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Climate Summit

Series: Open Seminar - Plan the Planet
Date: Friday 4 October 2019
Time: 15:00
Venue: AA Lecture Hall, AA Gallery & Barrel Vault
Running time: 0 mins

The Climate Summit aims to create a forum of discussion around the topics of climatic and ecological breakdown, that brings together students, key academics and experts from within and beyond the architectural field.

This is the first summit following up on the open letter that was sent out by Architecture Education Declares, an ongoing student led pedagogical experiment that aims to transform how we teach, learn and practice in the face of climate catastrophe.

The intention of the summit is to chart a way forward, attempting to create a pedagogical and cultural shift in our institutional life, by embedding an ecological understanding into every aspect of architectural thought, whilst producing an institutional climate that will provoke diverse and multiple responses to the existential challenges we face.

3:00 PM  The Summit begins
3:15 PM  Introduction Statement
3:30 PM. Territorial Agency on Arraying Territories
4:30 PM  Session 1 starts
 - Lecture Hall: Embedded ecological understanding
 - AA Gallery: Intersectionality
5:30-6.00 PM. Break
6:00 PM. Session 2 starts
 - Lecture Hall: Articulation of a new politics / Alliances
 - AA Gallery: Decolonisation.Canonical revision / Aesthetic reevaluation
7:00 Wrap up and drinks reception
7:30 Invitation to future trajectories by Rupert Read
8:00 End

All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.

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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.