Our Programmes in CRA

Study in one of our MA Research Architecture or Forensic Architecture studio streams or join our practice-led MPhil/PhD programme.

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MA in Research Architecture

How can spatial practice engage with questions of contemporary culture, politics, media, ecology, and justice? This innovative programme brings together MA students from a wide variety of cultural and educational backgrounds, and from a diverse range of disciplines to address such questions.

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 culminates in a single major spatial investigation, which includes both practical and theoretical considerations and concentrates on a distinct issue, process or site.

Please note this MA is not a RIBA validated programme.

For students interested in the ground-breaking work of the Forensic Architecture agency 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.

Each year the Forensic Architecture agency offers a full-time MA scholarship that covers tuition plus a monthly stipend for a home or international student.

Please note your interest in this scholarship in your application - there is no separate application form. The deadline for application is March 22nd 2024 with short-listing and interviews to follow in early May.


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 around bi-weekly PhD seminars as well as six annual Roundtable seminars at which students present their research alongside 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.

Past Guests

Shela Sheikh, James Parker, David Wengrow, Adam Bobbette, The Otolith Group, Radha D’Souza, Thomas Keenan, Adrian Lahoud, Lumumba Di-Aping, Arun Agrawal, Nadine El-Enany, Suhail Malik, Brenna Bhandar, Dilip da Cunha, Cooking Sections, Marco Ferrari, Laleh Khalili, Kader Attia, Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Astrida Neimanis, Radhika Subramaniam, Louise Amoore, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Ross Exo Adams, Christina Sharpe, Esther Leslie, Heather Davis, Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, Jussi Parikka, Jennifer Gabrys, Zygmunt Bauman, Rob Nixon, James C. Scott, James Bridle, Jonas Staal, Michel Feher, Trevor Paglen, Laura Kurgan, Graham Harman, Bruno Latour, Hito Steyerl, Sandro Mezzadra, China Mieville, Avery Gordon, Pelin Tan, Adi Ophir, Michael Taussig, Stefano Harney, Keller Easterling, AbdouMaliq Simone, TJ Demos, Alberto Toscano, Michel Agier, Ursula Biemann, DAAR and many others.