STANTON, Alan and WILLIAMS, Paul

Rationality and Intuition

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Date: Tuesday 5 December 1995
Time: 00:00
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Running time: 92 mins

Alan Stanton and Paul Williams present a selection of the work of their practice. Stanton Williams made their name in the 1980s with designs for exhibitions, temporary buildings, and a shop for Issey Miyake. These projects have lead to major commissions, including the extension to Birmingham City Museums and Art Gallery, the exhibition galleries at the Design Museum, a new wing for the twentieth-century collection of the National Portrait Gallery, an educational facility for Birkbeck in Bloomsbury, and, in rural Warwickshire, the conversion of the Robert Adam designed mansion house Compton Verney into a public art gallery. In assessing their work Rowan Moore commented that their 'architecture is contemplative, opposed to superfluity. It relies on an implacable attentiveness, developed over years of careful work, to the careful placing of objects in space and to the properties of materials and light'.NB: Cuts out during Q & A



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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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