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Madelon Vriesendorp, Jan Willem Petersen, and Gurminder K. Bhambra; chaired by Florian Idenburg & Manijeh Verghese


Series: HOME: Questioning post-Brexit relationships
Date: Monday 4 March 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

What does it mean to leave one’s home indefinitely? Or what happens when a mass departure from a single territory is triggered? This conversation explores the notion of voluntary departure from one’s homeland. Exploring what it means to flee, live in exile, and uproot your life through its social, political, economical and environmental impact, we will discuss new tools for survival, forms of nomadism, as well as what happens to the place that is left behind.

In 2010 and 2011, it was estimated according to census data that around 900,000 UK citizens were long-term residents in other EU countries. In 2017, there were 3.8 million EU citizens living in the UK, an estimated 6% of the total population. These statistics mean that the concept of ‘Home’ will be redefined for many of us within Europe as Britain prepares to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.  With that in mind, the Architectural Association and Florian Idenburg of SO - IL are partnering with the Dutch Embassy to organise a series of talks that will invite architects, artists, politicians, theorists and designers to look at the new forms of collaboration, identity, trade and exchange that the UK will need to invent as it redefines its relationship with the rest of Europe.

Madelon Vriesendorp is a Dutch artist based in the UK who co-founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture with Rem Koolhaas, Elia and Zoe Zenghelis in the early 1970s. Paintings she produced at the time were used for book and magazine covers, notably Flagrant Delit on the cover of Delirious New York in 1978.Her work has been acquired by collectors, public and private, including the CCA Montreal, and Frankfurt Architectural Museum, amongst others. The art projects and writings have been published widely amongst others in Build, Design Quarterly, Domus, Abitare, Casabella, Architecture Aujourd’hui, while working on costumes, built objects, paintings and short stories. She received an Honorable Fellowship from the RIBA in February 2009 and in June 2017 the Architectural Association awarded her an Honorary Diploma “in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the imagination of architecture.”

Jan Willem Petersen founded Specialist Operations in 2006 as an independent research and design office. He is a spatial planner, architect, and researcher based in the Netherlands. He oversees an interdisciplinary team to develop strategies and shape processes that rebuild resilient urban and conflict-affected environments. The office initiates projects, designs interventions, develops (planning)frameworks, and conducts fieldwork and analytical research, and often responds to questions derived from disciplines beyond architecture and urban planning. Specialist Operations supports governments, international organizations, and local communities by providing spatial analysis, strategic planning, in-depth urban research, and design.

Gurminder K Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex. She is author of Connected Sociologies (Bloomsbury, 2014, available open access), Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination (Palgrave, 2007), and co-editor ofDecolonising the University (Pluto, 2018). 

This programme was made possible with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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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.