Programme Welcome

City Design

With a global urban population of four billion and 28 megacities, urban life is experiencing momentous change. New social groups are emerging, populations are ageing, family units are extending and dispersing, work is becoming casualised and whole communities have moved online. At the same time, dangerous new social divides are appearing on the periphery of cities, between different cultures, and now also between different generations.

The MA City Design programme is a new 15-month MA aimed at an emerging generation of architects interested in the convergence of new social, technical and spatial innovations, and harnessing their potential to generate alternative forms of urban life.

New possibilities are emerging and their consequences promise to be profound: modern social movements, automated building supply chains, technology platforms, driverless transport and logistics, distributed water and energy infrastructure – all will radically reshape the city’s fundamental building blocks. 

The programme offers:

  • an intensive series of seminars, lectures, workshops and symposia that cultivate new and experimental approaches to the discipline
  • the opportunity to pursue a degree within a world-leading art and design institution
  • access to a rich culture of radical and experimental interdisciplinary work at the Royal College of Art
  • the chance to establish a network of colleagues and mentors in the city of London

From September 2018, City Design will be primarily based in White City, the RCA's newest London site.