Nikolaus Hirsch

POSTPONED - Do We Dream Under The Same Sky

Series: POSTPONED - Lunchtime Lecture
Date: Tuesday 12 February 2019
Time: 13:00
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

Please note: this lecture has had to be postponed at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Do We Dream Under The Same Sky asks what we have in common when we plan a building or a city; when we collaborate with colleagues, engineers, consultants; when we work for a client or society at large in times of increasing national and populist agendas.

Developed as an evolving artist residency building in collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija and Michel Müller, the project Do We Dream Under The Same Sky unfolds the practice of architecture in all its formats: drawing, planning, teaching, collaboration, engineering, constructing, funding, exhibiting, cooking, curating, publishing. The process evolves like a surrealist exquisite corpse, ultimately deconstructing and critically appraising the role of the architect. 

Nikolaus Hirsch is a Frankfurt-based architect and co-founder of e-flux architecture. He was the director of Städelschule academy in Frankfurt. His projects include the award-winning Dresden Synagogue and currently an artist residency at The Land. Hirsch curated numerous exhibitions including Mengele´s Skull at Portikus Kunsthalle, Folly for the Gwangju Biennale and Housing Question at HKW Berlin.

Image: Nikolaus Hirsch, Michel Müller, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Do We Dream Under The Same Sky, Aarhus, 2017.
Photo: Nikolaus Hirsch / Michel Müller

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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.