Project Interrupted: Lectures by British Housing Architects
To be published by the Architecture Foundation


Early Bird - £13
The Book - £15
Friend - £30
Supporter - £100
Partron - £500

The Architecture Foundation is asking for your help. We're putting together a book of richly-illustrated transcribed lectures from five outstanding housing architects – Neave Brown, Kate Macintosh, Peter Barber, Witherford Watson Mann and Farshid Moussavi. The book will present and explore the built work and political position of its five contributors – connecting spatial decisions with social concerns. 

Titled Project Interrupted, the projects examines domestic architecture at the end of the post-war housing boom and today. A protracted house-building slump spanning between the 1980s and 2010s has precipitated a severe housing crisis and depleted the quality and variety of British housing architecture. However, now a generation of architects are again building characterful and innovative dwellings in the UK and in Europe.

This is not a vanity publishing project

We're working with outstanding editors, graphic designers and printers to create a beautiful, book that is an affordable, politically-informed, and crucially a useful piece of serious publishing. But we can't do it alone.

As a small charity, the Architecture Foundation needs your help to put together the resources to place a large order with our printers. Doing this, rather than choosing print-on-demand or a small run means we can make sure the book is affordable for everyone – the same price as a ticket to one of our big lectures. 

Please watch our campaign video featuring Farshid Moussavi, Kate Macintosh, Peter Barber and Ellis Woodman and consider backing this project. We have a big list of rewards for people and practices who come on board at different levels.

Thank you.

Visit our crowd funding page.

Peter Barber, Farshid Moussavi and Wither Watson Mann's chapters are taken from lectures they gave for the AF at the Royal Geographical Society.

Kate Macintosh's chapter is taken from a lecture she gave for the AF in conversation with Rowan Moore at Karakusuevic Carson Architects.

Neave Brown's chapter is taken from a lecture he gave in conversation with Paul Karakusevic at the Barbican as part of the Architecture of Stage series curated by the AF in partnership with the Barbican.



EARLY BIRD - £13 (ONLY 100)

One copy of Project Interrupted 

THE BOOK - £15

One copy of Project Interrupted 

Friend - £35

One copy of Project Interrupted
Special tour of Peter Barber Architects' Holmes Road Studios
Your name listed in the back of the book


Five copies of Project Interrupted
Your name or company name listed in the back of the book and online
VIP invitation to the Project Interrupted launch party
Thanks from the Architecture Foundation on Twitter


PATRON - £500

Ten copies of Project Interrupted
Your name or company name listed as Patron in the back of the book and online
Inclusion in a special thanks from AF Director Ellis Woodman in the front of the bookA letter of thanks from the Architecture Foundation
Copious thanks from the Architecture Foundation on Twitter and in our members' newsletter
Two VIP invitations to the Project Interrupted launch party




Peter Barber (b 1960) studied under David Greene at the Polytechnic of Central London and worked with Richard Rogers, Will Alsop and Jestico+Whiles prior to establishing Peter Barber Architects in 1989. In 2001 the firm won first prize in the Architecture Foundation-run competition for the Donnybrook Quarter (2006), a development of 40 homes commissioned by the housing association Circle 33 for a site in Hackney. Barber’s close-packed, highly articulated terraces capitalised on recently published legislation directed towards achieving a significant increase in housing densities in urban areas – Planning Policy Guidance 3: Housing (2000). Donnybrook set a template for a low-rise, street-based urbanism that his practice has continued to explore through projects such as Tanner Street Gateway in Barking (2007) and Worland Gardens in Stratford (2017). Barber is currently a lecturer and reader in architecture at the University of Westminster.


Having met as students at the University of Cambridge, Stephen Witherford (b 1967), Christopher Watson (b 1966) and William Mann (b 1966) collaborated on a series of entries in the Europan housing competition programme before formalising their practice in 2001. Their first substantial commission was to convert a former industrial building in Shoreditch into the headquarters of Amnesty International UK (2003–05). This project demonstrated a talent for the reuse of existing fabric which the architects would later apply to the expansion of the Whitechapel Art Gallery (2003–09), designed with Robbrecht en Daem Architecten, and the Stirling Prize-winning transformation of the ruins of Astley Castle near Nuneaton for the Landmark Trust (2007–12). In addition to three Europan wins (1999, 2001, 2005), the practice’s work in the field of housing includes a group of 13 social housing apartments in Gistel, Belgium (2003–15), a block housing 27 apartments in Northwest Cambridge (2012–17), and a contemporary almshouse in Bermondsey comprising 57 extra-care apartments with communal and public facilities (2014–).


Born in Iran in 1965, Farshid Moussavi studied architecture at the University of Dundee; the Bartlett, University College London; and Harvard Graduate School of Design before working with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. In 1993 she co-founded Foreign Office Architects, a practice thrust to global prominence two years later when it won the competition for the Yokohama International Port Terminal (2002). Subsequent projects included Carabanchel Housing, Madrid (2007), John Lewis Department Store and Cineplex in Leicester, and Ravensbourne College, Greenwich (2010). Following the demerger of FOA in 2011, Moussavi established Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA). Completed projects of FMA include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2012) and two affordable housing projects in France, La Folie Divine, Montpellier and Îlot 19 La Defense-Nanterre, on the outskirts of Paris, both completed in 2017. Parallel to her professional practice, Moussavi is a prominent academic and writer. Since 2005 she has been Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, with which she has published three critically acclaimed books, The Function of Ornament(2006), The Function of Form (2009) and The Function of Style (2015). Moussavi was elected a Royal Academician in 2015.


Born in Utica, New York in 1929, Neave Brown studied at the Architectural Association in London (1950–56) and subsequently worked in the office of Lyons Israel & Ellis. In 1965 he completed a terrace of houses on Winscombe Street, in north London, for a group of five families, including his own. He subsequently joined the Architect’s Department of the London Borough of Camden, where he delivered the Fleet Road (now Dunboyne Road) estate comprising 71 houses, a shop and studio (1975) and the Alexandra Road estate, with 520 apartments, a school, community centre, youth club and public park (1978). While all three projects have since achieved listed status, they were the last housing schemes that Brown would realise in the UK. After that, he worked on several housing schemes in the Netherlands and following the completion of the Medina at Eindhoven (2002) he retired from architecture and retrained as a printer and painter. In October 2017 the Royal Institution of British Architects awarded Neave Brown its Gold Medal in recognition of his contribution to architecture. Three weeks later he spoke to an audience of 1,300 people at an event organised by the Architecture Foundation at London’s Hackney Empire. A film of that evening is available to view at Neave Brown died on 9 January 2018.


Born in Rotherham in 1937, Kate Macintosh moved to Edinburgh from Cheshire at the age of 10 and studied at the city’s College of Art. On graduation, she travelled and worked in Scandinavia before joining the office of Denys Lasdun in 1964 as a member of the design team of the National Theatre. The following year she joined the Architect’s Department of the London Borough of Southwark, where she designed the Dawson Heights estate in Dulwich. In 1968 Macintosh moved to the London Borough of Lambeth, where she designed 269 Leigham Court Road, a sheltered housing development for the elderly. Her subsequent work in the public sector included sheltered housing, schools and buildings for the fire service commissioned by the counties of East Sussex and Hampshire. Later she joined her life-partner, George Finch, in private practice, winning a RIBA award, in 2005, for the design of an adventure playground in Weston, Southampton. 269 Leigham Court Road was awarded Grade II listed status in 2015 and subsequently renamed Macintosh Court in honour of its architect.



When will my book arrive? 

We are aiming for the project to be completed in June with shipping later that month.

Can I buy the book in a bookshop instead of preordering?

We are hoping Project Interrupted will be available in selected bookstores. You will also be able to buy the book through the AF's online store. However if you can please help our crowd funding campaign by pre-ordering. It will help us keep the cost down.

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