AF Past Directors' Dialogues: Lucy Musgrave

Weds 20 July 2011 7pm

  • AF Past Directors' Dialogues: Lucy Musgrave, 20 July 2011 at the AF project space
  • AF Past Directors' Dialogues: Lucy Musgrave, 20 July 2011 at the AF project space
  • AF Past Directors' Dialogues: Lucy Musgrave, 20 July 2011 at the AF project space
  • Image: Kingsdale School, London, UK. Architect: dRMM. Client: London Borough of Southwark. Photo courtesy Alex de Rijke

For the second in a series of presentations celebrating The Architecture Foundation's 20th anniversary, former Director Lucy Musgrave will present key projects from the AF Archive. Musgrave will speak alongside an esteemed panel of collaborators and participants including Professor Robert Mull of London Metropolitan University, Mark Fisher, former Minister for the Arts, Andreas Whittam Smith, founding editor of The Independent and Peter Bishop, Director, Allies & Morrison Urban Practitioners and Founding Director, Design for London. Sadie Morgan, dRMM and Clare Cumberlidge complete the contributors to the evening, and will be on hand to provide further information on key AF projects.

Projects discussed will include the the Roadshows - a pioneering exercise in public participation that sought to develop ideas for improving key public spaces (1998-2000); Calling London - the reinvention of the AF's Economist Building gallery as a temporary bar and venue for 1970s-style happenings (2001); the Donnybrook Quarter housing development in East London, realised through the Accommodating Change design competition (2002); and the radical transformation of Kingsdale School (completed in 2004).

Lucy Musgrave

Lucy Musgrave created Publica in 2010, building from seven successful years at General Public Agency. Her work encompasses strategic masterplanning, policy context, intelligence and research for brief development, urban character assessment, and issues of inclusive, participative design practices and design quality in the regeneration and development sectors. Lucy acts as both client advisor and representative.

She has championed emerging practitioners and international best practice, was responsible for the publication of two UK government sponsored directories on the best young architects in Britain and produced the handbook Creative Spaces: a toolkit for participatory urban design. She also co-authored the Thames and Hudson publication 'Design and Landscape for People - New Approaches to Renewal' with Clare Cumberlidge.

Amongst many advisory and board roles, she has been a member of the UK government's Urban Sounding Board; the Greater London Authority's Public Realm Advisory Group; the Mies van der Rohe European Prize for Public Space; the Young Architect of the Year Awards; a trustee of The Photographers' Gallery, London; an external examiner at the Department of Architecture & Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University; jury member of the Holcim Sustainability Awards 2008 and 2011; jury member of OpenCity - a new Documentary Film Festival looking at 'City and Film' in London 2011; and is an honorary fellow of the RIBA, an Urban Design London 'design surgeon' and a CABE Enabler and CABE Space Enabler. She is a also a founding trustee of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation, a charity set up to support the next generation of campaigners.


Supported by all those who generously donated to the AF Archive campaign.