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Closure at Cambridge brings shame on us all

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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

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