The RCA’s interiors offering was absorbed into its architecture course in 2005 by Nigel Coates, who was then head of the School of Architcture.
This move provoked outcry among alumni and the interior design community, and the RCA announced in 2009 that it was reinstating the course.
The reintroduced interiors course will come under the RCA’s School of Architecture, which is being headed up by dean Alex de Rijke.
Rogers, who will take up his new role in the summer, says, ‘I plan to create an inspiring and purposeful course that deals with space and the object – abstract and concrete – on a human scale.’
De Rijke says, ‘Ab’s impressive track record in embracing new materials and technologies will be especially valuable in framing and launching our new interior design programme.’
The RCA has also brought in architect Charles Walker as head of its architecture programme.