The Duke of York visited London Metropolitan University on 10th March, 2015 to see the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass). HRH is Patron of the University, having succeeded the Patronage from The Duke of Edinburgh in 2013.
The Cass has been building on its origins from the London College of Furniture and the School of Architecture in creating an ‘Aldgate Bauhaus’ – unifying art, craft and technology.
The Duke was greeted by Professor John Raftery, Vice-Chancellor of London Metropolitan University before touring the Jewellery and Silversmith studios based in The Cass. HRH met with students and chatted with them about their work and how the environment of The Cass has helped them develop.
The Duke visited the Architecture department, meeting the team at the Architecture Research Unit and in house commercial Architects who were responsible for the refurbishment of The Cass’s current building. HRH met with Architecture students engaged in work for their portfolios, including projects on Tsunami mitigation in Japan.
Next, The Duke was introduced to students taking courses in Furniture Making, Fashion and Textiles and Musical Instrument Making. HRH saw their impressive work and talked with them about their experiences at London Metropolitan University.
Finally The Duke toured the Bank Gallery where students from the Curatorial Courses are working on an upcoming exhibition in cooperation with the Whitechapel Gallery.
Find out more about The Cass on their website: http://www.thecass.com/