22nd October 2003





A new era will begin in Lincoln next week when the Lincoln School of Architecture officially opens its doors.


Architect Rick Mather, who designed the striking building which now houses the school at the University of Lincoln, will give a lecture at the opening of the building next Friday (31st October).


Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), will conduct the official opening ceremony at 3pm.


The university’s School of Architecture moved from Hull to Lincoln over the summer in the final phase of a major restructure which has taken two years to complete.


The purpose-built School of Architecture building has cost £10m and its designer is also responsible for the masterplan for the development of the rest of the Brayford Pool campus.


The official opening will be followed by guided tours of the new facility and Rick Mather will give his lecture to an audience of architects, students and staff at 6pm.


The university’s 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 Hull in the 1930s.


“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.”


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Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the ceremony.

For more information, or to arrange interviews with Rick Mather or Sir Howard Newby, contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

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