AAusterity Birthday Party

Series: Annual Birthday Party
Date: Friday 9 October 2015
Time: 18:00
Venue: 34-36 Bedford Square
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The AA’s annual birthday celebration will this year focus around a reunion for our postwar graduates, 70 years on. Remembering AA life in those early years after World War Two, we will bring AA staff, students and members together in the spirit of those times. The yearly Via Christina Foot Race will be a battle through the trenches of the Diploma Corridor, with afternoon tea waiting for the victors in the Lecture Hall. Performances will be dispersed throughout the evening alongside the opening of several exhibitions and installations across the school. Your invite will take the form of a ration card, which you will need to collect your portions of food and drink. Our one concession to luxury will be a colossal birthday cake that will be cut by a special guest of honour to launch a night of festivities to “make do and mend.”

Schedule 3.30 til Late

3.30 1945-47 Reunion (invited guests) Coordinated by PhD candidate Patrick Zamarian on behalf of the AA Membership & Alumni Office
6.00 Via Christina Foot Race
6.30 Bar Opens, AA Canteen
7.15 Speeches and unvieling of the cake, Rear Second Prestantion Space
8.00 Entertainment, Canteen, Rear Second Presentation Space and Terrace; Food served in Ching's Yard
8.30 Birthday Cake, Rear Second Presentation Space.
8.30 till 1.30 Music from Mira Calix & Andrea Parker, Library Terrace. DJs Bahamian Moor and Student Forum in the Dining Hall.

Image: Mount House in the 1940s

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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 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.