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School of Architecture

Architecture Research (MPhil) (PhD)


Head of PhD Programme - Ines Weizman

Working at the intersection of theory, research, media and critical-spatial-practices, we support research-intensive, practice-led and interdisciplinary theses aiming for tangible public and social impact. Challenging dominant social, political, and economic conventions.

The programme fosters research into the history and politics of architecture at the intersection of critical ecological, new materialism, and digital humanities. We investigate the ways architects and cultural producers negotiate crises associated with globalisation, migration and statelessness, the hauntings of empire and the colonial present, and growing biopolitical conflicts around ecology and climate change.

We support written academic research in the history and theory of architecture, with especial interest in practice-led, experimental research relevant to diverse careers in academia, curatorial studies, and critical conservation. We encourage establishing real world collaborations with industry-based research groups, leading design practices, policymakers, social and environmental justice groups, human rights organisations and cultural institutions.

We particularly welcome research proposals aligned with strategic areas of research in the School of Architecture: Architecture & Social MovementsInstitutional Forms & Practices and Climate Justice, Critical Materialities and Digital Detection, as well as the work of the Laboratory for Design & Machine Learning. These themes encourage interdisciplinary research with new models of collaboration between academic and non-academic institutions or partners.

Study Architecture Research at the RCA:

13 July 2020
23:00 (GMT + 0)

RCA2020 Architecture Opening

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16 July 2020
18:00 (GMT + 0)

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.

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.
ArchitectureDataDesign For Social ImpactDesign Research
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