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New Commons for Europe

Series: Book Launch
Date: Friday 18 May 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Bookshop
Running time: 0 mins

Launch Price £20 (RRP £24)

New Commons for Europe captures the vitality, the immediacy and the doubts of a generation of architects living in a particular, historical moment of the European Union.  New Commons for Europe is the transcription of a public discussion that took place at the Architectural Association and a collection of interviews held all over Europe that brought together architects whose actions can be characterised by the notion of ‘engagement’ – on personal and collective levels. New Commons for Europe addresses the role of the architect and their ability to produce projects and spaces for the common good, with alternative means and profits.

Representatives from the following invited practices took part: Anthony Engi Meacock (Assemble), Tiago Mota Saraiva (Ateliermob), Mathieu Delorme and Aurélien Delchet (ateliergeorges), Markus Bader (raumlabor), Jack Self (REAL), Axel Axinte and Cristi Borcan (studioBASAR), Holly Lewis (We Made That).

Join us for a drinks reception with the author and contributors to celebrate the launch of this great new Spector Books publication.

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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.