The Architecture Foundation

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The Architecture Foundation is Britain's first independent architecture centre.[1] Established in 1991, it aims to examine contemporary issues in architectural theory and practice.

The Architecture Foundation has organised public exhibitions,[2] architectural initiatives, competitions[3] and debates.[4]

Before moving to its previous Carmody Groarke-designed headquarters in Southwark,[5] the organisation ran the Yard Gallery in Clerkenwell as a temporary space experimenting in different ways of exhibiting and communicating architecture. The Southwark headquarters also operated a project space under the same auspices, again hosting a variety of exhibitions, installations and talks. It left the Southwark space in 2014 due to financial problems. [6]

Under previous director Sarah Ichioka[7] it gave itself a greater international remit, manifesting itself in 2009 through a series of exchange programmes.[8]

In 2015 it is co-located with London Metropolitan University and has a new director in Ellis Woodman. [9] Since 2016 The Architecture Foundation is based at Royal College of Art in Kensington.

Since November 2013, the architect Simon Allford, co-founder and director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, has been chair of the board of trustees.[10]


  1. ^ Tom Dyckhoff. Noisy, messy, polluted... and we love it. 19 June 2007.
  2. ^ Neutral at Architecture Foundation Gallery. 27 August 2007.
  3. ^ Masterplan architects shortlist selected. 21 April 2008.
  4. ^ Great debate on the future of London. Debate London 22-25 June 2007 The Architecture Foundation at Tate Modern. Archived 12 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Richard Waite. Architecture Foundation set for new humble home. 12 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Architecture Foundation set for relaunch with new HQ and director". Architects Journal. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  7. ^ Richard Vaughan. Sarah Ichioka is new director of the Architecture Foundation. 19 August 2008.
  8. ^ Pamela Buxton. New HQ, old foundation. 26 June 2009.
  9. ^ "The Architecture Foundation appoints a new Director | Architecture Foundation". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  10. ^ "Simon Allford Announced as New Chair of The Architecture Foundation's Board of Trustees". The Architecture Foundation. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2015.

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