The new school will open in time for the next academic year, following the merger of Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) and Edinburgh University's departments of architecture.
Rab Bennetts of Bennetts Associates, who graduated from ECA in 1977, welcomed the news, and told the Sunday Herald that the merger of the two would end the ‘absurd’ situation of having two different schools of architecture – each of which has around 300 students – within 400 yards of each other.
Bennetts also told the paper that there was ‘no reason’ why the new school ‘shouldn't be one of the best schools in the UK – it has good teaching and the most fantastic city to study architecture in.’
Other notable graduates of ECA include Basil Spence and RMJM’s managing director Tony Kettle. The University of Edinburgh boasts Robert Lorimer, who designed the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle, Robert Adam and Richard Murphy.
But Murphy was more guarded about the benefits of the new school, saying: ‘We'll see how it works out. I suspect that not much will change, to be honest with you.'