Architecture Foundation and Royal College of Art launch partnership

The Architecture Foundation (AF) and the Royal College of Art (RCA) School of Architecture have formed a new events partnership. As part of the partnership, the RCA’s School of Architecture is hosting the AF team at its premises in Kensington Gore and together they are staging a programme of live public events to highlight the work of emerging Architecture practices. 

The event series will provide opportunities for young practices to present their work in public, share knowledge with their peers, and contribute to AFs research and lobbying activities. This will also enable students from the full range of London’s architecture schools to meet, learn from one another and collaborate.  

Open to all, the first two events in the series took place on 24 November and 8 December in Kensington and provided young architects and housing developers with a platform to present their work in a public forum. Participants included architects Hugh Strange, Dyvik Kahlen, Roz Barr and Hesselbrand and developers Pocket, Igloo, Pegasus Life and Almacantar.   

The central motivation in setting up this partnership for both the AF and the RCA, is an ambition to develop Kensington Gore as a vital site of exchange for another generation of emerging architects. As Ellis Woodman, Director of The Architecture Foundation, describes ‘since the second world war, the story of British architecture has been inextricably linked to a small number of venues that have provided young architects with a place to meet, socialise and exchange ideas. One such hub was The Bride of Denmark, the private pub founded in 1946 in the basement of the offices of The Architectural Review, that was a haunt of Summerson, Pevsner and many of the leading architects of the post-war era.  Later, that role was taken by the bar of the Architectural Association, and later still by the 9H Gallery, the forerunner to the Architecture Foundation.’

Aspects of he AF/RCA programme will inform the development of an annual London Yearbook.  The first edition of this critical survey of the city’s current development will be published in late 2017.

Dr Adrian Lahoud, Dean of Architecture, Royal College of Art said: 'I have been enormously impressed by the Architecture Foundation – they are a vital and critical voice, relentlessly testing all the conventions of cultural production in architecture. It is quite clear that the RCA and the AF share many of the same beliefs and commitments: we are behind a new generation of architects, we believe in the importance of architectural culture and both its social and political context, we are not afraid to take risks. I am personally very excited, this will offer our students an invaluable platform for public engagement and produce a new and much needed space for architectural discourse in London.'

Notes to Editors 

Details of the full line-up are available at

About the Royal College of Art 

The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading university of art and design, ranking #1 in the QS World University subject rankings. It specialises in teaching and research, offering the degrees of MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD across the disciplines of fine art, applied art, design, communications and humanities. The College has over 1,700 masters and doctoral students supported by more than 200 professionals interacting with them – scholars and leading art and design practitioners – along with over 800 specialists, academic advisors and distinguished visitors.

About The Architecture Foundation

For 25 years, the Architecture Foundation has delivered a public programme dealing with issues related to design and the built environment. With a focus on the city and the critical intersection of architecture and politics, the Architecture Foundation works to effect meaningful change on policy and practice. Established in 1991 as the UK's first independent architecture centre, The Architecture Foundation has organised hundreds of design initiatives, events, exhibitions and education programmes in public venues across Britain and internationally. The Architecture Foundation is a registered charity, with a board of trustees composed of individuals from a wide cross-section of interests and professions including architecture, art, business, policy, media, engineering and law.