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The short course is an ideal introduction to the studio teaching model at the RCA and will give participants an opportunity to experience the environment and methodologies of the MA programmes in the School of Architecture. The short course aims to push participants to develop their skills, supporting them to develop their portfolio.
The summer school will take place in-person at the RCA Kensington campus, with visits to sites around London to enable participants to use the city as its testing ground. The programme aims to stimulate design thinking, providing an informal platform for discussing art and architecture and their agency.
Focused around design interventions, crossing disciplinary boundaries, students will work individually and in groups on different exercises during the week. The summer school fosters new encounters and international collaboration; each year we attract a global mix of participants from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.
The timetable includes:
Design studio experience
Site visits in London, guided by the course leaders
Talks by guest speakers, academics and RCA graduates
Briefings on studio assignments and Tutorials
Collective discussions and research sessions
The opportunity to present present a design proposal
End of course celebration, with certificates of attendance
Projects are supported by course tutors and external contributors with a varied range of expertise. The 2024 summer school will be convened by Lemonot – Sabrina Morreale and Lorenzo Perri, who have an architecture practice and are tutors on the Architecture MA programme. Invited guest speakers and expert practitioners for 2024 to be announced soon.
Participants will be led through spatial design exercises, exploring drawings, spatial translations and notations to construct their own visual outputs for portfolios (such as (drawings, physical models and photography).
learn methods and techniques to develop a spatial project and produce a supporting narrative
deepen conceptual and critical thinking skills
acquire representation techniques in relation to a design proposal
with some experience of a design discipline at undergraduate or recent graduate level, and is not suitable for beginners
interested in Master’s-level studies in spatial design at the RCA, whether you are joining a course or seeking to apply in the future
seeking to change their career path; in previous years we have welcomed professionals from a variety of backgrounds including product design, film making, interior architecture, urbanism and spatial planning, anthropology and fine arts
You must be open to experiment with new mediums and methodologies and exchange ideas with the support of academic and professional experts.
To apply you need to complete an online application form.
The online form requires you to submit:
Up to 300 words statement of interest outlining your relevant experience or practice and why you would like to join the course.
Your current CV
Please title the CV file before uploading using the following naming convention: Full Name_CV_2024 RCA Architecture Summer School Application
Once you submit your application you will not be able to make changes.
Only applications submitted via the online form will be accepted.
Applications that are not complete or exceed the maximum file size will not be considered.
If your application is accepted you will be emailed with a booking link. A deadline for accepting and paying for your place will be provided in the email. The place will be held until this deadline, if you do not make payment by this date then your place will be released and offered to another participant.
Application deadlines 2024
Participants are advised to apply early to avoid disappointment as places are strictly limited.
We will start accepting applications from February 2024.
First round of applications will be assessed from mid March 2024.
Applications will be assessed by the RCA course team every 2 weeks from February 2024 until early July 2024 or until the course is fully booked.
We will inform all applicants by email within two weeks after they submit an application about whether or not they have been successful.
Unfortunately we do not provide further feedback information.
If the course is fully booked and your application is successful we will add your name to a waiting list.
How will I know that my place is confirmed?
The offer of a place will only be secured and confirmed when the RCA receives 100 per cent of the course fee payment. Places are secured on a first-come basis on receipt of appropriate payment.
How can I pay for the course?
The course needs to be paid in full by one instalment and via the online payment system using a debit or credit card. Once you are offered a place on the course you will receive a secure online booking link. Please complete the registration and booking process to make the booking. Please ensure that you are using the most up to date version of your internet browser. We regret that it is not possible to pay the course fee by instalments.
They aim to re-invent the relationship between the urban fabric and human rituals through a wide range of media: pavilions, exhibitions, short films, and designed performances. Currently, they lead ADS7 at the Royal College of Art, London. They have experience running short courses and workshops globally in the UK, Mexico, South America and Thailand.
They collaborate with several cultural institutions - including Arquine, La Biennale di Venezia, DPR Barcelona, LINA European Architecture Platform, S AM Basel, Architecture at the Edge (West Ireland) - and their projects have been exhibited and awarded internationally: among others, at the Young Talent Architecture Award 2016, at the ATT19 Gallery in Bangkok, at the RIBA, at Vienna Design Week, at Bangkok Design Week, at Milan Design Week, at Mextropoli 2021 in Mexico City, at FAR-Architecture Festival of Rome 2022 and CAFx Copenhagen Architecture Film Festival 2023. This year, Lemonot was one of the 9 selected architectural practices for the Padiglione Italia of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023.
Invited guest speakers and expert practitioners for 2024 to be announced soon.
Located in Kensington, the School of Architecture provides a stimulating and vibrant cultural context for study in one of the world’s leading cities. Realise live projects and work alongside leading designers and artists in a postgraduate-only environment.
This context allows students to push their material, conceptual and technical skills beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries – expanding the potential of future practice while forming friendships.
The studio-based learning environment is supported by historical, theoretical, media and technical seminars where students are introduced to a wide range of design research methods and approaches. Within each Programme, opportunities for live projects and fieldwork are provided in line with the pedagogical ambitions of studio leaders.
Practice mentor schemes across all programmes pair students with practices and help expand professional networks.
The Kensington campus is next to the Royal Albert Hall and houses programmes in the Schools of Architecture, Design and Arts & Humanities. Opened 60 years ago, it was designed by H T Cadbury Brown, and at its heart is the Grade II listed Modernist Darwin Building, named for post-war Rector Robin Darwin (grandson of Charles Darwin).
It is also home to the RCA's extensive Library, including Special Collections and the Colour Reference Library, extensive Technical Services resources, Student Support and facilities such as cafes and the ArtBar.
RCA Short Courses will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation in the period up to the course dates. Our planning incorporates the latest UK Government guidance as well as consideration of how best to ensure a safe and inclusive learning space for participants and staff team. Our participants' health, wellbeing and quality of experience while attending our on-campus courses is paramount to us.
Full details of the Covid safe guidelines in place for the course will be provided to you in advance of your start date with your welcome information.
Disclaimer: Change to online delivery
It may be necessary due to Covid-19 restrictions to change the mode of delivery to live online or postpone to a later date.
We will endeavour to notify all participants in advance of any changes, no later than 2 weeks before the course start date.
“Great combination of academic competence and practicing architects. I liked humble, helpful and professional approach!”
Olga Nawroth, Development project leaderArchitecture Summer School participant, 2023
“The summer school has made me think critically about design. This course has been a benchmark for a deeper understanding in design.”
Abhilasha Saikia, Interior Designer FacultyArchitecture Summer School participant, 2023
“Join the course if you want to experience a very open and intuitive architectural design process as a creative professional, highly recommended and very inspiring!”
Steven Stannard, DesignerArchitecture Summer School participant, 2022
“The Architecture Summer School at the RCA has truly been a fruitful experience. It allowed me to fully immerse in the intellectuality of the architect and interior design prospect through not only the interaction with the course leaders & tutors, but also the visits with industry leaders, RCA's academic and recent alumni. This course is suited for everyone coming from any discipline as you get a thorough glimpse of what architecture is in the past-present-future. You will feel inspired by the dedication and impressively articulated knowledge from the RCA environment.”
Mai Thi Nguyen, ConsultantArchitecture Summer School participant, 2022
“Loved my experience. I learnt a lot about a new domain and got hands-on experience from the very start.”
Nicolas PostDesign lead, Salesforce
“The RCA's Architecture Summer School is great for international undergrads that are keen to experience collaborative design process together with international students. It enriches me with a broader range of design approaches that I can apply back home.”
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