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Salma Samar Damluji

Retelling History…

Series: New Canonical Histories
Date: Thursday 17 January 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 75mins mins

This talk on the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy will present the publication Earth and Utopia; the making, and philosophy.  Fathy’s work provided a school of thought, which introduced a new dimension and strategy to inform contemporary and Arab Architecture. His struggle concerned the social, economic and cultural condition within the communities, villages and cities of Egypt since the 1940s. Fathy was a revolutionary who rejected the professional norms and practice consolidated by capitalism’s building structures, façades and townscapes. He was working on an architecture that was original and rooted in the culture of the region, one that relied on natural resources: mud, stone and earth, the accompanying crafts and building techniques.  It was no coincidence that Salma Samar was introduced to Fathy’s work when she came across a black and white print of a mashrabiyyah screen being developed in the AA darkroom.

Salma Samar Damluji is an architect who graduated from the AA and the RCA in London. She worked with Fathy in 1975-6 and in the 1980s. Her publications include The Architecture of Yemen (2007) and Al Diwan Al Amiri, Doha (2011), and has curated a number of exhibitions in London, Paris and Madrid. She was elected Member of the Académie d’Architecture (2017), received the Académie d’Architecture’s Restoration Award in 2015 and The Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2012. She is Professor of the Binladin Chair for Architecture in the Islamic World, at the American University in Beirut since 2013.

Image courtesy of Samar Salma Damluji

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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.