1000 Forms of Dumplings

Celebrating 2020 Lunar New Year at the AA

Series: Lunar New Year
Date: Friday 24 January 2020
Time: 18:30
Venue: 36 Bedford Square

As the symbol of family reunion and good fortune, dumplings are the stars of any table for a celebratory Lunar New Year. While the symbolic meaning may be shared across cultures, the form of dumplings has been transformed in different cuisines. This year at the AA we will gather with our creative minds and hands to explore the art of wrapping and celebrate the diversity of the AA community through the making of dumplings. There will be small prizes for those who get the lucky bites! We will name and document the dumplings so please be prepared for the photo-shooting and drawing session for your own creation.

The event is organised by the AA Chinese Alumni Group and coincides with Jury in Translation as part of the wider Architecture in Translation project that celebrates the wealth embedded in different languages in the production of architectural ideas. As a ticketed event a contribution of £15 is required to cover the costs involved. Your contribution grants you access and includes food and one free drink. There will also be a cash bar available.

We are calling for Dumpling Masters to help on the event including preparation work (Jan 23rd afternoon room decoration + Jan 24th afternoon dumpling preparation). In addition to getting free entry, they will also have the power to distribute ‘lucky tokens’ for the prizes. Please contact the AA Membership Office ( to register your interests and confirm your availabilities.

Programme: The evening will include dumpling making, rice cake beating, food, drink and performances.

Book your place

The event is open to all (students/alumni/members/public wishing to connect) but booking is essential. Make your contribution and book your place

Image credit: Painting by Andrea Goh, AA PhD Candidate; Compoased by Chen Zhan, AA Dip. 

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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.