Further to the letter from C Torress of Gibraltar (AJ 31.7.03), I would like to reiterate the points raised about De Montfort.
As a postgraduate leaving the school in 2000 and later gaining my Part 3 there, I am probably one of the most recent students/architects to leave before the so-called demise in standards.
Obviously, I am unable to comment on the school's teaching practices since I left but I can recall the sturdy lessons in architecture given to me and my contemporaries by Brian Moyles, Roger Cowles, James Stevens Curl, Stephen Ryan and others. The beauty of the course was in its marriage of the art and science of building. Each project was marked for its technical solution and, of course, its design aspirations.
I recall being slated for not being able to build my ideas and then for not dreaming enough.
Eventually I was able to both design and build my ideas.
I know some of the tutors have since left, but I would like to thank all the tutors, both fulland part-time, at De Montfort from 1994-2001 for the most fantastic seven years of my life and for helping me to become an architect.
At 27 I have started my own successful design practice, based on the values taught to me during those years. As for my contemporaries, they work at Fosters, David Morley Architects, Richard Murphy's, Squires and so on. Not a bad accolade.
David Cross, via email