Rana Haddad

Don’t take it seriously

Series: What’s Next?
Date: Monday 13 November 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 78 mins

As a group of young architects, we were prompted to believe that we were to have a role to play in the reconstruction of our city. However, we were “denied” the right to our practice. That is how we became activists in Beirut. We were driven to address places, languages, and objects whose materiality seemed to escape one’s common discourse. Rather than defining or framing the scope, we focused on urban contentions lived by every citizen on a day-to-day basis; looking at how simple gestures and punctual interventions can trigger debates and question socio-political measures.


Rana Haddad, an AA graduate, acquired the title of activist as she practiced architecture and design in the post war conflicting city of Beirut. Starting In 1997 her research workshop was setup with her practice with the aim of questioning the ability of objects and places to become means of political expression in Beirut. Soon after, these quests turned into installation works puncturing the city and grabbing people’s attention locally and internationally. With her students and colleagues, Rana Haddad has produced several public installations and performances in Beirut, Mantes la Jolie, Bern, Geneva, Algiers, Italy, and lately in New Zealand. She has lectured and (given workshops) internationally in many art and architecture institutions that includes Urbandrift, Berlin, the Geneva School of Fine Arts and Design, by Studio Kajima at ETH University, Zurich and most recently in Copenhagen University. She is currently an assistant professor at the American University of Beirut.



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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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 Certificate), 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.

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