About the Company
We are a modern livery company of the City of London. We were granted livery status in 1988 and rank 98th in the order of precedence.
The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (also known as ‘The Architects’ Company’ or the ‘WCCA’) exists to promote quality architecture in the City of London and the architectural profession globally.
We do this through our City Architecture Awards, annual lecture and campaign activities, as well as supporting education in architecture through awards and prizes and a range of City of London charities.
The Architects’ Company also works with the Lord Mayor and the City Corporation to champion London as the global hub for architecture. We provide a professional and social network for those who practice architecture and those who benefit from it.
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.
Stuart Le SageAfter graduating from Newcastle, Stuart went to Sheffield University’s Building Science Dept. to research solar energy use in housing design, gaining a doctorate in 1983. He then worked for two multi-disciplinary Architectural practices, before setting up his own practice in Deeping St James, Peterborough, in 1995. Stuart has held key roles in his local RIBA Branch – as Chairman and Secretary for 8 years, organising many study trips abroad during that time. He is currently Treasurer of North Cambs Society of Architects. Social interaction & keeping fit are important to Stuart. Joining Round Table in his 30’s, he held offices at local & area level, and was Design Convener for RTBI’s National Conference in 1994. At 40 he took up running, completing over 50 half-marathons & 7 marathons in all, raising money for various charities in the process. Stuart & his wife, Pip, have 3 children & 3 grandchildren.
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.
The Temple Bar Trust, the brainchild of members of the WCCA, is a newly formed soon to be registered independent charity whose purposes are to advance for the public benefit:
1. education, knowledge and research in respect of the practice, science, art, history, conservation and preservation of architecture;
2. education in respect of the architecture and history of the City of the London; and
3. education in respect of the historic structure of Temple Bar, including education as to the importance of its preservation and use and its heritage as the architectural gateway to the City of London.
The TBT seeks to advance education in respect of the practice, science, art, history, conservation and preservation of architecture generally and in respect of the architecture and history of the City of London. In particular, the TBT seeks to advance education in respect of the historic structure of Temple Bar, the former ceremonial entrance to the City of London built in 1672 and attributed to Sir Christopher Wren, which was moved to Paternoster Square in 2004. The organisation seeks to advance education as to the importance of the preservation and use of this historic structure and its heritage as the Architectural Gateway to the City of London.
The TBT intends to organise weekly lectures aimed at the general public visiting the City of London, particularly St Paul’s Cathedral. These lectures will cover a range of topics, including:
1. an introduction to the work and life of Sir Christopher Wren;
2. the history of the Paternoster area as a microcosm and exemplar of change and development in London over two millennia;
3. the architectural heritage of the City of London;
4. the modern architecture of the City of London.
These lectures will inform the general public about the important heritage of the Square Mile and its role in the economy and growth of the United Kingdom. Many of the trustees have links to the Livery Companies of London, in particular the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects , through their careers in the field of architecture.
The TBT will hold a public annual lecture focusing on a key topic of current interest with a high profile speaker. This lecture is likely to be of interest to the wider Livery and Company Masters, and performs a valuable role in introducing them to the work of the profession and the complexities of delivering good buildings and planning cities.
The TBT will work with the New London Architecture Team, Livery Schools Link and Open House to provide educational workshops for schools. Livery Schools Link acts as a link between schools in need of help and members of the Livery Companies of London. It acts as a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practice and maintains links with the educational community.
The TBT will also allow Temple Bar to be used for school workshops in response to requests from schools.
The WCCA is open to new members, visit our page to find out about how to become a member and the process.
The WCCA supports students throughout their studies including apprentices.
Our annual Building of the Year awards showcase the best new Architecture in the City.
The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects
53 Lychgate Drive, Horndean, Hampshire PO8 9QE
Telephone: 023 9259 5052