Goldsmiths University of London Architecture

By | 9th June 2017

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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.

For students interested in the ground-breaking work of the Forensic Architecture project you can elect to spend a portion of your studies working directly with the team on various aspects of their current investigations from mapping, modelling, remote sensing, and data visualisation to research and reflection.

For more information on the MA in Research Architecture

MPhil & PhD in Research Architecture

The MPhil & PhD programme is aimed at practitioners of architecture and other related practices who would like to develop a sustained multi-year practice-led research project. It allows you to produce intensive, rigorous, and scholarly research as well as to further elaborate your own practice.

The programme is structured around an annual series of two-day long seminars, which take place each month during the Autumn, Winter, and Spring terms.The seminars are organised as a series of Roundtable discussions during which time students present their field research and writing. Roundtables are also supplemented by invited guests who bring relevant scholarly knowledge and practices into the Centre. Together these activities combine to create a common conceptual ground for practice and research.

For more information on the MPhil& PhD in Research Architecture

Seminar Guests

Louise Amoore, Bellingcat, Zygmunt Bauman, Crofton Black, Brenna Bhandar, Ele Carpenter, Grégoire Chamayou, Teddy Cruz, Howard Cagyill, DAAR, Anna Naomi de Souza, Keller Easterling, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Nicholas de Genova, Andrew Herscher, Jennifer Gabrys, Sheila Jasanoff, Wolfgang Kaleck, Thomas Keenan, Adam Kleinman, Laura Kurgan, Sandro Mezzadra, Rob Nixon, Trevor Paglen, Alice Ross, Jonas Staal, Grupa Spomenik, Robert Jan Van Pelt, Peter C Van Wyck, Charlie Winter, Chris Woods