26th September 2003




The architect who designed the new Lincoln School of Architecture is to give a lecture at the official opening of the building.


Rick Mather, who also designed the masterplan for the development of the rest of the campus, will speak to an invited audience including architects, students and staff on Friday 31st October.


The £10m School of Architecture building is to be officially opened on the same day by Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).


The official opening at 3pm will be followed by guided tours of the new facility and the lecture by Rick Mather will be given at 6pm.


The Lincoln School of Architecture is the latest major development at the University of Lincoln. Formerly based in Hull, the School of Architecture has established an international reputation for the study of Architecture, Museum & Exhibition Design and Interior Design since it was first established in the 1930s.


The school is responsible for a range of taught awards from undergraduate to masters level, professional registration as an architect and PhD research awards.


“The School of Architecture has a reputation as a progressive and dynamic establishment well prepared for a new century of creative opportunity,” said a university spokesman.


“The move to Lincoln gives us an opportunity to build on 70 years of experience in a fantastic, purpose-built facility in the heart of Lincoln.


“The benefits over the coming years for both the university and the city will be immeasurable.”


A limited number of places may be available for the lecture only. To enquire about availability please call Natalie Pickles on Lincoln 886625 or email npickles@lincoln.ac.uk


For more information, or to arrange interviews with Rick Mather or Sir Howard Newby, For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk