Rowan Moore resigns as director of the Architecture Foundation
The news comes just two months after the AF decided to scrap its plans for a new headquarters building designed by Zaha Hadid in Southwark, south London after they spent four years on the drawing board (AJ online 13.02.08).
In an interview with the AJ in February (AJ 14.02.08) Moore insisted he would not be handing in his notice following the collapse of the £5 million project – at the time blamed on the UK's 'dramatically changed economic and fundraising climate'.
However, despite engineering a substantial donation of £250,000 to the Foundation from a mystery benefactor, it appears Moore has had enough, and has decide to walk away from the organisation which he has headed up since 2002.
One source close to the AF said: ‘I assume the Zaha building debacle has something to do with Rowan’s decision.
‘At least he is going out on a high – a very well received lecture series at Tate Modern.’