Projective Cities is a globally unique graduate programme at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London leading to a Master of Philosophy degree in Architecture and Urban Design. Founded in 2010, the programme has been highly successful in preparing graduate students for diverse careers in practice, teaching, and PhD research.
Projective Cities is dedicated to systematic analysis, design experimentation, theoretical speculations, and critical writing. At the core of its research enquiries are multi-scalar and inter-disciplinary questions arising at the intersection of architecture, urban design, and planning, but also the tensions between design research and traditional modes of research. The programme’s aim is to shift existing disciplinary boundaries and contribute to establishing new architectural practices.
Projective Cities is a critical forum to study ideas of governance as a spatial design problem through the conception and formation of the city within diverse political, economic, social, and cultural contexts.
Projective Cities invites graduates and practitioners with a strong desire to develop substantial and original pieces of individual research, and seeks exceptional thinkers, gifted designers, and critical writers with an interest in the future of our cities.
Projective Cities prepares students for independent research through its taught programme and supports their enquiries by providing supervision and a framework of rigorous design and research methodologies. Although conceived as a stand-alone degree, its focus on research methods, design, and thesis work offers students also a structured way into a PhD.