Royal College of Art Launches New Master’s Degree in Interior Design
Just this fall, RCA began offering an master’s degree in Interior Design, with designer Ab Rogers (son of legendary architect Richard Rogers) heading up the program. The impetus? While universities often slide interiors courses into larger architecture or industrial design programs, designers do themselves no favors when their commissions—like, say, Frank Gehry’s notorious Stata Center at MIT—cause more problems then they solved.
The U.K.’s storied Royal College of Art looks to change all that. Its own relationship to interior design has been rocky: in 1951, Hugh Casson began a Department of Interior Design, but it later joined other programs and then was dropped altogether.
“My vision for this new program,” says Rogers, “is to encourage the development of inspiring, ground-breaking solutions; to promote design that re-invents and improves the space it occupies, enhancing the emotional experience it offers and shaping the way its users interact with architecture.”
Thus far two-dozen students have begun the two-year program of interdisciplinary and workshop-oriented lectures, group work, and thesis creation, which culminates in the RCA degree show. With RCA alumni like David Adjaye, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Tomoko Azumi, and Apple’s iPhone and Airbook designer Duncan Kerr, these twenty-four upcoming masters have their work cut out for them.