New Faces at The AF

The Architecture Foundation is delighted to announce three new additions to our team, who will begin work at our Central London HQ next month.

Architect and curator Noemí Blager will be assuming the position of Acting Director during Director Sarah Ichioka’s planned maternity leave, effective from 3 September 2013. The Argentinian born curator of the acclaimed Lina Bo Bardi: Together exhibition, which showed at the British Council Gallery in autumn 2013 and is currently touring across Europe, also sits as Chair of the Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship, a project initiated by the British Council to create long-term connections between UK and Brazil. As a trained architect, Blager boasts an extensive background in the architectural and design profession including positions at Sheppard Robson, Rafael Viñoly Architects and Claudio Silvestrin Architects. She is also currently retained as Culture and Business Development Consultant at Italian design company Arper, where she has project managed the design of their London showroom working with architecture practice 6a.

Ichioka, who has been Director of The Architecture Foundation since 2008, will be taking an initial six-month leave. During this time, Blager will work closely with The AF’s board and staff to continue to develop and deliver The AF’s mission to cultivate new ideas and talent, stimulate initiatives, and improve the quality of the built environment.

The AF is also delighted to announce the appointment of two new key AF staff members, effective from September: Aislinn White as Education Manager and Gonzalo Herrero Delicado as Curator of Events. 

Herrero Delicado, who joins us from Murcia, Spain, is a trained architect, curator, writer and consultant of contemporary architecture and design. He is co-founder and co-director of DOT Agency for Architectural Affairs, an agency that advances the communication of contemporary architecture and design, as well as co-director of the platform DREAMarchitecture. His writings have been widely published in some of the world's most authoritative international architectural magazines including Domus, Abitare, Mark and A10 new European architecture, where he collaborates as Spain correspondent since 2007.

White has worked as an educator, artist, facilitator and exhibition maker. She has worked on exhibitions and projects with various art organisations, including the V&A Museum, Tate Modern, The Drawing Room, and Irish Architecture Foundation.  Her more recent durational projects have concentrated on the intersection of art, urbanism and anthropology. She is involved in various European-wide research projects and networks across disciplines, such as EARN at Documenta 13, and has recently published a book Migratory Lines: Navigating Across Disciplines with Broadcast Gallery, DIT, in Dublin. White is also currently completing doctoral research on methods associated with social art practices in urban environments.

White and Herrero Delicado's appointments will follow the respective departures of current Education Manager, Tom Keeley and Curator of Public Programmes, Justin Jaeckle who are both moving onto exciting new international pastures; we wish them the best of luck!