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RCA Battersea Campus in London

7 June 2022

RCA2022 Dates Announced

The renowned graduate show to take place 25–30 June 2022

Royal College of Art Battersea Campus London

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Royal College of Art London Graduate Show

Tuesday 7 June 2022 – The Royal College of Art’s renowned graduate show will take place this year from 25 to 30 June across two locations including, for the first time, the major new RCA campus building in Battersea, designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

RCA2022 welcomes visitors to experience the best emerging practices from the graduating students of the world’s leading university of art and design. Comprising a range of disciplines including Sculpture and Contemporary Art Practice, Intelligent Mobility, Textiles and Design Products, Fashion and Architecture, and many more, this year’s presentation will bring together hundreds of postgraduate students whose work is tackling some of the most pressing, global challenges of our times, alongside fine art that inspires and nourishes our view of the world.

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The RCA exhibitions are free and are open to the public from 12pm to 6pm every day, except 27 June.
Fashion, Textiles and Design Products on Level 3 of the Battersea Studio Building will be closed to the public from 2pm on 28 June.

RCA2022 Battersea

Studio Building
Royal College of Art
Howie Street
London SW11 4NL

Dyson, Woo and Painting Buildings
Royal College of Art
Hester Road
London SW11 3AN

RCA2022 Kensington

Darwin and Stevens Buildings
Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
London SW7 2EU

Previously on e-architect:

23 May 2022

Architects: Herzog & de Meuron

Location: Howie Street, London, SW11 4AY

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Sir Jony Ive, Chancellor, Royal College of Art said:
The Royal College of Art is a unique institution, rightly revered globally for the excellence of its postgraduate art and design education. The dynamic created by this new building is remarkable. Our working environments have a powerful influence on the way we create and collaborate, and I am so excited for this new chapter in the life of the college and the inspirational work its graduates will bring into the world.”

Royal College of Art Battersea London

The Royal College of Art, the world’s leading university of art and design, unveiled its new campus in Battersea, London on 23 May 2022, the most significant campus development in its history.

Royal College of Art Battersea London

The £135 million campus is designed by internationally acclaimed architects, Herzog & de Meuron.

The expansion marks a critical point in the RCA’s transformation into a dynamic, STEAM-focused postgraduate university (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) expanding into computer and materials science, robotics, advanced manufacturing, complex visualisation and data science, and intelligent mobility, enabling its students to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our times.

Royal College of Art Battersea Campus building

Following an unprecedented grant of £54 million from Her Majesty’s Treasury announced in the Chancellor’s Spring budget in 2016, match funding has been led by a £15 million gift from the Sigrid Rausing Trust, along with support from other national and international philanthropists and industry partners

Royal College of Art Battersea Campus building

The new campus will transform the RCA with the following facilities:

● Four storeys of studios and workshops – for Sculpture (housed in the Linbury Sculpture Studio) and Contemporary Art Practice (housed in the Spiegel Design Studio), Moving Image (video and film), and the School of Design. Designed as social and educational spaces of creative transfer and collaboration, the studios will also accommodate temporary exhibitions and large-scale works.

● The Hangar – a double height, 350 sqm multifunctional activity space at the heart of the campus, with vast doors at each end to enable the installation of heavy, large, or complex works of art.

● Robotics Hangar– a smaller hangar and gallery space providing research testing and assembly areas for intelligent mobility, design engineering, sculpture and robotics, with aerial and aquatic robotics.

RCA Battersea London

● Rausing Research & Innovation Building – eight floors of dedicated independent and confidential research space for areas such as materials science, soft robotics, advanced manufacturing, intelligent mobility, and AR and VR visualisation, housed in the Snap Visualisation Lab.

● The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design – a new purpose-built home for the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, which undertakes design research and projects with industry that contribute to improving people’s lives. The Design Age Institute now adjoins the Centre.

● InnovationRCA – housed in the Clore Innovation Centre – is the RCA’s centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support.

● Seminar & Conference Facility – the top floor of the Rausing Research & Innovation Building housing a new seminar and conference facility for use by the College and external partners.

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The new development will ensure that the RCA continues to reach out towards its local community. Public walkways intersect the site, referencing the original Victorian street grid of this quarter of London. The RCA’s close neighbours include the headquarters of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and architects Foster & Partners.

Royal College of Art Battersea Campus building

The interior fit-out of the new campus celebrates the iconic designs of RCA alumni and staff, bringing together furniture and fittings selected for their approach to sustainable manufacturing and energy efficiency, concepts which are central to the new development. The building has been certified as BREEAM excellent following a £3 million investment, using a combination of integrated design and most significantly a commitment to low and zero carbon technologies.

Royal College of Art Battersea London

To coincide with the launch, the RCA has announced a new 5-year strategy for 2022-2027 which sets out its ambition to use interdisciplinary thinking to solve global issues, whilst continuing to attract the world’s most talented faculty, students, artists, designers and supporters.

Key initiatives include:

● Providing new insights and leadership into four twenty-first century challenges: mobility and urbanism; climate crisis and the circular economy; ageing populations and inclusivity; Design & AI
● A new MA structure, new flexible learning models, and new qualifications, including MA units in Design Robotics and Gaming
● Doubling the percentage of Black British and People of Colour students and researchers from underrepresented backgrounds with increased scholarship and student support funds
● Deliver a pipeline of new start-ups into the UK economy, supporting an additional 20 start-ups per year through InnovationRCA, backed by a new £3m Design and Impact fund.

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Dr. Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor, Royal College of Art, said: “This wonderful new building embodies all that is best and most vital about the RCA – open, collaborative, interdisciplinary and bold. We are exceptionally grateful to the support to HM Treasury for helping the RCA to realise its ambition of bringing creativity, tech, fine art and innovation all together under one roof and these new facilities will ensure the next generation of world-leading designers, artists and creative entrepreneurs have all of the best possible chance to envision a better future for People and Planet.”

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Herzog & de Meuron, said: “The RCA campus in Battersea is conceived as a porous and flexible ‘territory’ of platforms upon which the varied needs of the RCA curriculum are given space to change and grow, enabling the transformation of space as needed during this process. The studio and research buildings are designed as communities unto themselves – a place that encourages interactions between students, faculty and staff. Our intention is also to create a civic connector, encouraging circulation through the site and inviting exchange between members of the RCA community, the neighbourhood and wider city.”

Royal College of Art Battersea Campus building

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair and Pro Chancellor of the RCA added: “I was delighted to take over the Chairmanship of the RCA’s governing body in 2022 at this incredible moment in the College’s 185 year history: its largest ever building project and certainly one that will see us supporting many future generations of artists and designers. I must thank my fellow members of Council for the many hours of advice and support they’ve offered the executive team of the RCA. In particular, I would like to thank my predecessor Baroness Rebuck, for her help and leadership on the Battersea South project and ensuring that the RCA’s ambitious vision became a reality.”

RCA Battersea London

About the Royal College of Art
Founded in 1837, the RCA is the world’s largest community of postgraduate art and design students.
For eight consecutive years, the RCA has been ranked as the world’s number one art and design university by the respected QS ranking – attracting artists, designers and communicators from across the globe.

Research-led, the RCA is recognised as a world-leading research-intensive institution by the UK-wide REF (Research Excellence Framework).
The RCA is a launchpad for the world’s creative leaders. We attract the best students, who come to the RCA as the world’s most influential postgraduate art and design school, to make change and push the boundaries of their fields.

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With more than 20,000 RCA alumni world over, our graduates form an international network of artists, designers, creators and innovators. Every year RCA alumni are recognised as leaders in their disciplines, making national and international headlines for shaping the world we live in.

The RCA is home to more than 1,000 of the world’s leading academic and professional staff in fields such as art, humanities, communication, design and architecture.

Royal College of Art Battersea London

InnovationRCA, our centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support, helps staff, students and alumni transform compelling ideas into successful businesses. So far, it has helped over 75 RCA business ideas become a reality and created over 800 UK jobs, which have in turn generated £184 million of turnover – £34 million just in the last year alone.

Prominent alumni include: Barbara Hepworth, Bridget Riley CBE, Christopher Bailey CBE, Chris Ofili CBE, Clare Waight Keller, Clarice Cliff, Sir David Adjaye, David Hockney, Sir Frank Bowling, Henry Moore, Ian Dury, Sir James Dyson, Lubaina Himid CBE, Monster Chetwynd, Orla Kiely, Sir Peter Blake, Sir Ridley Scott, Rose Wylie, Thomas Heatherwick, Tracey Emin CBE and Zandra Rhodes.

The new campus is furnished with work by the following alumni:

● Tip Ton chair by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Vitra,
● Arc Stool by Jemma Ooi & Nathan Philpott for Custhom
● E8 table by Mathias Hahn for Zeitraum
● Sam Son Chair for Magis (2015), Konstantin Grcic
● Comma by Vitra
● with wayfinding led by the acclaimed graphic designer and the RCA’s former senior tutor in Graphics, Margaret Calvert, showcasing the College’s contribution to industrial design over the years.

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About Herzog & de Meuron
Established in Basel in 1978, Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron together with Senior Partners Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler, Stefan Marbach, Esther Zumsteg, and Jason Frantzen. An international team of over 500 collaborators including the two Founders, five Senior Partners, ten Partners, and 41 Associates work on projects across Europe, the Americas and Asia. The main office is in Basel with additional offices in Berlin, Munich, Paris, London, Copenhagen, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Copenhagen.

The practice has designed a wide range of projects from the small scale of a private home to the large scale of urban design. Many projects are highly recognized public facilities, such as museums, stadiums, and hospitals, and they have completed distinguished private projects including offices, laboratories and apartment buildings. Awards received include the Pritzker Architecture Prize (USA) in 2001, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (UK), the Praemium Imperiale (Japan), both in 2007, and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (USA) in 2014.

Architects: Herzog & de Meuron –

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Photography © Iwan Baan

Royal College of Art Battersea Campus, London images / information received 230522

Location: Howie Street, London SW11 4AY, England, UK

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