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Northern Architecture head loses job after centre windfall

The driving force behind the North's architecture centre has been made redundant - following a pledge from CABE to significantly increase the organisation's funding.

Mark Daniels lost his post after the board of Northern Architecture decided to restructure the body in response to the new grant for £100,000.

The Newcastle-based centre - formerly administered by Daniels alone - is now advertising three new posts - director, programme coordinator and administrative assistant - to extend its programme of work. But chair of the board Tim Bailey said that Daniels' experience as programme director fell short of that needed for the new director's post while leaving him overqualified for the programme coordinator's role.

During his administration, projects initiated by Daniels included the Sitooteries with English Heritage - 12 installations and summer houses created in Northumberland by the likes of Foster and Partners, artist Thomas Heatherwick and the practice FAT during the summer of 2000.

'I had some very good years there and delivered a number of innovative projects that have made it what it is, ' Daniels said. 'I will, of course, be sad to leave.'

His final project was the exhibition of Japanese love hotels, 'Commodity, Firmness and Delight', which travelled the country between October 2001 and August of this year.

Bailey said Northern Architecture will be using the grant from CABE, to be received over two years, to fulfil its remit to explore community and construction as well as just cultural issues, which have dominated its work since 1995.

The closing date for applications for the new posts is Friday 4 October. Daniels said he was still undecided whether to apply.

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