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Bill Allen's sterling work in Ghana

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Dennis Sharp's appreciation of the life and work of Bill Allen (aj 7.1.99) certainly did him greater justice that The Times, but there was one unfortunate omission related to his work in Ghana when he was Principal of the aa School.

In 1962-63 the School of Architecture at the University of Science and Technology at Kumasi was in a somewhat demoralised state, as indeed were the planning and architectural professions in Ghana, where there was a failure to recruit sufficient good-quality students.

Bill Allen arrived on the scene and, with John Lloyd, rapidly devised a new programme academically supported by the aa. In a very short time he was able to bring new heart and attract more good students into the university for their professional education.

It didn't all last, but it was a major contribution that was greatly to his credit. It deserves to be noticed in the consideration of Bill Allen's long and distinguished career.

GERALD DIX

University of Liverpool

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