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London school federation is just a flight of fancy

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Contrary to your announcement in last week's issue (News, AJ 19.2.04), there is no plan for three of the London architecture schools to form a federation. Our universities are not aware of any such proposal and have not been party to any discussion about a formal alliance.

The universities do not share the view that there is a drastic financial problem in all architecture schools and have not been involved in the development of any proposal as stated in your article.

Of course conversations take place between all architecture schools within London and beyond, and it is possible for collaborations of various sorts to occur, including joint research projects. However, the so-called federation does not exist.

Dr G M Copland, vice-chancellor and rector, University of Westminster; Prof Deian Hopkin, vice-chancellor and chief executive, London South Bank University; and Prof Roderick Floud, vice-chancellor, London Metropolitan University

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