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Bernard Tschumi

Instagram Lectures

Series: Off the Record
Date: Friday 1 May 2020
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall

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Technology ushered in a paradigm shift: Architecture was once only published in magazines and displayed in exhibitions, then predominantly featured on design blogs, and now circulates mostly on Instagram. How will this erode the distinction between architecture and new media? How will this affect architectural form or concept? And if “Instagrammable moments” have entered the design lexicon to appeal to both users and clients, how might architecture itself respond? 

Bernard Tschumi's office recently created an Instagram account. They imagine this as an ongoing project that allows them to juxtapose work produced over several decades. As they consider what their Instagram could feature, they dug into their archives… 

Bernard Tschumi is an architect based in New York and Paris. Major theoretical works include The Manhattan Transcripts and Architecture and Disjunction; built works include the Parc de la Villette, the Acropolis Museum, Le Fresnoy Center for the Contemporary Arts, MuséoParc Alésia, and the Paris Zoo. He was the Dean of Columbia University GSAPP from 1988-2003. 

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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.