Fran Edgerley, Assemble

Mops, fives and UBI

Series: Open Day Lecture
Date: Friday 18 October 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 43 mins

Over the past 9 years Assemble has developed a form of practice that has balanced the conflicting pressures of financial sustainability and collectivity. They have been lauded as a radical form of practice; non-hierarchical, socially oriented - heralding a new era of architectural work following the financial crash in 2008. This lecture reflects on how mythology becomes structural tokenism through a detailed look at the iterative internal structures of Assemble’s working practice and the subsequent forms of architecture it has produced.

Fran Edgerley is a founding partner of Assemble. Her work is focused on the possibilities in collective relations created by different social and environmental structures. She has lectured at institutions across the world including MOMA NYC, British School at Rome, and the Biennial Arquitectura De Quito. This year she will be working as a tutor on the AA Foundation course.

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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.