UDUKU, Ola and Hannah Le ROUX

AA in Africa - Networks And personalities

Date: Friday 17 January 2003
Time: 00:00
Running time: 80 mins
A lecture accompanying the exhibition AA in Africa - The Modern Movement in West Africa. Ola Uduku and Hannah Le Roux, the exhibition curators, discuss the key players - architects, planners, engineers - and their relationships and networks, exploring connections between the architectural scenes in west africa and london from 1945 to 1970, focusing on the aa school of tropical architecture. Ola Uduku is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design in the School of Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. She has also worked as a lecturer in architecture at the Universities of Liverpool and Strathclyde. Hannah Le Roux is a South African architect and writer. She is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersand, Johannesburg. As an architect in practice, Le Roux has worked on private and public projects including consulting on the redesign of public space in Alexandra and Johannesburg's inner city.

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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.