John Ng


Series: Tutor Lectures
Date: Tuesday 7 March 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 84 mins

‘Resist the attempt to construct an argument’, flashes William Kentridge. / Pressurise air and make a continuous space, experience and breathe it all in with spectacular brevity. / A ceramic landscape for skinny dipping in winter. / Time is a spatial organisation. / Varnished fake nails are pretty water-proof. / Grow and carefully tend to the tallest topiary in the world. / A model so big it becomes its own inhabitable subject. / Forget about junkspace, we should really think about projects that can only be completed after we are dead. / The roof is a great big fascinator for an amorous building. Just don’t mention the rain. / To understand culture, one must eat it. In one beautiful gulp. / Work on these, don’t google it.

John Ng practises and teaches architecture in London. He has been teaching as First Year Studio Master at AA since 2012. Elsewhere was founded with a focus on competitions as a way to imagine a repertoire of architectural projects. Several projects by Elsewhere have been awarded first prize and commendation in international competitions.

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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.