New Director of School of Architecture is Trinity Hall Fellow

Dr Ingrid Schroder has been named as the new Director of the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London.

Dr Ingrid Schroder on site

In her new role she will lead the strategic direction of one of the world’s foremost architecture schools.

Architect and educator Dr Schroder is currently Director of the MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Cambridge and Staff Fellow at Trinity Hall, and will take up the role of Director of the AA in August 2022, in time for the next academic year.

Dr Schroder said: “The AA is a nimble place of debate – it is a unique environment in which to wrestle with the implications of what lies ahead. Architecture and architectural education produce the extraordinary places, spaces and settings, that frame our everyday – both real and speculative. It is a unique and varied language and a complex discipline. It is a great privilege to be in a position to help tune the AA’s voice within this conversation and to facilitate the collective endeavours that can provoke a better understanding and considered architectural approaches to the near and distant future.”

Dr Daniel Tyler, Vice-Master of Trinity Hall, said: “It is an outstanding achievement to be appointed to such a prominent position as Director of the Architectural Association. Dr Schroder has made a significant contribution to the study of architecture in Cambridge over many years and has been a much-valued colleague at Trinity Hall. She will lead the Architectural Association with skill, wisdom and integrity. I and my colleagues wish her every success in this important new role.”

President of the AA Council Victor Thornton said: “As an architect, teacher and leader Dr Schroder brings decades of experience and a compelling perspective on the future of architectural education and practice to the role of Director. During the process of selection, she demonstrated a clear vision to preserve the independence and spirit of the school, to facilitate innovation and nurture new talent. I am delighted to welcome Ingrid to the Architectural Association, and on behalf of the AA Council thank the other candidates and the wider school community for contributing with integrity to the process.”

Dr Ingrid Schroder
Dr Ingrid Schroder

Dr Ingrid Schroder is a British-American architect and academic and Head of Design Teaching and Director of the MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD) at the University of Cambridge Department of Architecture. She has taught in Cambridge for over 20 years and is a University Lecturer in Architectural History, and Urban and Landscape Theory. She has served as a Supervisor, Lecturer, Studio Master, Professional Practice Co-ordinator, Academic Exchange co-ordinator and Research Group co-ordinator in Cambridge and is a Staff Fellow and Director of Studies at Trinity Hall.

This is a short version of a longer news article on the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture website.

Main image: Dr Ingrid Schroder on site