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RCA reveals new head of architecture

Charles Walker, the tutor behind the AA’s annual summer pavilion, architect and structural engineering whizz, has been named as the Royal College of Art’s (RCA) new head of architecture

He is joined at the RCA’s newly formed School of Architecture by Richard Rogers’ son and former cabinet-maker Ab Rogers, who is to become the head of programme for interior design.

The pair, who will both start in the summer term (2012), are the first major appointments made by Alex de Rijke, who took over the role as dean of the School of Architecture from Nigel Coates in September last year (AJ 12.09.11).

Canadian-born Walker had been at the AA since 2003 and ran the AA’s intermediate unit 2 with Martin Self.

He began studying architecture at the University of Waterloo in Canada and later received an MSc in structural engineering from Imperial College London.

Walker worked for Ove Arup + Partners, where in 2000 he co-founded the engineer’s Advanced Geometry Unit before projects and to join Zaha Hadid Architects where he currently consults.

Ab Rogers is a London-based designer who earned his MA in design from the Royal College of Art, has lectured widely and held various teaching roles, including at the RCA, where he ran Platform 9 with Tord Boontje.

In 1997 he co-founded Kitchen Rogers Design with Shona Kitchen and seven years ago he founded Ab Rogers Design.

‘I’m excited about these two appointments to the School of Architecture. Both are internationally recognised practitioners as well as skilled teachers,’ said de Rijke.

‘Walker combines wide-ranging experience in architecture with an equally strong background in structural engineering, and Rogers’ impressive track record in embracing new materials and technologies will be especially valuable in framing and launching our new interior design programme.’

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