Postgraduate Diploma at Architectural Association – Important Notice: The Conservation of Historic Buildings course has been suspended. This is a temporary suspension while the school works to re-organise the programme. Please regularly review the website for further updates.




Is there any financial support available to Building Conservation students?

The Martin Caroe Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one student entering the Second Year of the Building Conservation course. The scholarship is awarded on a broad consideration of merit and the individual’s need for support. The award was established to honour the memory of Martin Bragg Caroe, whose collaboration with the AA School was instrumental in the establishment of the postgraduate course in Building Conservation. The scholarship has been made possible through the generous support of Martin Caroe’s architectural practice, Caroe & Partners

Applications are invited in Term 3 of the First Year.


How much are the fees for the course?

Fees for the academic year 2014/2015 are £6,180 payable either as a lump sum or  in 3 equal installments (1 per term) . A 3% discount is deducted if a full year’s fees are paid by 11 July 2014.


Do students receive an award following completion of the First Year?

The Architectural Association Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Historic Buildings is awarded following completion of the entire two year programme. No award is offered for partial completion of the programme.


Can I visit the AA before applying?

Yes, prospective students are encouraged to visit the AA. Individual or group visits for those interested in applying can also be arranged with advance notice. For further details please contact the Graduate Admissions Team on T + 44 (0) 20 7887 4007/4067 or


The final date for applications has passed – is it too late to apply?

Depending on numbers, late applications may be considered in certain circumstances. Should you wish to apply to the course after the closing date please prepare your application as soon as possible and contact Saira Soarez on T: +44 (0)20 7887 4007


How can I keep up to date with the programme?

Whereas this website offers an overview of the programme, our Twitter feed offers updates of lectures and other activities on a weekly basis. Please follow us @aabuildcons


How often are lectures and what day are they on?

Lectures are every Friday during term time from 10:00 until 17:30 with lunch between 13:00 & 14:00. Attendance at lectures is a requirement of completing the course.


Can Building Conservation students attend other events at the Architectural Association?

Most definitely. The Architectural Association ‘Events List’ is published every week during term-time both in print and online. Here you will find a wide range of activities listed, to which the school community are welcome to attend. In addition the AA’s Public Programme consists of an extensive series of public events dedicated to contemporary architectural culture: exhibitions, members’ events, lectures, seminars, conferences, book launches and publications.


As an AA student you will become a fully subscribing member of the Architectural Association, joining our global network of professionals, alumni, students, researchers and academics. You will be invited to special Member’s events throughout the year.

For other Member’s benefits including twice-yearly receipt of AA Files, the AA’s acclaimed academic journal, please see:



Is the AA Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Historic Buildings a professionally recognised award?

The course is accredited by the IHBC and RICS, and is widely considered to be one of the premier courses of its type. Graduates of the course work in senior positions in government and consultancy internationally.


I will be joining the Buildings Conservation Programme this autumn, what should I read in preparation?

We do not ask you to complete any required reading prior to joining the programme. However, we do encourage you to familiarise yourself with some core texts from the reading list ; these are marked with an asterisk (*).