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Architecture returns to Hull

Hull now has a new architecture school, seven years after the original Hull School of Architecture was shipped out to Lincoln

The Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD) has set up its own architecture degree course, accredited by Leeds Metropolitan University.

The programme is ‘effectively a resurrection of the Hull School of Architecture degree’, said Gary Hornsby, joint course leader and former head of Hull’s postgraduate studies.

The course has applied for ARB prescription and received backing from both the RIBA’s regional branch and Arc (pictured), the architecture centre for Hull and the Humber region.

Hornsby, who runs the course with Leeds Met tutor Bridget Hansford, said the school was tapping into a local need.

‘Directors of local architecture practices claimed a shortfall in qualified staff had hindered their ability to expand and tender for larger contracts,’ said Hornsby.

‘The expected prolonged regeneration of the city means the work placements will enable students to work in practices at an exciting time,’ he added.

Since September 2009, £175,000 has been spent on improving facilities at HSAD for students.

Richard Scott, director of Surface Architects and design champion for Hull’s Building Schools for the Future programme, believes the new architecture school will help Hull realise its cultural side.

‘When the school closed it left a void. The new school is a great opportunity for Hull to coalesce this new level of energy around design and great architecture – an architecture that expresses “Hullness”,’ said Scott.

An architecture programme was first established in Hull back in 1930, but it was renamed and transferred to the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Campus in 2003.

The first students have already started on the course, which had an ‘low-key’ launch last year and is awaiting RIBA validation.

Readers' comments (3)

  • About time! Good on Hull, I say.

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  • Having been taught at the original school of architecture before it moved (1989-1996), it is fantastic news to see a new school of architecture in Hull, it is a more inspiring city compared to Lincoln, especially in terms of scope for regeneration.

    I could never understand why a city of Hull's size be robbed of a fantastic faculty in the first place! Nevertheless it is fantastic to see it returned to where it belongs. Good luck!

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  • what is a design champion exactly?

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