Head of Programme Welcome

Beth Hughes, Architecture

Architecture at the RCA sets out to inspire design innovation. The Programme expands the possibilities of architecture and its agency in the world by encouraging a speculative, independent and critical ethos among its students. The two-year long Programme conceives of architecture as a diverse and complex set of practices that move beyond traditional distinctions and limits in the field. A radical and innovative approach to pedagogy and research, as well as a commitment to an open-minded, experimental studio-culture, sets the RCA apart. 

Teaching in the MA Programme revolves around the Architectural Design Studio. Each ADS is understood as a platform for design research organised around important global challenges and opportunities such as ecology, housing, urbanism, mobility and manufacturing. 

The Programme offers:

  • an intensive series of seminars, lectures, workshops and symposia that cultivate new and experimental approaches to the discipline 
  • an ideal environment for students looking to develop a distinctive voice in the field 
  • the opportunity to present your work to the profession and the general public at the graduate show 
  • a unique chance to collaborate with future leaders in other art and design disciplines including photography, sculpture, visual communications and animation 

MA Architecture currently includes the following units:

Technical Studies

History & Theory Studies

Media Studies

"We seek to prepare students to design cleverly and provocatively, but also to be critically engaged in the real world."
Beth Hughes
Beth Hughes, RCA 2016