Paul Shepheard

Between Living Time and Rocky Space

Series: Evening Lecture and Book Launch
Date: Tuesday 18 October 2016
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 86 mins

Two generations ago, architects had a real job to do, rebuilding the cities shattered by war. Now the grandchildren of those utopians have a different job, which is to rescue a world that is being turned by the media, the money and the machines into a replica of itself. This talk coincides with the publication by CIRCA Press of Paul Shepheard’s book, Buildings: Between Living Time and Rocky Space. It will examine the motives and methods the book uses to discuss this huge, complicated and elusive subject, starting with the question “Why write about buildings?”

Paul Shepheard is an architect and writer living in London. He has taught at the Architectural Association, The University of Texas, The Academie van Bouwkunst, Amsterdam and Artesis, Antwerp. His previous books are What is Architecture?, The Cultivated Wilderness and Artificial Love (MIT Press): and How To Like Everything (Zero Books)

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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.