Organised by Sahir Patel, AA 5th Year

Series: Open School Event
Date: Friday 17 May 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: Front Members' Room
Running time: 0 mins

This is a call to the AA community to come together to discuss what it is that we collectively value and to determine our institution’s role in engaging with climate change.  

At present, we are faced with the prospect of ecological crisis and mass extinction. These threats stem from complex phenomena that can be difficult to comprehend immediately, which acts as weapon to pacify anyone who might wish to confront them individually.

It is clear that the climate crisis and social justice no longer remain separate. In fact they are one and the same.

Therefore, any attempt to stave off imminent disaster and rectify the gross imbalances of global power must be done collectively.

Yet the AA has become complacent and has not responded with a vision it can embrace and pursue for the sake of our future.

If our school is truly international, with the interests of many different peoples and cultures at stake, it must undergo a radical transformation that renders it adaptable, resilient and capable of engaging with the realities outlined above.

As such, we invite you all to engage in a series of discussions from which a set of demands can be collectively determined and implemented by our association.

This will go beyond the now clichéd tropes of recycling and energy usage, and instead pressure the pedagogical structure of the school to adopt an intersectional analysis of climate change.

Only when we begin to understand that climate change is fundamentally a matter of social justice - one that concerns power, class, race, gender, nationality – will the school be able to respond with the type of visionary architecture it has done to crises in the past.

This is not a bid for revolution but a wager on a long transformative trajectory. 

We hope to see you and hear your thoughts on the matter soon. 

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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.