About The Cass


The Cass at London Metropolitan University is internationally recognised for its high quality teaching, excellent facilities and unique interdisciplinary opportunities.

Learning through practice, playing with process and working with clients, students at The Cass gain real world experience in both individual and collaborative projects, engaging with professionals, communities and companies. There is a strong emphasis in our studios on socially engaged architecture, art and design applied to both local and global contexts, and many projects focus on London.

Our central London location also gives you easy access to the creative and cultural hub which surrounds the Aldgate campus. Our many specialist facilities include wood and metal workshops, laboratories, TV and recording studios, editing suites, darkrooms and Metropolitan Works, our digital manufacturing centre.

Many of our students have exhibited at major international exhibitions and festivals and have won prestigious awards.

The Faculty is now structured around what we call the 'Casses'. These are new and bridge between our studios and the three schools of art, architecture and design. Casses are strong subject or support areas. Currently there are nine academic Casses (see right), surrounded and supported by three support areas, Projects, Works and Culture.

The Casses


Marcus Bowerman

Head of Cassworks

Worked at number of management levels in the development and production of bespoke products and the delivery of services and training centered on the creative industries.

Professor Mark Brearley

Associate Professor and Head of Cass Cities

Architect who has concentrated for twenty-six years on urban projects and nurturing the evolution of places.

Sandra Denicke-Polcher

Acting Deputy Head, School of Architecture

Graduated with Dipl.-Ing. at TU Berlin in 2000 and with the AA Diploma at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 1998.

Susanna Edwards

Head of Cass Visual Communication

Works in the realm of visual communication, as researcher, consultant, art director, designer, design–writer and educator.

Christopher Emmett

Deputy Head, School of Design

His ten years experience in Japan shaped much of his thinking and approach to design.

Marianne Forrest

Course Leader for BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing and Principal Lecturer for 3D Design & Craft 13/14

Developed an international reputation as a designer and maker of timepieces from the smallest wristwatch to huge pieces for town centres and public buildings.

Dr Helen Mallinson

Director of Cass Culture and Course Leader for Critical and Contextual Studies

Dr Helen Mallinson was Head of the School of Architecture and Interior Design between 1993-2000 at what was then the University of North London.

Anne Markey

Director of Cass Projects

Anne Markey has over twenty years experience of working as an architect at senior level.

Rosemarie McGoldrick

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fine Art

Rosemarie McGoldrick is a London-based sculptor and installation artist who has shown nationally and internationally.

Professor Robert Mull

Dean and Director of Architecture and Professor of Architecture and Spatial Design

Since the early 1980s, Robert Mull has been concerned with the ability of architects, designers and artists to generate and sustain social as well as physical structures.

Kaye Newman

Course Leader for BA (Hons) Interior Design and Principal Lecturer for Interiors 13/14

As well as an inspiration, teaching also allows opportunities such as our Hidden Space Research collaboration with Gachon and Dong Yang Mirae Universities in Seoul.

Andrew Stone

Deputy Dean and Director of Cass Interiors

Studied Interior Ddesign at Middlesex and completed a Master's in History of Modern Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL.

Signy Svalastoga

Head of School of Architecture

Signy Svalastoga was educated in Norway and at the Architectural Association, London and worked in practices in Oslo and London.

Dr Elaine Thomazi Freitas

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Music Technology (Music Production)

Dr. Elaine Thomazi-Freitas is a composer and media artist.

Michael Upton

Academic Leader, Head of Recruitment, Marketing and Events. Chair of the Events Committee. Teaches on the BA (Hons) Film and Broadcast Production

Michael has a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from The University of London, an MA in Film and Video Production from Middlesex University and Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from London Guildhall University.

Samples of our work


Coppice Woodland Squares at Rousham by Adam Willis

Fine Art

Les Pièces Vides byIngrid Myking

Silversmithing and Jewellery

Graphic Design

By Anette Moi

Product Design


Clock Case, Nick Stunt

Fine Art


Musical Instruments

A parlour guitar by Tom Oldfield

Film and Broadcast Production

Music Technology


Devil Cat by Lora Dikova

Product Design

Fine Art

Self Portrait by Tracy Serrao


Detail by Sofia Raja

Interior Architecture

Detroit by Jutta Lammi

Fine Art

Product Design


Comic by Alex Blaker


Home Sweet Home by Yuki Blake

Samples of our work


All events at The Cass

The Cass campus tour - Central House

The Cass campus tour - Central House

Date 9 Dec 2015
Time 1:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
59-63 Whitechapel High Street

Want to study a subject where you can create, explore and play? Why don't you join us on one of our tours of the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art,... more

10 December -The Cass Undergraduate Open Event

10 December -The Cass Undergraduate Open Event

Date 10 Dec 2015
Time 11:00 AM
Venue 59/63 Whitechapel High Street
(Entrance on Commercial Road)

This event is for students interested in starting an undergraduate course in January and September 2016 on one of the art, architecture,design, film or photography courses at The Sir John Cass... more

The Cass campus tour - Central House

The Cass campus tour - Central House

Date 6 Jan 2016
Time 1:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
59-63 Whitechapel High Street

Want to study a subject where you can create, explore and play? Why don't you join us on one of our tours of the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art,... more

Mini open day - The Cass

Mini open day - The Cass

Date 11 Feb 2016
Time 1:00 PM

We know that considering going to university is a big decision and the choices you make will be life changing. As such, our mini open sessions for prospective students give you... more

Getting in touch with The Cass

Getting in touch with The Cass

If you are considering studying with us, our course pages should include all of the information you need. If you have any further queries, the University's course enquiries team should be able to help. If you are a current student or you have an enquiry of a different nature please contact the switchboard. You can find both of these numbers on the contact us page.

The Cass is committed to delivering a consitent and high quality experience to its students. However, if you wish to make a complaint of any kind please follow our formal complaints procedure and we'll make sure it is dealt with properly.

How to find us

The Cass is based across three sites in east London: Central HouseCommercial Road and Metropolitan Works.