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Space Popular

Exhibition tour: FREESTYLE: Architectural Adventures in Mass Media

Series: Membership & Alumni Event
Date: Monday 27 April 2020
Time: 18:00
Venue: RIBA London, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NT
Running time: 0 mins

We are in the process of rethinking this event as a virtual event, please check our website closer to the time for more details.

Join this private tour of FREESTYLE: Architectural Adventures in Mass Media led by AA tutors and Directors of Space Popular, Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg, and Shumi Bose.

Freestyle is a new commission by multidisciplinary design studio Space Popular that tackles one of the most enduring concerns of architecture: the rise and fall of styles. Drawing on RIBA’s collections, Space Popular uses virtual reality to examine architecture styles of the past – from the Renaissance to postmodernism – while considering the impact of mass media upon the built environment.

Space Popular is a multidisciplinary design and research practice led by Lara Lesmes (AADipl 2011) and Fredrik Hellberg (AADipl(Hons) 2011). Space Popular makes architecture, products, furniture graphics, interfaces and research. Lesmes and Hellberg are tutors of The Civic Programme (Diploma 2) at the Architectural Association, and have also taught for five years on the International programme for Design and Architecture (INDA) at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Space Popular’s work has been exhibited at Tallinn Architecture Biennale; the National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul; Milan Saloni; ArkDes (Stockholm) and Sto Werkstatt (London)

Shumi Bose is a teacher, curator and editor based in London. She currently holds the roles of Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art and Curator of Exhibitions at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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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.