Past Master Peter Murray OBE has been awarded the Lord  Mayor Covid19 Livery Award, for his work supporting architecture in the City and with Temple Bar Trust.

Peter Murray is known to many in the City and throughout the world for his long and renowned career writing about and commenting on architecture which covers founding and editing major titles in the architectural press, curating major architectural exhibitions festivals and events, and founding a global communications company with offices in Beijing, Singapore, Sydney, New York as well as London. Peter started the annual London Festival of Architecture and is actively involved in many built environment fora. He is currently Curator-in-Chief of New London Architecture (NLA) London’s centre for debate and discussion about the changing face of the capital. Indeed, Peter’s close involvement with the debate about the future development of London means that he speaks regularly on topics related to planning, public space and building design. He is a Mayor’s Design Advocate and Chairman of the London Society.

Currently Peter is engaged with the ongoing mayoral theme of sustainability through the NLA, TBT and WCCA and he is to chair the future eco house competition soon to be held by the WCCA for its members in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators.

In addition, Peter is a very keen cyclist and a member of the Construction Industry Cycling Commission. His cycling interests inspired the creation of Club Peloton who actively raise funds for the Coram, based in London and the UK’s oldest children’s charity.

During the past year, as Chairman of the TBT, Peter has used his communication and Inter-personal skills and brought them to the fore in promoting this nascent charity of the WCCA which would have been a challenging project in normal times. Peter’s vision for the Temple Bar site was born out of personal appreciation of its potential use as a venue for diverse educational outreach, funded In part by exploiting its unique heritage location as a fine dining venue, meeting place and livery hall for the WCCA. The project was well underway with a talented group of Trustees Peter had enthused and brought together, when Covid struck! Peter did not let this disrupt or thwart his ambitions for Temple Bar. The dining and meeting goals had to be shelved of course, but Peter steered the TBT to continue unhindered in a virtual world. Thanks to Peter’s energy and drive, the project remains not only alive and on track, but full of vigour, gaining personal and financial support from many City and national figures.

His positivity as an energetic and charismatic architectural and business figure in the City,has enabled the charity to start life virtually helping to promote the profession and City to a wide and diverse audience as well as raising funds for the charity to be used for its charitableoutreach for many years to come. These continued activities have ensured that his originalvision for re-invigorating Sir Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar building situated next to St Paul’s has not become a victim of the pandemic, but that it has been reinforced by its active virtual presence, and that it remains ready to go forward once circumstances allow.

Some key areas where Peter and TBT have added to the continued life of the square mile, despite the lockdown restrictions:

TBT has raised a total of over £150,000, which will be used to re-invigorate the building for educational use.
Until physical gatherings are possible, TBT has been offering not only virtual lectures from influential figures in the architectural world, but also City figures who are prominent in the world for their work to improve and recognise diversity and help those from under privileged areas. TBT has given these figures an important platform.
TBT has offered virtual City guided walks in conjunction with the City of London Guides. This has provided the self-employed Guides with a much-needed source of income.
TBT has aimed to keep up social links between City business people with informal online events and virtual cocktail evenings.
City information videos have been created on various unusual themes such as “This City is made of Water” and “A City made for walking”. All aimed at keeping a passion for the City we all love, alive.

Peter has been inspirational in these difficult times and instrumental in keeping the City alive and responsive until normal social interaction is possible again.