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Sophie Hicks

1A Earl’s Court Square Visit

Series: Membership and Alumni Building Visit
Date: Tuesday 22 January 2019
Time: 13:00
Running time: 0 mins

Join us for this exclusive visit of 1a Earl’s Court Square with Sophie Hicks of Sophie Hicks Architects.

Hicks founded Sophie Hicks Architects in 1990 while still a student at the Architectural Association. In parallel to her work on flagship fashion stores around the world, Sophie Hicks acquired three sites in London, all in conservation areas, with the intention of building a contemporary house on each. The second of the three, 1a Earl’s Court Square, was completed in 2018.

Amidst a climate of opposition to contemporary architecture within conservation areas, Hicks has delivered an example of a modern, sustainable and comfortable home in this Earl’s Court building. Hicks’ houses respect the past, and respond to it, while at the same time expressing the spirit of our times. A rare sight in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, this house sits right on the street and does not try to hide itself for being contemporary in its design.

Built on a small site of just 75m², the house employs thermal mass through the use of structural concrete to control both its temperature and acoustics. The perception of space is maintained through raising the ceilings and by ensuring the house is visually open to the natural world outside.

The visit will take 45 minutes.

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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.