Fellow Wardens, Liverymen, Freemen & Friends of the Architects’ Company
I hope you all received a copy of our ‘Livery Lockdown’ book and enjoyed reading the record of an extraordinary year, which reflects the true spirit of fraternity in troubled times.
Many, many members have made wonderful contributions to the continued success of the Company during the 2020 pandemic, from the WCCA Charity’s urgent creation of the Student Hardship Fund, to Temple Bar Trust’s amazing on-line events, cocktail parties, talks and virtual tours. I feel proud of our Students who continued their studies during lockdown, adapted to a socially distanced world, and were supported by WCCA members throughout.
Heartfelt thanks to the Wardens, Officers and so many others in the Company who helped keep WCCA members engaged and buoyant, by moving WCCA on-line and organising remarkable events and initiatives to keep the Company growing and relevant! We successfully set up a buddying system, pairing younger and older members for mutual friendship and support, and developed our first St Thomas’ Day Service and Art auction. We held Practice Forums to provide business support and raised funds for charity. We welcomed our largest ever audience (120 guests) at our Annual lecture and received the largest ever number of entries (75 submissions) to the Student Drawing competition. We made careers films about our ‘Lives in Architecture,’ attracted 17 new members and 3 new student members during the pandemic and established the Future Minds Group to explore ways of increasing and widening our membership base further still. Thank you, one and all!
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Valerie Owen Le Vaillant OBE
Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects