Simon Allford Announced as New Chair of The Architecture Foundation’s Board of Trustees

The Architecture Foundation is delighted to announce that Simon Allford, Director of the award-winning architecture practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), has been appointed as the new Chair of The Architecture Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

As Director of AHMM, Simon Allford has worked on projects as wide-ranging as The Angel, Tea and Yellow Buildings, Adelaide Wharf, the Saatchi Gallery and Chobham Academy on the London Olympic site. He is currently working on the new Google HQ, The White Collar Factory, three major mixed use projects on Regent Street, a new University Campus in Amsterdam as well as large scale urban redevelopments in London and America. He also engages extensively in broader architectural discussions as a writer, critic, teacher, judge, advisor and commentator.

Allford (pictured above) is The Architecture Foundation’s fourth Chair since its establishment in 1991; he succeeds departing Chair, the artist Brian Clarke, who has served in this capacity for seven years. Brian Clarke’s many contributions to the organisation will be celebrated in a special public event in January 2014.

As Chair, Allford will provide leadership and direction to The AF’s Board of Trustees overseeing and maintaining the strategic direction and financial stability of the organisation, as well as working to support The AF’s Director Sarah Ichioka and Acting Director Noemi Blager, to achieve the organisation’s charitable aims.

In addition to the appointment of Allford as Chair, The AF is also very pleased to announce that Professor Robert Mull has joined The AF’s Board as a Trustee. Since 2002, Mull has been Head of Architecture and then Dean at what is now London Metropolitan University.

In 2004, Mull established the influential live projects office ASD Projects (now renamed CASS Projects); and in 2011 he was appointed conjoint Dean of the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design and the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design. In 2012 he brought these together to form a new Faculty: The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, or the CASS.

Mull was a founding member of the NATO group and began his teaching career at the Architectural Association in the 1980s. He has since taught in many contexts, including holding visiting professorships at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna and the Technical Universities in Vienna and Innsbruck. In 2012 Mull established a new Architecture School in Moscow (MARCH). Throughout, Mull has been an active practitioner working together with Catrina Beevor.

Mull’s appointment follows the statutory retirement of The Architecture Foundation’s longstanding Trustees Erica Bolton, Partner of Bolton and Quinn and architect Nigel Coates.