St Thomas Day Annual Drawing Competition 2020

This first Saint Thomas’ Day celebration by the Worshipful Company of Architects, together with Temple Bar Trust, will hopefully establish a long lasting tradition for many years to come and something that can grow. The idea resulted from a suggestion by our Master,...

The Architects’ Company’s First Virtual Meeting for Apprentices!

Zoom Call posted to TwitterThe Master introduced the event, setting out the Student offer from the Architects’ Company: Opportunities for sponsorship and support, primarily through the WCCA’s Charity, including Legacy funding for Part II students; Travel prizes;...

Royal Charter Banquet at Mansion House

It was a great honour to host our Royal Charter Banquet with my husband, Bob. Before the formal proceedings began, it was my pleasure to present our Assistant Clerk, Cheryl Reid with her beautiful Badge of office. Both Cheryl and our Clerk, Phil Gibbs, worked...

National Apprenticeships Week: Special Practice Visit & Apprentices Event at Scott Brownrigg

Freeman Albena Atanassova (Above left) and Freeman Helen Taylor (right) National Apprenticeships Week ran from 3rd to 9th February this year, and the Architect’s Company was delighted when Freemen Helen Taylor and Albena Atanassova offered to host a special Practice...

Court Meeting and lunch at Wax Chandler’s Hall

It was a pleasure to Chair my first Court meeting as Master, when we installed a new Court Assistant, Chris Williamson. We also admitted Ernest FASANYA and Eric PARRY as new Freemen, and very much look forward to working with them for the benefit of the Architects’...

Master’s site visit to Mossessian Architecture’s S1 and S2 buildings at Kings Cross

On 16th January, Liveryman Michel Mossessian kindly invited the Master for a tour of his new buildings at Kings Cross. Tower S1 is currently under construction and forms an architectural pair with its neighbour, S2, home to Google’s Deep Mind HQ. Both buildings are...

Architects’ Company Carol Service

It was a pleasure to arrive at the Guildhall Church of St Lawrence the Jewry on 12th December, to be welcomed a beautifully decorated Christmas tree! Inside there was the warmth of people greeting each other happily; members, friends and guests removing their outer...

Masters visit to the Museum of London site

Immediate Past Master Barry Munday kindly arranged a group tour of the new Museum of London site at Smithfield Market. It provided a wonderful opportunity to get a better understanding of the very exciting plans for the future of the Market and the stage the Museum...

TeamBuild 2019 Weekend

The popular UK construction industry competition Teambuild UK took place from 15th to 17th November 2019. Once again, this annual industry event enjoyed support from major industry bodies including CIOB, CET, WCC, WCCA and Future Designs. This year saw a wealth of...

Master’s Reception ‘The Apprentice!’ Trinity House

Bob and I, along with our twin daughters, Louise and Chantelle, were delighted to host the WCCA 2019-20 Masters’ Reception ‘The Apprentice!’ at Trinity House.   The Architecture Apprenticeship was launched by RIBA last year, with only 4 schools of architecture...

Masters Blog

Welcome to the Masters Blog of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects. As Master I will be posting updates on Company events, Masters visits and our work in Charity and Education. 

I have also produced a Masters newsletter and the current one is available here for download.

Previous newsletters are available via this link. I very much hope you enjoy reading about our work and the life of the Company. 

Valerie Owen Le Vaillant OBE                                                                                                           
Master, Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects        



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Master’s Weekend in Deal
Master’s Weekend in Deal

Bob and I are fortunate enough to live in Deal with our three daughters, Anna, Louise and Chantelle and we were delighted to welcome 40 guests from the Architects’ Company to our hometown, for the weekend of 27th to 29th September. Deal is an extraordinarily beautiful...

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Livery Halls – Further Reviews
Livery Halls – Further Reviews

Reviews continue to come in for the Livery Halls of the City of London. Attached is from the current issue of The Architectural Historian. Read more here..... Livery halls_final 2

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Visit to Zaha Hadid Architects
Visit to Zaha Hadid Architects

Chris Dyson, Junior Warden writes....... We were welcomed by Paulo Flores, Associate Director of Zaha Hadid Architects some 15 years in standing and leading the firms design research team in all aspects of building design right down to the detail of furniture design...

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RIP John R G Wheatley – Past Master & Architect
RIP John R G Wheatley – Past Master & Architect

Christopher Boddington retired Architect and also a founding Director of Covell Matthews Wheatley Architects writes: "I am writing to advise that John R G Wheatley, former Director of Covell Matthews Partnership and founding Director of Covell Matthews Wheatley...

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Annual Lecture – Ian Ritchie – 29 May 2019
Annual Lecture – Ian Ritchie – 29 May 2019

Annual Lecture 6.30 for 7.00pm Wednesday, 29th May Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT "Beauty and the Mind" by Liveryman Ian Ritchie CBE RA This is a rare opportunity to hear an eminent architect talk about his work in one of his own...

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The Livery Halls of the City of London – April Reviews
The Livery Halls of the City of London – April Reviews

The Master is pleased to report that the 30th Anniversary book on the Livery Halls of the City of London continues to get positive coverage from the Architectural and Art press and that he is informed a copy is now lodged in the Athenaeum Library. "For DAS members,...

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