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Eminent architect Ted Cullinan is guest of honour at ACE end-of-year showcase 2017

Renowned architect Edward ‘Ted’ Cullinan was guest of honour at the annual end-of-year showcase for students studying computing, engineering, product design and architecture at the University of East London (UEL).

The event, which took place on 16 June, brought together academic staff, students, their family and friends to celebrate a successful year, which included the department of architecture being ranked No 2 in London by the Guardian University League Tables.

Mr Cullinan, who was educated at the University of Cambridge, the Architectural Association and the University of California, Berkeley, gave the keynote speech and distributed the architecture student awards.

He told students, “Imagination is very important. It is a precious thing that you need to develop, to work on. It will mean you can design wonderful work and I can see here you are encouraged to use your imagination."

Mr Cullinan founded Cullinan Studio in 1959, was awarded a CBE in 1987 for Services to Architecture, and in 2008 was a Royal Institute of British Architecture gold medalist. 

Other guests at the end-of-year show included Royal Institute of British Architects east London representative John Ashton, representatives of showcase sponsors British Land and Jeff Tidmash, from construction and engineering firm Sir Robert McAlpine.

The photo above shows students and guests gathered in UEL's specialist exhibition space, the AVA building at its Docklands campus. Senior UEL staff and special guests are gathered at the front.