The Strange Time of the Sketch

Date: Monday 3 November 1997
Time: 00:00
Running time: 93 mins

Architects make sketches - or so we are told. Our discourse endlessly circles around a few twitchy lines. Seemingly fragile drawings turn out to be extraordinarily resilient and infinitely strange. Using the work of Enric Miralles as a starting point, Mark Wigley rethinks the role of the sketch in the electronic age. Wrigley is the author of The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derridas Haunt; White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture; and Constants New Babylon. In 1988 he co-curated - with Philip Johnson - the influential Deconstructivist Architecture exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. From 1987 to 1999 he taught at Princeton University, where he became director of Graduate Studies in 1997. In 2003 he succeeded Bernard Tschumi as Dean of Columbia Universitys Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

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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 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’.

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