Psyche and Space: Aesthetics and the Lost Object 19/25

Date: Friday 30 November 2001
Time: 18:00
Running time: 61 mins

The Psyche and Space lecture series tests the hypothesis that psychoanalysis contains within itself, or within its reach, a theory of subjective space. Such a test must first establish that such a theory is required by architecture; then that theories of perception, or other accounts of experience, fail the test. The lectures attempt to demonstrate that a psychoanalytic theory of space develops from the intersection of phantasy and desire. This part of the series leaves the terrain of the psycho-sexual nature of space in favour of a complex question of human identification and space. It starts with the well known history of anthropocentrism in architectural theory in order to reverse the traditional question of how the proportions of buildings relate to the image of the body, and replaces it with the question of how the image of the body (or what Freud calls the body ego) stabilises itself through objects in
space. This raises the question of how the constructed world concerns or threatens the integrity of the body.

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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.