Project Team Biographies

Vicky Richardson
Commissioner & curator
Vicky Richardson is Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council. She began this role in March 2010, having previously been editor of Blueprint and deputy editor of the RIBA Journal. She is a member of the London Mayor’s Cultural Strategy Group, which advises on the British capital’s culture policy, and Co-Director of the London Festival of Architecture. She has a degree in architecture from the University of Westminster and has studied fine art at Chelsea School of Art and Central St Martins.

Vanessa Norwood
Vanessa Norwood is Head of Exhibitions at the Architectural Association, one of the world’s leading centres for architectural culture and learning. Vanessa has curated and organised a range of renowned exhibitions that celebrate architecture in a wider context. She recently curated Switzerland: Designed for Life at the A Foundation. She previously worked for Wordsearch, Lifschutz Davidson and dRMM.

Alastair Donald
Assistant Curator & Catalogue Editor
Alastair Donald is associate director of the Future Cities Project. He is an urban designer and researcher, and co-editor of The Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs. He is a founder member of mantownhuman, co-author of Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism in Architecture, and convenor of the Critical Subjects, Architecture and Design Winter School.

Born Design
Exhibition, graphics & catalogue designers
Founded in 2003 by Melanie Crolla and Leigh Radford, Born is a London-based design consultancy. It has delivered a wide range of design projects from printed matter to pop-up restaurants. Recent projects include dRMM’s website, an innovative co-working space, Central and Yalla Yalla at Southbank and King’s Cross. 

Kendall Martin-Robbins
Project Assistant
Kendall Martin-Robbins works in Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council and is currently touring the exhibition ‘Reconstruction: Cultural Heritage and the Making of Contemporary Fashion.’ She has previously assisted on exhibitions at the Barbican, V&A and Kensington Palace. She studied Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins.