Lola Elise Conte, Eva Ibañez Fuertes & Samuel John Little

AA Honours Presentations

Series: Introduction Week Event
Date: Wednesday 18 September 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

The AA Diploma with Honours is the highest award you can achieve upon completion of the 5-year undergraduate programme. Up to one 5th year student per diploma unit is nominated to present for honours at the end of each academic year - a ten-minute presentation that needs to convince the diploma tutors of the value, relevance and premise of the project. 

Four projects were awarded Diploma with Honours in 2018-19, manifesting the breadth of interests contained within the school; Lola's fieldwork, re-enactment and analysis of the media produced by the courts operates as a report submitted to the parliament inquiry demanding the reinstatement of consent.  Caroline's project of maintenance, care and access to knowledge provides a set of tools to re-think our relationship with the city and its resources.  Sam proposes re-use rather than recycling in his strategy to build a dispersed UK industry for the re-use of structural steel. And Eva harnesses Britain's vernacular to propose an integrated protocol to establish a carbon capture scheme in Scotland, demonstrating the socioeconomic potential of peatland landscapes to operate as carbon sequestration machines.

The recipients of the AA Diploma with Honours 2019 will present their 5th year projects and discuss their experience of studying at the AA. 

To read more about the projects, please visit the following links:

Lola Elise Conte, Diploma 3 - field notes from the space of law
Eva Ibañez Fuertes, Diploma 4 - DESIGN OR DEFAULT
Caroline Anne Johanna Esclapez, Diploma 14 - Occupy - A User's Manual for the Occupation of Public Space
Samuel John Little, Diploma 18 - Universal Frames Headquarters

Image: Lola Conte presenting for AA Honours in the Lecture Hall. Credit: Byron Blakeley

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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.