The Blue Period

Date: Tuesday 22 January 2002
Time: 00:00
Running time: 98 mins

After receiving the AA Diploma in 1987, Ben van Berkel established Van Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau with Caroline Bos in Amsterdam, and became an influential force in Dutch architecture through projects such as REMU Electricity Station and the Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam. In 1998 they established a new firm, UN Studio - a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure - to organize strategic forms of collaboration with other architects, graphic designers, photographers, stylists and new media designers. Van Berkel has lectured and taught at many architectural schools around the world. Between 1996 and 1999 he led AA Diploma Unit 4, The Urban Studio. In this lecture he concentrates on recent work by UN Studio, including the Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen, a bridge in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, and a town hall/theatre for Ijsselstein in the Netherlands. NB: Cuts out during Q & A

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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 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.