Crispin is chief executive of Baylight, an award-winning development company which has been developing commercial and mixed-use property in London for over three decades. With the ambition of making better ordinary housing, Baylight has now set up Groundplan, whose architects include Sergison Bates, Tony Fretton, Peter Salter and Florian Beigel. Crispin is a former president of the Architectural Association, where he also studied architecture. He is the founder of the Baylight Foundation, a registered charity promoting education and the arts with a particular emphasis on the built environment. Crispin is also the chair of Open City.
Davina is director of Cultural Agenda, a leading marketing and public relations agency specialising in the field of architecture, design and decorative arts. She is a patron of the Design Fund for the V&A and sits on the Curatorial Committee of the Design Museum. Davina supports a number of charities and is on the advisory panel of IntoUniversity, an organisation which offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration.
Del Hossain is the Managing Director of Adrem Group, London’s first specialist Architecture and Design Careers Agency. Originally qualified as an Architect, he practiced in the offices of Lord Norman Foster before changing direction and becoming a qualified Wellbeing Psychologist, Strategic Advisor and Executive Business Coach. He is a regular speaker at several universities including the RCA, UCL and Manchester University and an Executive Editor to the RIBA’s Business Books series. He was awarded London’s Business Mentor of the Year in 2012 and been invited to the Princes Charities ‘Mosaic Associates Committee’ mentoring children within inner cities realise their ambitions.
John is a Chartered Accountant and was the Finance Director of the global architecture practice Broadway Malyan Limited from 2008 to 2015. He was then a non-executive director of Broadway Malyan from 2015 to 2019. Prior to Broadway Malyan he was the Finance Director at the surveyors Donaldsons LLP and the actuarial partnership of Bacon & Woodrow.
He was a governor and member of the Employment & Finance and Remuneration Committees at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) from 2013 to 2019. He is now a Trustee Director of the UCA subsidiary, the Open College of the Arts – an online provider of creative arts education.
Nick is a partner at the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he has specialised in the planning, financing and delivery of infrastructure globally over the last three decades. He was a member of the London First group, which in February 2013 published the influential report into the feasibility of Crossrail 2 (chaired by Lord Adonis) that commenced the current promotion of the scheme.
He was also a member of the GLA’s Infrastructure Investment Advisory Group, which developed a London Infrastructure Plan to 2050 and is an advisor to the London Infrastructure Advisory Board. From 2003-2007 he sat on the Commercial Advisory Board to the Department of Health. He has been involved in numerous ‘first of a kind’ infrastructure projects and in the on-going development of infrastructure delivery models both in the UK and internationally. He speaks and writes regularly on all aspects of infrastructure development.
Professor Robert Mull is Head of the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Brighton. An architect and an educator, Robert was Director of Architecture and Dean of the Cass Faculty of Art, London. He has taught widely in the UK and internationally and held visiting professorships in Vienna and Innsbruck. A member of the architecture collective NATO, he has always been committed to socially useful forms of practice and education. He is a trustee of the Architecture Foundation, Director of Innovation at Publica, and co-curator of the series of debates Turncoats. Currently his own practice is working on housing and migration issues in Lesvos and Calais.
Roland is a financial adviser at Silva International, a private investment company in Mayfair, which manages and invests in assets across multiple sectors, including sport, media, fashion, restaurants and arts.
A former director at Rothschild, the global investment bank, he specialises in mergers, acquisitions and other corporate finance action for both public and private companies. His previous advisory clients have included the London Legacy Development Corporation, The All England Lawn Tennis Ground, Iceland Foods Group, The Landmark Group and Arsenal Football Club.
Roland joined the LSA at its foundation stage, and his led on the development of the school’s innovative financial model.
Simon is a founding director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, a Stirling Prize-winning architecture practice established in 1989. From AHMM’s base in Clerkenwell, Simon leads a studio that works in London and internationally, engaging public and private clients in the exploration of a particular architecture’s potential to offer delight as well as utility.
He works at a wide range of scales and, eschewing conventions of specialisation and particular use, develops through his work his polemic for ‘The Universal Building’, an idea that underpins his approach to large scale urban regeneration projects as well as one off buildings that accommodate a wide range of very different uses. His buildings and projects have won numerous national and international awards for design and technological innovation and have been widely published.
He is currently working for Google and DeepMind in London, Berlin and India; and on key major complex urban infrastructure and mixed use projects in London as well as in Bratislava, Berlin, Munich and Qingdao. He also has several large scale projects in Oklahoma where AHMM has an office.
Notable completed projects include Google’s offices at Pancras Square; the Saatchi Gallery; White Collar Factory; Angel, Tea and Yellow Buildings; 61 Oxford Street; Chobham Academy; Adelaide Wharf; Weston Street; and a new campus for the University of Amsterdam.
Simon recently stepped down from his long standing role as Chair of the Architecture Foundation, and has previously served as Honorary Treasurer and Secretary of the Architectural Association (AA), as a trustee of the AA Foundation, and as Vice President of the RIBA Education Committee. Simon has also been a visiting professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he has run two studios. He engages in the broader architectural discussion as a frequent writer, critic, teacher, competition juror, lecturer, examiner, advisor and commentator.