The Architectural Association, Inc. is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (No.171402) and registered as a charity (No. 311083). Registered office: 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, 020 7887 4000
THE RALLY 16/23
Date: Monday 12 July 1976
Running time: 53 mins
The Rally: Celebrating the Art and Wit of Architecture: an event held at Art Net during the heatwave of July 1976. During the few years of its effervescent existence under Peter Cook's curatorship, Art Net was part art gallery, part architectural exhibition space, and part tribal gathering for various 'scenes'. Alongside the publication of the magazine Net, the space on West Central Street hosted a series of notable exhibitions, talks, and conferences. Peter Cook described Art Net as 'a kind of ad hoc institution where we hope that the people who are talking will knock up against one another' - a hope repeatedly fulfilled during the two weeks of The Rally. Bernard Tschumi explores the myth of Don Juan, suggesting numerous theoretical parallels between the seducers succession of masks and the series of disguises that constitute architectures design process. By analyzing Don Juans fear of fidelity, his fascination with geometry and order, his relationship to the stone statue of his lovers murdered father, Tschumi reconfigures Don Juan as a device to discuss an architecture beyond the realm of building, beyond meaning and usefulness. In this context the play of contrasts - formal/informal, order/chaos etc. - exemplified in the construction of gardens becomes equally applicable to the construction of cities.
All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.
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.