The London Festival of Architecture is a month-long celebration of architecture and city-making, taking place every June across London. The Festival’s mission is to open up discussions around architecture, test new ideas and uncover and promote new talent.

 

The Festival is for anyone with an interest in London’s architecture and built environment. LFA doesn’t target specific categories of the built environment industry; on the contrary, it brings together the public and the profession.

LFA is …
CELEBRATORY. Since its origins in 2004, the Festival’s mission has always been to celebrate good design, London as a global hub of architecture, and reveal the underlying potential of emerging designers.

HUMAN. The Festival doesn’t only celebrate buildings, it celebrates the in-between spaces and the people who use them. Communities are at the core of LFA.

INCLUSIVE. The LFA programme is people-led and curated by event organisers; we believe in the power of collaboration with the people who live, shape, and truly know London.

TIMELY. The Festival evolves every year and keeps up with the times. Since 2004, each theme has always responded to real world issues and challenges that everyone faces.

LFA is run by New London Architecture (NLA), the world’s leading centre for the built environment industry. In 2017 LFA was named by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as one of his design advocate organisations. We work alongside the Mayor’s team to champion architecture, provide expertise and guidance, and help make London a better city

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The LFA Team


Rosa Rogina

Rosa Rogina (she/her)

Director

Rosa leads on strategic development, curation and delivery of the festival’s annual programme, competitions and wider consultancy. In parallel, Rosa also teaches architecture at the University of East London. She has co-curated the Montenegrin Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale and has been curator in residence at Vienna Design Week 2020.

Eliza Grosvenor

Eliza Grosvenor (she/her)

Senior Programme Manager

Eliza leads on the general LFA programme, key projects, and Building Sounds. Eliza holds a MA in Architectural History from the Bartlett, with a focus on community spaces and accessibility. Her background is in galleries, sculpture foundations and theatre, with their collections, research and events. Eliza also looks after The Architecture Diary.

Lydia Allain Chapman

Lydia Allain Chapman (she/her)

Project Manager

Lydia leads on design competitions for the LFA. Lydia holds a BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge, with a thesis on the legacy of fascism in Rome’s public spaces. Lydia has a background in the museums sector, working for Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery on their communications, building projects and public art commissions.

Sophie Roberts

Sophie Roberts (she/her)

Programme Manager

Sophie manages the general LFA programme and leads on collaborations with LFA Destinations. Sophie holds an an MA in Design History from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, and has a background in communications, digital media, and museum research, delivering events and exhibitions as well as creative campaigns.

Curatorial Panel 2023


Tara Gbolade

Tara Gbolade (she/her)

Curation Panel Member

Tara is a Mayor’s Design Advocate and co-director of award-winning Gbolade Design Studio - an architecture practice specialising in residential and mixed-use developments. She sits on Design Review Panels across London where she advises the council on major planning applications.

João Guarantani

João Guarantani (he/him)

Curation Panel Member

João is Senior Programme Manager, Architecture, Design and Fashion at British Council, where he develops opportunities for designers to collaborate internationally and leads on a number of global programmes, including a fund supporting architecture and design biennales and festivals abroad to present work by UK designers, a series of architecture fellowships in Latin America, and design residencies.

Melodie Leung

Melodie Leung (she/her)

Curation Panel Member

Melodie Leung is an Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) where she has been a leading designer within the practice for over 15 years overseeing notable projects across architecture, interiors, product design, and exhibitions.

Fiona MacDonald

Fiona MacDonald (she/her)

Curation Panel Member

Fiona MacDonald is Co-Founder and Director of MATT+FIONA, a social enterprise that empowers young people to shape their own spaces through a unique, integrated process of brief creation, designing, making and building. Fiona has worked in outreach and community engagement for almost 15 years. Originally training as an architect, she was most recently Head of Learning at the Design Museum. She also established the National Schools and Young Peo...

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Nic Monisse

Nic Monisse (he/him)

Curation Panel Member

A landscape architect by training, Nic Monisse is Monocle magazine's design editor and host of Monocle 24 radio show Monocle On Design. He reports on design and urbanism.

Binki Taylor

Binki Taylor (she/her)

Curation Panel Member

Binki Taylor is partner in participatory place-making organisation, The Brixton Project. We develop cultural projects led by and for communities, to amplify the unique characteristics of place. Binki is an experienced coach-mentor, creative producer, community broker, and board member of the Brixton Pound.

Jordan Whitewood-Neal

Jordan Whitewood-Neal (he/him)

Curation Panel Member

Jordan Whitewood-Neal is an architectural researcher, designer and artist whose work focuses on disability, domesticity, cultural infrastructure and the tension between accessibility and retrofitting. He is an Architecture Foundation Young Trustee and Co-founder of the disability centered, research collective, DIS/.

Hadi Yassine

Hadi Yassine (he/him)

Curation Panel Member

Hadi is a first year Architecture student at Kingston University, who wants to embark to change the social housing sector of architecture for the better. Hadi is a London Neighbourhood Scholarship Trust Scholar for 2022/3.

Festival Committee


Martyn Evans

Martyn Evans (he/him)

Chair

Martyn Evans is the Creative Director at U+I. Before joining the Cathedral (U&I) board in 2011, Martyn ran a successful branding and communications consultancy, working in the property, regeneration and urban design sectors. Martyn is a member of the Development Committee of the British Property Federation and a lay assessor for the RIBA London Regional Awards.

Sarah Allan

Sarah Allan (she/her)

Festival Committee Member

Sarah started her role as Head of Architecture at DLUHC in November 2021. She is an architect, urban designer and project manager with over 25 years’ experience helping public and private sector clients deliver residential projects from masterplans to individual homes. Sarah has worked on projects from site finding stage to construction and post-occupation, working closely with design and construction teams as well as being involved in large ...

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David Bickle

David Bickle (he/him)

Festival Committee Member

David is a Partner and Creative Director of Hawkins\Brown architects and the former Director of Design, Exhibitions and Futureplan - V&A 2015-2018. He has led many award-winning projects within the education, workplace, arts and regeneration sectors. David is a dedicated supporter of culture and is the current chair of Tannery Arts. He is a patron of The Drawing Room and a trustee of S1Artspace and Oily Cart.

Emma Cariaga

Emma Cariaga (she/her)

Festival Committee Member

Emma Cariaga is Joint Head of Canada Water Development & Head of Residential, leading on the development of Canada Water, a 53 acre development project in Central London. She joined the Executive Committee in 2019. Emma is a Non-executive Director of Assura plc, a Non-executive Director of TEDI-London, a higher education provider for future engineers founded by Arizona State University, King’s College London & UNSW Sydney.

Sevra Davis

Sevra Davis (she/her)

Festival Committee Member

Sevra Davis is Director for Architecture Design Fashion at the British Council and in this capacity, she is also the Commissioner of the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Sevra is an experienced designer, design advocate and leader in design for social innovation. Sevra studied architecture and urban design and worked in professional practice for over ten years in the US, the UK and Finland before moving to roles focused on d...

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Tom Dyckhoff

Tom Dyckhoff (he/him)

Festival Committee Member

Tom is a writer, historian and broadcaster about architecture, geographies and cities, and teaches urban and architectural history and theory at University College London and Central Saint Martins. He has written and presented many TV and radio/podcast series on the subjects for the BBC, Channel 4, Netflix, Sky and others, and was previously exhibitions curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects, homes editor at The Guardian and archit...

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Pedro Gil

Pedro Gil (he/him)

Festival Committee Member

Pedro Gil is a registered Architect, Director of Studio Gil Ltd, and is appointed by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm. He combines architectural practice with academia in his role as Associate Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Indy Johar

Indy Johar (he/him)

Festival Committee Member

Indy Johar is an architect and co-founder of 00 (project00.cc) Indy, on behalf of 00, has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham, along with working with large global multinationals & institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00 explorations/experiments in...

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Sally Lewis

Sally Lewis (she/her)

Festival Committee Member

Sally Lewis is an architect and urban designer and founded Stitch in 2012. Her team’s approach to partnership working with communities on regeneration projects across London has been rewarded with unanimous planning consents for more than 1600 homes, with over 800 of these homes completed and occupied. Sally is also the founder of The London Neighbourhood Scholarship Trust which promotes a more socially aware and diverse built environment in L...

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Peter Murray

Peter Murray (he/him)

Festival Committee Member

Peter is Curator-in-Chief of NLA and started the organisation together with Nick Mckeogh in 2005. He founded the London Festival of Architecture the previous year. His role is to oversee the quality of NLA’s output and to act as its public face. He is a Mayor of London’s Design Advocate, Chairman of the Temple Bar Trust, Past Master of the Architects’ Company, a board member of Be First, Barking and Dagenham’s regeneration delivery comp...

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Dr Neal Shasore

Dr Neal Shasore (he/him)

Festival Committee Member

Dr Neal Shasore is Chief Executive and Head of School at the London School of Architecture. An architectural historian by training, his work has focussed on architectural culture in twentieth century Britain. He is a Trustee of the Twentieth Century (C20) Society and the Architectural Heritage Fund. © James Jordan Photography for the London School of Architecture.

Manijeh Verghese

Manijeh Verghese (she/her)

Festival Committee Member

Manijeh Verghese is the Head of Public Engagement at the Architectural Association, where she is also a Unit Master of Diploma 12, a seminar leader for the AA Professional Practice for Fifth Year course, and a member of the Senior Management Team. She was on the curatorial panel for the 2021 London Festival of Architecture, and is currently an External Examiner at Cambridge University. She also works on independent curatorial projects such as th...

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General Enquiries

If you would like to contact the London Festival of Architecture team, please email info@londonfestivalofarchitecture.org  and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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