Architecture Foundation chief steps down

The Architecture Foundation has just announced that its director, Rowan Moore, is to stand down.

He will remain in the post until mid-June 2008, and then contribute part-time to assist during the transition period. The recruitment of a new director will begin immediately.

‘This is a good time for someone new to take over and lead the AF to its next stage,’ says Moore, who has led the foundation since 2002,

‘The AF should never stand still, and after six years in the job I feel it is time for fresh energy and ideas,’ he continues.

He plans to concentrate on his work as a writer, including an expanded role at the Evening Standard, where he is an architecture critic.

AF chairman Brian Clarke praised Moore’s vision in the position and says, ‘We will continue to work together for the foundation.’

The news follows the collapse in February of the foundation’s plans to build a London headquarters designed by Zaha Hadid.

Though a site had been donated for the Southwark Street building, by Land Securities, reports suggest that not enough funds had been found to pay for its running costs.

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