Japan Times

Date: Monday 29 April 2002
Time: 00:00
Running time: 87 mins

In 1990, after almost fifteen years as a Unit Master at the AA, Tom Heneghan went on sabbatical to Japan where he remained for more than a decade. This lecture looks at the major works of his Japan times, produced in his Tokyo-based office, The Architecture Factory. Heneghan first went to Japan after being invited by Arata Isozaki to participate in Art Polis, a large architectural programme in Kumamoto. This project won him the Gakkai Shoh - the principal award of the Architectural Institute of Japan - and since then he has worked on many types of projects varying in scale from museums and bridges to a conceptual masterplan for a new capital city of Japan. In 1992 he was appointed master architect of the Toyama Machi no Kao programme, which included buildings by fellow AA tutors Ron Herron, Carlos Villanueva Brandt, Peter Salter, and Daniel Libeskind. Other projects include the Forest Park of Adatara. Tom Heneghan studied at the AA, he has exhibited and lectured internationally, and is now Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney.

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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.