Thursday, 22 April 2010

Architecture Centre Network Update

Above: Peter Bishop, recently appointed Chair of the Architecture Centre Network


Architecture Centre Network, the development and advocacy organisation for 23 architecture and built environment centres in the UK, is delighted to announce Peter Bishop as the organisation’s new Chair.

Peter is Deputy Chief Executive of the London Development Agency. He was appointed as the first Director of Design for London in 2006, and in 2008 as Group Director of the London Development Agency, responsible for design, land development and its environmental, housing and public space programmes.

Over the past 20 years, Peter Bishop has been a Planning Director in four different Central London Boroughs and has worked in major projects including Canary Wharf, the development of the BBC’s campus at White City and the Kings Cross developments, one of the largest and most complex sites in London. Peter lectures and teaches extensively and is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Nottingham Trent University.

Peter Bishop comments: “Good design should not be considered as a luxury. Architecture centres play a pivotal role in supporting individuals and communities in shaping their local areas to form tightly knit, lasting and vibrant places. I look forward to my new role with the Architecture Centre Network to support their work and place them in the heart of the new emerging urban agenda.”

Bridget Sawyers, Chief Executive of Architecture Centre Network said: “I am delighted that Peter has accepted the role of Chair of the Board of Architecture Centre Network. His knowledge and ideas as a key player in design excellence will be invaluable in positioning the organisation in engaging people with architecture at an exciting time, as we reach out to a wider range of partners with new local, national and international projects.”

New Collaborator Members
Architecture Centre Network continues to grow as the organisation goes from strength to strength. We are pleased to announce two new collaborator members: Transform in South Yorkshire and the Irish Architecture Foundation.

Architecture Centre Network Guide
The new Architecture Centre Network Guide has just been published online here and is available in hard copy from the Architecture Centre Network. The guide highlights the collective impact, resulting from expertise in design review and enabling, placemaking, education and training, exhibitions and debate, and the research and knowledge sharing that underpins the network.

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