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Martyn Evans in conversation with Ryan Neiheiser and Xristina Argyros

Common Place

Series: AA Experimental Unit 15 Seminar
Date: Tuesday 21 January 2020
Time: 16:00
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 67 mins

In our modern political landscape the vast majority of social need served by building property is being provided by private developers rather than a public sector that has largely washed its hands of the responsibility to deliver affordable homes and other community infrastructure. What are the unique possibilities and problematics that arise in the making of public places with private funds? Within this context, what is the future of civic space?


Ryan Neiheiser and Xristina Argyros teach Experimental Unit 15 which this year looks at the architecture of local political and public space. In addition they are co-directors of the design studio Neiheiser Argyros.


Martyn Evans spent 17 years with Cathedral Group, now U+I, including six years on the board before leaving to become the Development Director at the 1,200-acre Dartington Hall Estate in Devon in 2016. He returned to U+I in 2019 to deliver the creative strategy at the heart of our purpose-driven regeneration development portfolio. Martyn is Non Executive Chair of Croydon Council’s development company, Brick by Brick, a Non Executive Director of the online community engagement platform, Commonplace, Deputy Chair of the London Festival of Architecture and founder of The Young Architects and Developers Alliance (YADA). He has been a jury member of the AJ’s Small Projects, The Architect of the Year, the NLA and the Estates Gazette Awards, writes a regular column in DBOnline and contributes to the Estates Gazette.



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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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