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The AA School Community in conversation
Date: Wednesday 4 December 2019
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Founded in 1847, as a student-centred collective at a nearby pub, the AA opened as a day school in 1901 and moved to Bedford Square in 1917. Originally occupying two buildings in the square, the school now inhabits numbers 32-39, as well as 4 and 16 Morwell Street in the centre of London. In addition to this, the AA also resides at Hooke Park, a 350-acre woodland campus in Dorset, UK and a host of urban, suburban and rural locations globally with more than 50 visiting schools worldwide. As a result of these varied locations, the school now impacts architectural education both locally and globally and thus finds itself at an important moment in its trajectory. With this in mind, what is the ideal size, scale and context that the AA requires to operate? How important is site and location in relation to the agendas of the school and to the community that resides in domestic spaces and rural forests?
The Directions series provides the School Community with a forum to discuss issues such as our ideal size and context with Eva Franch, the School Director. This year, these lunchtime conversations will gather opinions and information for the development of the 2020-25 Strategic Plan. Presentations on key developments in the vision and mission of the school will open a space for discussion and debate that supports the participatory democracy that forms the foundation of the AA. These events are open to all members of the School Community.
All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.
THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES
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 Certificate), 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.