Overview


Mission

The Architecture Foundation is a non-profit agency that advances architecture and urbanism to enrich life now and in future. We are independent, agile and influential.

We bring together the public and professionals to cultivate new ideas and talent, stimulate discussion, and improve the quality of the built environment.


Background

Established in 1991 as the UK's first independent architecture centre, The Architecture Foundation has organised hundreds of design initiatives, events, exhibitions and education programmes in public venues across Britain and internationally.

The Architecture Foundation is a registered charity, with a Board of Trustees composed of individuals from a wide cross-section of interests and professions including architecture, art, business, policy, media, engineering and law. The AF is proud to be an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Before moving to its current Carmody Groarke-designed headquarters in Southwark (including the David Kohn-designed Skyroom), The Architecture Foundation has occupied high-profile and publicly-accessible venues across London including the Yard Gallery in Clerkenwell, and its original premises in the Economist Building, St James's. 


Programme

The Architecture Foundation's diverse and cross-disciplinary programme includes Events from film screenings to lectures and debates; Exhibitions that experiment with representations of architecture; Competitions and commissions for buildings and public spaces; Awards that celebrate excellence in contemporary architecture and urbanism; Education projects, focusing on young people considering further built environment study; and a wide range of other Projects including the New Architects international exchange programme and the London Festival of Architecture

Image: Union Street Urban Orchard (2010), courtesy Mike Massaro