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Huda Tayob

Race, Space and Architecture

Series: New Canonical Histories
Date: Thursday 16 January 2020
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 63 mins

Architecture is a way of imagining, building and validating a world. Yet, it also constitutes the material forms and urban spaces in which individuals become positioned in a vast spectre of racial segregation. It is the concrete or corrugated iron of buildings, highways, suburbs and townships; the bricks and mortar which form the interior arrangements of culture in the positioning of thresholds; and the accumulation of these built forms and practices into social forms of association and dis-association. Architecture is also professionalised, existing as a highly mediated form of knowledge-making that interacts with speculators, planning authorities and local communities for its pay checks, compliance and legitimation. This lecture focuses on an open-access curriculum developed with Suzanne Hall (LSE), to unpack the subject of ‘race’ and its relationship to architecture. It questions how architecture might respond to the inventive repertoires of refusal, resistance and re-making that are neither reduced to nor exhausted by racial capitalism.

Huda Tayob is a lecturer and History & Theory Programme Convener at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg. She holds a PhD from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL for which she received a commendation for the RIBA President’s award for research in 2018. Her research interests include a focus on migrant, minor and subaltern architectures, the politics of invisibility, and the potential of literature to respond to archival silences in architectural research. Recent publications include ‘Subaltern Architectures: Can Drawing “tell” a different story?’ (2018, Architecture and Culture) and ‘Architecture-by-migrants: the porous infrastructures of Bellville’ (2019, Anthropology Southern Africa).

Image: W.E.B. Du Bois, City and Rural Population 1890

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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.