Organised by Quotidien and AArchitecture


Series: Around the Table
Date: Wednesday 27 February 2019
Time: 13:00
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

Esoteric is defined as what is restricted to or intended for an enlightened or initiated minority, as it tends to be understood by only an exclusive group of people with a specialised knowledge or interest. Esoteric is… arcane | obscure | recondite | abstract | enigmatic | cryptic | secret… and can be linked to segregation | irreconcilability | elitism | verbosity …we challenge speakers to address this issue that is prevalent in the AA in this roundtable discussion, through the exploration of methods that can reduce the exclusivity within our profession.

Each lecture presents fragments of material from Quotidien and AArchitecture issues, through the invitation of authors of articles that have been submitted to either publication, as well as other guests whose work might be relevant to the theme of the lecture. The lectures generate conversation between and amongst students, through the following themes; Recognition, Copyright and Esoteric, that we feel are especially pertinent to students in the AA, but also adequately addressed within the school community. Each lecture brings together 4-5 guest speakers who present their work, in slides of text and visual images, and how it relates to the relevant theme  for approximately 5 minutes, before a general 30 minute roundtable discussion that is chaired and moderated by editors of both publications and open to the audience and other students to participate and ask questions.

AArchitecture is a journal published every term, edited and written the AA Community. 

Quotidien is a daily newsletter broadcasting the work from current and past students and wider members of the Architectural World. 

Image by Chiyan Ho (altered by Quotidien) 

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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.