Confusion surrounds MARU

Confusion surrounds MARU

CONTROVERSY rages over the future of the Medical Architecture Research Unit (MARU), at South Bank University, London, after it appeared that the teaching arm was being wound down.

The teaching role of Susan Francis, assistant director of MARU is unclear, and it is thought that the unit currently has no full-time students. Commentators have expressed sadness at the apparent shrinking of the UK’s key unit for health design education. Architect Peter Scher told HD: “What was an important and unique teaching facility is dying of neglect as we speak” Former head of MARU Raymond Moss told HD: “I understand that although the unit retains a space at the university, there are no students left”.

Director of MARU Rosemary Glanville told HD that the unit was very much alive and was bidding for new research and education projects: “People have misinterpreted this – we are trying to get courses underway”. She added that people are still being taught at the facility, and that Francis had not been made redundant.

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