Architecture reprieved

January 14, 2005

Cambridge's architecture department won a reprieve this week as the university authorities decided to restructure rather than close it completely. Six of the 17 academic staff will take early retirement or leave the department, under changes agreed by Cambridge's ruling General Board on Wednesday. The department had been threatened with closure amid concerns about research quality. A new professor and lecturer will be appointed and research will focus on sustainable design, the university said.

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