Each MA Architecture student is assigned a practice mentor, and asked to observe and record each practice's methods and approaches to architecture. This enables the student to map shared research themes as well as developing a greater understanding of the working of each practice, making them more aware and reflective on their own emerging alternative practice methods.
The aim of the RCA Practice Mentor is to offer students a window on the working processes of some of the UK’s leading designers, many of which also star in New Architects 3, a recent publication by the Architecture Foundation and a definitive survey of the best British architects, as well as give each practice a platform to develop research interests with the RCA.
This new initiative recognises value in the collaborative networks that drive our students and continues our tradition linking design education with industry, first established by the Royal College of Art, as a direct descendant of the Government School of Design, in 1837.
Practice Mentors are invited to attend both student-led cross-crits, presenting latest research, as well as School-led, ‘themed’ research cluster days, where both practitioners and ADS tutors will present research findings to further test and disseminate emerging areas of research with a view to scope future research applications.
2016/17 Practice Mentors
31/44 Architects | A449 Ltd | Acme | Amin Taha Architects | AOC | Asif Khan | AY Architects | Carl Trenfield Architects | CarverHaggard | Citizen Design Bureau | DK-CM | Dominic McKenzie Architects | Duggan Morris Architects | Friend and Company | Hugo Hardy | Jack Woolley | MATHESON WHITELEY | Nex- | Nissen Richards | OMMX | OrkidStudio | OS31 | Price Gore | Pup Architects | Rashid Ali Architects | RUSSIAN FOR FISH | Stitch | Studio Weave | Surman Weston | Takero Shimazaki Architects | The Klassnik Corporation | Urban Projects Bureau | vPPR