Royal College of Art: Environmental Architecture

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Department Architecture
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In February 2019 the RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the fifth consecutive year in the QS World University subject rankings.

If the planet has a design problem, what do the terms ‘design’ or ‘architecture’ mean when they are applied to phenomena as varied as oceans or atmospheres, or to farmland and deserts?

The intensity of environmental change calls for new forms of knowledge production based in propositional thinking, especially design-based methods.

Environmental Architecture is a new 15-month, project-based MA programme exploring the future of landscapes, environments and ecosystems. It will focus on the co-dependence of life forms and earth systems as well as the co-existence of alternative concepts of landscapes, environments and ecosystems as they are expressed by different societies.

The programme offers:

–an intensive series of seminars, lectures, workshops and symposia that cultivate new and experimental approaches to the discipline
– a field-focused programme of study
– the opportunity to engage with live projects in sites of rapid and complex environmental change
– help establishing a network of colleagues and mentors in the city of London
– access to a rich culture of radical and experimental interdisciplinary work at the RCA, a world-leading art and design institution


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Applications for the RCA’s September 2020 will be open from 30 September, 2019. Visit on this date for up-to-date programme and application information.

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