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AA Architectural Association VS. Columbia GSAPP ?

Mar 21 '13 12 Last Comment
Ileyan
Mar 21, 13 7:01 pm

GSAPP-MSAUD M.S. ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN

VS.

AA-MARCH HOUSING AND URBANISM

I got both acceptance letters, still haven´t found in the forum many opinions about the AA.

Both programs do travel abroad to a specific site and usually have real clients. (Ghana, Taiwan, Brazil). Wich I find very interesting.

What would you choose? Both have prestige and amazing teachers. 

I guess the other question would be ...

LONDON OR NEW YORK? 

 

bdc145
Mar 21, 13 8:25 pm

I'm going through a similar debate but except for the MsAAD at GSAPP...

Spackle
Mar 22, 13 12:42 am

Id say AA. There is a reason European designers are hired by us firms and cities to do a lot of their actual design work. They are simply more experienced in creating and fine tuning livable, walkable places. London, Barcelona, Paris,Lyon, any city in the Netherlands...Europe in general.

James PettyJames Petty
Mar 22, 13 5:25 pm

AA

geo90
Mar 22, 13 6:57 pm

AA really?

I am Greek and I know many people that have studied at the AA!

I think that Columbia is a lot better...!

AA is all about morphogenesis and bioshit

Definetely GSAPP

TED
Mar 23, 13 2:40 am

AA H+U has nothing to do with morphogenesis and bioshit - little gem in the AA 

@spackle is correct - AA as knowledge of European models - also they do lots of things in Asia [recently Thailand / Singapore] + brazil

geo90
Mar 23, 13 5:27 am

@TED

I'm sorry I didn't see the H+U thing. I just overall judged AA

IamGray
Mar 23, 13 5:36 am

Just to add, I would even say that most of the AA has nothing to do with morphogenesis and bioshit.  Aside from the DRL and EmTech, I'd say the school is actually quite far from such topics

geo90
Mar 23, 13 12:48 pm

The only program I am familiar with is the DRL, so that is why I judged it like that (maybe a little bit severe). I mean all the people I know have been through this program so I assumed that is the uni general point of view

yEAh
Oct 17, 13 6:51 am

IIleyan, if you're from the US, try AA and if you're from EU, try GSAPP but if you're outside those, it depends really on what you really want. Try making a comparative table of both programs, your preference of the cities and then decide. I think it's better to always go beyond the box you are in right now. It's like cross-pollination; : )

trice2446
Mar 28, 14 8:28 pm

Which did you choose? I am in the same situation! Im from America and this is such a hard decision!!!

Unamuno
Mar 29, 14 11:42 am

AA

for sure 

I assume you already got american experience why don't you try British?

It is a known school, kinda european GSD. and its London man!  

but you'll have to stand British accent for 3 years tho lol  

trice2446
Mar 29, 14 11:55 am

You choose AA? The price is pretty much the same after the conversion rate so that hasnt been a factor! I want to do work in Africa after I graduate graduate school. What are your thoughts? What did you like about AA? or dislike about Columbia?

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