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.
The Company is administered by the Master who acts as chairman, the Upper Warden, the Renter Warden and 24 Assistants who are members of the Court of Assistants. Of these Assistants, some are Past Masters but the majority are “below the Chair”.
There are also non-voting members of the Court of Assistants comprising Senior Past Masters, Honorary Assistants and Co-opted Assistants.
The Master holds office for one year and is normally succeeded by the Upper Warden. The Clerk is the Chief Executive. He or she has responsibility for day-to-day administration of the Company and acts as secretary to the Court.
The Master is responsible for the governance and regulations of the Livery in much the same way as a chairman of a company. The Master chairs the Court meetings as well as having various ceremonial duties to perform. Other roles include direct support for the Lord Mayor, the Sheriffs and Alderman and the Corporation of London and its elected Ward members.
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.
Wardens are appointed by the Master, following election by the Court, and take up their roles at the same time as the Master at the Installation Court held in September each year. It is usual for the Junior Warden to progress to Renter Warden, for Renter Warden to Upper Warden and for the Upper Warden to take up the position of Master.
The Wardens’ duties are to support the Master during their year of office, to deputise for the Master at meetings when called upon, and to ensure the direction and business plan of the Livery, as set out by the Master and Court, is properly maintained and progressed.
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.
Court of Assistants
The Company is managed by a Court of Assistants (similar to a board of directors) which is responsible for running the Company. New assistants are elected by the Court for an initial term of five years (renewable). The Court comprises approx. 24 assistants.
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 is a new charity which is in the process of registration with the Charity Commission which will lease and manage Sir Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar in Paternoster Square to provide an income to support the charitable aims of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects. The Temple Bar Trust will specifically focus on supporting diversity in the architectural profession and promoting architecture to a wider public.
Temple Bar was the traditional gateway to the City of London. We will transform it once again as a metaphorical gateway, a place where people can learn about the architecture and heritage before embarking on their visits and tours of the places and buildings of the Square Mile. The Trust will organise a regular programme of talks about architecture in the City aimed at a general audience and young people. These will include regular talks at the weekends for people visiting the Cathedral, as well as Livery lectures during the week and schools’ visits.
With the City annually attracting 6.59 million visitors with 1.5 million people visiting St Paul’s Cathedral, Temple Bar can once again become the ‘Gateway to the City’ by introducing visitors to its architectural heritage, to the Wren Churches and the Livery Halls, as well as its modern architecture. The Trust will offer discounted space to learning managers in the City and work with the City Centre Learning Programme youth course to provide workshops for local school children. It will encourage schoolchildren from diverse communities to learn more about architecture and construction as a career and it will support students through their architectural courses.
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
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Telephone: 023 9259 5052