Architecture is the Difference Between Architecture

Date: Tuesday 11 March 1997
Time: 18:00
Running time: 85 mins

'Architecture is not only rational thought, not only feeling, not only utilization; rather, it is the development of awareness through doing. It is continuously being put to the test. Architecture is a system within movable boundaries, quietly seeking an extra-structural authority that would watch over the unit (centre). The play of change and continuity, intro-extrospection, artificial and everyday language as a "play of differences freed from boundaries" is plural literature. Architecture is always the transformation of other architectures. What authority determines the free play of relationships? There is no ultimate authority in differential systems. In architecture, definition of the absolute is neither necessary nor of interest. The decisive point is the perception of what is equal: there is something present in us that defines the before and after as well as any interference. Architecture is the difference between architecture. The congealing of architectural awareness through the factor of time changes the perspective.'

Adolf Krischanitz has been working independently as an architect in Vienna since 1979, and co-founded the UM BAU magazine in the same year. He has taught throughout Austria and Germany, his work has been widely exhibited, and his projects have won numerous awards and competitions.

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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.