Alex de Rijke

The Royal School of Art’s dean of architecture Alex de Rijke has become the newest workers member to announce their departure from the London institution.

De Rijke has led the RCA’s School of Architecture for four years, but will now depart at the finish of September 2015 to concentrate on his practice dRMM, which he founded with Sadie Morgan and Philip Marsh.

“I have been dean and acting head of programme at the same time which is two jobs and I have also been running dRMM – so 3 jobs,” stated de Rijke. “I just require far more time at dRMM.”

De Rijke told Dezeen that his romantic relationship with the school would continue in a different capacity.

“I am undoubtedly not walking away from the college of architecture,” he mentioned. “Naturally the students might be worried that I’m buggering off, but I am not.”

“Frankly, when you’ve been functioning at the degree of senior academic management, you are extremely satisfied to go into the coal face of crits and student testimonials since which is the most fascinating element of the work and which is the bit that I intend to carry on with.”

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During his time at the RCA, the school was enlarged to contain two programmes – Architecture, and Interior Design and style – which have recently each acquired new leaders. The institution also has strategies for new programmes in landscape style and city design and style.

Adrian Lahoud – previously head of the urban style masters programme at The Bartlett – was appointed head of architecture last month.

Graeme Brooker, formerly the head of Vogue and Interiors at the UK’s Middlesex University, is taking more than as head of interior layout at the RCA from Ab Rogers – who announced his departure in March.

The college will now be led by acting dean Susannah Hagan, right up until a replacement for De Rijke can be identified.

“With an excellent new head of programme in location for architecture it was a very good time to hand above handle,” he advised Dezeen. “The dean’s role is in able cover by Sussanah Hagan, who’s our head of study.”

“The RCA teaching stays very closely connected with the practice. Absolutely everyone who teaches at the college of architecture has expertise in practice,” he additional.

“At the higher ranges of academic management, I believe it truly is observed to be advantageous to genuinely know how to operate within the academic field, particularly at a time when all the universities genuinely have to know how to fund themselves.”

“There’s a general concern about the way in which training is delivered in this government as it is obviously modifying, but it really is not exclusive to the RCA.”

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The departures of De Rijke and Rogers are component of a “modifying of the guard” amongst senior teaching workers at the RCA. The heads of the Style Interactions and Textiles courses, as nicely as the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and style research unit, are also leaving at the finish of this academic year.

“Beneath Professor de Rijke’s leadership, the College of Architecture created a new and energised focus on the two theory and practice, with research at the quite centre of its routines,” mentioned pro-rector Naren Barfield. “As one particular of the UK’s foremost architects, Alex had often indicated that he would serve for a restricted time period of time, and we knew that he would return eventually to full-time practice.”

Just lately named as the world’s best design school, the Royal School or Art held its yearly Demonstrate RCA exhibition earlier this month. Architecture tasks finished by this year’s graduates contain proposals for a tower supported by human statues, a tax haven populated with extinct species and a theme park in which points of interest are based mostly on risky pursuits.

Other appointments at architecture schools this year consist of Nader Tehrani, who joins New York’s The Cooper Union, and Monica Ponce de Leon at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Photograph is by Petr Krejčí.



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