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Closure at Cambridge brings shame on us all


Cambridge University's decision to abandon its diploma course (AJ 24.7.03) has brought shame not only to its alumni but to the extended architectural community, especially Part 2 students.

In dropping the diploma, Cambridge has retreated from its long-term principle. It is certain that Cambridge has a different attitude to other schools that offer the diploma.

Two of my design tutors for the first year of my diploma in Portsmouth and my MA in AA were Cambridge-trained architects. They left me with the most memorable learning experience.

Their empirical attitude to architecture and long-term approach to a design project put them in an altogether higher league. I am sure there are many other success stories and that they are the pride of the Cambridge School of Architecture.

Why close the Cambridge professional programme? To abandon its Part 2 diploma course is to give up its long commitment to frontier research and to abandon its experts and resource team to other schools.

I am sure Cambridge can still attract the most talented international students and enlarge its influence worldwide.

A diploma student from the School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Westminster

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