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Wallpaper* and RCA launch Design Masterclass

Wallpaper* has teamed up with the Royal College of Art to stage its inaugural Design Masterclass this summer.

Wallpaper* and RCA launch Design Masterclass

Aimed at anyone interested in the future of design, the two-day conference will give unique insider access to the processes behind some of the brightest creative minds working today; from architects and live entertainment mavericks to branding experts and designers working at the forefront of augmented and virtual reality, say the publishers.

According to Wallpaper*, a stellar roster of speakers, start-ups and influencers will be sharing their insights and expertise in the business of design, technology, art and fashion. Fast-paced and packed, the intimate and experiential programme of this two-day Design Masterclass is composed of exclusive VIP talks and studio tours with globally renowned architects and designers.

Confirmed speakers include art and design duo M/M (Paris), designer, artist and architect Ron Arad, Serpentine Galleries CEO, Yana Peel, design studio Barber Osgerby. Guests will also hear from renowned architecture firms Heatherwick Studio, Foster + Partners and Adjaye Associates.

Specially curated tours on the schedule offer the chance to witness the inner workings of ground-breaking studios from a variety of disciplines. Es Devlin and Sam Mendes will show how to create new experiences and push the boundaries of live entertainment with their behind-the-scenes tour of the National Theatre. Fashion designer Sir Paul Smith will offer an insight into his working methods, techniques and inspirations with his tour around his Covent Garden HQ, and Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic will host a special after hours private view of the museum’s current ‘Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier’ exhibition.

The afternoon of the second day is dedicated to a conference format, offering a series of panel discussions with participation from major brands and institutions including Google, the V&A, Microsoft and Gravity Sketch. Key topics of the day include augmented and virtual reality, robotics and AI.

“We’re honoured to be joining forces with the world’s most prestigious art and design college to bring you this Design Masterclass’, says Tony Chambers, Wallpaper* brand and content director. “It’s going to be two vibrant days of knowledge sharing, insight, networking and unforgettable experiences with some of the most influential, creative minds on the planet.”

“This new partnership with Wallpaper* is a fantastic opportunity for the RCA to welcome some of our illustrious alumnae back to the College to share their unique talents and experience, at the same time as 800 current RCA postgraduates display their final MA projects,” says Peter Christian, head of executive education at the RCA. “Knowledge exchange, research and collaboration with industry is increasingly integral to postgraduate university life, and we’re very proud to be offering the opportunity for such a stimulating and intense learning experience.”

The Wallpaper* and Royal College of Art Design Masterclass will be held in London from 25 to 26 June 2018.