The Architecture Foundation (AF) has announced that Simon Allford, Director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), has been appointed as the new Chair of The Architecture Foundation’s Board of Trustees. As a Director of AHMM, Allford 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’s active relationship with The Architecture Foundation extends as far back as 1994, when AHMM were selected to take part in the New British Architects exhibition and publication curated by The AF. Allford has also previously engaged with The Architecture Foundation’s education programme for young people and has taken part in numerous events including And the Winner Is... Awards: What Are They Good For? a recent investigation into the purpose and impact of architectural awards. Allford has been a Trustee of The AF since May 2013.
Simon Allford, Director at AHMM, commented: "I am delighted to be appointed as the new Chair of the The Architecture Foundation. Continuing the excellent work of outgoing Chair Brain Clarke, I will aim to use my term of service to broaden the future audience of the Foundation and, in anticipation of its 25th Anniversary in 2016, to pursue its pioneering legacy. Building upon The AF's independent position, I look forward to engaging London and beyond in a constructive and international debate, providing a focus for interest in both architecture and our dynamic city to benefit both the profession and a wider public audience."