Tech to High Tech

Date: Thursday 13 January 1983
Time: 00:00
Running time: 112 mins

Bruce Martin, Martin Richardson, Richard Rogers, Hugh Morris

Prefabrication is the topic for this AA membership dinner. During the Second World War, and after, prefrabrication provided a speed of erection and a quality of standard design and technology not easily afforded for one-off buildings. The AA trained many of the architects involved while also providing a forum where practising architects were able to discuss and develop new ideas. By 1965, over 170 prefabricated systems were on the market, many based on pre-cast concrete. By the 1980s few of these systems remained but the essence of the high-quality engineering survived in the 'high-tech' style in one-off buildings.Hugh Morris - IntroductionBruce Martin - The Hertfordshire schools systemsAM Gear - Prefabricated housing in the 1940s.Martin Richardson - High-rise pre-cast concrete flats. Richard Rogers - High-techFollowed by discussion chaired by Hugh Morris

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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 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.