New appointments at the Bartlett School of Architecture

19 January 2011

The UCL Provost has appointed Mssr. Frédéric Migayrou as the new Bartlett Professor of Architecture.

Previously held by Thomas Leverton Donaldson, co-founder of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Reyner Banham and most recently, Sir Peter Cook, this prestigious appointment presents the opportunity for the Bartlett School of Architecture to redefine architectural education and research for a new generation. 

Wates House

Professor Migayrou is a historian, author and one of the most influential cultural engineers of the contemporary international architectural scene. He was an Advisor for the French Ministry of Culture, and during his time as director of the Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) he assembled one of the most remarkable collections of contemporary architecture in the world. His authored publications include ‘Architectures Non Standard’, ‘De Stijl (1917-1931)’, and the extraordinary monograph of Claude Parent.

Professor Migayrou’s appointment at the Bartlett starts in March 2011, and will be held concurrently with his role as Director of Centre de Création Industrielle, and Deputy Director at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. 

Frederick Migayrou

The Provost is pleased to also announce the appointment of Professor Murray Fraser to a Personal Chair at UCL in the Bartlett. Murray Fraser has previously taught at Oxford Brookes and Westminster, and is well known for having tutored many prize-winning students in both design and architectural history and theory in the RIBA President’s Medals and other competitions. Meanwhile his own writing on cross-cultural influences and globalisation is widely acclaimed, as is his work on the Archigram Archival Project.

He is currently developing the role of architecture and urban design in conflict resolution in Palestine. He sits on the RIBA Awards Group and is a trustee of the RIBA Library and Drawings Collection.

Professor Alan Penn, Dean of the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL, said: “I am pleased that the Bartlett has attracted such exciting appointments from a remarkably strong international field. There are few places in the world with as rich and innovative an architectural culture as London at the moment. The Bartlett is set to play its part in bringing the best of research, education and design practice to bear on the challenges faced by a rapidly urbanising planet.”

Image: Top: Wates House, Right: Frederick Migayrou

Media Contact: Clare Ryan


UCL context

The Bartlett School of Architecture is part of a truly multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment in world-class UCL. It is located at the heart of the world’s largest cluster of innovative architecture and engineering firms in London. It attracts an extraordinary variety of staff, students and international visitors, all of the highest calibre.

Bartlett tutors are at the forefront of international research and teaching, encompassing interdisciplinary collaboration and methodologies. Bartlett students are amongst the most sought after in the UK and Europe for their outstanding drive, creativity and skills.

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