The Bartlett has made a surprise double appointment following its search for its new Professor of Architecture – a position last held by Archigram’s Peter Cook.
Historian, art critic and the head of architecture at the Pompidou Centre, Frédéric Migayrou has been appointed to take over the ‘eminent and aged’ role on a part time basis while the University of Westminster’s Murray Fraser, who had also been shortlisted for the job, has been handed a position as Personal Chair at UCL in the Bartlett.
The unusual move is a major snub for Patrik Shumacher, Zaha Hadid’s long-time collaborator, who made up the trio of finalists vying for the professor title (see AJ 09.12.10).
Bartlett dean Alan Penn said: ‘Schumacher is probably the only leading practitioner, with an international reputation, who is also a scholar and educator.’
‘[But] the Bartlett is very keen on diversity. There was not quite the confidence he would embrace our emphasis on pluralism and differentiation. He may disagree.’
However Penn was delighted with the appointment of self-proclaimed ‘cultural engineer’ Migayrou, who arrives in March, and the unexpected decision to also take on Fraser, Westminster’sdirector of Postgraduate Studies and Research.
Penn said: ‘Migayrou’s vision is about taking the Bartlett onto the next step on the world stage and the international promotion of London and of architecture.
He added: ‘Fraser has a cracking track record of managing architectural education and has made a real impact at Westminster. We have created a specific post for him. There is no time like an economic crisis to invest ’
Professor Migayrou is a historian, author and one of the most influential cultural engineers of the contemporary international architectural scene. He was an Advisor for the French Ministry of Culture, and during his time as director of the Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) he assembled one of the most remarkable collections of contemporary architecture in the world. His authored publications include ‘Architectures Non Standard’, ‘De Stijl (1917-1931)’, and the extraordinary monograph of Claude Parent.
Murray Fraser has previously taught at Oxford Brookes and Westminster, and is well known for having tutored many prize-winning students in both design and architectural history and theory in the RIBA President’s Medals and other competitions. Meanwhile his own writing on cross-cultural influences and globalisation is widely acclaimed, as is his work on the Archigram Archival Project.