The 2016–17 year started with the installation of the new Master, Wardens and Clerk, with a service at St Lawrence Jewry. Also installed at the service was Honorary Liverymen, architectural theorist and author Professor Joseph Rykwert. This was followed by an Installation Court Lunch with more than 180 guests at Stationer’s Hall.

The principal guest and speaker was RIBA President Jane Duncan. She spoke about the close links and common purpose between the Company and the RIBA, and the RIBA’s appreciation of all that the Company has achieved in its relatively short history, as well as the great shared ambitions ahead. It was noted that it took the RIBA more than 175 years to elect its first female president, while it had taken the Company only 10 years to have its first Lady Master and had been ahead ever since in the timings of appointing the second and the third!

The Master responded by outlining the plans for the year ahead to advance architecture – in our own Company and out there in the world, and concluding with a riddle, which you can find in the  Masters Musings section of the Annual Review.