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Head of Programme, Architecture (MA) - Beth Hughes

We started the year agitated and uneasy with the swirling mess of the world, a student cohort that urgently wanted to do better and for architecture to mean more. We then abruptly abandoned our studio, scattered across the globe and retreated to our homes, as something akin to a science-fiction plot consumed our lives. Out of this urgency something extraordinary emerged.

We have cared for one another as never before, inviting each other into our homes, inadvertently meeting family/friends/lovers/brothers/sisters and pets. This is an end-of-year unlike any other before, or perhaps, even ever again.

Out of this communal space of care – with all of us mourning the studio and each other’s company – an astonishing body of work has materialised; passionate and tender, blazing and saturated in brilliance, scorching the retina, inerasable and brave.

I feel an indescribable sense of pride and solidarity with this community, 13 ADS, over 80 staff and 176 students across first and second year. I have immense respect for the tenacity and compassion of these young graduates, and Iook forward to the world that they will shape. They are impatiently hungry to create change, knowing that it is uncertain and that the only certainty is that architecture, as we knew it, is deeply inadequate to face the challenges we have made. They know that it falls to them to reimagine and reinvent it for themselves and I have every confidence they will.

Watch-out whoever stands in their way!

For further reading, see the new online repository of graduating work: Folios from MA Architecture.

Programme Team

Beth Hughes, Mark Campbell & Thandi Loewenson, Maria Giudici, Manja van de Worp and David Burns

Platforms

13 July 2020
23:00 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

RCA2020 Architecture Opening

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16 July 2020
18:00 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

60 Minutes of Graduation at Home

A response to the current context of pandemic deregulation and the impossibility physical shows

6 Curated, Computed Collections

School of Architecture
A machine-readable dataset, resulting in a curatorial collaboration between the School of Architecture, artificial intelligence and six invited critics.
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Moving Parts

Mark Campbell and Thandi Loewenson
Media. History. Ethics. Materials. Collaborations. Law. These are not supplements to an architectural project, but intrinsic, moving parts in the development of any design.
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Shannon Mattern: Looking from a Distance

A collection of stories and work curated by critic Shannon Mattern from work by graduates of MA Architecture and MA Interior Design.
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Amy Cheung: Colour

A collection of stories and work curated by critic Amy Cheung from work by graduates of MA Architecture and MA Interior Design.
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Optimistic, Singular and New

Curated by Jony Ive
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Landscapes

The land beneath and beyond the metropolis
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Susan Schuppli: Models

A collection of stories and work curated by critic Susan Schuppli from work by graduates of MA Architecture and MA Interior Design.
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Samaneh Moafi: Humans, People

A collection of stories and work curated by critic Samaneh Moafi from work by graduates of MA Architecture and MA Interior Design.
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Mis/Communication

What goes wrong, and sometimes can be set right
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Towards a Digital Placeness

Curated by Es Devlin
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Jasbir K Puar: Fifteen Critical Texts

A collection of stories and work curated by critic Jasbir K Puar from work by graduates of MA Architecture and MA Interior Design.
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