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Karakusevic Carson Scholarships to Support Future MA Architecture Students

The College is delighted to announce the new Karakusevic Carson Scholarships programme for MA Architecture students, supported by Karakusevic Carson Architects (KCA). The Karakusevic Carson Scholarships are a flexible fund that will be awarded based on both academic merit and financial need. The fund will cover part, or all, of a student's programme fees, or contribute towards other reasonable expenses incurred while completing studies.

‘This new scholarship scheme will make a profound difference’ explained Beth Hughes, Head of Architecture. ‘Support such as this is vital in ensuring that we engage with a diverse range of students and that the very brightest talent can access our world-leading education.’

Karakusevic Carson Architects (KCA) was co-founded by RCA alumnus Paul Karakusevic (MA Architecture, 1995). He established the award-winning practice to improve the quality of social housing in London and it remains at the forefront of urban regeneration and housing architecture.

‘Studying architecture at the RCA was critical in my career and establishing the practice,’ Paul explained. ‘The collaborative nature of the programme and College is vital in preparing students for working in architectural practice, and the culture of the RCA has stayed with me for the past two decades since graduation. In an era of education funding difficulties and rising costs of studying in London, I wanted to help students with a scholarship programme for assistance with fees and maintenance. The creative spirit and the future built environment of London are critical to the UK’s success, and the RCA is well placed to nurture the next generation of architects and designers who will shape and define these.’

Throughout his career Paul has pioneered an approach to consultation that is meaningful and sensitive, creating a climate of trust and openness with clients, residents groups and delivery teams. In addition to his nationally and internationally recognised experience with KCA, Paul is a Design Adviser to the HCA/GLA, Urban Design London and Design Council/CABE and lends his experience to audits, critiques, and review and awards panels of major initiatives and projects across the UK.

‘I have the utmost respect for what Paul has achieved, it is inspiring to see a practice that has produced such compelling work and achieved distinction through dedication to a social agenda and considered understanding of the significant contribution that architecture can make,’ explained Beth. ‘I could not be more pleased that KCA are establishing our first named scholarship.’

The Karakusevic Carson Scholarships provides an opportunity for students that would otherwise not be able to come to the RCA, helping to cultivate a stimulating and varied School culture. All candidates offered a place for 2017 entry to MA Architecture will automatically be considered for the scholarship. One or more final awards will be made to candidates who have an interest in furthering the practice of architecture within the UK, as well as demonstrating financial need. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to formally submit further information prior to final selection.

The MA Architecture programme provides a unique environment for postgraduate architectural education. Teaching revolves around the Architectural Design Studio, providing distinctive platforms for design research organised around important global challenges and opportunities such as ecology, housing, urbanism, new technologies and making. The programme offers opportunities to take part in live projects and students benefit from the support of professional practitioners who bring expert knowledge of contemporary design research and practice.


Find out more about the MA Architecture programme (RIBA Part 2), including how to Apply.