Environmental Architecture

Royal College of Art

15 months
34000 GBP/year
14500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Environmental Architecture is a 15-month, project-based MA Programme exploring the future of landscapes, environments and ecosystems. It focuses on the co-dependence of life forms and earth systems as well as the co-existence of alternative concepts of landscapes, environments and territories as they are expressed by different societies. 


If the planet has a design problem, what do the terms ‘design’ or ‘architecture’ mean when they are applied to phenomena as varied as oceans, atmospheres, or to farmlands and deserts?

The intensity of environmental change calls for new forms of knowledge production based in propositional thinking, especially design-based methods.

The Programme offers: 

  • an intensive series of seminars, lectures, workshops and symposia that cultivate new and experimental approaches to the discipline 
  • a field-focused programme of study 
  • the opportunity to engage with live projects in sites of rapid and complex environmental change 
  • help establishing a network of colleagues and mentors in London 
  • access to a rich culture of radical and experimental interdisciplinary work at the RCA, a world-leading art and design institution 

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Parameters and Objectives
  • Case Studies
  • Technical Workshop: Core
  • Critical & Historical Studies (CHS)
  • Strategy
  • History & Theory
  • Technical Workshop: Advanced
  • Design Development
  • Science & Technology
  • Developed Design Independent Research Project
For more information, please visit programme website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines




240 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Prospective candidates are likely to be students of architecture with a Bachelor and Master’s degree, or Master’s-equivalent five-year Diploma preferably in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Urbanism, Urban Design or other related design discipline looking to acquire expertise in large scale, environmental and ecological design projects. 
  • Other backgrounds, such as social sciences, geography, urban studies, planning, or economics, will also be considered if prior work is of exceptional merit and students are able to demonstrate their ability to work alongside and contribute to multidisciplinary teams.
  • Portofolio
  • Interview (if invited)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34000 GBP per year and a duration of 15 months.
  • EU/EEA

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 15 months.


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