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HRH The Duke of Gloucester visits the University of Suffolk and officially opens The Hold

14 Sep 2021 4:15PM

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester has visited the University of Suffolk as part of his tour of the county.

The Duke, a trained architect, viewed an exhibition curated by the University’s Architecture students.  HRH was elected a corporate member of RIBA in 1972, and his fellowships include those of the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

During his tour of the exhibition, His Royal Highness met Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University and Dr Liana Psarologaki, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Architecture and the elected Chair of Education for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East Region.  The Duke presented the award for Outstanding Architecture Student 2020-21 to Lois Whitnell. Lois also recently won the Chairs’ Award for Enhancing the Natural Urban Environment - Education and Cohabitation at the RISE Awards which recognises, celebrates and showcases exemplar case studies from the Built Environment.

Dr Psarologaki said “The exhibition showcased outstanding work on cross-species sustainable design and the vernacular of Ipswich. The exhibition also featured the two projects that received RISE Awards at the recent International Conference for Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) 2021.”

“The Duke’s visit has been a great opportunity for our students to discuss their project with a wider audience and people of great influence in the profession. We have been extremely honoured to welcome The Duke and show him the calibre of our new Architecture provision and our students’ climate and placemaking literacy.”

Part of His Royal Highness’ visit to Ipswich was to officially open The Hold, the £20million archives and heritage centre on the Ipswich Waterfront.

The Duke was shown treasures from the Suffolk Archives collections spanning 900 years of Suffolk’s history, including the oldest document - a Charter of King Henry I granting churches and property to the monks of Eye Priory from around 1119 - and the newest contemporary collection of Black Lives Matter protest placards.

The Hold is a partnership project with the University of Suffolk and provides state-of-the-art teaching facilities including a 200-seat auditorium and seminar rooms. During the visit HRH met Tim Greenacre, Chief Operating Officer at the University, Dr Harvey Osborne, Course Leader for History and Acting Chairman of the Suffolk Records Society and History students.

Dr Osborne said “The Duke’s visit provided a superb opportunity for our students to discuss with him the myriad of benefits that The Hold brings, in terms of curriculum development, research and work placement opportunities, all of which enrich their studies and experience at the University.”

Professor Helen Langton, Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of Suffolk, added “We are delighted His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester, has officially opened The Hold as part of his visit to Ipswich Waterfront and the University of Suffolk. It is just part of the partnership we have with Suffolk County Council, and it is great to see it open for our students, staff and the public to use.”


University of Suffolk Press Office