The RCA Live Project is an integral component of the MA Architecture Programme at the RCA. Every year, each Architectural Design Studio (ADS) undertakes a Live Project that provides a platform for testing the agency of architecture.
The Live Project provides MA Architecture students the opportunity to work with external partners and collaborators on the realisation of a project that has a real-world impact. Each project seeks to explore the boundaries of architectural practice, asking students to expand their individual design practice by developing complex briefs, testing sites, engaging with different communities, stakeholders and modes of fabrication.
MA Architecture is currently pursuing a diverse range of projects, including student build projects and prototypes, collaborative research with NGO’s and proposals for research projects and conferences. The Live Project is realised by MA Architecture students in their first year of studies.
The Live Projects expand on the success of the first built Live Project, the Healthcare Innovation Exchange (HELIX) Centre that opened in 2015. Designed and constructed by Ralf Alwani, Joanna Hyland and Matthew Volsen, the HELIX Centre is a collaboration between the RCA and Imperial College. The Centre operates as a hub for promoting innovation in health-care design within the grounds of St Mary’s Hospital, London. Other previous projects include such varied works as community practice in Wembley, pedestrian networks for TFL, street furniture next to the Thames in Lambeth and furniture for co-working spaces These past and current projects are all examples of the distinctive Live Projects produced by students.