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Charles Holland

Foundation Myths

Series: AA Visiting School x t-sa forum Annual Lecture Series
Date: Thursday 21 September 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 102 mins

In this lecture, Charles Holland will use the origin and foundation myths of architecture as a frame to discuss a number of recent projects. The term foundation myths refers both to the personal stories we tell ourselves when we design as well as wider narratives about the origins of architecture and the role of historical sources and precedent. Charles’ recent projects employ explicit historical references as a method of developing contemporary architectural form. Through this exploration the lecture will reflect on the disciplinary and personal justifications underlying the production of architecture. 

Charles Holland is an Architect, teacher and writer. He is the principal of Charles Holland Architects, an architecture and research practice based in the UK. He is also a Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton where his research focuses on the relationship of academia to practice. Charles writes regularly about architecture and design and contributes a monthly column for the RIBA Journal on the subject of utopias.

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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.