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Eva Franch i Gilabert

Beyond Architecture: Education at the AA

Series: Open Day Lecture
Date: Friday 10 January 2020
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins
More than a school, throughout its history the AA has been the referent – when not the origin – for the production of new and relevant forms of inquiry, discourse, and radical practice in architecture schools, cultural institutions, and offices worldwide. With more Pritzker Prize and RIBA Gold Medal winners than any other school of architecture in the world, the AA is also the place where many careers beyond architecture have begun. The AA is a unique place to study and to work, and it is thanks to our students, staff, tutors, alumni, friends and guests that we continue to expand the horizons of the possible.



Eva Franch i Gilabert is an architect, curator, educator and lecturer of experimental forms of art and architectural practice. She specializes in the making of alternative architecture histories and futures. In August 2018 she became Director of the Architectural Association in London.


Franch has taught at The Cooper Union School of Architecture, Columbia University GSAPP, the IUAV University of Venice, SUNY Buffalo, and Rice University School of Architecture.  She has lectured internationally on art, architecture, and the importance of alternative practices in the construction and understanding of public life at educational and cultural institutions. From 2010 to 2018 Franch served as the Chief Curator and Executive Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. In 2014 she was selected to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale with the project OfficeUS, an experimental think tank for architecture practice. Franch has received numerous awards and fellowships, and her work has been exhibited internationally. Recent publications by Franch include Agenda (Lars Muller, 2014), Atlas (Lars Muller, 2015), and Manual (Lars Muller 2017) as part of OfficeUS.


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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 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.

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