The Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, frequently called as AA, is the oldest independent school of architecture in the UK and a standout amongst the most prestigious and competitive on the globe. It’s far reaching system of exhibitions, lectures, symposia and publications have given it a focal position in worldwide discourses and improvements inside contemporary architectural culture. The Architectural Association was founded in London in 1847 by a group of young articled pupils as a reaction against the prevailing conditions under which architectural training could be obtained. The Architectural Association School of Architecture School was formally established in 1890. The students of the Architectural Association School of Architecture have been addressed by many eminent figures, from John Ruskin and George Gilbert Scott in the 19th century, to more recently Richard Rogers, an alumnus of the school.
Courses are divided into two main areas: Undergraduate programmes, leading to the Architectural Association School of Architecture Diploma (RIBA/ARB Part 2), and postgraduate programmes, which include specialised courses in Landscape Urbanism (LU), Housing and Urbanism, Sustainable Environmental Design, Histories and Theories, Emergent Technologies, Design Research Lab (DRL), as well as day-release course in Building Conservation, garden conservation, and environmental access. Recently started programmes Projective Cities, Design + Make and Interprofessional Studio.
The school has a bookshop that contains a range of architectural books. The bookshop is used as a platform for the Architectural Association School of Architecture’s own books. Architectural Association School of Architecture Publications has a long tradition of publishing architects, artists and theorists early in their careers, as well as occasionally publishing figures who have already gained notoriety in other fields of expertise, such as Salman Rushdie. The school have existing place because of the funding policies and fee structure compared to the private universities.