BLUNDELL JONES, Peter

Scharoun and the Organic Tradition

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Date: Wednesday 3 December 1997
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Running time: 70 mins
The work of Hans Scharoun has proved increasingly influential in recent years as it has become better understood. Many architects have learned from his flowing spaces and the complex angularity of his plans, as well as from his masterly handling of route and light. His public buildings have had a strong social impact and the Berlin Philharmonie has become the 20th-century model for concert halls. Peter Blundell Jones is Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, Sheffield University. Since graduating from the AA in 1972 he has been involved in practice, criticism and teaching. He is the author of numerous articles on historical and theoretical subjects, beside criticising and analysing contemporary work. He has written two books on Scharoun. Other publications include Hugo Hring: the Organic versus the Geometric; Gunter Behnisch; and Modern Architecture through Case Studies.


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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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