May 9, 2017 - Royal College of Art - Two new MA programmes: City Design and Environmental Architecture
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May 9, 2017
May 9, 2017

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Two new MA programmes: City Design and Environmental Architecture

Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
London SW7 2EU
United Kingdom
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The RCA School of Architecture has launched two new MA programmes: City Design and Environmental Architecture. Here, Dr. Adrian Lahoud, Dean of the School of Architecture at the RCA, explains more:

What is the main focus of the programmes?
MA City Design
proposes a multi-scalar approach to city design that brings together architectural, technological and scientific understandings of the city. For the first time in over a century, the fundamental building blocks of the city are poised to change. Revolutions in transport, logistics, energy and communications are arriving at the very moment that traditional social and political structures seem to be in crisis. In this context, students on the City Design MA programme will explore how alternative ideas of life, work, nature and culture might inform cities of the future.

MA Environmental Architecture will focus on the co-existence of different human societies with earth systems, landscapes, environments and ecosystems. The programme begins with the impact of climate change on environmental transformation and its social and spatial consequences. The MA Environmental Architecture proposes a distinctive pedagogical model that foregrounds the role of new environmental imaging technologies within design practice across multiple scales and epistemologies.

What makes these programmes unique?
Both programmes are 15-month, 240-credit project-based MA programmes. The timetables have been designed to encourage participation from candidates who are currently working in practice, which means students do not have to choose between study and career as the two can be concurrent and mutually beneficial.

Does the RCA offer any financial help for these programmes?
For 2017/18 entry, the School of Architecture is offering financial assistance through full-fee scholarships and partial bursaries based on merit and financial need.

What can the RCA offer potential students studying these programmes?
Alongside the opportunity to establish a strong network of colleagues and mentors at the RCA, these new programmes also offer students a unique opportunity to connect with leading figures in the field, through an innovative partnership scheme with practices in London. The students will be supported by industry mentors, to ensure they are embedded within architectural and environmental design practices at key points in their study and with the opportunity to make connections that will benefit their future careers.

Which teaching staff will students have access to?
Along with current teaching staff from the RCA including Adrian Lahoud, Godofredo Pereira, Beth Hughes, Platon Issaias, Sam Jacoby, Maria Giudici, Jon Goodbun, David Knight, Alon Schwabe and Daniel Fernandez Pasqual, the programme will host a series of internationally recognised visiting professors and seminar leaders who are making a significant contribution to the field of architecture, city design and environmental architecture.

How can we find out more?
Please click here for more.

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