Planning, Ecology, and the Emergence of Landscape 1/2

Date: Monday 9 February 2009
Time: 00:00
Running time: 80 mins

Charles Waldheim suggests that the recent renewal of landscape architectures status as a design medium within leading design schools has coincided precisely with the rapprochement between planning programs and schools of architecture and design. This symmetrical re-engagement, rather than simple coincidence, derives from shifts within the built environment itself and the disciplines that describe it. For Waldheim, this promises a moment of tangency between the concerns and questions of landscape architecture and planning practice, one in which both disciplines promise to benefit from renewed commitments to subjects of mutually shared historical interest. Charles Waldheim is Associate Dean and Director of the Landscape Architecture program of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto where his research focuses on contemporary urbanism and its relation to landscape. He coined the term 'landscape urbanism' to describe emerging design practices in the context of North American urbanism and has written extensively on the positions, practices, and precedents of the topic. He is the editor of the definitive account of this disciplinary realignment: The Landscape Urbanism Reader (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006).

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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 Certificate), 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.