Master Stephen Wagstaffe, Installation Service and Lunch with Charles Bowman Lord Mayor-Elect as guest of honour

The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects is a modern Livery Company. The Company promotes quality architecture in the City of London and the architectural profession globally, it supports education through awards and prizes as well as a range of charities related to the City.

It was was granted Livery status in 1988 and ranks ninety-eighth in the order of precedence for Livery Companies.

During 2017/18 the Company’s programme will focus on ‘The Relationship between the Court of Aldermen, the Lord Mayor, the Sheriffs and the Livery’.

The Company’s motto is Vitruvius’ dictum, as translated by Sir Henry Wotton: Firmnesse, Commodite, Delyte.

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Stephen Wagstaffe

Upper Warden

Barry Munday

Renter Warden

Valerie Owen Le Vaillant OBE

Junior Warden

Philip Cooper

The Court

Ian Head

Michael Wilkey

Mervyn Miller

Jaki Howes

Geoffrey Purves

Tom Ball

Anne Markey

Sandra Papworth

Nicholas Rowe

Chistopher Bicknell

Paul Weston

Stuart Le Sage

Giles Murphy

Chris Dyson

John Assael


Honorary Assistants

Deputy Michael Welbank MBE

David Cole-Adams

Michael West

Alan Downing

Richard Saxon CBE

Jonathan Ball MBE

Roger France

David Edward King

Assistants Emeritus

David Falla

James Walker

John Drake

Dorian Crone

Jane Lamb

Howard Copping

Deputy Master

Peter Murray



Master: Stephen Wagstaffe

Starting in 1965 he worked initially in private practice, joined the Greater London Council in 1971, spending 15 years designing, building and maintaining schools all over London before he moving to the DoE/PSA where he managed projects at the Tate Gallery, Department of Energy, Admiralty and the Royal Courts of Justice. His most important job was Phase 2 of the rebuilding work at Hampton Court Palace following the fire at Easter 1986.

He set up his own private practice in 1995 but also trained as a tour guide, specialising in the City of London and World War 1 & 2 battlefields.

A Liveryman since 2000 he currently chairs the Charity and Education Committee and is a Trustee of the Charitable Trust Fund. For the past 14 years he has managed the Company’s involvement with London Open House, an annual event when as many unusual and normally un-accessible buildings through out London are opened up to the public.



Renter Warden: Valerie Owen Le Vaillant OBE

Valerie is a multi-disciplinary property professional, a Chartered Architect, Chartered Town Planner, Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Environmentalist who specialises in complex community regeneration and sustainable development projects. She was previously a Director of international real estate consultants Jones Lang LaSalle, and has held a number of Ministerial appointments which have involved her in some of the largest and most complex public sector projects in the UK, such as the £1.5Bn redevelopment of Covent Garden Market at Nine Elms, London and the £400M project to regenerate the western Docks at the Port of Dover. Valerie serves on the Boards of a variety of public and private sector organisations, and is currently Chair of Swan Housing Group, Chair of Lantra (the Sector Skills Council for Land-based and environmental industries), and Chair of the British Board of Agrément. Valerie was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to architecture and to the community in east London.

In recent years she has won several distinguished awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award in the National Women in Construction Awards; the CBI First Woman Award in the Built Environment, and a prestigious Sunday Times Non-Executive Director of the year Award. Valerie has been a Liveryman since 2004, and currently chairs the Events Committee. She is married to Bob Le Vaillant and has three daughters.

Upper Warden: Barry Munday

Barry’s career has been in housing and architecture. Initially with Powell and Moya and since 1973 with PRP ( Phippen Randall and Parkes) where he rose to the position of Chairman. Since leaving the practice in 2007 he has been involved in a number of industry wide roles including chairing the Recovery Task Force for RIBA/ACA , Design for Homes and The Housing Forum. His passion is for improving the quality of housing in the UK.


Junior Warden: Philip Cooper

Philip graduated from Liverpool University in 1972 and has been involved in residential design in the UK both as an architect and developer. Since his early years at the Farrell Grimshaw Partnership he has experienced many sides of public and private housing production. In 1983 he co-founded Portland Homes plc thus becoming the first “commercial” member of the RIBA. In 2001 Portland was acquired as a subsidiary of Croudace Homes where Philip remained until he stepped down from the group board in 2010.
Over the years Philip has been a member of SELSA, and represented the RIBA as well as being an invited member of design panels for the London Borough of Lewisham. He is a retired member of the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Architectes in France, fellow of the RSA and became a Freeman of the WCCA in 2011.


The inaugural meeting of the Company of Chartered Architects was held in Guildhall in June 1984. The initiative was led by Stuart Murphy, at that time Chief Planning Officer to the Corporation of London.

One year later a properly constituted company was established and on 2 July 1985 the first Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants were elected.

The Company uses Temple bar, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, as its logo and the centrepiece of its coat of arms. The monument was the last surviving gateway into City until it was removed in 1878 to improve traffic flow along Fleet Street. The Company helped to secure its return and has worked with other companies to make sure that the room above the arch is useable for occasional events.



The Company’s Charitable Trust was established in April 1987 to make grants to individuals and institutions. The income is from members’ donations and investment. The objects are the relief of poverty of persons, particularly those engaged in the profession of architecture and their dependents; the advancement of architectural education and research; to make awards to persons engaged in the profession; to further the advancement of architectural education; and make donations to any recognised charity.

The Trustees allocate a proportion of income to the Charity and Education Committee each year for disbursement. The Committee awards Student travel Prizes, Team Build, Student Hardship, Student drawing Prizes, Student Tenacity, The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, Architects’ Benevolent Society, Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund.

Global Hub Project

As well as being a global leader for financial services, London is also the global hub for architecture and related professional services. Nearly all of the world leading and largest architect, engineering, surveying and property consultancies (UK and International) have a main base in London, working here on major projects across the globe. As well as London consultancies providing world renown architectural services around the world, the design expertise available in London attracts foreign investors, businesses and other professional services into London and the UK.

WCCA’s Global Hub initiative provides the link between the Lord Mayor’s office, The City of London Corporation, the RIBA and the UKTI to promote the City of London and UK Architects as world leaders in building design services.

Travel Award

The award provides an international travel grant to a student or group of students enrolled in a RIBA-validated Pt 2 course in a school of architecture in the Greater London Area. The object is for students to carry out researchers on a topic and in a location of their choice.

One or more awards of up to £2000 are made each year. The travel, which must take place outside the UK, will be conducted in no longer than two months and will take place during the summer holidays following completion of the first year of a Part 2 course and prior to enrolling in the second year of the course.

Successful applicants will be asked to produce a report of the project; this can be, but does not have to be, part of a dissertation. Awardees will be asked to provide one bound copy of the final report which will be kept in the British Architectural Library.

Enquiries: John Assael, Master of Students.


The Company welcomes student members. In the tradition of the Livery, students are ‘bound’ to senior members of the Company who provide regular mentoring and advice.



9th October Informal Drinks and Presentation, Matthew Lloyd Architects
20th – 22nd October* Master’s Trip to Sheffield
11th November* 9am River Pageant; 11 am Lord Mayor’s Show (WCCA Float);
5.15pm Fireworks
13th November Informal Drinks and Presentation – Gensler
16th November York Guild of Building Annual Dinner
30th November IBP Annual Journalism Awards, Four Seasons Hotel
19th December* Carol Service and Reception, St Lawrence Jewry (from 6.30pm)

8th January Informal Monthly Practice Visits (continue on 2nd Monday)
16th January WCCA Committee Meetings, RIBA (10.30am – 5.30pm)
29th January* Master’s Reception, Tower of London
13th February Inter-Livery Pancake Race, Guildhall Yard (morning)
14th February New Year’s Court, Clothworkers’ Hall (3.00pm)
14th February* Company Banquet, Clothworkers’ Hall
21st February Annual Lecture – tbc
16th March United Guilds’ Service, St. Paul’s Cathedral
21st March 3rd Wednesday (every month to July) Informal Talks on the City
27th March WCCA Committee Meetings, RIBA (10.30am – 5.30pm)
26th April 4th Thursday (every month to August – excepting June) City Walk and Pub Visit
14th May Accounts Court, Ironmongers’ Hall (10.00am)
14th May* Company Lunch, Ironmongers’ Hall
24th – 27th May Master’s Overseas Study Tour, Ljubljana, Slovenia
12th June WCCA Committee Meetings, RIBA (10.30am – 5.30pm)
25th June Election of the Sheriffs, Guildhall
4th July Election Court, Skinners’ Hall (3.00pm)
4th July* Election Court Dinner, Skinners’ Hall
4th September WCCA Committee Meetings, RIBA (10.30am – 5.30pm)
13th September Exact 30th Anniversary of Granting of Livery to the WCCA
13th September Installation Court – tbd
13th September* Installation Service, St. Lawrence Jewry
13th September* Installation Lunch – tbd
1st October Election of the Lord Mayor, Guildhall

* Denotes key Company events (open to all members and their guests)



Jonathan and Victoria Ball Drawing Prize Winners 2016


Part 1 _Winner_Bartlett,UCL_DrawingThe Winner of 2016 Part 1 drawing Prize was Jerome Ng of the Bartlett (above); the winner of Part 2 drawing prize Mohammed Juri (below). For more information see Blog pages.


New Ludgate is City Building of the Year


One New Ludgate designed by Fletcher Priest

One New Ludgate designed by Fletcher Priest


New Ludgate, a new development by Land Securities designed by Fletcher Priest Architects and Sauerbruch Hutton, has been named as the The City of London Building of the Year 2016.

A special Livery Award was created to commend the new Leathersellers’ Hall designed by Eric Parry Architects and the refurbished Livery Hall for the Salters’ Company by dMFK by London Wall Place.

The Building of the Year award was presented at a special Livery dinner, attended by Sir Michael Hopkins, on 12 July at Haberdashers’ Hall.

The shortlist and winner was drawn up and selected by a jury chaired by Paul Finch, programme director of the World Architecture Festival. The criteria has been to seek out the buildings that support the ambitions of the City of London in delivering a world-class working environment, by evaluating both the quality of the architectural design and the impact the building has had on the city street scene.

Paul Finch said “The judges felt that an area of the  City where you would not have wished to walk or linger has been transformed. An eyesore had been removed and a destination created, which through the skillful deployment of colour lifted both the eye and the spirit.”

Organised by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (WCCA), the City of London Building of the Year, which allows members of the public to nominate a building of their choice, aims to recognise the extraordinary examples of contemporary architecture to be found in the City.

The Master of the WCCA Peter Murray commented: “The City of London is home to some very fine examples of contemporary architecture. We are keen to support good design and to encourage City businesses to do so in the future.”

The City of London Building of the Year Award is supported by sponsors including; Axa Real Estate, British Land, Brookfield, Cushman and Wakefield, Knight Frank, WRBC Development and Wordsearch.

The shortlisted schemes were:

100 Cheapside by Michael Aukkett Architects & EPR Architects

Motel One, 24-26 Minories by Mackay and Partners

70 Mark Lane by Bennetts Associates

St Dunstan’s House, 133-137 Fetter Lane by HLM

Roman House, Wood Street by The Manser Practise

St Bartholomew’s Hospital by HOK


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