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Brett Steele, Helen Castle, Patrik Schumacher, Mario Carpo, Theodore Spyropoulos, Robert Stuart Smith, Shajay Bhooshan, Ross Lovegrove, Enriqueta Llabres & Eduardo Rico

Rethinking Architecture’s Agenda for the 21st Century: Launch of AD Parametricism 2.0 - Part 1

Series: Symposium
Date: Friday 29 April 2016
Time: 14:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 111 mins

Architecture, urbanism and all design disciplines are challenged by the diversity, complexity and dynamism of contemporary urban life processes within post-fordist network society. Parametricism is architecture/design’s most compelling answer to these challenges. Parametricism takes full advantage of the computational revolution that drives contemporary civilization and is congenial to advances in engineering based on computational optimization techniques. However, parametricism has to shift its discursive emphasis from technical to social functionality and explicitly demonstrate how its methodology and repertoire are geared up to address the requirements of contemporary social dynamics and institutions. 

2.15 pm: Brett Steele – Welcome
2.30 pm: Patrik Schumacher – Introduction to Parametricism 2.0
3.20 pm: Mario Carpo – History of Parametricism
3.40 pm: Robert Stuart Smith  - Behavioural Production: A Swarm Constructed Architecture 

Break 4.00 – 4.20

4.20 pm: Theodore Spyropoulos – Behavioural Complexity: Constructing Frameworks as Human Machine Ecologies
4.40 pm: Shajay Bhooshan  - CODE: Upgrading Computational Design
5.00 pm: Ross Lovegrove – Super-natural: Parametricism in Product Design
5.20 pm: Enriqueta Llabres & Eduardo Rico – Parametric-Relational Urbanism

Break 5.40 – 6.00

6.00 pm: Round table host Helen Castle – Rethinking Architecture’s Agenda for the 21st Century


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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.