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Zsuzsa Peter, Etienne Gilly, Shaan Patel & Dalia Frontini Matsuura

AA Honours 2018

Series: Introduction Week Event
Date: Wednesday 19 September 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

AA Diploma Honours is the highest award you can achieve upon completion of the 5-year undergraduate programme. Up to one 5th year student per diploma unit is nominated to present for honours at the end of each academic year - a ten-minute presentation that needs to convince the diploma tutors of the value, relevance and premise of the project. 

Four projects were awarded Diploma with Honours in 2017-18, manifesting the breadth of interests contained within the school from Zsuzsa’s primordial landscape C24 that imagines a new way of living together dictated by patterns of lightness and darkness, to Etienne’s Minigrids, which propose a new energy infrastructure to redefine the boundaries of the European Union, to Shaan’s investigation into The Little Rann of Kutch in India as one of the last Remaining Common(s), to Dalia’s exploration into the future potential of graphene to construct the first temple to be painted in three-dimensional space – Prajapati’s Painted Bodhi.    

The four recipients of the AA Diploma with Honours 2018 will present their 5th year projects and discuss their experience of studying at the AA. 

To read more about the projects, please visit the following links:
Zsuzsa Peter, Diploma 5 – C24 – A landscape of light and darkness for a commune of resistance
Etienne Gilly, Diploma 9 – Minigrids: Encoding participation in the European Union
Shaan Patel, Diploma 14 – Remaining Common(s)
Dalia Frontini Matsuura, Diploma 16 - Prajapati’s Painted Bodhi: the Fourth Dimensional Canvas

Image: Dalia Frontini Matsuura presenting for AA Honours in the Lecture Hall. Credit: Charlotte Chan

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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.