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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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
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.
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.
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.
09th October | Second Monday Practice Visit – Matthew Lloyd Architects
20th October | Master’s Trip to Sheffield (3 day trip ending 22nd October)
11th November | Lord Mayor’s Show (WCCA Float)*
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)
08th 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 – Finn & Co
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)
10th April | Second Monday Practice Visit – HTA Architects (Note this is on a Tuesday)
18th April | “Experiences of a Chief Commoner” Michael Welbank MBE. (6pm) Venue: Davy’s Woolgate, 25 Basinghall Street
26th April |The Monument to Seething Lane Walk. (6pm) Concluding in the Ship Inn, Hart Street, at 7.15pm. Meet at the Monument.
14th May | Accounts Court, Ironmongers’ Hall (10.00am)
14th May | Company Lunch, Ironmongers’ Hall*
14th May | Second Monday Practice Visit – Hopkins Architects
16th May | “City Committees and Governance” Gordon Haines, ex-Alderman. (6pm) Venue: Davy’s Woolgate, 25 Basinghall Street
24th May | Master’s Overseas Study Tour, Ljubljana, Slovenia (5 day trip ending 27th May)
11th June | Second Monday Practice Visit – Space Syntax
12th June | WCCA Committee Meetings, RIBA (10.30am – 5.30pm)
20th June | “The Court of Aldermen, Sheriffs and the Lord Mayor” Alistair King, Alderman. (6pm) Venue tba.
25th June |Election of the Sheriffs, Guildhall
28th June | Paternoster to Smithfield Walk. Meet at Temple Bar. (6pm) The final post at 7.15pm, is the Bishop’s Finger pub.
04th July | Election Court, Skinners’ Hall (3.00pm)
04th July | Election Court Dinner, Skinners’ Hall*
09th July | Second Monday Practice Visit – MEB Design @ Hermitage Community Moorings
18th July | “Conservation in the City” Anne Thomas BA MA, Past Chairman of the City Heritage Society and the Conservation Advisory Committee. (6pm) Venue tba.
26th July | The Great Fire Livery Halls Walk. (6pm) Meet at the Monument and finishing in the Blackfriars pub at 7.15pm.
4th September | WCCA Committee Meetings, RIBA (10.30am – 5.30pm)
10th September | Second Monday Practice Visit – Allies and Morrison
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
8th October | Second Monday Practice Visit – Publica
* 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.