School of Architecture
Environmental Architecture (MA)
Head of Programme, Environmental Architecture MA – Godofredo Enes Pereira
We started the year at full speed, thinking and drawing, singing, designing, making, reading, listening - doing our best as students and staff to make the most of this amazing opportunity that learning provides: to be together. To become something else together. Planting, caring, harvesting, becoming, becoming-other. We went on field trips, we camped together, we debated, we disagreed, we walked a lot, disagreed a bit more.. And then we went into lockdown, into quarantine, we went to our houses, many of us to our other houses, our other countries and to our families. All of us changed. None can say we are the same. And yet, the bonds persisted, and so did the will to keep together, making the best of an impossible situation. This was a uniquely difficult year, and I couldn’t be more amazed by our students, our staff, both academic and administrative, in their immense rigor and creativity despite such unique conditions. An amazing group of people that will never be forgotten.
‘Prodigy is, at its essence, adaptability and persistent, positive obsession. Without persistence, what remains is an enthusiasm of the moment. Without adaptability, what remains may be channelled into destructive fanaticism. Without positive obsession, there is nothing at all.’ Octavia Butler, in The Parable of the Sower.
Godofredo Enes Pereira, Christina Leigh Geros, Tiffany Kaewen Dang, Imani Jacquelin Brown, Jon Clendenning Goodbun, Georgia White, Charlotte Grace, Flora Roumpani, Gemma Riggs, Florencia Collo, Olivier Dambron, Rafael Alonso Candau, and Patricia Forbes.
We would like to thank the School of Architecture administration, as well as the RCA technical and administrative staff for all their support. We would also like to thank all the guests that made time to join us for critical perspectives and advice, and finally, we would like to thank friends and loved ones, families and kin, of both students and staff, without whose support this year would not have been the same.