About Centre for Research Architecture Research

The Centre for Research Architecture is organised around practice-led research that investigates the urgent political conditions of our time.

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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 MA programme is shaped by two practical studios in Research Architecture or Forensic Architecture, both of which include technical workshops, peer-to-peer activities and fieldwork.

Our PhD Programme is defined by a series of roundtable events and critical methods seminars that enable doctoral students to work independently but also as a focused cohort over a period of 4-5 years.

Explore MA & PhD research, group projects and Roundtables here.

We offer a BA module at the 3rd year level in Counter-Forensics for students considering MA pathways into Research / Forensic Architecture, Investigative Journalism, Law, and Aesthetics.

We are part of a dynamic group of students and staff based in the Department of Visual Cultures along with the Forensic Architecture Agency. We are also active participants in the Critical Ecologies research stream at Goldsmiths.

Recent Highlights

  • 2023 Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the Venice Architecture Biennale awarded to former MA/PhD Paulo Tavares and Gabriela de Matos, for their curation of the Brazilian Pavilion titled Terra [Earth]
  • 2021 Turner Prize nominee: Cooking Sections comprised of former MA Alon Schwabe & former PhD Daniel Fernandez Pascual nominated for the T
  • 2019 Turner Prize awarded to former MA/PhD Lawrence Abu Hamdan
  • 2018 Turner Prize nominee: Forensic Architecture

Please address any general enquiries to Dr Susan Schuppli or to Christina Varvia if it concerns the Forensic Architecture MA Studio.