The Bartlett School of Architecture


Simon Allford Elected RIBA President

17 August 2020

Bartlett alumnus and co-founder and director of architectural practice AHMM, Simon Allford, has been elected the position of RIBA President for 2021-23.

White Collar Factory

Congratulations to Simon Allford who will be taking up the position of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s 79th President on 01 September 2020. Simon will serve as RIBA President for a two-year term, followed by one year as Immediate Past President, 2023-24.

It is a privilege to have been elected and I look forward to working with members, Council, Board and staff to create a leaner, more open, productive, engaged and reinvigorated RIBA.

– Simon Allford, co-founder and director of AHMM and RIBA President.

Simon added that he was committed to addressing global climate change and architecture’s pivotal role in a post-pandemic world.

Simon studied at The Bartlett 1984 - 1986. There he met Jonathan Hall, Paul Monaghan and Peter Morris, with whom he founded the architecture practice AHMM in 1989. They all also taught at The Bartlett for many years before focussing full-time on their practice. AHMM now has 500 staff and has offices in London, Bristol and Oklahoma City.

In addition, Simon has been a VP of Education at RIBA, a trustee of the Architectural Association and Chair of the Architecture Foundation. He is currently a visiting Professor at Harvard University, a trustee of the London School of Architecture and a trustee of Chickenshed Theatres Trust.

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Image: The White Collar Factory, one of AHMM's award-winning projects. Photo by Timothy Soar.