Senior Advisory Board

Nigel Coates

Born in 1949 and trained at the Architectural Association, Nigel Coates is a celebrated British architect and designer. He has consistently experimented and questioned his field, extended its boundaries and bridged it with semiotics, craftsmanship and contemporary culture. With his first architectural commission in Japan in 1985, he founded Branson Coates Architecture. His portfolio of buildings and interiors in the UK and Japan includes the Wall and Art Silo in Tokyo, the Hubs in Sheffield, the Geffrye Museum in London and the Body Zone in the Millennium Dome.
From 1995 to 2011 Nigel was head of the Department of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. He is currently RCA Professor Emeritus. He has published numerous books including: Guide to Ecstacity (Laurence King, 2003); Collidoscope (Laurence King, 2004); and Narrative Architecture (Wiley, 2012). In 2012 he was premiated with the Annie Spink Award recognising his outstanding contribution to architectural education.

Paul Finch OBE

Paul is programme director of the World Architecture Festival and editorial director of the Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal. History degree at Selwyn College, Cambridge (1971). Deputy editor of Estates Times (now Property Week), 1976-1983; editor, Building Design, 1983-94; editor, Architects’ Journal, 1994-1999; editor, The Architectural Review 2005-2009; co-editor, Planning in London since 1992. He was a founder commissioner then deputy chair at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), 1999-2005, and later chair, 2009 – 2014. He was a trustee and deputy chair at the Design Council, 2011 – 2014, where he also chaired Design Council Cabe. Honorary FRIBA 1994; honorary doctorate, University of Westminster, 2004; honorary fellowship, University College London, 2006. Honorary membership, Architectural Association, 2014. OBE for services to architecture, 2002.

Will Hunter

Will is the Founder/Director of the London School of Architecture. He trained as an architect at the Bartlett, UCL and at the Royal College of Art. After five years at The Architectural Review, he stepped down as executive editor in February 2015 to focus on setting up the LSA. Will has contributed to many titles including Wallpaper*, Blueprint and the Financial Times, and has previously been editor of the monthly magazines of The Architects’ Journal and Building Design. He has taught architecture at both London Metropolitan University and the Royal College of Art, at the latter as a design unit master and chair of the architecture school’s public lecture programme. He has judged numerous competitions, including the Global Architecture Graduate Awards (which he founded) and the RIBA President’s Medals dissertation prize. Will was the creative director for the RIBA conference Guerilla Tactics 2014 and is currently editing a monograph on Peter Salter’s Walmer Yard housing project in west London (AA Publications).

Stephen Malit

Stephen has enjoyed a long career producing films and festivals.
His film work is highlighted by long partnership with director Julien Temple, the theatrical features Hector starring Peter Mullan and Under Milk Wood with Rhys Ifans and producing Mike Figgis films Long Love Live, the explicit 4 Dreams of Miss X starring Kate Moss and a further four art films for the Tate.
His films with Julien include European Film award nominee London Modern Babylon for BBC Films & the BFI, the award winning event cinema feature Oil City Confidential and a number of television documentaries.
The Festival productions include 20 years of the Mount Fuji Festival in Japan and the late night area of the Glastonbury Festival in the UK.

John Maybury

John is an English filmmaker and writer.
Through the 1980s, Maybury produced a number of short films and music videos including the video for Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”, which was voted #35 in a Channel 4 poll of the greatest pop music videos. John received various awards for this video.
In 1998, Maybury produced his first full length feature Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon a biopic on the life of Francis Bacon starring Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2005, he directed The Jacket with Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley. In 2008 his film The Edge of Love, a biopic on the life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas starring Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy, Matthew Rhys and Keira Knightley premiered. He also directed the final episode of the HBO/BBC Rome series.

Jane Withers

Jane is a design strategy consultant, curator and commentator on design. Jane graduated in art history at the Courtauld Institute and has an MA in design history from the Royal College of Art / Victoria & Albert Museum. After a successful career as a journalist, Jane set up her own design consultancy in 2001 working with innovative brands, companies and institutions internationally to advise on strategy, creative direction and design development, and curate design programmes, exhibitions and collections.
She has curated critically acclaimed exhibitions including In Praise of Shadows on light and energy at the V&A Museum, ‘1% Water’ on shaping a sustainable future at Z33, Surface Tension: The Future of Water at Science Gallery Dublin and most recently co-curated Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Jane teaches and speaks internationally, and has served on numerous juries, and advisory boards.