Architecture critic Rowan Moore has pledged to steer the Architecture Foundation in a new direction when he takes over as director in the autumn.
As revealed by the AJ (23.5.02), Moore is set to replace Lucy Musgrave, who announced her departure last March. Moore, who is architecture correspondent for the Evening Standard, told the AJ his role will be that of 'creative director' rather than administrator. His mission will be to redirect the organisation which had 'lost its way'. AF had made much progress, encouraging the government to take architecture seriously and to establish CABE, he said. But now it needs to respond to the changing culture in the outside world and become more 'in-depth' and 'free-thinking'. 'No other organisation is as well placed as AF to push the boundaries and encourage new ideas, ' he added.
AF chairman Will Alsop, who took over from Lord Rogers last year, said he hoped Moore would 'refocus' the organisation and put architecture at the heart of AF's activities. 'We must keep ahead of the game, by promoting new and exciting work, ' he said. It is also timely to reconsider AF as a national and international organisation, rather than simply a regional architecture centre, Alsop said. And while the foundation has been blighted by funding problems the worst was over, he added.
Moore will work full time at AF, but will continue to contribute to the Evening Standard.