Goldsmiths University of London Architecture

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Goldsmiths University of London Architecture

The Centre for Research Architecture is organised around practice-led research that investigates the urgent political conditions of our time. Our goal is to provide practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds with tools for undertaking spatial research and critical analysis. Students pursue individual projects that generate written as well as practical insights. Dissertation projects incorporate fieldwork, critical reflections and discuss the theoretical implications and historical questions at stake within their work.

Our PhD Programme is defined by a series of Roundtable seminars that brings in a new cohort of doctoral students every five years in order to study and work together as a unit. Roundtable Three began in 2015, this means that the admission of additional PhD students in following years will be limited. We are particularly interested in supervising dissertation projects that engage with ecological contexts and spatial media as they intersect with questions of law, rights and justice.

Please address any enquiries to Dr. Susan Schuppli

We are part of a dynamic group of students and staff based in the Department of Visual Cultures.

Forensic Architecture, a multi-year European Research Council Project (2011-14 & 2015-20) is also based here in the heart of the Centre.

MA in Research Architecture

Can spatial practice become a form of research? How can architecture engage with questions of contemporary culture, politics, media, ecology, and justice? This innovative research Centre brings together MA students from a wide variety of cultural and educational backgrounds and from a diverse range of disciplines to work through questions of this kind. The Centre offers an alternative to traditional postgraduate architectural education through a unique studio-based environment that investigates the urgent political conditions of our time through a combination of fieldwork, theoretical enquiry, and forms of creative practice. The MA Dissertation is organised around a single major spatial investigation, which includes both practical and theoretical considerations and concentrates on a distinct issue, process or site.