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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WHO WE ARE
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.
Valerie Owen Le Vaillant OBE
Stuart Le Sage
Deputy Michael Welbank MBE
Richard Saxon CBE
Jonathan Ball MBE
David Edward King
The Master and Wardens
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHAT WE DO
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://architectscompany.org/city-of-london-buildings-of-the-year-2018/
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.