Cambridge University's decision to abandon its diploma course (AJ 24.7.03) has brought shame not only to its alumni but to the extended architectural community, especially Part 2 students.
In dropping the diploma, Cambridge has retreated from its long-term principle. It is certain that Cambridge has a different attitude to other schools that offer the diploma.
Two of my design tutors for the first year of my diploma in Portsmouth and my MA in AA were Cambridge-trained architects. They left me with the most memorable learning experience.
Their empirical attitude to architecture and long-term approach to a design project put them in an altogether higher league. I am sure there are many other success stories and that they are the pride of the Cambridge School of Architecture.
Why close the Cambridge professional programme? To abandon its Part 2 diploma course is to give up its long commitment to frontier research and to abandon its experts and resource team to other schools.
I am sure Cambridge can still attract the most talented international students and enlarge its influence worldwide.
A diploma student from the School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Westminster