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Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy

A school, formerly?

Series: New Canonical Histories
Date: Thursday 25 April 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
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Since the twentieth century, a number of contemporary art institutions have repurposed former school buildings for their exhibition spaces. A case in point is Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. 


Founded in 1990, Witte de With is housed in a nineteenth century building originally designed—and used for over a century—as a public school. At the relocation of the school, however, the art center didn’t fully cease the building’s intended design-goals of being a site of learning. Instead, Witte de With has offered new pedagogies and occasions for collective learning through the arts. 


Presented by the current director of Witte de With, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, this lecture tells the story of the institution’s changing program through its building renovations. The lecture is accompanied with visuals drawn from an ongoing research conducted in collaboration with Michiel Huijben, an artist with a background in architectural theory who lives and works in Rotterdam.


Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy (MX) started her tenure as Director at the Witte de With in January 2018, after being the curator of contemporary art at Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in Caracas and New York from 2011 to 2017. In 2016-2017, she was also guest curator at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York. In 2013, Sofía was artistic director and chief curator of the 9a Bienal do Mercosul | Porto Alegre in Brazil, and before that, she was an agent of dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel. In the past, Sofía has been director of Museo Tamayo in Mexico City and held curatorial positions in New York at Art in General and Americas Society. She is also a board member of Creative Time in New York.


Photo Credit: Witte de With Centrum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, 2014 by Bob Goedewaagen



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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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.

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