Architecture at the RCA sets out to inspire design innovation. The programme expands the possibilities of architecture and its agency in the world by encouraging a speculative, independent and critical ethos among its students. The two'year long programme conceives of architecture as a diverse and complex set of practices that move beyond traditional distinctions and limits in the field. A radical and innovative approach to pedagogy and research, as well as a commitment to an open'minded, experimental studio culture, sets the RCA apart.
Teaching in the MA programme revolves around the Architectural Design Studio. Each ADS is understood as a platform for design research organised around important global challenges and opportunities such as ecology, housing, urbanism, mobility and manufacturing.
Research, experiment and design 1; technical studies; cultural context/chs; management, practice and law (professional; practice studies); research, experiment and design.
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- Applicants should have achieved a high-quality 1st degree in architecture (RIBA Part 1) or an international equivalent degree (or higher), and should have at least 1 year’s experience working in a design office. Applicants need to demonstrate a commitment to the major discipline and an ability to respond to stimuli from unexpected sources. Evidence of sensitivity, invention, curiosity and a readiness to engage in a rigorous and demanding 2 years is essential.