The Rice School of Architecture is proud to announce an intensive new, two-semester research-based program of advanced architectural studies: Present Future. The program’s aim is to re-conceptualize the role of the architect from within the network of relations that engulfs us today. We are interested in how the architect constructs new possibilities from never before seen political, economic and cultural reverberations — by shaping new institutions and publics, by forming new cities and buildings, and by asserting new ambitions and optimisms. Present Future is a forum through which we can rethink the nature of the architect’s social contract. The program will replace the RSA's current Graduate Option 3.

The inaugural class of Present Future, titled Next City, will travel to the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Megalopolis to investigate, in situ, the brief but potent history of the modernist New Town. This research will be carried out under the direction of Professor Albert Pope

Check out a helpful FAQ about Present Future here, and read more about applying to the new program on our Graduate Admissions page. Applications are now open, thanks for spreading the word!