Architecture and Visual Arts colleagues

From: Peg Rawes <m.rawes@ucl.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 09:27:27 +0100
To: <e.esche@mdx.ac.uk>, <m.driscoll@mdx.ac.uk>, <w.ahmad@mdx.ac.uk>, <m.house@mdx.ac.uk>
Subject: Letter of support for Department of Philosophy from the Architecture/Visual Arts Sector

Dear Professor Esche, Professor Driscoll, Professor Ahmad and Professor House

We are writing as a group from the architecture and visual arts sector.

We are appalled at your decision to close your highest ranking research department at the University. Not only do the consistently high recruitment figures and excellence of students graduating from the Department’s courses clearly demonstrate the international significance of its teaching staff, programmes and research activities, but it also operates as one of the most important public-facing sites of modern thinking in the UK which consistently generates a wide-reaching cultural and educational impact in the architectural and visual arts professions in the UK and beyond, including its provision of:

– world-leading public and academic conferences, talks and symposia for our national and international cultural institutions (Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Whitechapel Art Gallery, French Cultural Institute);
– international leadership in modern thought which regularly feeds in to the national media (e.g. The Guardian/Observer/Wired Magazine/Frieze);
– world-leading scrutiny of the political and financial mechanisms that operate in the architectural design professions and visual arts markets.

Your decision to cut this department therefore utterly fails to recognise the far-reaching international and disciplinary significance of its impact across the academic and ‘creative industries’, in addition to its obvious importance for continental philosophy.

We urge you to reconsider your decision without delay.

Sincerely

Dr Peg Rawes (Senior Lecturer, Bartlett School of Architecture UCL)

Professor Jeremy Till (Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster)

Dr Jan Birksted (Senior Lecturer, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL)

Dr Fiona Candlin (Senior Lecturer and Assistant Dean School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London)

Dr Tom Corby (Director of Doctoral Programme (CREAM), Departments of Media Art and Design, University of Westminster)

Corinna Dean (PhD Candidate, Cities Programme, London School of Economics)

Dr Davide Deriu (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Architecture, University of Westminster)

Dr Mark Dorrian (Reader, Department of Architecture, University of Edinburgh)

Suzanne Ewing (Lecturer, Department of Architecture, University of Edinburgh)

Dr Caterina Gabrielsson, (Visiting Research Fellow, London School of Economics)

Professor Tamar Garb, (History of Art Department, UCL)

Dr Jonathan Hale (Reader in Architecture, University of Nottingham)

Dr Josie Kane (British Academy Fellow, Department of Architecture, University of Westminster)

Dr Florian Kossak (Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield)

Professor Murray Fraser (Department of Architecture, University of Westminster)

Jon Goodbun (Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, University of Westminster)

Dr Andrew Higgott (Principal Lecturer, School of Architecture and the Visual Arts, University of East London)

Dr Lorens Holm (Reader in Architecture, University of Dundee)

Professor Timothy Mathews (Department of French, UCL)

Graham Ramsay (Lecturer, Glasgow School of Art)

Professor Jane Rendell (Director of Architectural Research, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL)

Dr Tatjana Schneider (Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield)

Dr Marquard Smith, (Director, Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture, University of Westminster)

Professor Nicholas Till (School of Media and Music, University of Sussex)

Dr Igea Troiani (Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University)

Clara Ursitti (Lecturer, Glasgow School of Art)

Dr Stephen Walker (Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield)

Professor Sarah Wigglesworth (School of Architecture, University of Sheffield)

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