This is to inform dRMM’s clients, collaborators and friends, of my decision to accept the offer of Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. It is a great honour, something I have considered carefully. The role will be part time, starting in January 2012.
Having regarded education as a parallel discipline to practice since graduating from the RCA, I will continue as a Director of dRMM Architects while developing a new course. This will focus on research into creating new materials, components and techniques, aiming to reposition future architects as more knowledgeable and influential in the construction industry, currently a deregulated and debased market. In this way I hope to influence the built environment at a grass roots level.
As a Professor of Architecture advocating the value of learning through making, I am aware that you can only be as good as your last building… I will undertake the new responsibility with a supporting faculty team, ensuring not only the success of delivering the course but also that my ongoing project design input with the dRMM team develops; something I will continue to relish.
Alex de Rijke