Organised by the PhD programme

PhD Table of Contents

Series: Symposium
Date: Friday 5 October 2018
Time: 14:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 210mins mins

The PhD Table of Contents Symposium aims to examine the different routes of research undertaken at the AA by focusing on not what the research is, but how the research is formulated. In literature, the significance of the table of contents is that it is a ubiquitous mode of sequencing thoughts, processes, and working methods. It reflects how the diverse elements of what is about to follow are associated, simultaneously reflecting on how the author’s thought processes are structured. The symposium will reflect on the phasing of work, and the role that the table of contents plays in organizing ideas, methods, and texts. AA PhD researchers will open the discussion on how doctoral research genres currently undertaken at the AA are conducted through presenting the table of contents of their research rather than the content of the research. Presentations and discussions aim to expand on and celebrate the methodological diversity that predominantly defines contemporary architectural research. 

The event is organised into three sessions based on different approaches to research. Each session will be followed by a roundtable discussion.

Session 1 - Repository-based Research: a form of investigation of original records identified, located, and interpreted in archives, libraries, etc.

Session 2 - Field-based Research: a form of place-based investigation of events or sites conducted in-situ.

Session 3 - Studio-based Research: a form of practice-based investigation conducted in a hands-on environment such as laboratories, etc.

2.00pm: Opening Words by Mark Morris (Head of Teaching and Learning)
2.05pm: Session 1: Repository-Based Research
David Hutama (PhD Candidate, HCT), Sofia Krimizi (PhD Candidate, H&T), Ricardo Pereira (PhD Candidate, H&T), Álvaro Velasco Pérez (PhD Candidate, HCT), chaired by Maria Fedorchenko (Unit Master, Dip 8
3.05pm: Session 2: Field-based Research
Andrea Goh Shu Hui (PhD Candidate, HCT), Mohammed Makki (PhD Candidate, EmTech), Hyun-Jae Nam (PhD Candidate, EmTech), chaired by Ricardo de Ostos (Unit Master, Inter 3)
4:00pm: Tea and Coffee break
4:10pm: Session 3: Studio-based Research
Georgios Eftaxiopoulos (PhD Candidate, CA), Arturo Revilla (PhD Candidate, HCT), Milad Showkatbakhsh (PhD Candidate, EmTech), chaired by Monia De Marchi (Head of First Year)
5:10pm: Plenary Discussion and Closing Words with Mark Morris
6:00pm: Drinks Reception

All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.

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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.