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Tom de Paor in conversation with The Architectural Review

Imagined Ireland

Series: New Canonical Histories
Date: Thursday 14 November 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 78 mins

‘Our island is not so much densely inhabited as densely remembered, densely imagined’, Andrew Clancy writes in AR’s June issue which explores the architecture, cities and landscapes of the islands of Ireland. The architecture of Tom de Paor is perhaps the most powerful and evocative example of this imagined Ireland. The Pálás, an art house cinema in the western Irish city of Galway, is a mad fantasy of a building, the alterity of the silver screen permeating as if it had been mixed and poured in situ with the concrete body.

This lecture celebrates the AR’s June issue about the islands of Ireland, following a sister event in Dublin, Foreign Correspondence with Andrew Clancy, Shelley McNamara, Lisa Godson and Cian Deegan.

Tom de Paor graduated from UCD in 1991, establishing his practice in 1991. Since the completion of the visitor centre at Ballincollig, completed in 1994, the practice has expanded its expertise to a diverse range of projects in the public realm culminating most recently in Pálás, a cinema in Galway. De Paor also works on exhibitions, sculpture, film and print publications and is a regular visiting critic and lecturer at schools of architecture nationally and internationally including the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

A monthly international architecture magazine since 1896, The Architectural Review scours the globe for architecture that challenges and inspires, combining fearless storytelling, independent critical voices and thought-provoking projects from around the world.

Image: Dennis Gilbert

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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.