Architectural Association (AA)


Most South African architects seeking formal education in architecture before the establishment of teaching programmes in the discipline in the country went to study at the AA in London.

It is the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom and was founded in 1847 by two dissatisfied young architects, Robert Kerr and Charles Grey to provide a self-directed, independent education at a time when the profession of architecture had yet to have set curricula. The School was formally established in 1890.

Amongst its South African luminaries are:
Gordon Esselmont LEITH (enrolled 1906-1910)
Gerhard Leendert MOERDYK (enrolled 1910-1912)

Leonard William Thornton WHITE was appointed vice-principal c1937

Also visit the websites of the Architectural Association and Wikipedia.

View the list of graduates from the AA who are practitioners on this website.