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Cass architecture head Robert Mull quits

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Robert Mull has resigned from all of his roles at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art in the latest twist in the school’s proposed move from its Aldgate base

Mull was suspended from his position as dean at the beginning of the month because of his opposition to London Metropolitan University’s decision to consolidate all of its operations at its Holloway Road campus in north London.

But now Mull has resigned as dean, as well as quitting his teaching duties and his role as director of architecture.

It is understood Mull refused to support London Metropolitan University’s planned sale and relocation of the east London building, which is expected to reap the school £50 million.

The move has prompted protests from staff and students, and a petition, already signed by more than 2,700 people.

A joint statement by Mull and the school, which was released at the time of Mull’s suspension, said both parties were attempting to ‘find a positive way forward’ to resolve their differences’ (AJ 09.12.15).

It is not known at this stage whether Mull has another role to go to. Andrew Stone, the deputy dean and director of Cass Interiors, will temporarily take charge as acting dean.

The campaign to prevent the move has been backed by David Chipperfield, Richard Rogers, Peter St John and Iwona Blazwick, director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

London Met’s statement 

We can confirm that Professor Robert Mull has resigned from London Metropolitan University.

Professor Mull felt that his position as dean had become untenable after he was unable to fully support the university’s £125 million project to create a new home for our Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design in Islington. 

The vice chancellor offered Professor Mull the opportunity to continue as director of architecture in the Cass in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the faculty, but he was unable to agree.

Professor Raftery, vice chancellor of London Met, said: ’I want to thank Robert for the amazing work he has done during his role as dean of the Cass. He was instrumental in overseeing the merger between our Faculty of Architecture & Spatial Design and Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design to create the Cass three years ago, and he has done tremendous work establishing its reputation since.

’We have no intention to break up this model, and are investing heavily to ensure the Cass has the studio spaces and workshops it requires in its new home. Staff and students are invited to work with us over the coming months in developing these new facilities.

’Obviously, the leader of the Cass must believe in its future direction, so I respect Robert’s decision to resign. Andrew Stone has been appointed acting dean of the Cass as we proceed with our multi-million pound investment in arts education. I urge students and staff to support Andy as he leads the Cass in its next exciting stage of development.’

'Re-instate Robert Mull' banner in London Met's windows (16 December)

‘Re-instate Robert Mull’ banner in London Met’s windows (16 December) before his resignation








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  • chris Dyson

    Bravo Robert Mull!

    This is the maddest thing, a burgeoning and successful art and architecture institution in the east end could potentially be lost and a great teacher too...how did this happen ?

    land values alone should not dictate our cities values - a more creative approach has or could have been missed ...if money is required then why not create a mixed use site. ...

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