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RCA Kensington

The Royal College of Art's historic Kensington campus is iconic, located in the 'Albertopolis' district of London, alongside the Victoria and Albert Museum and Imperial College, flanked by Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park – the largest green space in London – and next to the Royal Albert Hall.

Designed by H T Cadbury Brown and opened in 1962, the heart of the Kensington site is the Modernist Darwin Building, named for post-war Rector Robin Darwin (grandson of Charles Darwin). 

The Kensington site houses the School of Architecture programmes in Architecture, City Design, Environmental ArchitectureInterior Design, MPhil/PhD Architecture as well as the School of Design programmes in Design ProductsFashionGlobal Innovation DesignInnovation Design EngineeringIntelligent MobilityService DesignTextiles and MRes Healthcare & Design  

School of Arts & Humanities programmes Curating Contemporary ArtSculptureV&A/RCA History of Design (located jointly at the RCA and the historic Victoria and Albert Museum) and Writing are also located in Kensington.

Also located in Kensington is the RCA's extensive Library, including Special Collections and the Colour Reference Library, as well as extensive Technical Services resources and Student Support.

For more information about our Kensington site, including full address and how to get to us, see Maps & Visiting.