Cass named amongst London’s most influential

A number of people from across The Cass have been named in the ‘Evening Standard Progress 1000’, a list of London’s most influential people of 2016.

Date: 19 September 2016

The tenth annual edition of The Progress 1000 celebrates “progress makers” - the people who are helping to shape London for the future. This year’s list was topped by Sadiq Khan, the new Mayor of London who studied law at the University of North London, a predecessor of London Met.

The list of influential Architects features a number of people from The Cass, including: Peter St John of Caruso St John who teaches on Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA 2, DSDHA Directors and Unit Leaders, Deborah Saunt and David Hills, and Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA 2 alumna, Hana Loftus of HAT Projects.

The Cass was also well represented in the world of art with the Turner prize-winning, Assemble, whose members include architecture alumni and teachers at The Cass, listed amongst the top city influencers. Jeremy Deller, Visiting Professor of Fine Art at the School, was also recognised for his contributions to conceptual art.

Also featured in this year’s list was artist Tracey Emin, who studied Printmaking at Sir John Cass College, a predecessor institution of The Cass and who was made a Doctor of Philosophy in 2007 by the university in recognition of her contribution to art. Sculptor Antony Gormley and collaborative artists Gilbert & George, all of whom have been awarded honorary degrees by London Met, were also listed.

Professor John Raftery, Vice Chancellor at London Met, said: "Having so many of our academics and alumni named in the 'Evening Standard Progress 1000' shows the outstanding impact The Cass has on the UK’s creative sectors.

"In the latest Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey, 96% of Cass graduates were working or in further study six months after completing their degrees, highlighting both the quality of teaching in The Cass and the strength of our creative industries.” 

A full list of those included in the Evening Standard Progress 1000 can be found online