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Jeremy Till to head Westminster school

Jeremy Till is to leave Sheffield University to take up the top post at the University of Westminster’s school of architecture and the built environment in London.

The move to the capital ends a nine-year-long association with the South Yorkshire university, where he is currently the director of architecture.

Till, 51, will become dean of the Westminster school in October and will replace outgoing dean Alan Jago who has moved up to a pro-vice chancellor role.

In 2005 Till unsuccessfully ran to become chairman of the Architectural Association – and was beaten by Brett Steele – although later that year he was chosen to curate the 2006 Venice Biennale and focused his exhibition on the regional cities.

According to a spokesman from Westminster, Till is a ‘sometimes controversial design critic’ who has ‘cemented himself as one of the leading figures in UK architecture.’

Till said: ‘The built environment is such a complex beast that it needs a range of approaches to address any issue; Westminster is one of the few places in the country that is able to provide this joined up-research and thinking.

‘It is also an opportunity to contribute to the development of one of the world’s great cities. I am interested in the idea of the public intellectual – how academics might contribute to the wider good; the school is in a perfect position to do this in relation to urban and design issues that will be critical to building a sustainable and green future for London.’

Till will keep his role as a director and consultant with his partner Sarah Wigglesworth’s practice.

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