends -ranging from the utopias of the sixties to history revivalism, from Postmodernism to Deconstructivism, Minimalism and Conceptual Art - I now regard such trends as partial attempts to achieve a personal language. Architecture has leapt to the forefront of formal research. The new architecture of the 21st Century will gradually take shape as the consequence of a series of social definitions, still to be formulated, in the fields of knowledge and science.

Ricardo Bofill was born in Barcelona in 1939. He graduated from the School of Architecture in Geneva. In 1963 he gathered a group of architects, engineers, sociologists and philosophers, creating the basis for what today is the Taller de Arquitectura (Architectural Workshop) an international team with 50 years experience. 

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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.