A year after they annouce that they’re scrapping one degree Cambridge University are planning on closing down their entire Architecture Department (don’t forget to go to bugmenot first)

This is a scary, scary thing. Cambridge is the top Architecture school in the UK(according to The Times anyway.) Oxford doesn’t have an Architecture course. A number of other architecture schools have closed down recently too.

Basically, the General Board of theUniversity of Cambridge are “recommending closure because the department has failed to meet Cambridge?s high research standards.”

Why? Possibly because there is very little academic research (compared to other departments in Universities) which can be carried out in architecture. Most of it is carried out by specific manufacturers or specialist centres like the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology at Bath Uni.

And if other universities take Cambridge’s lead and close down their schools too who knows where we’ll end up.