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Ariadna Barthe & Antoine Vaxelaire

TOI T: Creatively Yours

Series: What’s Next?
Date: Monday 16 October 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 51 mins

With the strong belief that there is an enormous gap between the people with the resources to act and those with the ideas to create, TOI T is the bridge between these two distant sides. 

TOI T has put architectural knowledge at the core of the office. Understanding our built environment is the biggest challenge of the decades to come, and architects have a long tradition of both constructing it and understanding it’s potential. TOI T believes this knowledge cannot remain in the hands of architects, but instead should be disseminated to all disciplines of today and tomorrow.

Ariadna Barthe graduated from the AA in 2014 & she then worked for Foster and Partners both in UK and Mexico City. Her interests have been always oscillating between the film industry and the architectural world.

Since graduating from the AA in 2013, Antoine Vaxelaire moved to Tokyo and Mexico City, to challenge himself with the absolute cultural extremes of making architecture. Antoine’s works focuses on Creating, Resisting and Revealing our built Environment.

In 2016 Ariadna and Antoine founded TOI-T, a Creative Consultancy practice which works more similarly to a circus than a traditional architectural office. Constantly looking for new attractions, they inject creativity in every sector of society.

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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.