MCDONNELL, Clive

Landscape in Practice

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Date: Thursday 16 January 1997
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Running time: 85 mins
Clive McDonnell engages in a discussion regarding landscape, ecology, and water in design. Working at the Derek Lovejoy Partnership - a leading landscape architecture and design practice - McDonnell took full responsibility for the conceptual and detailed design for all soft landscape works at Disneyland Paris. He worked closely with Walt Disneys design team to fulfill the aspirations of the Disney Corporation and its team of imagineers. The resulting parkland replicates jungles, desert landscapes and rainforests using living plant material and creates the setting for heavily themed buildings such as the Sleeping Beauty Castle with its square trees, the futuristic world of Jules Vernes and Phantom Manor. Other projects include the treatment of the contaminated site of the former Bell Green gas works in Sydenham, the landscaping of Thorpe Park in collaboration with Edward Cullinan Architects, and the Sun Life Assurance HQ near Bristol in collaboration with SOM.


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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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