The London School of Architecture announces its founders and monthly lecture series


On Monday 5 October, the London School of Architecture (LSA) welcomed 32 students onto its two-year postgraduate Diploma in Architecture programme, which is validated by academic partner London Metropolitan University.

The students started their academic year by attending the orientation symposium on 5 and 6 October at the Hub Westminster (New Zealand House), which featured talks from architecture critic Rowan Moore, Will Alsop and over 30 architects from the Practice Network.

Will Hunter, LSA Founder and Director, commented: “After three years of development, I am delighted that the London School of Architecture has now opened its doors. I am honoured by the enthusiasm the school has received from both industry and academia, and extremely grateful for the support of our Founders. The level of energy and commitment from the students has been amazing, and I can't wait to see the work they produce over the coming months and years”.

A registered charity, the LSA has now reached its financial target for £250K of core funding. The school is delighted to announce that its Founding Patrons are Niall Hobhouse, Crispin Kelly, Sir Terry Leahy, and Nadja Swarovski and its Founding Benefactors are Martin Halusa, Sir Peter Mason, Richard Collins and Davina and Philip Mallinckrodt.

Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “It is our pleasure to be a founding partner of the London School of Architecture. This exciting new academic initiative is a testament to the dynamic creative energy present in this city; and the school’s commitment to supporting emerging talent is also at the core of Swarovski’s DNA. We look forward to seeing a new generation of visionary architects graduate over the coming years”.

The school is also delighted to announce its Founding Practices: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), Grimshaw, Idom, Orms, PDP London, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Scott Brownrigg.


The LSA’s Practice Network currently contains 45 leading practices, including RIBA Gold Medal winners Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Cullinan Studio, Stirling Prize Winners AHMM, Haworth Tompkins and Will Alsop, and the Turner Prize-shortlisted Assemble.

The School’s main spatial partner is the Design Museum in Shad Thames, which will host ‘Show & Tell Socials’, the school’s monthly public talks programme. The Autumn/Winter schedule includes:

  • Deborah Saunt (DSDHA) and David West (Studio Egret West) on 20 October;
  • Lucy Musgrave (Publica) and Alessandra Cianchetti (AWP) on 25 November;
  • Albert Williamson-Taylor (AKT-II) and Roddy Langmuir (Cullinan Studio) on 8 December; and
  • Charlotte Skene Catling (Skene Catling de la Pena), Anthony Engi Meacock and Giles Smith (Assemble) and Richard Wentworth on 14 January

Every year the school will investigate a different London borough, and for 2015/16 it is looking at Soho. The first discussion on ‘Working in Soho’ took place on 12 October in the chapel of the House of St Barnabas, and featured a diverse panel of Bernie Katz (Groucho Club), The Revd Dr Adam Scott (House of St Barnabas) and Sir William Sargent (Framestore). Future sessions will include a drawings workshop with art collective Le Gun at Doodle Bar in Battersea.

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