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Will Alsop joins UCA Canterbury School of Architecture


World-renowned Architect Will Alsop OBE RA has been appointed Professor of Architecture at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).

Alsop, who has designed and built  influential and inspirational buildings in the UK and around the world, will join the teaching staff at UCA Canterbury School of Architecture from September 2013 and will work with undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff on a variety of projects and initiatives.

Dr Simon Ofield-Kerr, UCA Vice-Chancellor, said: “This is an exciting appointment for UCA. Will Alsop is one of the most interesting architects practising today and I am thrilled that our Architecture, Interior Design and Fine Art students will be able to learn from him and work with him during their studies at UCA.

“We are committed to offering our students access to some of the world’s most important practitioners, and Will joining our professoriate is further proof of this commitment. I also think it’s going to be great fun for both our students and staff.”

In a career spanning 40 years, Will Alsop’s buildings have generated critical acclaim internationally and are characterised by a consistent desire to create moments of delight and colour in the city.

His most celebrated projects include Le Grand Bleu in Marseilles, the Cardiff Bay Visitors Centre, the Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design and the Peckham Library which won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize in 2000.

Will Alsop said: “I’m very excited about taking up this role at UCA, having got to know and like the School, its staff and students in recent years, especially as the Architecture students are working alongside Fine Artists at the UCA Canterbury campus – exactly as it should be.’

Professor Alsop will work across the School of Architecture, which this year celebrates 60 years of professional validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects, focusing on the School’s growing postgraduate community and including its Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2).

Allan Atlee, Head of the School said: “We’re all looking forward to working closely with Will when we return for the new academic year in September. Our architecture and interiors students already benefit from sharing an intimate and amazingly well equipped city centre campus at Canterbury with Fine Art students.

“Will’s unique and inspiring approach will be felt across the campus making it one of the most stimulating places to study and develop as a budding architect, designer or artist.”

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