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  Architecture MA

Royal College of Art    Postgraduate Courses

Full time September MA 2 years full time
Architecture, Building & Planning (3)

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The Architecture MA programme at the Royal College of Art offers an exciting opportunity to expand your practice and develop a critical mindset. With validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB), this research-driven programme challenges the traditional notions of architecture. Through project-based learning in Architectural Design Studios, you will explore unique concerns, methods, and critical frameworks. The programme also provides the chance to engage with practice mentors, gaining insight into industry activities and refining your own practice methods. To apply, you should have a first degree in architecture (RIBA Part I) or an equivalent qualification, along with design office experience. Don't miss the chance to redefine your architectural practice and apply for the MA Architecture programme.

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Expand the possibilities of your practice by developing a speculative, independent and critical ethos.

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) part II and Architects Registration Board (ARB) validated since 1983.

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Entry Requirements

You should have achieved a high quality first degree in architecture (RIBA Part I) or an international equivalent degree or higher and should have at least one year’s work experience in a design office. Alternative undergraduate qualifications will be considered based on portfolio and personal statement.

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Student Profiles

Andre Kong

Nationality: UK

I am an Architect and Project Leader at Heatherwick Studio, London, where I currently lead a team of four designers and architects, of which three are RCA alumni.

Straight after graduation I worked independently on a series of small private commissions for student accommodation projects that are under construction now. Then I decided to apply to Heatherwick Studio.

Within a couple of weeks of applying I was at my desk working on the concept for the largest project that the studio had at the time – the new headquarters for Googlein London. I started off as a junior designer on the canopy design and the studio encouraged me to take on more responsibility. I am now leading a small team on a project for an exciting client that focuses on research and development of ideas in sustainability, technology and future scenario planning.

The RCA’s reputation precedes itself as one of the world’s leading art and design schools. But more specifically for Architecture, the programme had something special and intimate that captivated me. There are a number of great architecture schools in the UK but the RCA has the unique appeal of studying in a multidisciplinary context, where independent thinking and critical expression are highly encouraged.

During my time at the RCA, I became aware of how much broader architecture can be in its role as a vehicle for change. The college was incredibly formative to me and plays a big part in the way that I operate now as a designer and as an architect. The multi-disciplinary spirit at Heatherwick studio often reminds me of the RCA.

Vanessa Assaf

Nationality: Swedish

I like the approach the RCA takes on my course and besides having great tutors and facilities, being in a campus full of artists and creative minds felt like the kind of environment I wanted to develop in and surround myself with when doing my Masters. There is always something going on, whether its exhibitions, workshops, talks, or events, it's such a nice community to be a part of and engage in and you always meet new people from across different majors and campuses coming together.

There are endless opportunities to have fun here whilst studying, but I think what I love about London the most is the experience it gives you and the people and the friends you meet along the way.

I would say to anyone considering applying, don’t hesitate! The RCA is an experience itself, and it will open up your eyes to many new methods of working, creating and engaging in different fields.

Shawn Adams

Graduated in 2020

Shawn Adams (MA Architecture, 2020) is a writer, lecturer and architectural designer. He is also the co-founder of Power Out of Restriction (POoR), a social enterprise that focuses on the development of communities through the elevation of young people. POoR have worked with organisations that include the RIBA, Design Museum and Wands. His final year project at the RCA, 'Plinths and Tapestry', focused on local communities in Agbogbloshie, Ghana, and was featured in the Financial Times, Koozarch. It was the winner of the 2020 Architects' Journal Postgraduate Student Prize. Previously a New Architecture Writer, he has written for VICE, Wallpaper*, ICON and has spoken on news platforms that include Sky and The Guardian. A RIBAJ 2020 Rising Star, Shawn currently teaches BA Architecture at Central St Martins, UAL, sits on the advisory board of Open City’s Accelerate programme and works as a Part II Architectural Assistant at HTA Design LLP.

"Within my practice, I aim to unravel the unspoken, marginalised and underrepresented narratives of communities around the world. I aim to bring those that lie on the periphery to the centre stage. Amplifying the voices that often go unheard."



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