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RIBA to hold Cambridge show

The RIBA is to hold an exhibition about the Cambridge School of Architecture in a bid to illustrate the historic success of the troubled school.

Last year the faculty came close to extinction, after controversial plans were unveiled to shut down its Part I course.

However, the school, which had already ditched its diploma course in 2003, was rescued following a high-profile campaign supported by a raft of big names, including Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Eric Parry.

Now the RIBA Trust Programme has announced it will be hosting the new Compendium show early next year - an exhibition billed as a 'celebration of the significant contribution which the school has made to the built environment'.

Describing the motives behind hosting the show, a spokesman said: 'A vigorous campaign attracted international support and media interest, with the realisation that the school represented something unique and valuable.

'Following this recent success, the department is mounting an exhibition at the RIBA which presents a confident view for the future.'

The exhibition will feature a selection of work by former Cambridge students, ranging from MacCormac Jamieson Prichard and Fielden Clegg Bradley, to younger practices such as DSDHA, Lynch Architects and 5th Studio.

The exhibition will run between 27 January and 11 February next year in gallery one, at RIBA headquarters in Portland Place.

by Richard Waite

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