Squire and Partners

The Department Store Tour

Series: Membership and Alumni Building Visit
Date: Thursday 14 February 2019
Time: 13:00
Running time: 0 mins

Join us for this exclusive tour with Tim Gledstone, Partner at Squire and Partners, who led the practice’s design and interiors teams to create its new office at The Department Store.

In 2015 Squire and Partners purchased a dilapidated Edwardian department store in Brixton.  Formerly known as Toplin House the building dates from 1906 and was bought in a derelict condition. Squire and Partners collaborated with craftspeople and furniture makers to restore the building and convert it into their new office building. Original Crittall windows, Burmese flooring, cast-iron radiators and a tiled central staircase have been restored where possible,  while internal spaces have been reconfigured by installing a new triple-height void and a new rooftop social space with a bar and restaurant.

The Department Store
248 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8FR


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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.