WESTON, Richard

Jrn Utzon: Buildings Ancient & Modern

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Date: Tuesday 30 October 2001
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Running time: 85 mins

Jrn Utzon is one of the more enigmatic and elusive characters of twentieth-century architecture. Following the controversy caused by his most famous project - the Sydney Opera House, built between 1957 and 1973 - Utzon became something of a recluse. Since then he has rarely given interviews and his work, which includes the Bagsvaerd Church in Copenhagen, has remained largely unpublished. After several years perserverance, Richard Weston was given access to the architect and his projects in order to publish Utzon, the first comprehensive account of his work. Weston gives a brief outline of the Sydney Opera House project before delving into the complicated background detail of the publication of his monograph. Richard Weston is Professor of Architecture at Cardiff University.



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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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