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Melike Altınışık

Dialogue in between Nature, Technology and Architecture

Series: M.Arch Keynote - Design Research Laboratory
Date: Thursday 10 January 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 73 mins

In this lecture, Melike will talk about the recent works of her practice MAA, including Istanbul’s futuristic 369m metre-tall new telecommunication tower which seeks a sense of motion and rhythm within its silhouette that changes when viewed from different directions within the city. The new landmark structure is expected to be completed with the official opening slated for late 2019. She will also discuss the architectural formations which combine elegance and beauty with math and geometry through technology while learning from Nature.

Melike Altınışık formed her award winning practice MAA, Melike Altınışık Architects in 2013, Istanbul. Her design work has received numerous prestigious design awards including Europe 40 under 40FEIDAD Design Award 07’ and Swiss Art Award. She participated in various national, international and invited architectural competitions, exhibitions and publications. Her work includes prize winning projects such as Istanbul TV and Radio Tower, the futuristic and tallest tower in Istanbul. Prior to forming her practice, she received a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory, AADRL (2006) and has worked in London with Zaha Hadid Architects (2006-2013). 

Image: Istanbul TV & Radio Tower. Architect: Melike Altınışık Architects. Photo Image Credit: Gamze Alhamo

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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.