Class is officially in session at the Royal College of Art; and this year, the teaching faculty is receiving a serious update. Streetwear king Virgil Abloh is adding professor to his long list of credentials, announcing that will be joining London’s Royal College of Art as a visiting professor.
In-between his role as creative director of both Off-White and Louis Vuitton, Abloh's position at the Royal College of Art will see him present masterclasses and talks throughout the year as well as share “unique employment opportunities” with the students and alumni. His appointment certainly feels like a natural fit; following on from a talk he gave last year titled: “A lecture on potential solutions, ideas on race in areas of art, design and current culture based on experiences.”
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In a statement shared on the Royal College of Art website, Abloh said of his latest role; "It’s with great honour I join the RCA as a Visiting Professor to reinforce the importance of education and hands on mentorship of future generations."
As expected, the prestigious graduate school are thrilled to have Abloh on board; RCA chancellor, Sir Jony Ive sharing: "Virgil is a true force for change – a powerful combination of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, whose experience and mentorship will undoubtedly inspire a new generation of creative innovators to realise the full value of their potential. I’m thrilled that he’s agreed to help us with our work at the College."
This isn't the first time Abloh has dabbled in the world of education. In 2018, he taught classes at the Architectural Association School in London – where he collaboratively engaged with students through real problems he was facing as a designer in the industry. Given his past methods of teaching, there's no doubt that signing up for a Virgil Abloh-led class at the Royal College of Art will not disappoint. Even over Zoom.