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University to decide fate of Architecture Week

The Arts Council has tasked a university with studying the ongoing viability of Architecture Week.

The Arts Council has appointed Leeds Metropolitan University to determine the continuing future of Architecture Week.

Earlier this year, the AJ revealed that the 2008 festival had been been cancelled after the Arts Council withdrew its quarter of a million pound funding for the event.

‘We have appointed Leeds Metropolitan University to conduct an evaluation of Architecture Week,’ said Vivienne Bennett, director of visual arts strategy at Arts Council England.

‘No decisions about its future will be made until after the evaluation findings are presented in Spring 2008.

‘The visual arts are one of the Arts Council's priorities for 2008-2011 and this will be reflected in our levels of investment in the sector over the next three years,’ Bennett added.

Speaking at the time of the cancellation of the 2008 event, Richard Rogers said: 'I can't tell you how strongly I feel about this. We must see Architecture Week continue.'

Architecture Week is the only nationwide festival celebrating the built environment. This year the festival included more than 800 events, including favourites such as the 'Architect in the House' programme.

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