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The Perfect Place to Grow

175 Years of the Royal College of Art

Produced as part of the RCA's 175th anniversary celebrations in 2012, here is a series of interviews with some of art and design's foremost experts exploring the College's evolution – from moments that have defined disciplines to a look at what the future holds for art and design education.

The series originally accompanied a major celebratory exhibition, The Perfect Place to Grow: 175 Years of the Royal College of Art, as well as an in-house-published book of the same name. The exhibition charted the College's history through a showcase of seminal work from alumni and students, past and present.

The book features exploratory essays by luminaries including fashion critic Colin McDowell, historian Fiona MacCarthy, curator Robert Upstone, graphic design critic Rick Poynor, Andrew Wilson of Tate and Dr Glenn Adamson of the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as the RCA’s Jane Pavitt, Paul Thompson, Sarah Teasley and Joe Kerr. Buy your copy here

Timeline section of The Perfect Place to Grow exhibition, featuring graphics by Research Studio
Timeline section of the exhibition featuring graphics by Research Studio
Photographer: Darren Gerrish

"The exhibition charted the College's history through a showcase of seminal work from alumni and students, past and present."