SHEPEARD, Paul

The Cultivated Wilderness

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Date: Monday 10 March 1997
Time: 00:00
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Running time: 60 mins

A lecture to coincide with the publication of Paul Shepheards The Cultivated Wilderness (and the accompanying AA exhibition showing a collection of material arising from the research for the book). Shepheard is concerned with seeing things that are too big to see: the wilderness refers to the world before humans appeared, the cultivation to everything we have done to it since our evolution. He uses landscape as an alternative term for the strategies that govern what we do. This emphasis on strategy suggests that landscape as a subject is as fundamental as philosophy or religion. Shepheard graduated from the AA in 1972 and taught in Diploma School until 1982. His subsequent experience in practice and in teaching led to the publication of What is Architecture?, an essay on landscapes, buildings and machines. NB: Slides are often too bright, making it difficult to see the images.



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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 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.

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