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Francois PenzIt is an exciting time for me to become Head of the Department of Architecture, as we are starting to celebrate the Martin Centre 50th Anniversary.  Leslie Martin’s immense contribution to the development of organised research in architecture still resonates with us today and informs many of our activities, including teaching.   We are also thrilled to welcome Patrick Keiller, a filmmaker who originally trained as an architect, as the 2017-2018 Sir Arthur Marshall Visiting Professor, and who will no doubt make a substantial and stimulating contribution to our teaching and research.

Although we are small compared to other schools, the Department continues to grow and it is now several years running that the graduate intake is larger than the undergraduates.   We have close to 300 students in total in the Department. We also have around 30 staff members, composed of full-time academic staff and part-time Design Fellows from highly successful practices based in London. We are home to ten research groups staffed with around 20 post-docs and RAs. Students and staff are all supported by a most dedicated team of administrative staff whom we would not be able to function without.  With over 50 different nationalities, it is an extraordinarily international and vibrant community here at Scroope Terrace, still of a size manageable enough that I will get the opportunity to meet and dialogue with a great many – I look forward to it!

Professor François Penz - Head of Department

1 October 2017