Co-Founder & Director AHMM,
Simon Allford is a leading architect and a founding director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris an Employee Ownership Trust
Simon leads a studio of two hundred architects working around the world on the design and construction of projects that focus on an architecture of economy, elegance and delight. Creating particular projects that reflects his belief that outstanding architecture must last through time and accommodate different uses to those that called it into being whilst offering an extraordinary and delightful backdrop to the theatre of everyday life.
Simon is a frequent judge of major awards and competitions, a writer, critic and advisor to various bodies. He has taught and examined and been a trustee of numerous schools around the world. Currently, he is a visiting professor at the GSD Harvard, a Trustee of both the London School of Architecture and Chickenshed Theatres Trust. Simon is a former chair of the Architecture Foundation and was recently elected President-Elect of the RIBA, he will assume the Presidency from 1 September 2021 for a two-year term.
Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine
Bêka & Lemoine, Filmmakers,
Teachers Diploma 16 AA School, London
Presented by The New York Times as the “cult figures in the European architecture world”, Bêka & Lemoine have stood out on the international architectural scene for the last 15 years through a cinematographic work known for its innovative nature and its tender and biting humour, disrupting the usual representation of contemporary architecture by putting people and uses at the forefront. Presented in major biennials and international cultural events such as the Venice Architecture Biennale (2008, 2010, 2014), The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 and Performa 2017 New York among others, their films are also frequently exhibited in some of the most prestigious museums and international cultural institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Bêka & Lemoine’s films have also largely been selected and awarded by some major film festivals such as CAFx (Copenhagen), DocAviv (Tel Aviv), ADFF (New York), AFFR (Rotterdam), among many others.
Bêka & Lemoine have been invited as guest professors at GSAPP / Columbia University (New York), Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (Switzerland), Domaine de Boisbuchet (France) and HEAD in Geneva (Switzerland). They are currently teaching Diploma 16 at AA School in London.
Programme Director NLA,
Head of Programming LFA.
Rosa is an architect, researcher and curator currently working as a Programme Director at London Festival of Architecture, leading on curation and delivery of the festival’s annual programme. Since 2017, she also runs a design studio at the University of East London. Rosa holds MA degree in architecture at the Royal College of Art and an MA in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths, University of London. She has previously worked for some of the world’s leading architectural practices including MVRDV, Grimshaw Architects and Farshid Moussavi Architecture. Rosa has co-curated the Montenegrin Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale and has been a curator in residence at Vienna Design Week 2020
Centre Manager UCL Urban Laboratory,
Urbanist in Residence Museum of London.
Jordan Rowe is a writer, curator and researcher on urban culture, heritage and identities. He is manager of the cross-disciplinary UCL Urban Laboratory research and public engagement centre, where he leads on programming for the Urban Lab Films screening series. Since 2020 he has been appointed as the Museum of London’s Urbanist in Residence and as a Research Fellow at Theatrum Mundi. He is a regular contributor to talks, panels, roundtables and crits on the creative city, situated practice, night spaces, gentrification, the urban essay film, and queer urbanisms.
Director Squint Opera (NY),
Senior Advisor to NLA.
Matt is a communication specialist for cities, architecture, museums, and green technology. His work is focused on the use of design and media to help people connect with the big ideas that will shape the future.
Now based in NYC, Matt has lived and worked in many cities including London, Rome, and Abu Dhabi. He takes an interest in projects and initiatives that offer sustainable solutions for the built environment.