MA Programme Description

Environmental Architecture

Live Project-based studio work forms the core of activity for the first three terms of the MA Environmental Architecture Programme, with complementary technical, historical, theoretical and case study seminars occurring in parallel. Group work is encouraged and considered an important introduction to the inherently collaborative process of architecture and environmental design.

In the fourth and final term, students will complete an Independent Research Project as an individual submission, which will offer the opportunity to work on a detailed design proposal or thesis with support and feedback from urban and city design practitioners. Workshops focus on new spatial epistemologies, especially systems of representation, visualisation and calculation. 

The History & Theory Studies (HTS) unit examines alternative models for the city throughout history, focusing on the way social and political ambitions have become spatialised. Shared modules at Programme, School and College level encourage different scales of collaboration with related disciplines and across the College. 

This programme description is taken from the 2018/19 Programme Specifications. While we try to ensure that all Programme information is correct, some things may be subject to change and/or outside of our control. 

RCA Ranked World’s Top Art & Design University for Fifth Year

In February, the RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the fifth consecutive year.  

The RCA leads the table of 200 of the world’s top universities for the study of art and design in the 2019 QS World University Subject Rankings, ahead of much larger institutions around the globe.


240 credits
15-month programme
Full-time study



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