Argyris Angeli with guest participants: Jeph Vanger, Caterina Danzico, Nasha Bahasoean

I was told to. She asked. We made.

Series: Performance, Protest and Politics, organised by Theo Lorenz
Date: Monday 17 February 2020
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
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Argyris draws from the research conducted in collaboration with Kyriaki Nasioula, through their practice as co-directors of GesamtAtelier, to investigate the power dynamics and roles within the creative process of groups. Instead of the conventional setting of a speaker’s monologue in front of a slideshow, you are invited to experience a hybrid between performative lectures and workshops. The event analyses and compares various types of collective work using case studies from the fields of fine art, architecture, and dance. Based on the institutional critique/protest introduced by Dada, it explores methodologies and approaches to transgress the monarchy of a chef de cuisine, a leader of an architecture brand, or a film/dance/theatre director. Guest participants are invited to raise an inter-media conversation on democratising authorship and agency among the creative parties involved in a project, striking the right balance between individual sensibilities and team spirit. 

Argyris Angeli is an artist, an academic, and an architect. He is the co-director GesamtAtelier, a company working on interdisciplinary, collaborative projects which combine the fields of fine art, performance, spatial design and sound composition. He is currently the Course Leader of the BA (Hons in Interior and Spatial Design at Bucks New University and a Studio Tutor at the AA Interprofessional Studio.

Image: Fine art, contemporary dance, sound composition and costume design form synergies during a rehearsal of the interdisciplinary company GesamtAtelier. Credit: Nikolas Louka

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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.