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MAYNE, Thom

Lecture 2/2

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Date: Tuesday 8 December 2009
Time: 18:00
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Running time: 27 mins

Two intersecting preoccupations form the genitive material of current work. Firstly, combinatory organisational strategies explore the characteristics of coherency while amplifying and enhancing differentiation, responding to the rapidly increasing demands of scale and complexity; and secondly, the ability to articulate new hybridised models and find potential in the territory between typology and morphology, nature and the man-made.
Thom Mayne founded Morphosis as an interdisciplinary and collective practice involved in experimental design and research. As design director, Mayne provides overall vision, project leadership and direction to the firm which maintains permanent offices in LA and New York City and site offices in Paris and Shanghai.
Mayne has been the recipient of countless distinguished honours including the 2000 American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles Gold Medal in Architecture and the Pritzker Prize in 2005. Under Mayne’s direction, the firm has been the subject of group and solo exhibitions throughout the world, including a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2006 and a major retrospective at the Netherlands Architectural Institute in 1999. Morphosis buildings and projects have been published extensively.



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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.

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