Sculpting The Land

Date: Wednesday 28 November 2001
Time: 18:00
Running time: 106 mins

Kathryn Gustafson presents an overview of her landscape projects. Renowned for her designs using huge quantities of displaced earth, Gustafson has sculpted sensuous landscapes throughout America and Europe - the latter with Neil Porter as Gustafson Porter. Her designs evolve from intuitions relating to each site. For the work to have greatest effect, she argues, it must respond to concepts and feelings. Regardless of scale, her projects are instilled with dynamic shifts in form and plane, and her signature use of earth, water, stone, steel, and vegetation. Completed projects encompass a variety of landscape types including large public parks and plazas. Among the former are a new cultural park for the city of Amsterdam, the Terrason park in the Perigor region of France, the interior of the Great Glass House for the National Botanic Garden of Wales, and the regeneration of Crystal Palace Park in South London. Plaza projects include the Ross Terrace for the American Museum of Natural History, New York, the Human Rights Square for Evry in France, and the South Coast Plaza in Los Angeles. Other projects include the landscaping of the Parisian HQs of Shell and Esso, and the competition-winning Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut.

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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.