Alex de Rijke to Return to Full-Time Practice

The Royal College of Art announced this morning that Alex de Rijke is to step down as Dean of the School of Architecture after four successful years in order to focus on his architectural practice dRMM.

Professor de Rijke was responsible for creating a new, enlarged School of Architecture with two programmes – Architecture (RIBA Part II) and Interior Design. The latter saw its first intake in Autumn 2012. Plans have begun for new programmes in landscape design and city design.

Professor de Rijke said: ‘I’ve spent four exciting years at the RCA leading the School and now is the right time for me to return full-time to dRMM. Having established new Studios, an emphasis on making for social relevance, and put in place two new Heads of Programme, with the recent appointments of Dr Adrian Lahoud and Graeme Brooker, I feel confident that both Architecture and Interior Design at the RCA are in good hands. The School of Architecture is clearly set to play a leading role internationally in teaching, research and knowledge exchange, with the development of new programmes to add to the portfolio in the next few years.’

Professor Naren Barfield, Pro-Rector (Academic) said: ‘Under Professor de Rijke’s leadership, the School of Architecture developed a new and energised focus on both theory and practice, with research at the very centre of its activities. As one of the UK’s foremost architects, Alex had always indicated that he would serve for a limited period of time, and we knew that he would return eventually to full-time practice. We are grateful that we were able to benefit from both his creative vision and practical expertise for such a considerable period, particularly at a time of growth for the School. Alex has been student, tutor and Dean, and we look forward to continuing our long association with him in the future.’

Research Professor in Architecture, Susannah Hagan will take over as Acting Dean of Architecture, upon Professor de Rijke’s departure at the end of September, and will lead the School with Adrian Lahoud and Graeme Brooker until the arrival of the new Dean. An international search has already commenced.


For more information, please contact: 
Áine Duffy, Head of Communications & Marketing, Royal College of Art
+ 44 (0)20 7590 4127 E aine.duffy@rca.ac.uk