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Valentin Bontjes van Beek, Winston Hampel, Kostas Grigoriadis, Guan Lee, Lizy Huyghe, Joel Newman, Shin Egashira and Mark Cousins

Session 1

Series: Experimental Methods
Date: Monday 28 October 2019
Time: 14:00
Venue: AA Barrel Vault
Running time: 0 mins

Experimental Methods is a four-day symposium during Open Week in Terms 1 and 2. The symposium invites academic staff to present, discuss and debate their methodologies within their individual practice and how this is reflected in their teaching. Groups of tutors will make 30 minute presentations about their research methods, pedagogical models and practice followed by roundtable discussions to elaborate on certain themes and spark debate. Each day of the symposium will close with a keynote by an influential figure within architecture or its related disciplines who will draw together the strands of discussion from the day and speak about how these themes are reflected in their own research, work and/or practice. 


2.00pm - Experimental 10: Valentin Bontjes van Beek, Winston Hampel - Plot

2.30pm - Experimental 4: Kostas Grigoriadis, Guan Lee, Lizy Huyghe - From Tectonics to Fusion

3.00pm - Communications & Media Studies: Joel Newman - One-Minute Animation/Piece to Camera

3.30pm - Diploma 11: Shin Egashira - Into the Interior

4.00pm - History & Theory Studies: Mark Cousins - On Translation

4.30pm - Roundtable

Session 1 will be followed by a Keynote by Paola Antonelli at 6pm. 

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.