Wolf Mangelsdorf

Form Follows Data

Series: M.Arch Jury Week Keynote Lectures (Emtech)
Date: Wednesday 20 January 2016
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 60 mins

Integrated computational engineering in a building information modelling environment is facilitating a fundamental shift in engineering design from analytical check to real time evaluation and optimisation for multiple engineering parameters in the development of building design concepts. With an increasing requirement to focus on building performance and ultimately the user, analytically derived as well as actual usage and performance data forms the basis are being fed back into the design process. The lecture will explore this multidisciplinary process which requires an ever closer collaboration of architects and relies on the creativity of the engineer to be the curator and editor in the selection and evaluation of the data we use to shape our built environment.

Wolf Mangelsdorf was born and grew up in Germany. After graduation in Architecture and Civil Engineering at Karlsruhe University and a research stay at Kyoto University he moved to Britain in 1997 to work at Anthony Hunt Associates. Since 2002 he has been with BuroHappold, where he is a partner, responsible for structural engineering globally and leading the London structures team. He has been teaching at the Architectural Association since 2000, and has been a guest lecturer at universities internationally.

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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.