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t-sa forum Renewal - Figure vol.9

Series: Book Launch
Date: Monday 17 June 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Bookshop
Running time: 0 mins

t-sa Forum vol.9 brings together a series of investigations by the programme participants and collaborators under the theme of Renewal – Figure.

Established in 2006, t-sa forum is an independent school set up by London based Takero Shimazaki Architects (t-sa) to question and challenge the traditional working method of architectural offices and schools, ultimately aiming to merge professional practice with academia.

The book collates the students’ workshop experiments and proposals, emerging through studies of the ‘space in-between’ figures. t-sa forum Renewal – Figure was taught by the members of t-sa, together with architect Philip Christou; with guest critics including Roz Barr, Jane Houghton and Andrew Budd.

The book features an extensive text by Philip Christou describing the students’ works as well as his own and Florian Beigel’s approach to ‘drawing the gap, experiencing space not objects, ways of seeing in-between-ness’.

Join us for a drinks reception to celebrate the launch of this great new book.

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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.