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Spielraum: The Making Of
In conversation with Brett Steele, Zak Kyes and Carson Chan
Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Thursday 19 March 2015
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 68 mins
“There is always an element of inspired performance in bricolage. ... In the end, this is what Barkow Leibinger offer us all: Spielraum, room for play, space for invention.“ Hal Foster
At a roundtable the architects Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger discuss with Brett Steele, Zak Kyes, and the curator and critic Carson Chan the making-of their new monograph and the meaning of ‚Spielraum’ for their practice. Zak Group did not only design this book and Barkow Leibinger’s visual identity but also the AA Publication „Bricoleur Bricolage“. Brett Steele and Carson Chan contributed essays to the book.
Regine Leibinger studied Architecture in Berlin and at Harvard University; from 1993 joint practice with Frank Barkow; visiting Professor at the Architectural Association in London, Cornell University and Harvard University; since 2006 Professor for Building Construction and Design, Technische Universität Berlin.
Frank Barkow studied Architecture at Montana State University and at Harvard University; from 1993 joint practice with Regine Leibinger in Berlin; visiting Professor at the Architectural Association in London, Cornell University, Harvard University.
Zak Kyes is a London-based graphic designer and art director. He founded Zak Group in 2005, and since 2006 has been the Art Director of the Architectural Association (AA), London, where, in 2008, he cofounded the publishing imprint Bedford Press. In 2010, he received the Inform Award for Conceptual Design from the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, initiating the traveling exhibition Zak Kyes Working With... (2011–13).
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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES
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.