Photos of the Annual Banquet at Goldsmith’s Hall

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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 2016 the company’s programme will focus on ‘Rebuilding the City’ looking at change and resilience in the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire.

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

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Installation Lunch:L-R Richard Brindley, Senior Warden; Peter Murray, Master; Richard Rogers; Stephen Wagstaffe, Renter Warden; Barry Munday, Junior Warden.


Peter Murray

Upper Warden

Richard Brindley

Renter Warden

Stephen Wagstaffe

Junior Warden

Barry Munday

The Court

Roger France

David King

Michael Wilkey

Mervyn Miller

Jaki Howes

Geoffrey Purves

Tom Ball

Howard Copping

Valerie Owen

Richard Biggins

Anne Markey

Sandra Papworth

Nicholas Rowe

Chistopher Bicknell

Paul Weston

Philip Cooper

Stuart Le Sage


Honorary Assistants

Deputy Michael Welbank

David Cole Adams

Michael West

Alan Downing

Nigel Thomson

Richard Saxon

Jonathan Ball

Assistants Emeritus

David Falla

James Walker

John Darke

David Penning

Dorian Crone

Jeffrey Robertson

Jane Lamb

Deputy Master

Jaki Howes


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Master Architect: Peter Murray

Peter is Chairman of the New London Architecture Centre, Chairman of the London Society, Member of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group. Visiting Professor at IE University in Madrid and Deputy Chairman of the Bedford Park Society.

He is author of numerous books including The Saga of Sydney Opera House, The Great Estates, Growing up – tall buildings in London and Public London.

He is a keen cyclist and rode across the United States in 2013, he enjoys sketching, wood turning and looking at buildings.


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Senior Warden: Richard Brindley

Richard Brindley has 25 years experience as a qualified architect, working primarily in private architectural practice, specialising in practice management, project management and residential design/urban regeneration.He is former Executive Director of Professional Services for the Royal Institute of Architecture. Following training at the Bartlett School of Architecture (University College of London), he has worked in architectural practices in London. His roles have included Chief Architect for a major residential developer and Operations Director for a multi-disciplinary design practice.

He has been actively involved in developing the architectural profession and services, being Chairman of the London region of the RIBA from 1994-1996 and elected member of the RIBA Council from 1996-2001.



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Renter Warden: 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.




Junior 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.



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, The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, Architects Benevolent Society, Sheriff’s 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: Anne Markey 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.



Livery Schools Link



In March over 600 students from 25 schools across London went to Guildhall to chat to architects, shipwrights and saddlemakers, computer technologists and medical students to find out more about potential careers in the wide variety of trades and professions in the Livery.

Jerry Tate of Tate Hindle looked after the WCCA stand with assistance from the office and the company. Students had a go at designing and produced some elegant results.


The Livery Showcase Event, now held annually, is an event for Companies to engage with students inspiring them to consider career paths and job opportunities in the skills they represent.

Queen’s 90th Birthday celebration



The Company invites all Members and Student Members of the Company to help create a book of 90 photographs of architectural projects delivered by its members. This book should ideally include projects completed during the last 31 years, starting from 1984 and running to the present day, as the WCCA was founded in 1984. However, photographs of projects completed before 1984 will also be considered as we are primarily interested in creating a ‘body’ of work representing the fantastic architectural contribution made by WCCA members, to the built environment.

Two copies of the book will be presented; one to HM The Queen on her official 90th birthday, and one to the British Architectural Library.

For further details download entry forms here WCCA Queens 90th Birthday Commemorative Book 02.16

Annual Banquet at Goldsmith’s Hall

The Annual Banquet, the Company’s most significant event of the year, was held in Goldsmith’s Hall on February 26 with Thomas Heatherwick as guest speaker. There were some 240 members and guests present, with a carpet guard of Orpington Sea Cadets and the Company of Pikemen and Musketeers; music was provided by the Honorable Artillery Company Band.

The Lord Mayors’ Show 2015


The Senior Warden, Liveryman Leif Martinez and the Master in the Lord Mayor’s Parade

City Building of the Year Award

The Leadenhall Building, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and developed by British Land and Oxford Properties, is the winner of the The City of London Building of the Year Award 2015.

The award is organised by the Company. Anyone can nominate a building that meets the award’s criteria – members of the public, occupiers, developers as well as architects. There is no charge for entries.

The jury look for buildings that support the ambitions of the City of London in delivering a world class environment for business. They assess the quality of the architectural design as well as the impact the building has on the city street scene. Buildings may be new or refurbished and they should have been completed in the previous two years.

The Award is supported by Axa Real Estate, British Land, Brookfield , Cushman and Wakefield, Knight Frank, Land Securities , WRBC Development and Wordsearch.



Winning design for Triumphal Arch

A Triumphal Arch designed by Chris Dyson, Tom Atkinson and Petra Topsy Kustrin of Chris Dyson Architects  has won the ideas competition organised by The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (WCCA).

The competition celebrates The Queen’s service as Britain’s longest reigning monarch. On 9th September 2015 she will overtake Queen Victoria who reigned for a total of  63 years, seven months and two days.

The roof deck of the winning arch is a viewing platform and raised peace garden. Engraved inscriptions on the floor beneath the arch celebrate the important events in The Queen’s life and reign.

The runner up was Leon Fenster with a design formed of 173 interlocking canopies, one for each of the Queen’s commonwealth visits since 1952.


CDA's Triumphal Arch

CDA’s Triumphal Arch

Fenster's arch

Fenster’s arch


May 9

Members’ Drinks


St John Bar St John Street Clerkenwell

12-15 May 2016 Masters’ Trip to Bordeaux

Study a city that has been transformed in the past decade under Mayor Alain Juppe with restored buildings, pedestrianised areas and new infrastructure. Visit the Arc en Reve Architecture Centre, the Victorian villas of Arcachon and Le Corbusier’s Pessac as well as, of course, the vineyards of the region.






23 May
Milo Lecture

The Leadenhall Building and the future of towers in the City of London 


Adrian Penfold 

British Land

Maurice Brennan

Rogers Stirk Harbour architects

Gwyn Richards 

Head of Design at the Corporation of London

The Leadenhall Building received the City of London Building of the Year Award 2015 organised by the Chartered Architects’ Company. The Milo lecture will look at the building’s context and the future of the cluster of towers in the square mile

We are most grateful to Aon for hosting this event in their seminar space in The Leadenhall Building

July 12 2016

Election Court Dinner

Haberdashers’ Hall designed by Hopkins Architects

Guest of honour Sir Michael Hopkins


Wednesday July 20 6.30pm
Great Fire Series

Rebuilding the City after the Blitz

Christopher Costelloe

The Director of the Victorian Society will give a talk on the redevelopment of the City and the reuse and transformation of historic buildings in the post-WW2 period.

The City Centre, Guildhall, 80 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5AR  6.30 – 8.00 followed by drinks 




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Ian Head

Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects

164 Stockbridge Road
Hants SO22 6RW
Tel 01962 869158