So Far

Date: Tuesday 7 November 2000
Time: 00:00
Running time: 90 mins
Marc Newson started experimenting with furniture design while studying jewellery and sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts. From 1987 to 1991 he lived and worked in Tokyo where his designs were manufactured by Teruo Kurosaki's company Idee. Such pieces as the Orgone Lounge, Black Hole Table and Felt Chair were widely exhibited in Asia and Europe. Newson set up a studio in Paris in 1991, winning commissions from prestigious manufacturers including Flos for lighting, Cappellini and Moroso for furniture. During the mid-1990s he also designed a series of restaurants in London, Manchester and Cologne, as well as the interior of a Tokyo recording studio and a retail system for the W.&L.T. streetwear label. In 1997 he moved to London and set up Marc Newson Ltd to tackle a wider range of more ambitious industrial projects, including designing mass production glassware for littala and kitchen and bathroom accessories for Alessi. He also designed a bicycle, a concept car, and the interior and livery of a long-range private jet.

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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.