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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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


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

Richard Brindley

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

The Master and Wardens



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.






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.


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. 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.

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 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
20th September Installation Court – tbd
20th September* Installation Service, St. Lawrence Jewry
20th September* Installation Lunch – tbd
1st October Election of the Lord Mayor, Guildhall

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



Building of the Year 2017

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.

This year, the judging panel singled out two buildings for awards. The panel’s unanimous choice of winner was 8 Finsbury Circus, which stands next to Lutyens’ iconic Britannic House. The architects, Wilkinson Eyre, responded successfully to a series of difficult conditions, including an entirely different geometry and planning situation at the rear of the building, where historic façade retention was required.

The exterior of the Finsbury Circus elevation is deliberately contemporary rather than a postmodern aping of Lutyens, but has a feeling of permanence, reinforced by the use of Welsh slates for the extended mansard. The judging panel agreed that it was an excellent example of old and new architecture, based on respect rather than conflict. The building has subsequently also won the RIBA London Region Award 2017.

The judges were: Richard Brindley (Master), Wendy Parmley (Lady Mayoress), Harry Badham (Axa), Andrew Reynolds (WRBC) and Paul Finch (Chair).

The Awards were generously supported by Axa, British Land, Brookfield, Cushman and Wakefield, Knight Frank, WRBC and Wordsearch.

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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