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Mel Dodd to head Central St Martins' new postgrad architecture course

Mel Dodd of muf_aus has been appointed as programme leader for a new architecture course at Central St Martins

Mel Dodd, who set up the Australian offshoot of the architecture practice muf, will head up a new course at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.

Dodd will join the school in April. The new MA course in Architecture; Cities and Innovation will begin in September 2013 and will challenge students to explore radical approaches to architectural practice.

Alongside leading the MA course, Dodd will also take up the role of programme director for spatial practices and architecture, overseeing the architecture programmes at Central St Martins.

Since 2007, Dodd has been head of architecture at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia which she joined after directing the diploma unit at London Metropolitan School of Architecture.

Dodd said: ‘I believe there’s a radical and transformative potential for architectural education in the art college environment – which seems to me to emerge at the nexus of art school traditions – on the one hand a strong basis in applied and practice based learning in the real world, and on the other, provocation and intellectual risk.’

Head of Central St Martins, Jeremy Till said: ‘Mel Dodd brings extensive academic experience having directed one of the world’s leading architecture schools at RMIT, and combines this with innovative, socially-grounded, practice. Working with existing colleagues, Mel’s appointment will allow us to establish architecture and spatial practice at the heart of activities in Central Saint Martins.’

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