Recent Projects

Date: Wednesday 21 January 2009
Time: 00:00
Running time: 90 mins
Mario Cucinella presents recent projects by his practice in Italy and China. Mario Cucinella studied architecture at the University of Genoa and worked with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop for five years in Genoa and Paris. In 1992 he founded MCA in Paris, and in 1999 Mario Cucinella Architects Srl. in Bologna. MCA has an integrated approach to design based on close collaboration with multi-disciplinary consultants to create an innovative and appropriate design response for every project. The practice develops projects at different scales, from building design to product design, from environmental and technological research to large-scale urban projects. Sustainable building design and the rational use of energy is one of the central concerns in MCA's work and research. Cucinella received the Outstanding Architect award from the World Renewable Energy Congress in 2004, and in 2005 the Special Award for the Environment from the Cityscape World Architecture Congress in Dubai. He has taught and lectured in many schools of architecture in Europe and is a Visiting Professor at Nottingham University.

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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.