Neil Spiller is set to leave his role as the head of architecture at Greenwich University after eight years
Spiller spent nearly two decades at the Bartlett before joining Greenwich in 2010, when he became Hawksmoor chair of architecture and landscape and the university’s deputy pro vice-chancellor.
The exact reasons for Spiller’s departure remain unknown, with the university saying it would not ’comment on individual members of staff’.
However in a statement released to the AJ, Spiller said: ‘After a very successful eight years, building a fantastic team, winning many awards with our students, putting the University of Greenwich School of Architecture and Landscape on the global map and having built a new building, I’m looking for new challenges.
‘It is a good time to move on as we have just produced, this year, an outstanding crop of graduating students and unveiled the best end-of-year show ever.’
During his time at Greenwich, Spiller oversaw the project to deliver the university’s new school of architecture – a £76 million building designed by Heneghan Peng (AJ 19.12.14), which was later shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
He also brought with him a trio of top Bartlett staff: full-time lecturer Nic Clear, the Bartlett’s head of postgraduate design; part-time lecturer Suzanne Isa; and Simon Herron, Isa’s husband and senior teaching fellow.
Shortly after his arrival at Greenwich, Spiller, once described as a ‘cyberspace-guru’, said he wanted to shake-up the education for wannabe architects. In 2011 he said: ‘Architecture schooling, as a whole, has always been somewhat provincial in its outlook. I want to totally change the dynamics of education in architecture to make it more of a worldly art form.’
In his first year at Greenwich Spiller allegedly threatened to fail 117 first year students, ordering them to resubmit portfolios or be forced to leave the course.
The university refused to confirm who would be replacing Spiller.
University of Greenwich by Heneghan Peng Architects
Source: Hufton + Crow