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 2018/19 the Company’s programme will focus on ‘The Culture of the City’.

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

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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 Court


Barry Munday

Upper Warden

Valerie Owen Le Vaillant OBE

Renter Warden

Philip Cooper

Junior Warden

Chris Dyson

The Court

Ian Head

Michael Wilkey

Mervyn Miller

Jaki Howes

Geoffrey Purves

Peter Murray

Stephen Wagstaffe

Sandra Papworth

Nicholas Rowe

Christopher Bicknell

Paul Weston

Stuart Le Sage

Giles Murphy

John Assael

Michael Stiff

Yasmin Shariff

Nigel Ostime


Honorary Assistants

Deputy Michael Welbank MBE

David Cole-Adams

Alan Downing

Richard Saxon CBE

Jonathan Ball MBE

Roger France

David Edward King

Tom Ball

Assistants Emeritus

David Falla

James Walker

John Drake

Dorian Crone

Howard Copping

Deputy Master

Richard Brindley

The Master and Wardens



Barry Munday

Barry studied architecture at North London Polytechnic (now London Metropolitan University). His early career was spent with Powell and Moya where his work included many high profile projects including Chichester Festival Theatre and The Museum of London. In 1973 Barry moved to PRP where he became Chairman in 2000. He designed many major housing projects in the New Towns and inner city before leading the company’s move into urban regeneration. He opened the practice’s City of London office above the Smithfield Market where it remains to this day.

His wider interests have included housing prefabrication and he has taken part in study tours to Scotland, Scandinavia and Japan to study industrialised methods.  His leisure interests include painting and drawing, golf (RAC) and football (Chelsea FC). Barry and his wife Jane have four children and eight grandchildren.




Upper 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. Valerie serves on the Boards of a variety of public and private sector organisations, and is currently Chair of Swan Housing Group, Lantra and the British Board of Agrément. Valerie was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to architecture and to the community in east London.

Valerie has been a Liveryman since 2004, and currently chairs the Events Committee. She is married to Bob Le Vaillant and has three daughters.

Renter 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.

Junior Warden

Chris Dyson

Chris is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and worked initially for James Stirling and Michael Wilford and Associates. He was subsequently appointed as a Design Director at Sir Terry Farrell’s London studio before setting up his own award-winning Architectural studio in 2003. Based in Spitalfields, London, where Chris has lived for 25 years, the practice has a reputation for intelligent conservation work, sensitive building design and creative collaborations with artists.  The practice portfolio has been widely published and showcased. He is also a design advisor to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Corporation of London. He is supported by his business partners Mathew Witts, and Gideon Purser. The practice has won several RIBA Awards for its Architecture and Environmental design including a regional Civic Trust Award and Sunday Times British Homes Awards.



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.



20th September 2018       Installation Court, Stationers’ Hall

20th September 2018       Installation Service, St. Lawrence Jewry

20th September 2018       Installation Lunch, Stationers’ Hall

21st September 2018       Sheriffs’ Ball, Guildhall

22nd – 23rd Sept. 2018     Open House Weekend

24th September 2018       Hendy Bus Tour to raise funds for the Temple Bar project

28th September 2018       Admission of Sheriffs

30th September 2018       Woolmen’s Sheep Drive over London Bridge and Fair

1st October 2018              Election of the Lord Mayor, Guildhall

1st October 2018              Post- Election Lunch, Farmers’ and Fletchers’ Hall

5th October 2018              Master’s Reception, St. Ethelburga’s

6th October 2018              Master’s Weekend – Kensington Tour

7th October 2018              Master’s Weekend – Thames River Boat Trip

8th October 2018              Practice Visit – Publica

23rd October 2018            Inter-Livery Real Tennis Competition, Queen’s Club

29th October 2018            Lord Mayor’s Grand Finale Dinner, Mansion House

31st October 2018            Launch of ‘The Livery Halls of the City of London’ book, Old Ballroom, Mansion House

9th November 2018          Admission of the Lord Mayor, Guildhall (Silent Ceremony)

10th November 2018        Lord Mayor’s Show (Modern Livery Companies Float)

12th November 2018        Lord Mayor’s Banquet

16th – 18th November       Teambuild Weekend

21st November 2018        Festival of St. Cecilia, St. Paul’s Cathedral

23rd November 2018        York Guild of Building Dinner

13th December 2018        Carol Service (with the Constructors and the Entrepreneurs), St. Lawrence Jewry

13th December 2018        Post-Carol Service Reception, St. Lawrence Jewry

15th January 2019            WCCA Committee meetings, RIBA, 76 Portland Place

11th February 2019           Practice Visit – KPF

12th February 2019          New Year Court, Drapers’ Hall

12th February 2019          Annual Banquet, Drapers’ Hall

28th February 2019          Tacitus Lecture

12th March 2019               WCCA Committee meetings, RIBA, 76 Portland Place

29th March 2019               United Guilds Service, St. Paul’s Cathedral

15th April 2019                  Practice Visit – Mae

9th May 2019                    Accounts Court – Innholders’ Hall

9th May 2019                    Company Lunch – Innholders’ Hall

13th May 2019                   Practice Visit – Metropolitan Workshop

16th – 19th May 2019        Master’s Overseas Trip – Hamburg

10th June 2019                 Practice Visit – Zaha Hadid Architects

11th June 2019                 WCCA Committee meetings, RIBA, 76 Portland Place

24th June 2019                 Election of Sheriffs, Guildhall

3rd July 2019                    Election Court, Salters’ Hall

3rd July 2019                    Election Court Dinner, Salters’ Hall

3rd September 2019         WCCA Committee meetings, RIBA, 76 Portland Place

* September 2019            Installation Court – tbd

* September 2019            Installation Court Service, St. Lawrence Jewry

* September 2019            Installation Court Lunch

20th September 2019       Sheriffs’ Ball, Guildhall

29th September 2019       Woolmen’s Sheep Drive over London Bridge and Fair

2nd October 2019              Election of the Lord Mayor, Guildhall

12th December 2019        Carol Service, St. Lawrence Jewry

* – to be confirmed


Building of the Year 2018

The City of London Building of the Year and City Architecture Awards are presented annually by the Company to highlight architecture’s contribution to the townscape of the Square Mile.

The assessors felt it was very difficult to compare any of the submissions with the Bloomberg Building which is a very bespoke building on which no expense has been spared. The results are worth the investment, with high quality workspace, BREEAM outstanding certification  and a cafe area that has the feel of a grand public space. The building meets all the key criteria for the City of London Building of the year: it is of world class quality, it supports the City’s ambitions as a global business hub and it addresses the surrounding City in a most positive way – an undisputed winner!

For a full report and list of winners please visit

Student Drawing Prize

Students from The Bartlett School of Architecture swept the board at this year’s Student Drawing Prize, which was announced at the Election Court dinner on 5 July 2017.

Rawan Hussin won the 2017 Student Drawing Prize with a series of enigmatic drawn views (opposite) that set personal objects within an atmospheric exploration of light, volume and memory. While Hussin’s drawings are investigations of space, their almost painterly quality are beautiful in their own right.

Anna Andronova’s proposal for exploring Eastern and Western architects’ interpretation of education buildings in Japan won her the Travel Award. Her project will use sketching and collage illustrations to create a multi-layered record of the experience of the buildings.

The Digital Drawing Prize went to Gabriel Beard for his drawing of the Ascaya City Hall. Unfolded as a time-piece and combining traditional orthogonal projection with flat colour blocking, the drawing raises questions about how the new paradigm of video games and VR might influence the built environment of the future.

The Architects’ Company sponsors two awards: a Travel Award for drawing proposals that explore international issues and a Student Drawing Prize. A third, new Digital Drawing Prize, is sponsored by Assael Architecture and KPF.


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