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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Raya El Debes

Show RCA work

  • Threshold Entrance

    Threshold Entrance, 2019

  • Laboratory Area

    Laboratory Area, 2019

  • Preparation Area

    Preparation Area, 2019

  • Dining Area

    Dining Area, 2019

Major project:

Crystal Palace Rewilding Institute

As the planet's temperature continues to increase, greenhouse gases formed of 76% CO2 are a major contributor, 51% of which is attributed to livestock farming alone. Each day, 56 billion farmed animals are slaughtered and 200 species go extinct, forcing us to consider not only what we eat but where we source our food from. 

In 2018, a Forbes article predicted that rewilding was one of the most important careers of the future, as the need for those skilled in 'maintaining, or increasing, biodiversity, while reducing the impact of present and past human interventions through the restoration of species and ecological processes' becomes even more important. 

This project is situated in 2025 and proposes to repurpose an abandoned train station in Crystal Palace. The facilities include a production and growing space for the emergent 'rewilding professionals' who are tasked with re-seeding all available growing spaces and facilities for the local community to harvest, prepare and eat indigenous plant-based meals together. The facility is completely self-sustainable and includes a seed bank, hydroponic farming and a re-pollination project. The planting program is also designed to address vitamin deficiency issues caused by pollution in London.


  • School

    School of Architecture


    MA Interior Design

  • Contact

  • I'm a Lebanese Greek interior design student. I moved to London for the purpose of higher education and for the chance to discover new perspectives and cultures through design.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Interior Architecture, Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, University of Balamand, Beirut, Lebanon, 2014
  • Experiences

  • Interior designer, Lingua Cafe/Bar, Beirut, 2017; Internship, Tarek Shamma Design, London, 2019
  • Exhibitions

  • Museum Futures, RCA x RA 250th birthday, Royal Academy, 2018
Royal College of Art